Hello my name is Kate Shaw - As Wellbeing Lead for children and families I work as part of our Inclusion Team supporting children, parents and carers.
Our aim at St Joseph's is to support families and encourage children to enjoy school and feel happy and secure.
I am able to provide support for children and carers. I am also a link between home and school, and an ongoing contact as children move from school to school.
During term time, we work in partnership with parents and carers, school, and other agencies to support families - aiming to resolve current issues and prevent future difficulties.
I can help....
Children who are experiencing difficult times or who are withdrawn and anxious.
Parents or carers experiencing difficulties with their children's behaviour.
Families who are reacting to change, such as parental separation or bereavement.
Parents and carers whose children are reluctant to attend school or have been excluded.
Parents or carers who may need support on a wide range of issues or difficulties impacting on their family life e.g. illness, domestic violence, disability or financial difficulties.
I can also...
Help with links between you and school.
Support you at school meetings.
Help you towards other sources of help, advice and support.
Provide information on support groups for parents and carers.
Work closely with the Inclusion Lead to support wider issues.
Please contact me via the school office by calling 0208 546 7178 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
With your consent we will explore the difficulties your child or family is experiencing and try to find the best way forward together.
We are regularly updating this page to give you access to up to date advice and links to resources on all wellbeing Issues.
The Mental Health Support Team At St Josephs
St Josephs are very happy to be working in partnership with the Mental Health Support Team. We have an Emotional Wellbeing Practitioner called Serena Bargary who works at the school on Friday afternoons she is offering 1-1 sessions with parents who need support with their children's challenging behaviour, low mood or anxiety. Parents can self refer for these sessions using the google doc linked below or access sessions via our wellbeing lead. She also offers regular parent workshops through the year on topics that parents feel are important for them such as managing challenging behaviour and supporting your anxious child.
For more information please see the video introduction and leaflet linked below.
Video Intro: https://drive.google.com/file/d/16NsYzViweG6hsvt1YxrSqNMjvnyGcNHI/view?usp=sharing
Google form for self referral to the MHST
Anti Bullying Parent Pack
Supporting children with the English curriculum (Phonics/Keystage 1)
We are very happy to welcome Donna from Kingston Adult Education who will be facilitating these sessions for reception and year 1 parents who want to learn more about how to support their children with the English Curriculum - this will be a friendly and interactive course. Please follow the sign up link below to register
This six week course will help you to support your child more effectively with phonics and the wider KS1 English curriculum. You will gain knowledge of the National Curriculum requirements for English at Years 1 and 2, and you will discover useful tips for helping your child with their reading and writing.
By the end of the course, you will understand more of the language terminology used in classes. You will increase your own vocabulary and feel more confident when supporting your child.
Dates: 9 November-14 December, 2022
Location: St Joseph's RC School Kingston
Serena Bargary our School's emotional wellbeing practitioner from the MHST delivered an online session to Year 6 parents to help them support their child's transition to secondary school. She created the pack below to help.
Our School Health Team are now offering the Henry Project -
Everyone wants the best for their children, but it can be hard to know what to do as a parent as they grow up. That’s where HENRY comes in.
The Your Healthcare HENRY team offer 8 week programmes and one off workshops for parents of children between 0-12.
HENRY practitioners work in partnership with parents to set goals that work for them and support a healthy lifestyle.
Parents can self refer using the link below or get in touch with Kate to find out more.
FUEL is Achieving for Children's holiday activity and food programme funded by the Department for Education.
Children who receive benefits-related free school meals have the opportunity to attend free activities during certain school holidays, with a hot meal also being provided.
Achieving for Children will partner once again with different holiday clubs, youth centres, sport groups and more to bring you a programme of activities to meet everyone's interest.
All of our providers offer spaces for children with additional needs/SEND. In certain circumstances we also have specialist support available where required. For further information Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) (opens a new window)
please open the poster below and scan the QR code to check your availability
Bookings can now be completed for Kingston and Richmond Summer Activities see link pages below -
How to book
Holiday Activities for Families in Kingston Borough
We are collecting useful links below which we hope will be helpful when talking to your children about the present crisis in Ukraine including children's news sites where you can watch the news and talk together, feeling reassured that the content is appropriate for children.
Children's News coverage and advice about talking to children about what is happening in the Ukraine
Advice for Children Worrying about Russia and Ukraine
Cost Of Living Crisis
We are aware that since the pandemic there have been a lot of changes to people's financial situations throughout the borough which have been worsened with fuel costs and rising food prices. We are a food bank voucher distributor and have links with local charities that can help to support families in times of difficulty. Please do get in touch and I can talk through the services that can help.
Local Charity Save the world Club offer a daily food redistribution service that anyone can sign up to -
FREE SCHOOL MEALS APPLICATION
If your financial circumstances have changed due to the Corona Virus or for any other reason and you need to apply for free school meals you can apply through Kingston Council by pressing the link below and filling out the electronic form. If you need any support with this process please get in touch with the school office and we will help you.
Help is available for people in Kingston who have tested positive for COVID-19. Local Kingston support is available to anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 or has been told to self isolate, to help with access to food and medicine deliveries, financial assistance if eligible, and support with health and wellbeing. This help can be accessed by visiting by calling 020 8547 5000
Or visiting -
This resource has been put together to support you if you are grieving the sudden death of someone close to you, or if you are supporting someone going through sudden bereavement.
Counselling and Support Services found in Kingston
Mental Health Awareness Week Nature Guide for Parents and Caregivers
An Introduction to Emotion Coaching - link to slides shared at the workshop for parents March 21
Link to the Powerpoint Presentation for Our Wellbeing talk on Promoting Resilience in the Primary Years
Money Advice Service
A link to all information about different benefit entitlments during this time, coronavirus and sick pay, coronavirus and travel / insurance issues stc
Local Wellbeing and Health Advice and Organisations
Compassionate Neighbours are trained volunteers offering friendship and listening. Website gives informaiton on worldwide compassionate action in the present coronavirus climate and ways to get in touch for connecting and friendship.
Samaritans KIngston - Phone: 116 123 - free from any phone or email email@example.com 24 hours Samaritans offer emotional support for anyone struggling to cope.
The Save The World Club
Local Charity offering recycled household goods via the Circulatory in Berrylands and redistributed food to any one who needs it
Services to Use If You Are Worried about Your Safety or the Safety of a Child
Help for adults concerned about a child
Childline - Comforts, advises and protects children 24 hours a day and offers free confidential counselling. Phone 0800 1111 (24 hours) Chat 1-2-1 with a counsellor online
Help and Support for anyone worried about the emotional well being or Mental Health of a young person aged from 0-25
Online and helpline support for anyone worried about the emotional well being or mental health of a young person aged 0-25
Parenting Advice and Free Helpline - open daily
Family lives have a free help line that offers support and advice on any aspect of parenting and family life - they have volunteers working from home 9am-9pm Mon-Fri and 10am-3pm Sat/Sun 0808 800 2222
Please click on the links below to find out more information regarding each subject/organisation.
Please click on the rainbow icon below for more information about our well-being focus from previous terms.