In The Spotlight
Wild Bank Community School, Stalybridge, has been recognised with an award for its work supporting pupils’ mental health.
Their pupil council presented the AcSEED award to parents, governors and pupils at a special assembly.
The school were able to access the accreditation following support from the Population Health Team at Tameside Council.
Wild Bank is the first primary school in the borough to receive the accreditation, which is for schools that have made a substantial effort to support the mental health and wellbeing of their pupils.
They received the award following a visit from the AcSEED team who came to see what the classroom support was like for pupils.
Tameside Council provided the funding which allowed Ali Sparkes, Education and Development Services Manager at Tameside, Oldham & Glossop Mind to work directly with the school on a consultancy basis, offering support and guidance during the accreditation process.
This included supporting Wild Bank with an assessment of their wellbeing provision across all areas of the school and identifying areas that needed extra support.
To meet criteria for the award, she provided staff and parent wellbeing training, mindfulness workshops and also worked with the Pupil Council to encourage children to spread the wellbeing message around the school.
There’s a lot of work going on in Tameside around developing a whole school approach to wellbeing, with workshops being held throughout November.
Teachers at Wild Bank start each school day with an emotion register, so staff can have offer support if there are any pupils who are feeling sad or angry. Staff help pupils to understand their feelings and emotions in a way that enables them to support each other.
The school now has ‘nurture nooks’ where children can go if they need someone to talk to or have a time for reflection. There are two nurture rooms for the children to work collaboratively in a safe base.
Last year, the school held a wellbeing events where pupils could partake in a variety of activities which would help them think about their emotional wellbeing. These included mindful colouring, creating worry dolls, taking part in various sports, gardening, yoga as well as other activities.
Wild Bank has adopted a whole school approach to wellbeing, which ensures the school works in partnership with parents and carers and other agencies, while also looking after the mental health of staff as well as pupils.
Pastoral support is also available, offering support, information and guidance for both pupils and their families.
Jenny Callaghan, Head teacher of Wild Bank Community School, said: “We are delighted that we are first primary school in Tameside to receive the AcSEED award. It’s an incredible achievement for the school and recognises that the wellbeing of our pupils is important.
“We have strong and supportive relationships that support emotional wellbeing and we provide a safe and inclusive environment for our pupils to engage in learning. We want to enable our children to succeed academically and emotionally for the challenges they face not only in the classroom, but in the future.”
Cllr Brenda Warrington, Executive Leader of Tameside Council, said: “It’s great to see Wild Bank Community School achieve the AcSEED award and offer such a great environment for pupils and staff.
“We’re focused on supporting young people with their mental health by making wellbeing support available in a school setting. There are a number of other primary and high schools which are currently working towards this accreditation.”
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A Droylsden man has quit his 20-a-day smoking habit thanks to the dedicated support from a local health and wellbeing service.
Delvin Stewart, 38, got in touch with Be Well Tameside, run by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, in order to quit in time for his wedding to Rebecca on 16 September 2016.
Delvin, who works as a HGV driver started smoking occasionally when he was 13 years old, but his habit progressed from there to more than 20-a-day.
At their peak, Delvin and his wife Rebecca would spend over £70 a week between them on cigarettes, with Delvin himself spending an estimated £43,800* on smoking over the years.
Delvin said: “There were the obvious health reasons, but both myself and Rebecca wanted to quit so we could save up some money for our wedding and a holiday.”
While trying to complete his stop smoking programme, Delvin was fortunate enough to win a £25,000 wedding through a competition in a local newspaper, which made him even more determined to kick the habit.
“With the newspaper photographers being there we wanted to look our best and we wanted to enjoy the day without going out for a cigarette all the time.”
Delvin said that he has tried to quit at least ten times in the past, using patches inhalers and e-cigarettes, but was never able to stop entirely.
So Delvin contacted Be Well Tameside for support, who offered him an appointment to fit his work schedule and recommended varenicline to help him quit.
Delvin said: “The service looked at all my needs, like my home-life, stress and employment, to build a picture of my frame of mind and set me up with the best chance to be successful.
“Along with the treatment, the service is always available to check your progress, or help to stop you from relapsing, even long after you’re smoke-free.”
Lobna Begum-Haris, Specialist Stop Smoking Lead with Be Well Tameside, said: “We are delighted we could help Delvin to be smoke-free in time for his big day and we will continue to offer him support to help him remain smoke-free.
“As it’s Stoptober it’s a great opportunity for all smokers to make a commitment to quit, but remember that you’re more likely to succeed if you seek professional help - like that available from Be Well Tameside.”
Figures from Public Health England show that 2,965 people in Tameside were admitted to hospital with smoking related conditions between April 2014 and March 2015.
Tameside Council Executive Member Cllr Ged Cooney, responsible for health, said: “Stoptober is a great opportunity for smokers across to quit together alongside friends, family and thousands of other people in our area.
“As an ex smoker myself, I can say from personal experience that the benefits are many when you stop. It’s not easy - but the support that’s available really helps. It doesn’t matter how many times you have tried before – you should never give up on trying to stop.”
You can also follow the service on Twitter @BeWellTameside and like them on Facebook by searching ‘Be Well Tameside’.
For more information about the Stoptober campaign, visit: http://po.st/Stop16_Tameside
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YOU don’t need alcohol to enjoy a night out – as My Recovery Tameside is determined to prove.
Tameside's drug and alcohol recovery service, run by Lifeline, is holding its very first ‘Dry Night’ – a new opportunity for residents who want to enjoy an evening out without alcohol.
The event, which is being is supported by and being held at ‘So-Bar’ – El-Sapo Perezoso, Market St, Droylsden on Wednesday 29 June 6pm-10pm, will provide non alcoholic drinks, food and entertainment.
It is being promoting to people who may be in recovery from alcohol, cutting back drinking or for those who just want to experience a night out in a sober environment - it is open to everyone.
Tickets are £2.50 available at My Recovery Tameside (Lifeline) and will include a free drink and Tapas Buffet.
My Recovery Tameside works with adults, young people, families and communities affected by substance misuse. The service focuses on prevention and early intervention and person centred services which are easy to access and have a long lasting impact. For further information call 0161 672 9420.
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