Here at Goresbrook School we value the emotional wellbeing of our whole school community so we are pleased to have Place2Be in both our primary and secondary phases.
Place2Be is a national charity which helps children to develop resilience by supporting them when they are experiencing challenging life issues and helping them to develop self-confidence and lifelong coping skills. When they are supported in this way, children are able to learn more easily and that means less worry for parents.
There is a special Place2Be room inside the school where children can go to express and think about their worries, through talking, creative work and play. Our School Project Manager, Lynne Ali-Northcott, supports this process, helping children to find new ways of coping with difficulties so they don’t get in the way of friendships or learning.
Place2Talk: A lunchtime drop-in service for all students from Yr1 to Yr11. Children fill in a slip to alert the School Project Manager and post it in their special Place2Be post box. They can come either alone or with a friend or two. During the 15 minute session they have the opportunity to talk about how they are feeling with a trained counsellor or perhaps use the art materials or toys to role play instead.
Place2Be one-to-one counselling: Children can be referred for a variety of reasons and with parental consent. They attend weekly play therapy sessions for up to a year.
MPACT programme: Moving Parents and Children Together is an 8 week programme specifically for families affected by alcohol or substance misuse. The programme is totally confidential and takes place at a separate venue.
If you would like to find out more about any aspect of Place2Be, or discuss how it could benefit your child, please contact Marianne De Giorgio on 0208 470 2339.
How we help families
We routinely meet with parents to discuss any concerns they may have about their children. A number of Place2Be schools also have A Place for Parents, offering adults counselling support for any issues they may have.
How we help schools
Place2Be also supports teachers and school staff members to think through the emotional needs of children. We advise and support the school leadership to help the whole school thrive.
Times when we’re especially useful
There are times when children feel particularly sad, confused, fearful or angry, due to, for example, family challenges such as separation or illness, or even the death of a much-loved pet. Some children may become withdrawn; others may become demanding or challenging in their behaviour: that’s when Place2Be is especially helpful.
Who is eligible for Place2Be?
Any child requiring emotional support for any reason.
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"He is more confident now and he talks to me more about what he's doing and how he feels." Parent of Year 3 boy who had attended Place2Be
"Place2Talk is helpful if you have a worry like someone is not being friends with you and you are feeling upset. Then you can talk about it at Place2Talk and use puppets and draw and then the bad feelings go away" - Year 4 girl about Place2Talk