For Parents

Kind Minds Newsletter September 2021 Highlights

Staffordshire Emotional Health and Wellbeing

Staffordshire Emotional Health and Wellbeing Support Service, have a digital offer in the form of Silver Cloud, including

  • ‘parenting my anxious child’
  • ‘parenting my anxious teen’.

Use the following link to sign up to Silver Cloud, our digital offer:


Let’s stop abuse together.

Child sexual abuse is a reality for thousands of children across our country with at least one in ten estimated sexual abuse before they turn 16.

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare’s NEW Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Portal

In addition to the wealth of information available, now anyone can make a routine referral or self-refer to access children’s and young people’s mental health services via:

What’s on your Mind? With Dr Alex

The Department for Education (DFE) have worked with the Government’s Youth Mental Health Ambassador, Dr Alex George, on a series of wellbeing videos. The videos are based on Dr Alex’s five core ‘ways to wellbeing’ and build on content already in the relationships, sex and health education curriculum. They involve a whole host of special guests, alongside follow up activities and discussion ideas for children and young people about the video content. The videos are freely available to all children and young people, education staff and parents and carers. DfE are encouraging all education settings to download the videos and supporting resources and deliver them throughout the term, to support all children and young people to look after their own mental health and wellbeing.

Ask the Awkward – think u know

Talking regularly with your child about relationships and sex can help develop shared understanding, trust and support between you.  Talk little.  Talk often.  Ask The Awkward. – think you

Use the following links:–carers-help-sheets.pdf–carers-intro.pdf


Addiction is defined as not having control over doing, taking or using something to the point where it could be harmful to you.

Addiction is most commonly associated with gambling, drugs, alcohol and smoking, but it’s possible to be addicted to just about anything, including:

  • work – some people are obsessed with their work to the extent that they become physically exhausted; if your relationship, family and social life are affected and you never take holidays, you may be addicted to work
  • internet – as computer and mobile phone use has increased, so too have computer and internet addictions; people may spend hours each day and night surfing the internet or gaming while neglecting other aspects of their lives
  • solvents – volatile substance abuse is when you inhale substances such as glue, aerosols, petrol or lighter fuel to give you a feeling of intoxication
  • shopping – shopping becomes an addiction when you buy things you don’t need or want to achieve a buzz; this is quickly followed by feelings of guilt, shame or despair

Addiction is a lot more common than people think, and there is a lot of help and advice available. Click here to go to the NHS website for further support.

Dealing with Divorce or Relationship Breakdown

The very early stages of a divorce or separation can be a very painful and difficult time. Not only are you grieving for the loss of your relationship and coming to terms with this but you are expected to continue with your day to day life, such as work and looking after your children.

Family Lives have some really useful tips on coping with the stress and emotional aftermath of a divorce or break up.

Financial Worries

Feeling low or worried when you feel overwhelmed by debts, have just lost your job or have been made redundant, is a normal response.

There are lots of different organisations who offer support and advice on coping with financial stress, such as the NHS.

You may meet the criteria for benefits. Click here to look on the Gov UK website for more information about this.

Healthy Lifestyle

A healthy lifestyle gives us physical and mental wellbeing and good social connections. This is important, as the coronavirus pandemic has shown that people have a better chance of recovery if they are healthy. Being healthy is a good way to be kind to yourself.

A healthy lifestyle includes a balanced diet and regular exercise. It should include plenty of rest, especially sleep. Alcohol should be avoided or drunk in moderation.

Children learn about healthy lifestyles from their parents. To set a good example, follow these simple guides from the NHS.

Illness and School attendance

We are aware that the COVID-19 pandemic may have caused some parents to feel less confident with assessing whether their child is well enough to be in school so we have set out some information which we hope you will find helpful. If you do keep your child at home, it’s important to phone the school on the first day to let us know that your child won’t be in and give the reason.

Coughs / colds/ respiratory illness

It is usually appropriate for parents and carers to send their children to school with mild respiratory illnesses. This would include general cold symptoms: a minor cough, runny nose or sore throat. However, children should not be sent to school if they have a temperature of 38°C or above.


If your child has chickenpox, keep them off school until all the spots have crusted over.
This is usually about 5 days after the spots first appeared.

Cold sores

There’s no need to keep your child off school if they have a cold sore.
Encourage them not to touch the blister or kiss anyone while they have the cold sore, or to share things like cups and towels.


