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A teacher has raised concerns about my child’s behaviour/development

Your child’s teacher may have spoken or written to you with concerns about your child’s behaviour. It’s important to make an appointment to talk through these concerns, and you may want your partner or a friend to go with you.   It may be that your child needs additional support or medical help and the school will advise you on what will be most helpful to your child depending on the concern.

If you disagree with the school’s assessment or have concerns about how they are dealing with it, then you can get independent support from the specialist provider’s listed below.

It is helpful if you can  talk this through with senior staff at the school first, as sometimes misunderstandings can develop with the class teacher or other support staff.

A teacher has raised concerns about my child’s behaviour/development

Your child’s teacher may have spoken or written to you with concerns about your child’s behaviour. It’s important to make an appointment to talk through these concerns, and you may want your partner or a friend to go with you.   It may be that your child needs additional support or medical help and the school will advise you on what will be most helpful to your child depending on the concern.

If you disagree with the school’s assessment or have concerns about how they are dealing with it, then you can get independent support from the specialist provider’s listed below.

It is helpful if you can  talk this through with senior staff at the school first, as sometimes misunderstandings can develop with the class teacher or other support staff.

Addaction (Barking & Dagenham Horizon)

AddAction (Barking & Dagenham Horizon) provides a range of services to support people aged 18 and over, with alcohol & drugs addiction, into recovery by tackling both treatment needs and wider social reintegration issues, including housing, employment and education.

By addressing the wider holistic needs of our service users, we ensure that our substance misuse services make the best use of local community resources. All our adult substance misuse services are open to substance misusers and their families and carers for whom we facilitate support groups and provide training.

Services include:

  • Blood borne virus testing (HIV/Hep B & C) testing and vaccination
  • Advice on harm minimisation and support for those considering reducing their substance use
  • Structured motivational support through:
    • Intensive key working
    • Counselling
    • Day programme
    • Other focussed groups
  • An abstinence programme for people in recovery from drug or alcohol misuse
  • Access to other community-based voluntary and self-help groups
  • Service user development
  • Sunday Social (12 – 5pm open to registered Addaction service users).

For further information or to access services, please see details shown below.

  • All staff can help

  • 26 Linton Road
    Barking
    Essex
    IG11 8HG

  • 020 8591 6800

  • Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 09:00 - 17:00

    Thursday: 09:00 - 21:00


Age UK (60+)

Age UK Redbridge, Barking & Havering exists to improve and maintain the quality of life for older people living in the London borough of Redbridge, Barking & Havering. We seek to achieve this aim by:

  • Ensuring that older people have dignity, respect, choice and that their voices are heard
  • Ensuring that services are provided in a sensitive and approachable manner
  • Being a focus of advice and help for older people

We operate an Advice and Information Service which is free, independent and confidential to older people, their relatives, carers and friends. The also provide information on issues affecting older people such as welfare benefits, community care, leisure and health.  Criteria for accessing this service is over 50.

In addition, we have a social group called Di’s Diamonds, where people can meet up, make friends and do different activities toether.  For example, bowling, cinema, tea dances etc.

  • Nessar Ahmed

  • Ripple Centre
    121-125 Ripple Road
    Barking
    IG11 7FN

  • 020 8220 6000

  • barkinganddagenhamadviceageuk@gmail.com

  • We are in Barking on Wednesdays and Fridays, but there is someone to speak to on the phone every day 9am - 5pm.

Albert Kennedy Trust (LBGT)

The Albert Kennedy Trust supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans homeless young people in crisisWe offer face to face and online mentoring, advice & advocacy for 16-25 year old people.

Face-to-face supportcome to our London office (details below) for an initial assessment and then we can work out what support will work best.  Give us a call on the number below to make an appointment.

On-line mentoring: inter-AKT is a safe and non-judgemental space that connects young LGBTQ people with Digital Mentors to explore a range of issues, whether it’s through chat, messaging, video calls or just audio.

