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About Me 

My name is Michelle Read and I have worked within a school setting as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant since 2013 and as a TA since 2001.  I am also a qualified Emotional Literacy Support Assistant, often referred to as ELSA, supporting the emotional wellbeing of children within our school family.  I am the Family Wellbeing Co-Ordinator for Barton Farm Primary Academy and am a trained Family Links facilitator.  I am also trained as an adult Mental Health First Aider.  I have three children of my own, one who is a teacher and two busy teenagers. 

My Role 

From time to time we may come across challenges where we need a little extra help or support.  My aim is to work with you in a relaxed and informal setting to chat and share concerns or issues you, or we, may have concerning your child at home or within school.  This may include financial concerns, health, emotional wellbeing or family relationship challenges or changes. Working together we can put strategies in place to try and provide you with support to help improve the challenges faced or, if appropriate, help you access more specialised help from other services or external agencies. 

What We Can Offer

  • Support for you and/or your child. 
  • A point of contact to discuss concerns. 
  • Someone to listen without judgement in a calm and relaxed environment. 
  • Support to promote positive family relationships. 
  • Signposting for support or local organisations. 
  • Tools to promote wellbeing and positive family relationships. 

Suggested Support Network 

With many of us often encountering challenges on a day to day, we have put together a list of useful websites, which you may find useful, for additional support.  

Financial/Cost of Living 

www.helpforhouseholds.co.uk

www.hants.gov/freeschoolmeals

 www.gov.uk/benefits-calculators

www.connect4communities.co.uk

www.familylinks.co.uk

www.citizensadvice.org.uk/

www.turn2us.co.uk

www.capuk.org

www.stepchange.org

We often have a selection of pre-loved school uniform in school, so please do let us know if you are finding things difficult with financial challenges and need support or assistance with your child’s school uniform. 

 

Food/Cost of Living 

www.thecarrollcentre.org (food bank Winchester)

www.winchesterbasicsbank.co.uk

www.fareshare.org.uk

www.olioapp.com

 www.foodcycle.org.uk

www.toogoodtogo.com

www.rogerswholesalefoods.co.uk

 

Wellbeing/Mental Health  

www.theolivebranch.org.uk

www.nhs.uk/everymindmatters

www.mind.org

www.fotfwinchester.org

www.italk.org.uk

 www.giveusashout.org

www.headstogether.org.uk

www.hampshirecamhs.nhs.uk

www.annafreud.org

 www.mhfaengland.org

www.actionforhappiness.org 

www.menssheds.org.uk/find-a-shed

www.youngminds.org.uk

       www.rehab4addiction.co.uk/country-wide/drug-alcohol-rehab-hampshire

       www.teentips.co.uk (there is a useful article with regards screen time)

       www.actionforhappiness.org 

Please do contact your doctor for support/ongoing support. 

 

Bereavement Support 

        www.simonsays.org.uk

www.winchesterbereavementsupport.org.uk

 www.bliss.org.uk

www.annafreud.org

Please do contact your doctor for support/ongoing support. 

 

Local FAMILY SUPPORT

      www.hants.gov.uk/socialcareandhealth#

      www.familylinks.org.uk

 

    Separated parents/Families

      www.annafreud.org

       www.hampshirescp.org.uk

 

    DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

    www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk

    www.stopdomesticabuse.uk

 

We do hope you find the information of suggested local services useful. If you require additional information or do have concerns or would like to chat further, please make an appointment at our school office. 

 

Warm regards, 

Michelle Read 

 

further links and resources

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Click here for link to: Mental Health 10 tips for parents
Friends of the Family Leaflet

Managing Wellbeing at home

 

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