Student wellbeing is a paramount importance at Melbourn Village College and there is a range of support in place for those students who require it.
Keep Your Head is a useful website for students in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who may be concerned about their own or others' mental health.
CASUS is the Cambridgeshire Child and Adolescent Substance Use Service, provided by the NHS Foundation Trust. CASUS provides information, support and specialist treatment in Cambridgeshire, around drug and alcohol use, to young people under 18 and their families. The website contains information on their services, including how to refer yourself, or somebody else, and lots of information and advice around drugs, alcohol, and mental wellbeing.
Click here to access the Self Harm Awareness Ebook for Parents
Click here to view the Cambridgeshire County Council leaflet, 'A Parents Guide to New Psychoactive Drugs'
Access to Learning Fund
Melbourn Village College are pleased to announce the launch of their new “Access to Learning Fund.” The fund is in place to support students and parents, who are experiencing genuine and unavoidable financial difficulties and to enable student’s access to support to allow them to engage with activities, resources and opportunities that their family would struggle to finance.
Applications to the fund can be made by parents and guardians by completing the Access to Learning application form. The fund is overseen by Mr John Barnes and Mrs Caroline Deadman and each application will be treated in the strictest confidence.
This fund has been made possible by kind donations from the local community including Melbourn Parish Council, Melbourn Fete Committee, Trigg Charitable Trust and the PTFA fundraising events.
Dealing with Exam Stress
With GCSE exams just around the corner and revision is a priority for thousands of students, Exam anxiety is reportedly at record levels and to help address this, BBC Bitesize has launced a new website following the results of questioning students as to what resources would help them. The answer was short, shareable videos from young people who had recently taken exams and this has led to the launch of bbc.co.uk/mindset - described as 'smart advice from exam surivors'.
Melbourn Village College recognises the important role young carers play within their families' lives and the additional responsibilities this places upon them. We are committed to meeting the needs of young carers and young adult carers so that they can attend and enjoy school in the same way as other pupils and achieve their potential.
Young carers are children and young people under 18 who provide or intend to provide care for another person who is ill, disabled, has a mental health condition or addiction problem. A young carer becomes vulnerable when their caring role risks impacting upon their emotional or physical wellbeing and their prospects in their education and life.
The school has designated Young Carers' School Leads with responsibility for young carers and their families:
Operational Lead for young carers: Caroline Deadman
Senior Leadership Team Lead for young carers: John Barnes
The school will only share information about young carers with professionals and agencies on a need to know basis in order to support pupils and their families.
The school actively seeks feedback and ideas from young carers and their families to shape and improve support.
The school has an effective referral system and strong partnership in place with the school nurse and Centre 33, the local young carers' service where Sophie Hughes assists in the running of the young carers group which on the second Monday of every month. The group provides young carers with mentoring support, a time to relax and unwind and a range of fun-packed activities which they are thoroughly engaging with.
We are proud to have received the Young Carers Bronze Award in April 2016 and the Young Carers Silver Award in November 2016 which demonstrates how we are working to meet the needs of all young carers within our school community.
At Melbourn Village College
Senior Leadership Team Lead: Mr Barnes
Tel: 01763 223400 ex 203
Young Carers Champion: Mrs Deadman
Tel: 01763 223400 ex 263
School Nurse: Julie Atkins
Community Health Centre, 35 Orchard Road, Melbourn
Tel: 01763 260827. Mobile: 07855 511008
Centre 33 Young Carers Project Worker: Sophie Hughes
33 Clarendon Street, Cambridge, CB1 1JX
Tel: 07496 618968 or 01223 307488
Carers Trust Young Carers Policy and Development Officer: Tania Bingham
4 Meadow Park, Meadow Lane, St Ives PE27 4LG
Tel: 0345 241 0954 or 01480 499090. Mobile: 07720 343401
Twitter: @CarersTrust @YoungerCarers
Cambridgeshire County Council Young Carers’ Assessor: Maya Kalinowska
Young Carers’ Assessment Team, Amundsen House, Compass Point Business Park
18 Stocks Bridge Way, St Ives, PE27 5JL
Tel: 01480 372798 or 01480 727964
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