Information: Update 25.3.20


Even though school is not open to the majority of children, I want to take this opportunity to reassure you that we are here for you and are keen to help if you need advice or support. Below I have included information on Free School Meals, Foodbanks and looking after our mental well-being. You can get in contact via: admin@myattgarden.lewisham.sch.uk or calling us on 0208 691 0611 or 0774 2967605.

Free School Meals
PLEASE BEWARE scam emails – there is one circulating asking families for bank details in order to transfer money for lunches. You will never be asked for this information from us, Lewisham or the DfE so DO NOT RESPOND.
Lewisham are currently working with Chartwells, our meal providers, to supply families who qualify for Free School Meals with lunches for their children. They are hoping that this will be in the form of a hamper each week that will provide food to make lunches for each child. We will let you know more details as soon as we have them.
Whilst this is being sorted, we are working hard to get supermarket vouchers to all FSM families, so please watch out for more information in your Inbox. In the meantime if you need help please email: admin@myattgarden.lewisham.sch.uk and we will respond.

Lewisham Foodbank Organisations
Due to the current crisis, Lewisham Foodbank Organisation are making changes to the way they work. They will, as much as possible, continue to provide services for those who need them in these very difficult times.

Requesting a voucher:
If you need to make a visit to one of Lewisham’s foodbanks please send an e-mail for the attention of either Orlaine McDonald or Elaine Dempsey with the following information to: admin@myattgarden.lewisham.sch.uk

• full name
• postcode
· Contact telephone number
· number of adults and children in the household

Alternatively, call 0774 2967605 and leave a voicemail for the attention of either Orlaine McDonald or Elaine Dempsey with the above information required. We will then e-mail Lewisham Foodbank Organisation with your request.

Changes to opening:

• Catford Elim (Saturday) – closed until further notice
• St James New Cross (Monday) – closed until further notice
• Lewisham Tabernacle – open Tuesdays and Thursdays 12 to 2pm, as usual
• Hope Centre – open Wednesdays 10am to 12pm and Fridays 12 to 2pm, as usual

In line with advice, they have also changed the way they distribute food at the centres to reduce the time spent there and contact with others.

Mental Well-being
Here are some useful sites that can provide helpful advice for you, your friends and your family to look after your mental health at a time when there is much discussion of potential threats to our physical health. You might be worried about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it could affect your life. This may include being asked to stay at home or avoid other people which can feel difficult or stressful. But there are lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing.

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/anna-freud-learning-network/coronavirus/

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-tips/

These are truly exceptional times, but we are all doing our bit to prevent the spread of this virus by staying at home and isolating ourselves and our families.

Stay well.

Sally Williams
Head Teacher

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