If you are a young person looking for support you can visit https://inter-akt.plusguidance.com/ to talk to a range of Digital Mentors about what’s on your mind. If you have a worry, question, concern, challenge, interest, or even an opportunity you want to make the most of, our trained mentors are here to explore these with you. Issues might include but are not limited to:  Housing and homelessness,  developing skills, coming out to friends and family, bullying and abuse,  looking after your wellbeing,  finding local services and groups.

Click on the following link to register and say hello to one of our Digital Mentors: https://inter-akt.plusguidance.com/

 

 

  • Anyone who answers the phone can help

  • 48 The Chocolate Studios
    7 Shepherdess Place
    London
    N1 7LJ

  • 020 7831 6562

  • 020 7405 6929

  • contact@akt.org.uk

  • Monday - Friday 10am -5pm

Alzheimer’s Society

The Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers.

We provide information and support to people with any form of dementia and their carers.

We have a dementia advisor who can come to groups to talk about all aspects of dementia.

Their Website offers further information.

 

 

 

 

  • Joe Akram

  • Broad Street Community clinic
    Morland Road
    Dagenham
    RM10 9HU

  • 0208 517 4522

  • bd@alzheimers.org.uk

  • Tuesday and Thursday 9am - 5pm

Attendance Allowance

This benefit is available to people age 65 or over. It is designed to help those people with personal care needs because of a physical or mental condition. It is paid at two different rates depending upon the level of care which is needed. There must be a need for care, or for supervision, for the safety of the person claiming the benefit or for someone else’s safety.

There may be an assessment for this benefit but it is frequently awarded without one. There are special rules which apply to people who are terminally ill which make the process of claiming quicker. The person who is terminally ill does not need to claim this themselves, someone else may claim on their behalf and the diagnosis will not be mentioned to them. Receiving this benefit will not reduce any means tested benefits being received and may in fact increase the entitlement.

Here is more information about Attendance Allowance.

You may find the Turn2Us Benefits Calculator useful if you want to find out what you are entitled to.   You can also get support with the application or other benefits advice from one of the local Providers listed in the Provider’s Box below.

If you are sure you can apply for this benefit but just need help to fill out the form, there are also volunteers at the Council’s Checkpoints who can help you fill out the form.

B&D Volunteer Bureau

Barking & Dagenham Volunteer Bureau can provide volunteers who have been DBS checked to support vulnerable people with shopping, small DIY jobs (eg changing light bulbs, smoke alarm batteries, small repairs) and gardening.

We also have a group of qualified electricians, plumbers, TV engineers, builders and decorators who will complete minor jobs for free and will also tackle larger jobs for a very reasonable cost.  They are all DBS checked and must be booked through us.  Other services available from the Volunteer Bureau including;

  • Get Together groups, bringing older people together
  • volunteering opportunities.

Give Joan or Lynne a call on the number below to find out more.

  • Joan Brandon or Lynne Hopkins

  • Starting Point
    16 Pickering Road
    Barking
    IG11 8PG

  • 020 3288 2168

  • 020 3288 2164 - 020 3288 2180

  • bardagvb@hotmail.co.uk

  • 09:00 - 16:00 Monday to Friday

Barking and Dagenham College

At Barking & Dagenham College (BDC) and at the Technical Skills Academy in Barking Town Centre, you will benefit from the very best in education and skills training to make sure that you, or the young person in your family, are ready to take advantage of job opportunities.

Barking & Dagenham College Website

  • Dagenham road
    Romford

    RM7 0XU

  • 020 8090 3020

  • admissions@barkingdagenhamcollege.ac.uk

  • 09:00 - 21:00

Barking Community Birth Centre

Barking Community Birth Centre is a midwife-led birth centre offering antenatal,  intrapartum & postnatal care. We also facilitate parent education classes.

Please note our services are by appointment only, we do not offer A&E services.

For more information about our services please see our website.

 

 

 

 

  • Amy Evans

  • Barking Hospital
    Upney Lane
    Barking
    IG11 9LX

  • 020 8252 8281

  • 24 hours a day x 7 days

Barking Debt Advice Centre

At the Barking Debt Advice Centre we offer a free debt counselling service for residents of Barking & Dagenham.

If you want support with debt, financial concerns or want to learn how to budget better – we can help.  Call or email (see details below) to make an appointment with one of our advisors.

