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Term 3 2021

Helpfinder’ produced by Young Minds to help parents support their child’s mental health

Times are tough for many people right now. Parents find themselves pulled in many different directions and children may be struggling being in the house for so much longer than usual.

A mixture of concern about covid, working from home, and the children being at home 24/7, along with a possible financial impact make for a stressful household.

Young Minds have created a useful 'Supporting Parents Helpfinder'. By answering six questions, parents can find out how to support their child's mental health during the pandemic (and beyond).


As February half term approaches, we are aware of the potential need for childcare for many of the parents of critical key workers. As a local authority we are keen to do all we can to support this and have managed to work with two sports companies to arrange provision at two sites across the authority and one child-care provision at a third site.


Offer 1

Progressive Sports are going to be based at Abbeywood Community School from Monday 15th to Friday 19th February running an active camp from 8.30am to 3.30pm for children aged 5-13 years. The link for booking is below and parents can book directly with them. The cost is £85 for the full course or £17 per day. All children will need to bring a packed lunch and a water bottle and suitable clothing for the weather. 


Offer 2

Swift Sports will be based at The Park Primary School and bookings can be made via their website  – please see flyer attached for all the relevant information. This will run from Monday 15th February to Friday 19th February from 8.45am-3.30pm for children aged 5–13 years. The cost is £16.50 per child, per day with a 10% for multi day bookings of 3 or more days, alongside this they will be offering a 10% sibling discount on bookings. Bookings can only be made by email and paid via BACS transfer. Places are accepted on a first come, first serve basis and will only be secured once payment has been received. Suitable clothing and footwear will be required for indoor and outdoor use. Children will need to bring a packed lunch and a water bottle.


Offer 3

St Helen’s February Holiday Club will be open for children who are currently permitted to attend school during lockdown. This Ofsted-Outstanding provision has been offering high-quality wraparound and holiday care since 2011 and runs from St Helen’s C of E Primary School, Alveston. We have continued to support keyworkers and their families since March 2020.


The holiday club provides learning through play in a safe and secure environment. Children have access to a large woodland area, all-weather pitch and the school’s large playground and outdoor play equipment. We pride ourselves on offering a free-flow play environment, where children choose where, when and what they play, while supported by a team of qualified and experienced playworkers. We follow all up to date government regulations with further details here and all staff will be Covid-tested before working.


This holiday we will be offering:-

  • Free keyworker registration here
  • For ages 4-12 years
  • Long Day 8am-5.30pm at £29.50 (if booking individual days) including a breakfast of cereal, toast and fruit juice and an evening snack of toast and fruit - own packed lunch to be provided please.
  • A special offer rate of £120 for a full week (just £2.50 per hour’s childcare!) for 8am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday (long days only) for bookings made by Monday 8th February
  • This holiday we are also offering a Short day for just £18.50 per day, 9-3pm - own packed lunch to be provided.


Why not REGISTER NOW with no obligation…

Then (once we have authorised your account) login and BOOK HERE


Please note all offers are for children of critical key workers only and bookings will be made on a first come, first serve basis and places secured once payment has been received.

I am writing to you because across the UK and beyond, the Covid-19 pandemic has had and continues to have a disproportionate impact on people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. 


There is no one, single cause which can explain this, but contributory factors include such matters as financial hardship, where people live, housing, types of job, racism and discrimination, other illnesses and access to health services. This brings into sharp focus the importance of proactively tackling these issues.


South Gloucestershire Council has made a commitment to close the inequality gap as a key priority in our new Council Plan and we fully intend to follow this commitment up in a genuine and robust way. Through my newly created role as Cabinet Member for Public Health and Equality of Opportunity, I am keen to understand issues and improve outcomes across all aspects of life for people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds in South Gloucestershire.


Your voice and involvement is crucial to the success of those plans and ensuring that real change happens and genuine outcomes for people across the area happen. There are a number of ways to share your views with us:


  • Here is a link to a survey and I would be very grateful if you would consider completing it and also sharing it with friends or family who may wish to complete it.


  • The survey is also available as a paper version with a pre-paid envelope. If you would like this survey to be printed in a language other than English, please do let us know.  Please be assured that all responses are strictly confidential and are anonymised – you will not be personally identified by answering the survey.  The survey closing date is Sunday 14th February.


  • I would also like to invite you to an online event on 22 March to have an open discussion about the issues which matter to you. The event is being run by the South Gloucestershire Race Equality Network, an independent group that champions the needs of Black, Asian and minority ethnic residents and communities who live, work or are in education in South Gloucestershire. I will be attending on behalf of the Council and I very much hope that you can join.  Details of how to find out more and attend this event are in the survey for you to see. 


  • In addition, the South Gloucestershire Race Equality Network is holding an online event in partnership with Public Health South Gloucestershire to support people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities to find out more about the Covid vaccine and provide factual information so that you can make properly informed decisions about the vaccine for yourself.  Click here to register to join this free event.


  • The council also runs a Citizens consultation panel called ‘Viewpoint’, through which local people can share their views about the issues which are important to them. I would very much welcome your involvement to ensure all people within our population are represented and have influence over the Council’s work. To find out more and sign up to the panel, click here to visit our website.


We commit to ensuring we are taking real action to positively promote and advance race equality across all communities of South Gloucestershire and I very much hope you will be able to find some time to engage with us or the South Gloucestershire Race Equality Network so that genuine and lasting change happens both now and into the future.


Yours faithfully,




Councillor Franklin Owusu-Antwi

Cabinet Member for Public Health and Equality of Opportunity

South Gloucestershire Council


Our school has now received the lateral flow tests which means staff will be tested twice a week. This will start as of Monday. 


As a school since March we have received many laptops from the DFE which means 51 children now have access to a laptop at home. We have now been given another 39 laptops. Mrs Drake has been in touch with some of you and some of you have asked for a device.

We know that lots of you are sharing devices, using tablets, XBoxes and phones to access but if you would like a laptop please email

We can't promise everyone will get one but if you don't ask you don't get! Please say why you need one and we can then prioritise.


Many years ago our FOBC started fund raising for the school swimming pool to be upgraded. In more recent years the fundraising intensified as holes started appearing in the roof. After a huge push from FOBC and some grants being awarded to us work has started!!!

This has been a long time coming, at some points I didn't think we could do it, but thanks to FOBC, Beefree Construction and especially Luca at WH Architects it is actually happening.

Thank you all so much for all the fundraising and support you have showed this cause over the last few years.

By March the new roof will be on, lets hope we can swim again soon!


The community fridge and store is well stocked. This is in Lemur building, where we do community events including the Polling Station. No code for the door needed and unlocked 8-5 each day. please help yourself to anything you need.

  • Barley Close Community Primary School
  • Barley Close, Mangotsfield, Bristol
  • United Kingdom, BS16 9DL
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