“Supporting the whole family”
Post Diagnostic Service ADHD and ASD
Referrals are received from Healthy Young Minds for families to access our Post Diagnostic Service. We work with families who have children/young people diagnosed with Autism or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. We offer a 5-week course that will inform, empower and support families who have received a recent diagnosis. Person centred, 1-1 work is carried out with the families that attend the course to ensure that the whole family understand their young persons diagnosis and work together going forward.
1-1 Support for Social Care Families
Referrals are received from Bury Council's Social Care Teams. We offer 1-1 support to families who have been referred in. This includes emotional support, upskilling and empowering parents, signposting and support for families in navigating their way through any difficulties they may be having. We can support with various strategies within the home environment. We support and empower families to complete DLA/PIP and charity forms etc. We can also, if necessary, signpost families to various services in Bury. Families are offered our seminars free of charge (please see the upcoming events page).
Parent Carer Seminars
Our Parent Carer Seminars offer support, guidance and information that help to empower and upskill families for their futures. They are an opportunity to meet other parents who are in the same position. Many parents have said that it is one of the most powerful parts of the seminars, realising you are not alone and the only one struggling.
(please see the upcoming events page). We try to arrange the seminars mornings, afternoons and evenings so that everybody is able to attend.
Referrals from School Nursing Team
We receive referrals from the School Nursing Teams in Bury. Families are referred into our service for individual 1-1 support. We aim to empower families so they can manage any issues they are currently facing. We work closely with the relevant school so behaviours are worked on across all settings promoting consistency.
Local Transformation Plan - Parental Support
We receive referrals from Healthy Young Minds in Bury in relation to supporting parent’s emotional health and wellbeing. We offer 1-1 support to parents supporting them with the day to day challenges they may be facing. We inform and empower parents and help them develop their own natural support and support network. We can also signpost families to various statutory or voluntary/third sector organisations to ensure they are getting the correct support.
First Point Family Support Services offer bespoke training packages to a wide variety of people and organisations including; schools, parents/carers, children and young people, local authorities, health care professionals, private establishments, voluntary and third sector organisations.
Person Centred Planning (including Graphic Facilitating)
Tactics for Home Parenting Sessions
Skill Building Courses
If you would like to discuss any of the above, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we can devise personalised courses for your intended audience. Please contact us on 0161-762-1440 or via email - firstname.lastname@example.org
What We Offer:
- Lynsey Blears - Company Director
Debi Walker - Company Director
Lisa Joynson - Family Support Worker
Jodie Nuttall - Family Support
Hannah Fitton - Family Support Worker
Nicole Blears - Financial Support
Lucy Lee - Financial Support
Social Work Students and Volunteers
“We passionately empower families and professionals to make informed choices. Built on our innovative and personable approach we aim to make life changing differences.”
First Point Family Support – Service Update 24th August 2021
We would like to take this opportunity to give you a service update as the lockdown restrictions are changing.
We continue to follow the government guidelines, ensuring we are maintaining our staff and visitors safety at all times. We recognise that some parent, carers, children, young people and adults, that our service will come into contact with, may be particularly susceptible to infection and have underlying health conditions (this includes our team here at First Point). So we would like to reassure our service users that all our staff members have been double vaccinated to ensure everyone is protected.
The team continues to work from both our Blackburn Street office and their individual homes where necessary and are here to offer full support to all our families and other professionals. We are using both virtual and face to face meetings where required and we will continue to monitor this, remain cautious as the schools return in September.
If you ring the office please leave a message as we may be on another call, this way we know you have contacted us, and we will return your call as soon as we can.
Please see the support links for information on local and national services around COVID 19.
Also there are still virtual events available, please see below.
Kooth, the online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people aged 11 to 18 years has been available in Bolton, Manchester, Oldham, Trafford Rochdale and Wigan for some time. It’s now available in Bury, Salford, Tameside and Stockport.
Live chat function for a CYP to converse with a qualified counsellor;
Messaging function for children and young people to contact the service, these are monitored and managed by counsellors, emotional wellbeing practitioners and media workers;
Static and live topic-focused forums; forums encourage the development of a peers supported community online;
Online magazine containing a wealth of topic specific resources, from mental health specific topics to more general subjects; and
Crisis information, and self-help resource
The target groups in Greater Manchester
Children and young people with emotional wellbeing and/or emerging mental health problems, many of whom will require a low level/targeted/short-term intervention
Children and young people who are hard to reach and do not engage with services through traditional routes
To find out more visit https://hub.gmhsc.org.uk/mental-health/kooth/
Information for Parent/Carers
Launch of Educational Psychology Service School/Parent Help Line
Bury local authority have opened a help line for parents and carers who have children or young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability.
The helpline that will be run by Bury Education Psychology Service and is available to provide advice to parents/carers and schools
It will run twice a week on
Mondays between 13.00 and 15.30
Wednesday between 9.30 and 12.00.
The number is 0161 253 6406.
(voicemail facility is available please leave a message and the team will get back to you)
The helpline is intended to provide EP advice and support for schools/parents of CYP with SEND in the context of the current situation that exists due to Covid-19.
Types of EP advice and support available could include:
• Anxiety, stress and related issues arising from being out of school/returning to school/COVID 19/missing friends etc.,
• Loss and bereavement – EPs provide Critical Incident support, but the helpline may identify where this support is needed.
• Transitions – particularly for those children starting reception/year 7.
• Advice on routines/behaviours because of changes to routine.
• Reassurance/advice on academic progress and expectations once children are back to school.
• Advice on EHC needs assessments and annual reviews.
You may of course have other educational questions or concerns that are not included on this list, so please do not hesitate to call, no matter how small your question or concern is.
Please note that EPs may sign post to other services as part of the support but will not become involved beyond the advice and support of the phone call.
Bereavement Support for different Language Speakers
A Message from The Bury Directory
We hope you are keeping well during this difficult time.
It is a challenging time for us all right now and we want to ensure that our residents have access to the information, advice and support they need to keep them informed and help them through.
Please use the link: Information on Coronavirus in Bury | The Bury Directory to our dedicated ‘Coronavirus’ section. It is updated regularly with Government guidance and you will also be able to browse and access a wealth of relevant and timely information.
You may also be interested in our new ‘Health & Wellbeing Hub’ where you can:
• Discuss Health & Wellbeing topics with others. Post a comment to start a discussion here.
• Browse local health & wellbeing news from a variety of sources, in one place
• Access a range of free and funded learning opportunities
• Share useful resources with others using our document drive
Stay safe! The Bury Directory Team