We are authorised and regulated by the Financial conduct Authority and are a member of Communtiy Money Advice.  The Barking Debt Advice Centre was established through St Patrick’s Church and open to everyone.

  • Catherine Harding

  • St Patrick's Church
    Blake Avenue
    Barking
    IG11 9SQ

  • 020 8594 4468

  • barkingdebtadvice@gmail.com

  • Tuesday 10am - 2pm
    Wednesday 10am - 2pm

Barking Enterprise Centre

Barking Enterprise Centre provides first class business support to entrepreneurs in Barking and Dagenham. Our business counsellors have years of experience and will give you an independent, confidential and honest opinion about your business or business idea and then help you take steps to become successful.

Do You…

  • Want FREE business advice?
  • Want help setting up a new business in Barking & Dagenham
  • Want help in growing your business?
  • Want help in developing your business plan?
  • Want help in raising finance?

 

  • 50 Cambridge Road,
    Barking,

    IG11 8FG

  • 020 8227 3030

  • reception@barkingenterprisecentre.co.uk

Barking Hospital

Barking Hospital offer a specialist service for young people under 18 years old.   It is a Walk In and Wait clinic, but appointments are available if you prefer on 01708 503838

The team can offer advise and information on all sexual health related matters and services including;

  • STI Screening
  • HIV Testing
  • Free Condoms
  • Free Contraception

 

  • Barking Hospital

  • Barking Hospital
    Upney Lane
    Barking
    IG11 9LX

  • 020 8924 6400

  • Young people are welcome to attend our usual Walk In and Wait clinics on: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays that all start at 13:00.

    Clinic times: Monday 16:00 – 18.00

Barking Job Shop

The Job Shops are a FREE confidential information, advice and guidance service designed to assist local residents with getting back into employment or securing more sustainable employment within the shortest possible time.

This service is available to anyone:

  • Over 16
  • Living in Barking and Dagenham
  • Not in full time education
  • If you have a visa you must have Recourse to Public Funds
  • You must not be registered on the Work Programme (unless living in Council accommodation or applying for council vacancies or with the construction team)

The Job Shops recognise that there are many reasons why people find themselves out of work and understand that clients may need help to identify the best possible way to access employment.

We can provide support on a range of services including:

  • Help to find you the job you want
  • Provide careers advice on a one to one basis
  • Assist you in creating or updating an existing CV
  • Support you with completing job applications
  • Provide access to computers for job searching
  • Develop and enhance your interview skills and techniques
  • Provide better off calculations and in work benefit advice
  • Identify training needs and signpost to relevant provision
  • Stationary and postage for job applicationsFREE computer and internet access for jobFREE telephone, photocopying and scanning facilities for job searching
  • Access to Young London Working vacancies
  • Dedicated apprenticeship team to offer advice and support to securing apprenticeships
  • Dedicated construction team to offer support to those looking for construction work and training
  • Dedicated employer engager liaising with local employers to fill their vacancies
  • Dedicated advisor to help clients to apply for council vacancies with personal statement support

Identification to register

When you register with the Job Shop you will be required to provide ID, please contact us for further details.

You can also register online

 

  • All staff will be able to help you

  • Barking Learning Centre
    2 Town Square
    Barking
    IG11 7NB

  • Barking Job Shop: 020 8724 8870

  • barkingjobshop@lbbd.gov.uk

  • Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm

Bereavement Support

This benefit was previously known as Widows Pension. This can be claimed for up to 52 weeks if you are widowed between the age of 45 and state pension age. State pension age is increasing for women and will become 65 for both men and women by 2018. At the moment women cannot get Bereavement Support for as long as men.

It is payable at different rates depending upon the age of the person bereaved when their husband wife or partner died.  It can be paid up until state pension age is reached, when it is expected that state retirement pension will be claimed. Bereavement Support cannot be claimed if there are dependent children, in this case Widowed Parent’s Allowance may be claimed. The benefit stops if a new relationship is formed and the couple are living together. In order to claim this benefit the spouse and claimant must not have been divorced before the death.

Here is more information about Bereavement Support.

