Wellbeing and Pastoral Care

At St Joseph's, we want children to be able to REACH in all that they do and be the best that they can be.  We understand that from time to time children and families need help to make sure that they stay mentally well. 
If you feel worried about your child's mental heath and wellbeing, please contact our Pastoral Lead - Paula Freckleton on 07562 981017.  
Summer Holiday Activity and Food Programs

From 1 - 26 August, eligible children and young people of Gloucestershire will be able to take part in exciting and fun activities across the county in the Holiday Activity and Food programme (HAF). 

Bookings for activities will open from 11 July. Make sure you’ve got your Children’s Activity Booking System (CABS) account ready in the meantime by following the link below:


For more information you can visit the website at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/haf where you can stay up to date on news.


Food Hamper information for the summer

During the summer HAF which runs from 1 - 26 August, families eligible for benefits related free school meals will be able to book and receive two weeks of food hampers. 

If you are currently receiving vouchers from the Holiday Free School Meal Voucher scheme, you are eligible to receive food hampers too.

As well as our hampers, delicious and nutritious food will be available at all HAF activity sites for children to enjoy.

This year, we are releasing our food box bookings in waves according to district to ensure we get as many eligible families as possible to book their food hamper. Please see below for more information about your district offer: 


If you live in Stroud, you can book your food hampers now and up until 11 July using the link below:


Bookings will close at 12pm on 11 July


Children and young people with strict dietary requirements

If one or more of your children have a strict dietary requirement which may limit their access to a food hamper, follow the link below to find out more and apply to our alternative offer.


Our priority is to make sure all eligible families have an opportunity to book food hampers to support them over the summer period. Please get in touch if you have any queries or concerns at HAFparentenquiries@gloucestershire.gov.uk


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The Family Information Service Providing a free confidential advice line offering guidance and emotional support on any aspect of parenting and family life. We can help you…. Let us know what information or advice you are looking for Once we fully understand, we can think through together how you and your family can overcome your problems.  This may involve us recommending someone else to help you, we may help you access useful websites or resources  Unfortunately we are not able to offer legal, financial or medical advice but can always put you in touch with someone who can.
How to contact us…. Our service is available Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm Email us at familyinfo@gloucestershire.gov.uk  and we will respond to you as soon as possible.
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What is Early Help?
Early Help is about providing support to potentially vulnerable children, young people and their families as soon as problems begin to emerge, or when there is a strong likelihood that problems will start in the future. It is also about providing support at any and every stage of a child's life: pre-birth, during pregnancy, childhood or adolescence. In Gloucestershire, we believe that families are best supported by practitioners who are already working with them, as well as other organisations and services within their local community. These organisations include health services, schools, learning providers, councils, charities and voluntary groups, children and family centers, the police, housing providers and many others.
Early Help’ is an umbrella term that describes the work of many agencies engaged with children and families and focuses on how we can help people to do things for themselves and build on strengths within families. If we can get this right early on, at the right time, we get the opportunity to help people with areas of their life they may be struggling with, which sets people up for a better long-term future. It is also about providing support at any and every stage of a child’s life: pre-birth, during pregnancy, childhood and/or early adulthood. Early help is voluntary and with consent. Before support is undertaken, informed consent will need to be gained from the young person and family.
Informed consent means the young person and family are able to fully understand the reasons for consent. Children, young people and families with additional needs will be supported through the use of the Graduated Pathway of Early Help and Support.
A Parent helpline line is currently being run by Family Information Service - please call 0800 5420202.
Useful Numbers and Websites
  • CAMHS helpline for parents concerned about their child’s mental health 01452 894300 or Click here
  • The Door - Whether you need help with the practicalities of being a parent, specific advice around an issue affecting your family, or simply need a listening ear 01453 756754.
  • You can also access support at GlosFamilies - click here for more information
  • Barnardos - click here
Online Safety
Online safety resource Childnet has updated it’s online safety leaflets for talking about and embedding online safety. For the resources please go to childnet
You may also like to try using Kiddle - A Google Search engine designed for children to use safely...
Facts 4 Life have some activities that aim to provide opportunities to explore medical themes and reassure young people (and their families around them) as they live through these unsettling times. They are designed to encourage self-care and support wellbeing, but importantly to be fun and engaging.
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If your child is struggling with anxiety, help them to stay CALM:
Calm down breathingBreath in for 3 seconds, Hold for 3 seconds and Breath out for 3 seconds (TIP – use your index finger to create the triangle on your hand). Do this when you start to feel your breathing getting quicker or your brain starting to tingle)
Activity Try running on the spot, around the garden, trampoline, cycling, walking or any sport you enjoy!
Let it go Breath out your worries using colours – (close your eyes picture your anxiety as a colour – what colour is it? Close your eyes again and picture what colour calm might be. Then breath out the colour of your anxiety and breath in your calm colour – Now use the worry tree to think about what to do with your worry. https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/the-worry-tree/ Mind full of positive thoughts – Remember to think of any good things that have happened in the day – maybe you had saw somebody you haven’t seen for a while, heard something funny or if I showed kindness towards somebody else.
Mind full of positive thoughts – Remember to think of any good things that have happened in the day – maybe you had saw somebody you haven’t seen for a while, heard something funny or if I showed kindness towards somebody else.
 We shared a poem that was written for our lovely St Joe's children during Celebration Assembly. This was written to express how extremely proud we are of all each and every one of them - it's been a very different year  and they have all shown such a strength of character!
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