At Melbourn Village College pupil and staff wellbeing is of Paramount importance to us. We understand that the move from childhood to adulthood can be challenging. We will seek to support all pupils in becoming confident, capable and caring individuals as they become adult members of our community.
What Support is Available?
We have a strong pastoral team to support pupils throughout their time with us. Each child has a tutor and a head of year plus pastoral staff to support them.
In most cases if you are concerned about your child’s wellbeing you should contact your child’s tutor or email MEL-PupilWellbeing@melbournvc.org
Mental Health Support
Our provision to support pupils with emotional wellbeing and mental health needs is headed by our Mental Health Champion. We have a pastoral team who work closely with pupils, parents and teachers to ensure that we support these needs as much as possible. We have Wellbeing Zones around the school, any staff displaying a Wellbeing Zone sign is trained to support wellbeing and signpost pupils to appropriate support.
We have school counsellors, youth workers and support for young carers. If you have concerns about your child’s well-being that are non-urgent and need advice the school has an email address which is checked daily – this is: MEL-PupilWellbeing@melbournvc.org Pupils can also email this address to seek non-urgent support and advice.
If you feel that your child is unable to cope and is a risk to themselves or other people seek advice from 111 and dial 2 to get support from mental health teams. If you have an emergency dial 999 to get immediate support.
Useful resources for parents, carers and pupils
Keep Your Head is a useful website for pupils in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who may be concerned about their own or others' mental health.
Kooth offers free confidential online counselling for pupils.
Chat Health is a secure and confidential text messaging service for young people aged 11-19 across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who are struggling to cope with issues such as bullying, emotional health, relationship problems, alcohol and drugs. The number to text is 07480 635 443.
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.
Talk to Frank is an organisation that offers friendly and confidential advice on drugs. Tel: 0300 123 6600 or text 82111 Website: www.talktofrank.com
Think U Know has useful guidance for parents/carers and young people on online safety. The school also runs e-safety events throughout the year to support young people.
Youthoria has a range of resources for managing exam stress and support available for young people in Cambridgeshire.
Click here to access the Self Harm Awareness Ebook for Parents
The Kite Trust: local information on support for LGBTQ+ young people and their families
Mermaids: National information on support for trans-gendered pupils and their families
Accessing External Support
We work closely with Local Authorities and external partners to support young people, their families and carers. For further information on what support is available locally please see: https://www.cpft.nhs.uk/
CPFT deliver many of the NHS services that are provided outside of hospital and in the community such as physical, mental health and specialist services.
Access to Learning Fund
The Access to Learning fund is in place to support pupils and parents, who are experiencing genuine and unavoidable financial difficulties and to enable pupil’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 carers 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 PTFA fundraising events.
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. We work alongside Centre 33 Young Carers Project Workers who support our Young Carers at Melbourn Village College.
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.
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
Senior Leadership Team Lead for Young Carers: Euan Willder
Operational Lead for Young Carers: Sharon Daly
Centre 33 Young Carers Project Worker: Charlotte Currie
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
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