To help support families in Kent, particularly during these difficult times and the current cost of living crisis we are experiencing, Kent County Council (KCC) have created a directory called Kent Together, which contains a wide range of information and links to help families find the support that’s right for you. To find out more, please click on this link to the relevant page on the KCC website: Kent Together - Kent County Council
Below are some other links which may be useful:
https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/back-into-school/resources-for-families/ - A wide range of resources and links to support agencies collated by the Children's Commissioner, from school attendance, wellbeing and children's mental health, Parents' Toolkit, support for parents whose children have special educational needs or disability, bullying, secondary school transition and more.
The Kent Family Website - Parents and caregivers can now get more help for common questions and concerns. The Kent Family Website is a helpful resource for the entire family, from pregnancy to teenage years.
The website is split into sections for parents with under-fives, primary-school aged children and secondary-aged children.
helpforhouseholds.campaign.gov.uk - See what support is available to help with the cost of living and find out how to save money with our energy saving tips.
Find a Food Bank - information about food banks in your area
Free School Meals - a simple, quick way to check whether you can claim free school meals for your child. This could save you up to £461.70 a year
Release the Pressure Kent County Council - worrying about money and being cold and hungry can all impact upon our emotional wellbeing and mental health. There is lots of support for those who feel their mental health is being impacted by money worries
Many people will need some support at times and we have access to links for a wide variety of agencies, charities and information. Please contact Mrs Cooper - firstname.lastname@example.org, or Mrs Woodland email@example.com if there is something not listed in the links above.
The Under 12s Childline website (www.childline.org.uk/kids) has a new page to help primary age children make sense of the Covid-19 situation, with information and advice as well as tips for managing our feelings. There are also some lovely games and activities to help children manage their worries. https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/your-feelings/anxiety-stress-panic/worries-about-the-world/coronavirus
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