Please take a look at the Early Help Directory for other services that may be able to provide support
#Wakefield Cares; Support & Advice for Families, Children and Young People
As England returns to a national lockdown, we've put together some useful resources to look after yourself while staying at home. Please take a look at the #WakefieldCares website or download the leaflet for information about support services at this time.
Help at the Hubs
The new service in your area to help you. A FREE service to help all deal with the impact of COVID on jobs and finances and much more. Download the leaflet for more information and find your nearest hub information here.
Wakefield’s Employment and Skills Service, each of our STEP-UP advisers are specialists in looking for and sustaining work, careers advice and guidance or business support. Further information can be found on their website.
Think Family Employment Advisors
Offering a range of practical employment support to families such as;
More information and referral contact details can be found on their newsletter.
Wakefield District Housing – Community Employment Advisors
Any tenants wishing to use our service can contact the Community Employment Team on 01977 788825 or email CommunityEmploymentAdvisors@wdh.co.uk. For further information take a look at the website.
Income Related Free School Meals
Have your circumstance changed? Are you now entitled to Income related Free School Meals? Do you claim benefits? Check your eligibility and apply on line now using this link.
Need help with benefits, managing money or cooking on a budget then get Cash Wise. This is a financial support service for everyone living in the district.
Citizens Advice Bureau
An independent, local charity which offers free, independent impartial advice to the citizens of the Wakefield district. Find more information on their website.
Christians Against Poverty's Debt Service in Wakefield
We continue to offer our free debt advice to all residents of Wakefield, covering every WF postcode (other than self employed).
Appointments can be made via our freephone number on 0800 328 0006 or visit https://capuk.org/i-want-help
Attached below is a copy of our leaflet, which explains our service. Appointments available at the Portobello Community Centre or over the phone.
Home-Start provides a service which is district wide and is open to parents of children up to the age of 11 years.
Self support for children
Please take a look at our Children and Young People zone.
Infant crying – advice for new parents
Infant crying is normal and it will stop! Babies start to cry more frequently from around 2 weeks of age.Comfort methods can sometimes soothe the baby and the crying will stop. Is the baby hungry, tired or in need of a nappy change?
It’s okay to walk away if you have checked the baby is safe and the crying is getting to you. After a few minutes when you are feeling calm, go back and check on the baby.
Never, ever shake or hurt a baby. It can cause lasting brain damage and death.
Wakefield 0 - 19 service
The 0 – 19 service are still very much here to support the health and wellbeing of everyone, in your family and continue to be available for breastfeed, weaning, bed wetting and child development and emotional difficulties.
Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing
Andy Man’s Club
A talking group which provides a place for men to come together in a safe environment to talk about issues/problems they be have faced or are currently facing. See the website for more information
Wakefield Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) in Wakefield can talk to you about mental health concerns. If you’re a young person aged 16 to 17, a parent or carer of a child or young person, or a professional such as a GP, teacher or social care worker, you can get in touch now: www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk/camhs-wakefield
Also available CAMHS a guide for young people, families and carers. Wakefield CAMHS have developed a resources area which has lots of information and downloadable workbooks, leaflets and materials to help support you, or your child.
Children and young people may understandably be concerned or worried by what they see, read or hear in the news, online or at school regarding coronavirus. There are ways in which you can support them to understand what is currently happening click here for some resources
Mental Health Support Line
This free 24/7 helpline provides mental health support for anyone registered with a GP in Kirklees, Calderdale, Wakefield and Barnsley.
The service supports people who are, At risk of developing mental health problems. Diagnosed with common mental health problems, Known to mental health services. Experiencing mental health distress orSeeking information, advice and support. The 24 hour, seven days a week telephone number is: FREEPHONE 0800 183 0558
Team Mate, Wakefield Trinity
Team Mate’ is a men’s mental fitness and well-being programme that will run on a weekly basis at the Mobile Rocket Stadium with specialist support from Turning point. The Team Mate programme using the power of rugby league will help break the stigma and challenges of mental health within males. Sessions will run on a Tuesday evening starting on 29th September and Friday mornings at the Mobile Rocket Stadium.
We would invite all men to contact us for further information and register to become one of our Team mates here at Wakefield Trinity by contacting email@example.com For further information take a look at the website.
HealthWatch Wakefield have introduced a new dedicated mental health tab on their website. This page offers local and national places for support along with other news items and updates. Click here to visit their new page
Wakefield's Safe Space
Are you struggling with your mental health? Are you feeling isolated and alone? Do you need someone to talk to in confidence? We offer hope in a crisis. Our lines are open from 6pm till midnight, Fri – Sat, Zoom & Telephone support available call 07776962815. Click here for poster.
Mental health support for children and young people, including a parent helpline. Take a look at their website.
Wakefield Safeguarding Children’s Partnership
Take a look at the parents & carers section for useful information about Early Help, CAMHS, bullying, E-safety, Mental Health and Wellbeing etc.
My Local Offer, Wakefield
Providing support and information for families with children and young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs and/or a disability. Find out about activities and groups you can join in with here.
We work with and for young people to fully prepare them for adulthood, equipped with the personal and social skills to be valued and engaged as citizens, capable of making positive choices and accessing opportunities. Take a look at the website.
YOUNG CARERS APP – We want your feedback & thoughts!
I'm excited to tell you that both the apple and android version of the Young Carers Support App is now live.
The free Young Carers Support App launched 16 March on Young Carers Action Day 2021. This first version is a collaboration between young carers, the West Yorkshire & Harrogate Partnership and Dr Knut Schroeder.
We are keen to gather feedback and hear the view of young carers and those colleagues who may be signposting young carers to the App. The feedback will inform and enable us to co-produce the final versions to be launched in May. The survey closes on the 16 April. Please could you share with your carers networks as appropriate please.
You can access the App here:
Alternatively you can search in the App store by typing Young Carers Support App (produced by Expert Self Care Ltd).
We would love to hear what young carers think and the team behind the app are happy to make changes to the content where needed.
The app development team would like to thank you for all your help and support in helping them to review the app. I hope that young carers will find this a useful resource!