Mental Health Awareness Weekruns from today, Monday the 18th until Sunday 24th of May. The theme for this year is “Kindness”and at a time when the world feels upside down, kindness can be the key to turning things around. In fact, we often use the expression, “It is better to give than receive”, but did you know this is backed up by research? Find out more by clicking on this link.
On Sunday 17th May, Archbishop Eamon Martin broadcast a special mass from St. Patrick’s Cathedral, for all the children in the Armagh diocese who had their 1st Holy Communion cancelled due to Covid 19.
He asked them to draw a picture of Jesus and send it to their school.
Huge thanks to guest speaker Una Walsh who kindly joined our P6 online classroom yesterday for a virtual tour of South Armagh. Never one to be beaten by circumstances beyond her control, Una quickly adapted her annual bus tour for P6, presenting photos and a lively discussion on our virtual classroom Collaborate Ultra.
Bus tour, or virtual tour, pupils were enthralled with Una’s knowledge and stories of Ballykeel Dolmen, Jackson’s Follie, Carrive Mass Rock and St Monnina’s Well. A wonderful tour for everyone with excellent questions from the pupils prompting Una for more information. ( we are wondering if any parents P6 or not, would like a similar virtual experience with Una , if so please comment below and we will be in touch)
Well done P6 for your participation in the tour and making the experience a very enjoyable one for all involved.
Parenting NI is the leading charity for supporting Parents in Northern Ireland and their website has lots of general advice and useful links for Parents/Guardians in “normal times”. However, recognising that these are not “normal times”, they have added a very useful article with lots of ideas and advice for Parents/Guardians including strategies to help to improve communication with children and young people and thus reduce conflict in homes, as we all struggle to adapt to living and working in relatively confined circumstances.
Due to the uncertainity of the current situation, the Education Authority has made arrangements to prepare and issue notification of placement letters for P1 and Nursery, to Parents/Guardians receipt of which will be on Wednesday, 29th April 2020.
The letter will outline the application outcome, provide information on the appeals process and links to the EA website for more information.
As it is possible due to the Covid 19 that some post may take longer to deliever than usual, the “Citizien Portal” will be opened on Wednesday, 29th April and Parents/Guardians who have applied online can log in to view, their child’s pre-school/Nursery or Primary 1 placement. Guidance on how to log in and access placement offers will be accessible on the EA website the link is given below.
We have been asked to share the information below about the Covid 19 Community Helpline, further information can be found at the link at the end.
The Covid-19 Community Helpline went live on Friday 27 March and operates 9 am to 5 pm, 7 days per week initially, although this will be kept under review and the service can be increased if necessary. The Helpline has been taking calls from members of the public who need advice and support relating to the COVID 19 emergency, initially linking people into local services.
Some of the services which can be accessed via the helpline include: delivery of food parcels to vulnerable people including those in the shielded group who have no other way to access food deliveries; information about retailers offering delivery in a local area; help from the voluntary and community sector to deliver prescription medication and advice on claiming benefits. Advice NI have put in place a detailed directory of community and voluntary organisations at both a local and regional level covering everything from domestic abuse, to mental health to local sports groups willing to walk dogs for vulnerable people. Helpline staff will provide a warm handoff to the relevant service if they are unable to deal with a query themselves, and are aware of the need for a warm handoff to the Nexus service if a caller reports domestic abuse during the course of the conversation.
The helpline is for vulnerable people who have no other method of accessing support. If a vulnerable person already has sufficient support in place, either from family and friends or from a voluntary organisation then they should continue to rely on that in the first instance.
On the question of whether representatives could call the helpline on someone’s behalf the answer is yes, as long as the person has given permission to the representative to share their details and act on their behalf.
The Helpline service also offers e-mail and text message response facility.