Ever wondered where to look if you have a problem and don’t know where to turn, well, here on our Pastoral Links page you may find what you are looking for!
Carers & Vulnerable Adults
Mental Health Resources
UK Addiction Treatment Centres strive to serve as an educational resource by offering helpful articles, guides, and other educational material to encourage understanding and awareness of addiction, an epidemic that affects so many people.
Thank you to Jason, Psychotherapist for suggesting this website.
Addiction Resource was founded in 2014 to provide a community for those recovering from addiction and to help patients find the highest quality care for a successful recovery. Their goal is to provide resources to help patients and their loved ones so that they may stay on the road to recovery, and can successfully overcome addiction for life.
The AlcoRehab team is a group of professionals who are passionate about helping those struggling with alcoholism. They are devoted to providing free support and resources for people who are fighting an alcohol addiction and their loved ones.
Offers a useful resource on the dangers of drinking alcohol for people suffering from HIV.
Institute of Alcohol Studies
This is a brilliant UK site.
This is a good site. Check out the “Other NCPC sites” which contains links to sections on children and teens.
This is an excellent site especially for teens. There is an extensive list of organisations that can help with alcohol related problems. There are also some very good articles on alcohol and alcohol abuse including:
What is alcohol? Effects of short term use Effects of long term use Drinking and driving Legal Status
67-69 Cowcross Street
London EC1M 6PU
Tel: 020 7251 5860
Fax: 020 7251 5890
Helping individuals and communities to manage the effects of drug and alcohol misuse.
This site focuses on education to prevent infection with HIV. It includes latest news and information ON AIDS AND HIV. It covers risks associated with injecting drugs and gives details of syringe and needle exchange schemes and of ways of reducing the risk of contracting HIV and AIDS. It has a special section for young people.
The National Aids Trust is the UK’s leading independent policy and campaigning voice on HIV and Aids.
AHPN is an alliance of African community-based organisations and their supporters working for fair policies for people living with HIV and aids in the UK
Crusaid is a leading UK charity dedicated to helping poor and marginalised people affected by HIV and aids.
Elton John Aids Foundation (ejaf) is an international non-profit organisation funding direct patient care services and HIV prevention education.
George House Trust provides voluntary support services for people with HIV in the north west, together with support to carers, partners and children directly affected by HIV
HIV Scotland is the leading Scottish policy and strategic HIV charity.
NAM provides accurate HIV information to HIV positive people and to professionals that treat, support and care for them.
The Naz Project London is a sexual health HIV and aids agency for south Asian, middle eastern, north African, Latin American and other excluded communities.
There are over 60,000 people living with HIV in the UK. HIV does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race or sexuality. But society does. Positively UK believes in human rights, equality and justice and actively seeks to serve the community it represents.
The stop aids campaign brings together more than 80 of the UK’s leading development and HIV and aids groups.
THT is the leading HIV and sexual health charity in the UK and the largest in Europe.
Waverley care supports people in Scotland living with HIV, their carers and families.
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.
Gingerbread is the support agency for single parents and children. This site lists other agencies including gingerbread offices in other parts of the UK. Advice Line open 25 hours a week 11.00 am to 4.00 p.m.
Tel: Gingerbread on 0171 3368184
Gingerbread runs the only national advice line for lone parents that offers advice based on the individual’s needs and circumstances. They can give advice on a range of issues including; Child maintenance, benefits & housing.
Good UK Site but mainly for parents. Major study – reviews the experiences of children whose parents divorce.
Did you know that all these famous people were bullied at school?
Prince Charles, Sir Cliff Richard, Phil Collins, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Tom Cruise, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dudley Moore, Frank Bruno, Janice Long, Amanda Ross and lots lots more!
If you are being bullied at school – don’t suffer alone! There are people and organisations out there to help you and good advice is available through these web-sites:
Studies concerning childhood bullying suggest that children with disabilities are often the target of harassment, typically during school. Although this is an unfortunate event that happens to many children, it doesn’t make it right and contrary to some people’s beliefs, it’s not “a normal part of growing up.” There are a number of ways parents, teachers, and caregivers can help combat bullying, which is especially important for kids with cerebral palsy, who may not be able to properly defend themselves.
Cyberbullying is bullying that occurs online rather than in person. Cyberbullying can include such things as harassing, teasing, or threatening emails and social media posts, and posting pictures of someone online. Cyberbullying is exacerbated by the fact that, because it takes place online and not in person, it can happen at all hours of the night and day.
