Family hub launched by Blyth school academy
A school academy has launched a new initiative to help families and students.
Wise Academies which runs three schools in Blyth, has launched a school food and clothing bank family hub at Morpeth Road Academy and Malvins Close Academy, with a parents learning zone at Croftway Academy launching in September, which will be Covid dependent.
Danielle Robinson, family support worker at Morpeth Road, is aiming to offer advice to families in the school setting.
A school spokesperson said: “The aim is to ensure that our families are aware of and accessing services that can help with things such as education and training, debt relief, finances, housing and employment.
"Once training is completed parents will be able make an appointment to receive confidential and impartial advice.
“By offering these in-house services within the community it is hoped to help families to access support more easily and effectively, whilst reducing stigma.
"Families are able to seek support from staff they often already know, from a place that they attend regularly.”
The school is also setting up community gardens over the summer to provide an opportunity for families to work together to grow their own vegetables, while also providing a sensory garden for children to access during the school day.
The academy has been supported by local businesses and Blyth Town Council has donated £5,000 to support the set up and running costs of the planned provisions, and a £1,000 grant from Community Food and Friendship to provide school shoes and coats to families in need of support.
They have also been supported by ASDA, Wilko's, Blue Kangaroo Ltd and Homebase.