Schools around the region have begun reopening their doors following the easing of some lockdown rules. Pupils are gradually returning with smaller class sizes, enhanced safety and social distancing measures in place, to keep themselves and tutors safe over the months to come.
For some students it will mark the beginning of the transition into new year groups that involve a change of school. Combining this with the long period of closure since the middle of March, it has undoubtedly created additional worry for young people returning to their studies.
Understanding these concerns and the additional pressures created by the pandemic has led regional charity Access Community Trust to create a series of free bitesize online sessions to intensify support for returning students. The ‘Back 2 School’ Ambassador series hosted on the charity’s youtube channel encompasses 6 informative sessions, that discuss topics such as coping with anxiety, building confidence, trust, safeguarding, resolving conflict/bullying and mental health awareness. The series also offers the opportunity for students to become an Access Ambassador, which empowers pupils to support others struggling over the coming months that are returning to education.
View our informative Back 2 School Ambassador introduction and all sessions on our YouTube channel by clicking here
The Trust’s CEO Emma Ratzer MBE explains,
“Returning to school under normal circumstances following a long break can be daunting. The pandemic has amplified this situation further. As an organisation, we have intensified support online for many people struggling in our communities, that feel even more isolated in these uncertain times. This range of short videos have been specifically developed for young people preparing to return to school or even perhaps college. They all contain helpful information surrounding a number of feelings that students might be experiencing, alongside offering tips on maintaining good mental health and wellbeing as they continue their education.”
All sessions are available to download from Access Community Trust’s youtube channel, alongside contact details for further one to one support for young people as required.
Headteacher of Suffolk’s Alde Valley Academy, Dan Mayhew commented,
“This service is an invaluable additional resource for returning pupils that will be experiencing a range of emotions at the moment. As a school we are acutely aware of our students’ emotional wellbeing and online resources like these are crucial in addressing anxiety and stress at this time. These resources will complement our virtual support and our Year 6 transition materials, we are extremely grateful to Access Community Trust”
Marking its 45th anniversary this year, Access Community Trust as adapted its offering during the pandemic by creating an additional range of new supportive online services to help those that may be homeless or suffering from social isolation within the community. Throughout the pandemic, the charity has also focused on preparing homemade meal parcels to those that are struggling locally from Sams, its community café based in Lowestoft and The Pavilion Café in Woodbridge.
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