Bullying has always been about singling people out and excluding them for their differences. Bullying used to be about popularity, or economic status, wearing the wrong clothes, etc. However, we are now in an age of social media, where bullying doesn’t stop when kids leave the classroom. In a society that encourages young people to be whatever they want, and to be free to express who they are – culturally, sexually, philosophically, artistically – bullying is more pervasive (and invasive) than ever.
The link to this website was added following a suggestion from Denise at The Brenham Community Center in Texas whilst working with children on a bullying project. Thanks Denise.
Bullying at School and On-line
Browse the selection of peer reviewed research articles about bullying:
SAFE International is Canada’s leader in personal protection instruction. The mission of this blog is to inform and educate both youth and adults on “How To Stop Bullying” in both the school yard and workplace environment.
The link to this website was added following a suggestion from Elaina, an Idaho student researching bullying – Thanks Elaina.
Beatbullying aims to reduce and prevent the incidence and impact of bullying, (physical, emotional, verbal, genderised, racist, inter-faith, homophobic) between young people.
Bully Busters’ is an Anti Bullying Helpline that was launched to provide support for victims of bullying and their families.
Bullying UK is the UK’s leading anti-bullying charity and the top destination for parents, children and schools.
The web site provides support for over half a million people each year including families, individuals, schools and youth organisations.
Kidscape is committed to keeping children safe from abuse. Kidscape is the first charity in the UK established specifically to prevent bullying and child sexual abuse. Kidscape believes that protecting children from harm is key.
Kidscape works UK-wide to provide individuals and organisations with practical skills and resources necessary to keep children safe from harm. The Kidscape staff equips vulnerable children with practical non-threatening knowledge and skills in how to keep themselves safe and reduce the likelihood of future harm.
Kidscape works with children and young people under the age of 16, their parents/carers, and those who work with them.
Bully OnLine, the web site of the UK National Workplace Bullying Advice Line and the world’s leading source of bullying help with extensive resources on workplace bullying and related issues.
The Red Balloon Learner Centre was set up in a private home in Cambridge in 1996. The vision is to provide an ‘intensive care’ programme of full-time education in a safe learning environment for children unable to go to school because they have been severely bullied.
NCH – Action for children campaigns for wider access to information and communication technology for children from less advantaged backgrounds. They also recognise that the internet enables those who would harm children to have wider and more direct access to them. Therefore they strongly promote online safety for all children.
Bullying by the Numbers: A Breakdown of Bullying Statistics and Facts
Useful Telephone Numbers.
NSPCC freephone 0800 800 500
ChildLine (confidential and free for children) 0800 1111
Parentline 01268 757 077
Youth Access 01509 210420
Children’s Legal Centre (week days 2.00 p.m. -5.00 p.m.) 01206 873820
Carers and Vulnerable Adults
Just to remind you that, in the right hand side of the church (by the charity notice board) is a basket containing useful information. Please take any you may find helpful.
There are identification forms to be filled in, should a confused person go missing. The Police and Kent Search and Rescue find these forms very helpful at what is a stressful time for relatives and carers.
There are leaflets for those people who feel anxious or vulnerable, or suffering physical or mental abuse, with telephone numbers for people or organisations who can help you. Please do look at them and use them.
Audrey Bullock, Tel. (01580) 891940
(All Saints’ Church Vulnerable Adults Coordinator)
This site focuses on education to prevent infection with HIV. It includes latest news and information ON AIDS AND HIV. It covers risks associated with injecting drugs and gives details of syringe and needle exchange schemes and of ways of reducing the risk of contracting HIV and AIDS.
It has a special section for young people.
Excellent site. This site deals specifically with marijuana.
A useful resource, especially this link regarding bullying and substance abuse Drug Rehab Bullying
Useful Telephone Numbers.
“Health Wise” Helpline 0800 665544
National Drugs Helpline 0800 776600
Drugs in School Helpline 0345 366666
Youth Talk (Counselling for 11-18’s) 01204 575341
Consumer Safety Guide was created to keep the public informed about consumer dangers and safety issues associated with numerous products that can cause the public harm. The website is constantly being updated with the most recent information on the most popular prescription medications and FDA-approved medical devices that could be endangering your health or putting your loved ones at risk. Their mission is to keep you informed and help you make the most educated decisions about your health care!
A useful guide to help understand your finances. Aimed at children, but useful for anyone.
The link to this website was added following an email from Denise, after her daughter found the site – Thanks Denise and Jess.
Character education is the process of learning common attitudes, beliefs and behaviours that are important for people to have as responsible citizens. Good character education can provide ground rules for life for adults and young people, and it stresses the importance of helping children learn and practice behaviours that reflect universal ethical values.