You don’t need to keep your child away from school if they have conjunctivitis.
Do get advice from your pharmacist. Encourage your child not to rub their eyes and to wash their hands regularly.


If your child has mild symptoms, such as a runny nose, sore throat, or slight cough, and feels well enough, they can go to school. If they have a high temperature or do not feel well enough to go to school they should stay at home and avoid contact with other people.

Ear infection

If your child has an ear infection and a high temperature or severe earache, keep them off school until they’re feeling better or their high temperature goes away.

Hand, foot and mouth disease

If your child has hand, foot and mouth disease but seems well enough to go to school, there’s no need to keep them off.

Head lice and nits

There’s no need to keep your child off school if they have head lice.
You can treat head lice and nits without seeing a GP.


If your child has impetigo, they’ll need treatment from a GP, often with antibiotics.
Keep them off school until all the sores have crusted over and healed, or for 48 hours after they start antibiotic treatment.
Encourage your child to wash their hands regularly and not to share things like towels and cups with other children at school.


If your child has ringworm, see your pharmacist unless it’s on their scalp, in which case you should see a GP.
It’s fine for your child to go to school once they have started treatment.

Scarlet fever

If your child has scarlet fever, they’ll need treatment with antibiotics from a GP. Otherwise they’ll be infectious for 2 to 3 weeks.
Your child can go back to school 24 hours after starting antibiotics.

Slapped cheek syndrome (fifth disease)

You don’t need to keep your child off school if they have slapped cheek syndrome because, once the rash appears, they’re no longer infectious.
Sore throat

You can still send your child to school if they have a sore throat. But if they also have a high temperature, they should stay at home until it goes away.
A sore throat and a high temperature can be symptoms of tonsillitis.


You don’t need to keep your child off school if they have threadworms.
Speak to your pharmacist, who can recommend a treatment.

Vomiting and diarrhoea

Children with diarrhoea or vomiting should stay away from school until they have not been sick or had diarrhoea for at least 2 days (48 hours).

If your child is taken into care

Coping with the aftermath of having your children removed by social services, or even being accommodated by the local authority under a voluntary (Section 20) agreement, is a very painful experience for parents and close relatives. This can be a very traumatic experience for the children and their families.

Family Lives have some really useful information on how to cope if your child is taken into care, and what the next steps are.

Supporting Your Child's Education

Your child’s education may seem like a minefield at times. At Bailey Street, we want to help you to support your child throughout their secondary education. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you wish to know more about how you can encourage your child to try their best at school, or how to support them to succeed.

Click here to read an article from Family Lives about supporting your child at school.

School anxiety/school refusal is something that can be very concerning for parents. Young Minds have a useful guide to supporting your child with this. Alternatively, you can always contact the school for further advice and support, and what we can do to help you to help your child attend and engage with school.

Your Mental Health

Struggling with your mental health can feel very lonely and isolating. However, you are not alone, and there are many support systems out there that can give you guidance and advice on feeling better.

Click here to look at the Mind website for further advice.

Call the Samaritans if you need to talk anonymously.

If you are in immediate danger, call 999.


There are a number of organisations that can help you at this difficult time.

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS). SOBS runs support groups all over the UK and also has a helpline service that you can call on 0300 111 5065 for support.

Another organisation who may be able to help is Cruse Bereavement Care. Cruse also run a support helpline that you can call on 0808 808 1677.

Local Foodbanks

Stone Community Hub

Frank Jordan Centre, Lichfield Street, Stone ST15 8NA

The Hub’s Food Bank will continue to offer emergency food parcels on each weekday morning (except Thursday) between 10 and 12. Once again this service will be available strictly by appointment basis and only one person at a time will be allowed into the Food Bank. Appointments can be made by telephone.