You may find the Turn2Us Benefits Calculator useful if you want to find out what you are entitled to.   You can also get support with the application or other benefits advice from one of the local Providers listed in the Provider’s Box below.

If you are sure you can apply for this benefit but just need help to fill out the form, there are also volunteers at the Council’s Checkpoints who can help you fill out the form.

Bethel Christian Centre

Bethel Christian Centre offer various community activities, including a food bank, parent and toddler groups and various children clubs.

We have Community Lounge every Thursday from 1-4pm.

We also do an After School Children’s Club for 5-10 year olds every Wednesday.

We offer Community Kids Club every Wednesday (except every 1st Wednesday of the month) from 4-5pm for ages 5-10.

We have regular activities for young people aged 11-16 years.

We have a ‘Ladies Tea’ for women of all ages every 2nd Monday.  Give us a call to check if it’s on this week.  Chance to meet with other women, enjoy tea and cake & explore more about women in the bible.

 

 

  • Brandon Thesee

  • 170 Bennetts Castle Lane
    Dagenham

    RM8 3XP

  • 020 8595 8211

  • bethel@lcm.org.uk

  • Mon, Wed, Thurs & Fri 9.00am - 6.00pm. Tues 9.00 - 7.00pm

Blue Badge Disabled Parking

The Blue Badge scheme helps you park closer to your destination if you are disabled.

You can get a Blue Badge if you have severe walking difficulties, are registered blind or have severe disability in both arms and drive an adapted car. The badge will be for you, but can be used by someone else if they are providing transport for you.

There is a £10 charge for each badge. Apply here

Please note, once you have a Blue Badge, you may be eligible for parking facilities outside your home if you have difficulty parking there and do not have a driveway.

  • 020 8227 2334

  • 020 8227 2325

  • mobility@lbbd.gov.uk

BMoneyWize

BMoneyWize seeks to enable young people and adults to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to become financially literate to the extent that they feel enabled to start a business if they wish to do so. More on the website

  • Run financial educational workshops, support groups
  • Run outreach initiatives
  • Provide volunteering opportunities,
  • Run peer mentoring schemes,
  • Organise outings / trips and visits to organisations

Our target groups are: School year 5 and 6 up to 55 years

  • Arinola Araba

  • Starting Point
    16A Pickering Road
    Barking
    IG11 8PG

  • 0203 288 2233

  • 07940 595 273

  • admin@bmoneywize.co.uk

  • 10:00-16:00, Tuesday - Thursday.

    If there is no answer please leave a message and they will call back

Can I do more than one job at a time

It is possible to do more than one job at a time, but there are a number of things to consider.  The information on the Money Advice Service website gives useful information for people considering having more than one job.

If you need help to calculate what will work best for you, we would encourage you to make an appointment at one of the providers listed in the section below so you get the right information before making any decisions.

 

Carer’s Allowance

This is a benefit paid to people who looks after someone who has substantial needs for care. In order to claim it, a person will be spending at least 35 hours a week caring for someone.  The carer does not have to be related to, or living with, the person you are caring for.

If the carer is also working then they will not receive Carer’s Allowance if they earn more than £110 a week net.

The benefits may not be paid to people who receive other National Insurance benefits such as state pension or Contribution-based Jobseekers Allowance as these ‘overlap’ with it.   However people should still claim the benefit as it may generate an increase in the National Insurance based rates. The benefit is taken into account for means tested benefits, and will reduce the amount of them, but there may be an extra amount in the benefits which makes it well worth claiming. The person being cared for must be receiving a disability related benefit. These are:

  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP) daily living component
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA) – the middle or highest care rate
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Constant Attendance Allowance at or above the normal maximum rate with an Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit, or basic (full day) rate with a War Disablement Pension
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)

Here is more information about Carer’s Allowance  .  

You may find the Turn2Us Benefits Calculator useful if you want to find out what you are entitled to.   You can also get support with the application or other benefits advice from one of the local Providers listed in the Provider’s Box below.

If you are sure you can apply for this benefit but just need help to fill out the form, there are also volunteers at the Council’s Checkpoints who can help you fill out the form.