New mental health service launched for young people

Kooth is an online mental wellbeing service provided by the county council in response to Covid-19 to add to the range of mental health support available for children and young people in the county.

Young people aged 11 to 18 living in Gloucestershire can now access free anonymous counselling from qualified counsellors via an online mental well-being platform at www.kooth.com. Kooth is designed for young people experiencing issues with their emotional well-being, such as anxiety, low mood or stress.

Counselling can be accessed through a drop-in service or booked sessions; there is no referral needed from a health professional, no waiting lists, and no criteria to meet to get support.

As well as the option of online counselling, there is an online support network where young people can join friendly discussion boards to connect with others having similar experiences. They can access journals, goal trackers, and self-help articles with the option to contribute their own experiences or advice.

Cllr Tim Harman, cabinet member for public health and communities, said: “It’s totally normal to feel stressed or anxious whatever age you are, especially if you’re not able to see your friends or go about your normal routine. Whether you’re feeling worried about something related to coronavirus or something completely different, please reach out for support. It’s good to talk about your worries before they get bigger.”

Kooth is just one of the services available to support children and young people with their mental health and well-being in Gloucestershire, and the county council and its partners are keen to raise awareness of the range of support available.

Other options include:

  • Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS, formerly known as CYPS)

Provides specialist NHS mental health services for children and young people (and their families/carers) who are experiencing moderate to severe mental health difficulties, from birth to their 18th birthday. Find out more about the service here https://cayp.ghc.nhs.uk or call Acorn House on 01452 894300 with any enquiries.

 

  • On Your Mind Glos

An NHS website to explore topics such as bullying, eating disorders and anxiety, and where you can go for more support. www.onyourmindglos.nhs.uk

 

  • Chat Health

A confidential text messaging service for young people to get in touch with a healthcare professional for advice and support. Text 07507 333351.

 

  • TIC+

Phone, text or online counselling for young people aged 9 to 21. A parent support and advice line is also available online. Call 01594 372777, text 07520 634063 or visit www.ticplus.org.uk.

 

  • Gloucestershire Self Harm Helpline

A safe, non-judgemental helpline for young people and adults who self harm, and their friends, families and carers. Call 0808 816 0606, text 07537 410 022 or webchat at www.gloucestershireselfharm.org.

 

  • Childline

Online support, resources and phone counselling. Calls are free and won’t show up on a phone bill. Call 0800 1111 or visit www.childline.org.uk.

 

  • Young Minds

The children and young people’s mental health charity, Young Minds has lots of resources, advice and tool-kits for young people, and a parents’ helpline available Monday to Friday: 0808 802 5544. www.youngminds.org.uk

 

  • GPs are open and available to support people of all ages.

 

  • If you’re feeling very distressed, get help 24 hours a day by calling Samaritans on 116 123 or texting Shout on 85258.

 

Find out more about looking after your mental well-being and what services are available for adults and children here: www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/look-after-your-wellbeing

Tewkesbury Borough Council wants your feedback! – Ashchurch Bridge Project

Tewkesbury Borough Council is asking for your views on the Ashchurch Bridge Project.  More information here

“Our website – tewkesburygardentown.co.uk – is complete with all the information that is publicly available on the bridge project. It includes the drawings, proposed location, and background information that would have been provided at the events. If you have any views to share with us, we ask that you take a look at the website, examine the drawings, read through the background information and then submit your feedback to us using the online form.”

The council is welcoming feedback up until Friday, 12 June 2020.

Anyone unable to access tewkesburygardentown.co.uk can call the council on 01684 295010 or email customerservices@tewkesbury.gov.uk – ask for the ‘Garden Town programme team’.

County council supporting schools planning for pupils’ potential phased return

County council supporting schools planning for pupils’ potential phased return

The county council will meet remotely with Gloucestershire head teachers this week to offer support for plans for getting more pupils back into school from the start of June.

On Sunday, the Prime Minister announced that if the lockdown measures continue to reduce the spread of the virus, primary school children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 could return to school from 1 June. Those secondary school children in Years 10 and 13 are also expected to have some contact with their teachers before the end of the academic year.

Almost all schools in the county have remained open to children of key workers and vulnerable children since lockdown began in March. They have supported over 2,700 children so far, and helped others to learn from home; providing learning materials, online resources and food hampers or vouchers to those in need.

The council had been working with schools to consider the next steps ahead of the Government’s confirmation of a potential phased return and will now need to refine these plans following publication of national guidance. As part of this work schools will have a checklist of things to consider in re-opening and the council will provide additional support where children may struggle with going back to school. Schools also need to think about how they can have more children on site and still aim towards social distancing measures.

Tewkesbury Borough Council Bulky waste collection service resumes

Tewkesbury Borough Council will start taking bookings for its bulky waste collection service from Monday 11 May.

The announcement comes a week after the garden waste collection service was reinstated. Both services have been affected by staff shortages due to the coronavirus pandemic, but now that staffing levels have become more stable, the two services are back up and running again.

Customers who would like a bulky item collected from their home can call the council from Monday to arrange it.

Customers are asked to only book a collection if the household has been clear of Covid-19 symptoms for at least two weeks – this is to limit any spread of the virus and to safeguard the collection crews’ health and wellbeing. If symptoms in the household appear after booking a collection, customers must call the council to rearrange it for two weeks after the last day of symptoms.

Councillor Jim Mason, lead member for clean and green environment, said: “Thank you to all of our customers for understanding and bearing with us and thanks to Ubico crews who are doing a fantastic job of managing waste and recycling collections under very difficult circumstances.

“After a challenging few weeks, I am pleased that staffing levels are more stable and we are, once again, able to help residents dispose of bulky waste.

To arrange a bulky waste collection, visit tewkesbury.gov.uk/bulky-item-collection for details or call 01684 295010.

Town Hall Flagpole – Maintenance taking place

The flag poles at Town Hall have had to be taken down due to safety concerns.  We have recently had work done on the Town Hall masonry facade and have been advised that the existing poles are too heavy for our delicate stone work.   We are looking into the purchase of lightweight fibre glass flag poles, but we regret that the new poles will not arrive in time for us to display the flag for VE-Day.