Opening Times

Monday – 10.00am to 1.00pm (12.30pm to 1.30pm cafe)
Tuesday – 10.00am to 1.00pm
Wednesday – 10.00am to 1.00pm
Thursday – Closed
Friday – 10.00am to 1.00pm
Saturday and Sunday – Closed

Type of Food Available:

Dry / Packaged


Jo Yendole
01785 812417 or jo.yendole@stonecommunityhub.or

House of Bread

43 Browning Street, Stafford  ST16 3AX

Opening Times

The House of Bread food bank is open 24/7 for both members of the public and professionals. Café43 is the charity’s on-site café and has the following opening times

Monday – Closed
Tuesday – 12.00pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday – 9.30am to 8.30pm
Thursday – 9.30am to 8.30pm
Friday – 10.00am to 3.00pm
Saturday – Closed
Sunday – Closed

Type of Food Available

Dry / Packaged


01785 243492

Rising Brook Baptist Church

Burton Square, Stafford  ST17 9LT


Opening Times

Monday – Closed
Tuesday – 9.30am – 11.30am
Wednesday – 9.30am – 11.30am
Thursday – 9.30am – 11.30am
Friday – 9.30am – 11.30am
Saturday – Closed
Sunday – Closed

Types of Food Available

Dry / Packaged


01785 214750

Please come to the Outer Foyer.
Anyone who is registered with us who is self isolating please contact 01785 214750

Staffordshire Community Organisers “Food Projects”

Community Social Supermarket / Warehouse Distribution

10 Mill Street, Stafford ST16 3AH

Community Larder Model, using surplus food to create a “choice based” shopping experience, using a membership scheme to take part, providing affordable foods to the community.

Warehouse Distribution, providing free food directly to community groups and Organisations County wide including food banks, who serve the public.


Opening Times

Monday – 11.30am – 3.00pm
Tuesday – 11.30am – 3.00pm
Wednesday – 11.30am – 3.00pm
Thursday – 11.30am – 3.00pm
Friday – Closed
Saturday – Closed
Sunday – Closed

Stafford and Surrounds Community Food Support (Foodbank)

10 Mill Street, Stafford ST16 3AH

We can provide short term support to local individuals and families in need.


Opening Times

Monday – 10.00am – 2.00pm
Tuesday – 10.00am – 2.00pm
Wednesday – 10.00am – 2.00pm
Thursday – 10.00am – 2.00pm
Friday – 10.00am – 2.00pm
Saturday – Closed
Sunday – Closed



Foodbank Coordinator for a confidential conversation on 07738729878

Highfields Community Larder

Oxleathers Pub, Weston Downs, Sundown Drive, Stafford ST17 9QT


Opening Times

Monday – 12.00pm – 4.00pm
Tuesday – 12.00pm – 4.00pm
Wednesday – 12.00pm – 4.00pm
Thursday – 12.00pm – 4.00pm
Friday – 12.00pm – 4.00pm
Saturday – 12.00pm – 4.00pm
Sunday – Closed


Type of Food Available:

Fresh fruit and Vegetables
Dry Goods / Packaged
Frozen and Chilled Items
Prepared Foods



Debbie Howe

Any individual food issues or organisation needs in the Borough:

Community Distribution / Training / Network Building and Community Organising:

Christian Food Help

St. Austin’s Catholic Church Community Hall
82 Wolverhampton Road, Stafford, ST17 4AW

We provide food directly to established community support organisations and food banks who serve the public.

We can provide short term support to local individuals and families in need. Please contact St. Austin’s Catholic Church or the email below, if you have a need.
Non-perishable food only.



Salvation Army

Faraday Road, Stafford ST16 3NQ

By personal appointment only.



Linda Downward
01785 257676 or

Holmcroft Youth and Community Centre

Newland Avenue, Stafford, ST16 1NL

In partnership with Harvest Community Church, Holmcroft Youth and Community Centre provide emergency supplies of food to residents in the North End of Stafford.


Opening Times

Monday – 10.00am to 11.00am
Tuesday – Closed
Wednesday – 10.00am to 11.00am
Thursday – Closed
Friday – Closed
Saturday and Sunday – Closed



David Lawrence
01785 664760 or

Elim Hope Food Bank

Elim Hope Church, The Ark, Sash Street, Stafford ST16 2PS

We offer emergency parcels in partnership with Local Schools, Charities and Healthcare Services on a short-term referral or discretionary basis.

We provide non-perishable food items and toiletries. We also have a small selection of essential ‘moving-in’ items for people who may be new to the area and in need of essential items.


Opening Times

Monday – 9.00am – 3.00pm
Tuesday – 9.00am – 3.00pm
Wednesday – 9.00am – 3.00pm
Thursday – 9.00am – 3.00pm
Friday – 9.00am – 3.00pm



Debbie or Lauren
01785 242373

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