Place2Be

Gallions Mount School works closely with children’s counselling group Place2Be; a fantastic service that helps to support and improve the mental and emotional health and wellbeing of both children and parents from our school community. Place2Be currently provides emotional and therapeutic support to pupils and families in more than 250 schools nationwide.

We believe that all children should have access to support at a young age to encourage positive emotional and mental health. Having access to this service provides our young children with the tools to manage difficulties and changes in a positive way.

Seamus McAveety is our school project manager and works closely with many children and families throughout our school. This could be on a one to one basis or during the lunchtime drop in sessions that allow children to access the service by request either alone or with friends to discuss anything that might be causing them to feel anxious or stressed. One to one sessions are also offered to our parents and carers by place2be’s parent Counsellor Chris Sparvell. These sessions provide support and guidance to help our families cope with changes and advise on actions that can improve confidence and mental and emotional wellbeing.

 All children involved in Place2be enjoy working with Seamus and his team. The lunchtime sessions run on Thursday’s and Friday’s and are extremely popular with both KS1 and KS2 pupils. The children are given the space to express themselves through the use of Art, creative play and talking.

As some of you may be aware Place2Be is supported by the Royal Patron, HRH the Duchess of Cambridge who is very passionate and committed to improving the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people in the UK. More information on her views about Place2Be, their work and the service as a whole can be found on the Place2Be website at www.place2be.org.uk.    

Attached you will also find an overview of how Place2Be runs in schools and the help and support they offer. If you have any questions about the Place2Be service please feel free to contact School project manager Seamus McAveety on 02088542691.