G low is our specialist SEMH hub in central Bristol. It offers imaginative expert support for children and young people at both primary and secondary school age, and their families who are disadvantaged because of social, emotional, and mental health (SEMH) difficulties. The children we work with often have a diagnosed mental health condition or are waiting for a diagnosis, and it is often correlated with a history of trauma or psychological distress, or another disability, learning need, or physical illness. Sometimes, they have not had a diagnosis but are experiencing significant degrees of anxiety and this has led to behavioural changes, and self-harming or suicidal thoughts. Many of the children we work with are also affected by issues such as domestic violence, abuse, identity issues, bullying and many are young carers.
Whilst each child is affected differently, common issues that we see are problems accessing school either through non-attendance, or difficulty focusing and thriving at school, difficulties making friends leading to significant social isolation, issues with confidence and self-esteem which can lead to difficulties leaving the house or even their rooms for days at a time, suicidal attempts or ideation, self-harm, difficulties accessing support and help from statutory services, and panic attacks. Glow is there to provide a transformative space that feels safe, loving, and warm.
Glow aims to make three key differences for these children, young people and their families:
Improved social, emotional, and mental health.
Reduced feelings of social isolation and being better able to make friends and build supportive peer relationships.
Being better able to thrive in education and improved educational outcomes.