Our specialist SEMH hub

Introducing Glow

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:

Glow: Bringing love and a range of imaginative and holistic provision for mental health

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A range of carefully designed projects for those who need support:

Drop the pressure

Drop the pressure

Young people can feel lost in a very complex and bureaucratic statutory system, and need to have somewhere they can access specialist advocacy around SEND and SEMH issues for education, social, and healthcare needs. This advocacy project enables young people and parents/carers with specialist needs get their voices heard on issues that really matter like the care they receive, or being able to access better support at school. This has substantial implications for better outcomes with services and opportunities, meaning being better able to thrive at school and reduced risk of social isolation. Being empowered to gain equal opportunities improves chances of better care which also brings about improved mental health and wellbeing outcomes.
Pressure off

Pressure off

These small group therapeutic sessions are aimed at supporting parents/carers of children and young people with significant mental health difficulties, for example, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, severe anxiety, social isolation, depression, schizophrenia or high levels of behavioural needs, where this is impacting on their own ability to stay well or confidence and where it might be causing a high level of anxiety. This therapeutic project provides opportunity to build peer relationships in an safe environment and enables access to talking, narrative, and creative arts therapies to build resilience, improve mental health and reduce  social isolation. Combined with 1:1 casework and opportunity for family support follow up, it also enables us to support siblings who might be adversely affected where there is significant mental health difficulties in the family unit. Sessions are led by the parents/carers themselves and they will choose the type of direction they want the sessions to take between therapeutic focus, and the design and delivery of session, with volunteers to facilitate.
No filter

No filter

These small group mentoring sessions for young people aged 14+ will be focused on resilience and thrive mentoring for young people struggling with social isolation or who have been bullied and will help in building relationships, confidence and develop resilience.  In addition, we will provide appropriate case management and family support - liaison with schools, and statutory services, and with parents throughout the week on a 1:1 basis. This mentoring project provides opportunity to build friendships in a safe environment and enables access to talking, narrative, and creative arts therapies to build resilience. It reduces social isolation and provide opportunities to create positive peer networks in a very practical way, but combined with 1:1 casework also creates tools that improve social and mental health long term as well as better ability to thrive in school.
It's your write

It's your write

These small group creative writing sessions for young people aged 16+ will be focused on harnessing creative writing and narrative therapeutic practice for those young people who might be struggling with anxiety, or dealing with difficult issues that are affecting them emotionally. In addition, this project provides opportunity to build friendships in an safe environment and enables access to informally facilitated narrative therapy to build resilience for an age group who are often excluded from projects as they have reached young adulthood. It reduces social isolation and provide opportunities to create positive peer networks as well as utilising a therapeutic narrative approach to build more positive mental health.
Remix

Remix

These small group creative therapeutic sessions provide specialist learning and wellbeing provision for children with SEMH offering a range of activities including coding for mindfulness, art and drama therapy, creative writing, narrative therapy, cooking, science and nature discovery. There is a strong wellbeing focus for these sessions since they provide opportunity to make friends within a safe environment reducing social isolation. They proactively addresses emotional and mental health through its range of tailored activities, and builds on emotional resilience to access shared learning experiences and mainstream school opportunities, enabling children to better thrive in school. There is also an emphasis on building on key curriculum skills and creating enjoyment of learning across subjects. The scope of the sessions can be tailored and adjusted for a range of needs through project based learning, choice of project activities, as well as whole group activities. Young people are proactively involved and engaged in project design and able to lead on chosen projects. There is a primary and secondary age group.
Safe landing

Safe landing

These small group GCSE sessions provide specialist learning provision for year 10 and year 11 and those in year 12 repeating GCSE because of SEMH particularly those with moderate to severe anxiety needs in core GCSE subjects English, Maths and Science. There is an emphasis on building on key curriculum skills and creating enjoyment of learning across subjects. The scope of the sessions can be tailored and adjusted for a range of academic needs including for academically high achieving children and those with SEN such as high functioning ASD and dyslexia and SLT needs and through the small group ability to provide 1:1 resourcing and tailored learning objectives as well as whole group teaching. Young people are involved proactively and engaged in project and curriculum design and able to lead on certain projects. The sessions proactively addresses emotional and mental health needs through its range of tailored activities incorporating movement, drama, art, coding, cooking and gardening, creative writing into academic sessions. Safe landing builds on emotional resilience to access shared learning experiences through group participation enables better take up of mainstream school opportunities, enabling children to better thrive in school, and to achieve academic potential which otherwise is at risk.
Launch pad

Launch pad

These are A-level classes for young people who might experience stress, anxiety, or lack of confidence. This provision will provide a dedicated space for an educational support services for young people with SEMH, including specialist small group academic teaching for young people who cannot access mainstream school because of social, emotional and mental health issues, for example because of extreme bullying which has led to anxiety attacks, or for those who needs some extra support in order to thrive.
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