This website has a large number of external website links and pdf downloads on the subject of Character Education – well worth a look.
This site has plans for students of all ages. Not only will their own writing and communication skills improve, but they will also gain a better understanding of messages conveyed in literature and even broadcasting.
Discovery Education’s US History Lesson Plans
Many educators’ go-to source for educational documentaries also offers free lesson plans to the public.
22 Dog-Themed Lesson Plans for Teachers
No matter how old children get, few of them are unimpressed by man’s best friend. The lesson plans featured in this article cover grades K-12.
Art Lesson Plans and Activities
Arts and crafts projects are a fun way for children to flex their creative muscles, but can also be useful for the integration of other educational concepts.
The Ultimate Guide to Satellites for Educators: 35 Lesson Plans and Activities for K-12
Teaching kids science by talking about a tool that not only travels in space, but is also a regular fixture in many people’s lives is a fresh, exciting spin on this ever-changing topic.
Mental Health Resources
Mental health is a complex mix of emotional, psychological, and social factors. To have good mental health is to experience well-being in all of these areas. This area of health is often overlooked and considered less important than physical health, but it affects all areas of a person’s life from coping with challenges to relationships and even physical health.
A site with a lot of resources and health advice, worth a look. See also general health page
Motorcycle deaths and injuries are an important public health concern and economic liability in the United States.
This website is from the American CDC – well worth a look just bear in mind that US law and British law may differ slightly but that bike safety is important the world over.
There are currently between 1.1 and 1.2 million active motorcycle riders in the UK, accounting for approximately 2.6% of the road population. This ever-increasing biker community has led to greater attention being placed on motorcycling safety measures and equipment.
This website is a UK based vehicle dealership blog listing the 4 Key Principles of Motorcycle Safety.
The links to these two website were added following an email from Stephanie, who in conjunction with her daughter were investigating the success of road safety campaigns in the UK and the US over the last 10 years – Thanks Stephanie.
“Teach a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it.”Proverbs 22:6
It’s a fast-paced world, and our children are increasingly connected to the Internet. They cling to it. They rely on it. They log on through a host of different smart devices, computers, wearable technology and all sorts of video games.
Problem is – we don’t always know what they are watching and doing online.
This is an absolutely brilliant site!!! for all sorts of family issues.
This site provides vital guidance and assistance to parents of a child with cerebral palsy.
Quit Smoking Philosophy – Quit Smoking Community is a virtual community that offers support and information for those trying to kick the deadliest habit in the world. Did you know that smoking-related diseases cause more deaths than air plane crashes and guns?
It’s well worth a visit.
This site has lots of sections, all of which deal with prevention and cure. It’s well worth a visit.
It doesn’t pull any punches so beware!
American Cancer Society, who also works to improve people’s health and well-being.
Thanks to Jennifer Chase for this link – a very informative web site.
Anti-Smoking Teen Web Site.
Quit Smoking & Breathe Easy
Making a plan to quit smoking is the first step to quitting for good. Full of very good tips on how to quit.
QuitDay.org, raises awareness on the big positive impact that faith has on quitting smoking and improving health.
Thanks to Jennifer Chase for this link – a very informative web site.
Keeping Your Natural Beauty: A Smoker’s Guide to Quitting.
Quitting cigarettes and other forms of tobacco use brings immediate benefits in terms of blood circulation and long-term benefits in terms of gaining a healthier body. Although quitting is not always easy, it is well worth it, as those who cease their smoking gain many health benefits, save money that would have been spent on cigarettes, and will likely enjoy many more years with friends and family. This guide is designed to help any interested smoker quit their habit successfully. Follow these links, which represent some of the best online help for those who want to quit smoking and to live a smoke-free life.
Thanks to Kara Lewis, a middle school teacher for this link – a very informative web site.
Teenage Cancer Trust
Charity Registration No. 1062559
Teenage Cancer Trust
38 Warren Street
London W1T 6AE
Tel: 020 7387 1000
Fax: 020 7387 6000
The Teenage Cancer Trust funds the capital costs for specialist units for young people with cancer, leukaemia, Hodgkin’s and related diseases, all over the United Kingdom.
One in 330 boys and one in 420 girls contract cancer before their 20th birthday.
One in three people develop cancer at sometime in their life – but to cope with cancer and its treatment during adolescence can be particularly devastating. They need all the help and support they can get (as well as the best treatment) which is available in the specialist units. The cost of each unit is about £500,000.
This is another excellent site dealing with all those teenage issues.
This is an excellent site for all sorts of issues.