At Westfield Nursery and Primary School, we are committed to promoting positive mental health and emotional wellbeing to all students, their families and members of staff and governors. Our open culture allows students’ voices to be heard, and through the use of effective policies and procedures we ensure a safe and supportive environment for all affected - both directly and indirectly - by mental health issues.
All children at Westfield Nursery and Primary School have the opportunity to explore and discuss wellbeing of themselves and others, through a variety of different channels. Jigsaw, KidSafe and Colour Monster are embedded throughout the school as well as whole school termly PSHE themes such as work around Heart in the Bottle and Volcano in my Tummy.
We celebrate events such as LGBT awareness month, promote mental health during Anti-Bullying week and during democracy week children learn how every voice matters by voting for the school leaders. On Wellbeing Wednesday different mental health conditions are discussed and children explore how they are feeling. We have a child friendly mental health wellbeing display for pupils located centrally within school and dedicated friendship groups at lunchtime.
Our staff work closely with external agencies work on support programmes such as Lego Therapy, Time to Talk, Therapeutic Music, and Family Action groups such as Happy to Be Me, Risk and Resilience and My Time.
We also act as a food bank hub for Workington Rotary Club, where food parcels are delivered every fortnight and we hold uniform swap shops where parents/carers can access uniform that has been donated.
We actively support local and national charities that resonate with the pupils and parents in school and their experiences, such as Child Bereavement UK, West Cumbria Young Carers and The Sick Children's Trust, who have supported the families in our community for many years.
We have a great deal of support from our staff and parents which we value on a daily basis. Here at Westfield Nursery & Primary School all staff are dedicated to providing all children with quality teaching and provision in order for them to be successful and happy learners, just as it says in our school motto "Smile & Succeed".
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The day to day management and provision of service delivery across Workington Children’s Centres is the responsibility of Family Action as part of the Early Help and Outreach contract which was awarded by Cumbria County Council in January 2020. Through this contract Family Action's Children’s Centres in Allerdale provide Early Help and Outreach services for families with children up to the age of 12 years old.
West Cumbria Carers provides support to carers who look after a family member, relative, friend or neighbour who could not manage without their help. The organisation provides services to carers in the districts of Allerdale and Copeland in the county of Cumbria.
ChildLine are here for you, whatever's on your mind. They'll support you. Guide you. Help you make decisions that are right for you. their tips and techniques, ideas and inspiration, can help you feel more in control. And you can access them in your own time, at your own pace!
First Step provides free, talking therapies to adults in North Cumbria. First Step can help with a range of common mental health problems including mild to moderate depression, anxiety disorders (such as chronic worry, panic attacks, health anxiety and obsessions), mild bulimia, anger or sleep problems.
Mind in West Cumbria believe that a healthy body and good social links within the community do much to promote positive mental health and wellbeing. From their office base in Workington, they offer a variety of services to support the local residents in Allerdale and Copeland.
Child Bereavement help children and young people (up to age 25), parents, and families, to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies. They also provide training to professionals, equipping them to provide the best possible care to bereaved families.
Stonewall are here to let all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, here and abroad, know they're not alone. They have laid deep foundations across Britain - in some of our greatest institutions - so communities can continue to find ways to flourish, and individuals can reach their full potential.
West Cumbria Community Money Advice is a not-for-profit organisation that does not charge for its services. We are staffed by volunteers who are fully trained and we are regulated by the FCA.