We understand that this is a difficult and uncertain time for everyone. Our routines have all changed, we are trying to follow all the new advice that we are being given and we are constantly being bombarded with news.
Many adults are understandably feeling anxious and worried, our children may also be experiencing some of the same emotions. Keep speaking to your child about how they are feeling, reassure them that what they are feeling is totally normal, seek advice from friends, family or professionals if you think they can help and most importantly try to stay positive!
We hope the resources below may be useful.
Update from BEAM
With the restrictions easing, we thought it would be useful to update as to how Shropshire Telford & Wrekin Beam will be operating.
We do not have any plans to re-open as a drop-in service currently. We will continue to offer telephone call backs as well as virtual face to face appointments. All support should be requested via the website.
You may be aware we are offering limited face to face appointments from our Wellington venue. These are strictly on an appointment-only basis. As you can imagine, these are in high-demand given the limited slots we have, particularly the after-school appointments. To ensure as many face to face sessions can be offered as possible, we will be booking appointments during school time.
We are pleased to let you know we are now offering virtual sessions for parents & carers around common emotional well-being topics. These sessions aim to help parents & carers support their young people at home. The sessions are detailed below, and do not need to be booked.
Supporting children & young people who show anxious behaviours.
We will cover:
ü What anxiety is.
ü The science of anxiety.
ü How can you support your young person?
There will be opportunity for Q&A with our practitioners at the end.
Wednesday 26th May 2021
Microsoft Teams meeting
Join on your computer or mobile app
We will be adding a 2-part Sleepy Heads workshop in the coming weeks, as well additional dates for the sessions listed above.
As it is currently Mental Health Awareness week, 'Kooth' have lots of online resources and activities for young people to do that focus on mental health. These can be accessed in the PDF below or by visiting their website.
They are also running some live forums on their website for young people to access:
- Monday 10th May – Safety on the Streets
- Friday 21st May – Making Friends & Connecting with Others
- Wednesday 26th May – Looking After Our Communities Building Self Esteem & Confidence
Check it all out by visiting https://www.koothplc.com/
From 2nd April 2020, Shropshire Telford & Wrekin Beam will be offering a call-back telephone service.
Please note that we are not offering a crisis or instant response service.
The support being offered is purely phone-based. We cannot provide support via email, text/messaging apps or on video calling platforms.
Accessing call-back support:
Young people can email us at AskBeam@childrenssociety.org.uk asking for support. Once they have emailed, an automatic response will ask for some more information. When this has been completed, a team member will contact them to discuss what help they need, and when the best time would be for a practitioner to call them.
Calls will be booked in with our practitioners within our usual drop-in times.
Accessing support without a call back:
Where a young person does not want to talk but still needs some support, they can still contact us via AskBeam@childrenssociety.org.uk. We can send details of online resources, information and apps which can offer support.
Information for Parents/carers:
If you feel your child(ren)/young person would benefit from our support, please take a look at our website https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/beam/coronavirus.
For young people aged 13+ please ask them to contact us via AskBeam@childrenssociety.org.uk.
For young people who are aged 13 and under, you will need to contact us on their behalf via AskBeam@childrenssociety.org.uk.
As with our face to face drop-ins, the young person should want to engage with us, and be able to do so over the phone.