Welfare and Community
"Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."
(2 Corinthians 9:7)
The Cost of Living Crisis
As I hope you all know, our school is here not only to look after our children but also our families. It is a very trying and financially testing time for many of our families at the moment and the next few months could see many hitting crisis point. My message to you is that you are not alone and we are here to help wherever possible. Our family liaison officer, Wendy Schofield, has already been instrumental in providing links to funding for families which could be a big help. Wendy can also refer families in to a number of agencies, not least local food banks. There is support if you are facing housing related difficulties and, again, Wendy can provide support and refer families to agencies and schemes such as ‘The Household Support Fund’, ‘First Call’ and ‘Under One Roof’. Tony at the Heritage shop in Accrington is accepting uniform that children might have outgrown and has already supplied over 3,000 uniforms to families in the Accrington area this summer alone. We also collect uniform at school and if you need any at all, please just ask at the office. It is waiting to be used. Please get in touch with me at school if you would like Wendy to contact you if you feel you could benefit from any help at all. We know that this could also impact on our children and we have a school counsellor available every Tuesday morning. If you are ever worried about your child’s mental health or well-being, please get in touch so that we can set something up. If it is your own mental health and well-being that is suffering, do not suffer alone. We are here to listen and help at school and Wendy has completed lots of referrals for men and women over the last few months. Please reach out to me at school if I can help or direct you to support in any way. This will be completely confidential and I will be delighted to help you. We are all one family at St. Mary’s and we are here for both you and your children at any time at all.
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