Godalming Confederation of Schools

 

                 Welcome to the page for
               Children and Young People

The 16 schools and 3 Children's Centres in and around Godalming work together as The Godalming Confederation of Schools and, with a broad range of partners, our aim is to help our families and pupils access a wide range of services, activities, clubs and amenities which can support and help our children to do their best at school.

Our Mission:  Achieving More Together

This site has lots of information about what is available and how to find it.  A lot of support and information is available through your own schools, but you may wish to know where else to look.  On this site you can find:

Things to do for Young People

Check out our Clubs and Activities page (click on the link in the box to the right).  As well as listing lots of sports, theatre and community activities, there's a whole section listing websites set up especially to help young people in and around Godalming find out what’s happening and where they can get help and information.  Did you know, for instance, that you can get online help with your homework from the Godalming library!

There are times when everyone needs support from others,

maybe someone to talk to. 

The links below show some of the places YOU can contact to find that impartial information, advice and guidance, when and where you want it.

Take a look at our News & Events section, too, on our Home Page.

Katherine Smith

Chair, Godalming Confederation of Schools

If there's something you think we should include which we haven't, then let us know (click here to email us). Your input can help us to help others.

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Beat Bullying - shaping attitudes, changing behaviours

Providing children, young people, parents and professionals those all important opportunities to make positive and lasting changes to their lives and outlook, in particular, those so deeply affected by bullying that they can barely face going to school that next morning.

www.beatbullying.org.uk

CyberMentors - is all about young people helping and supporting each other online.

If you're being bullied, or are feeling a bit low, or are maybe troubled by something and you're not sure what to do or who to talk to, then CyberMentors is where you can go for help.  It doesn't matter how big or small you think the problem is, or whether you're being targeted online or offline, CyberMentors are here to listen and support you.

The best thing about it is that CyberMentors are young people too.  It's never easy talking about bullying, and many young people have told us that they would prefer to speak to another young person if they could. That's why CyberMentors are young people like you, who have been trained and are volunteering their time online to help you. It's still important however, that you talk to your parents or teachers if you can.

If you want to talk about a problem you've got with bullying, just drop a CyberMentor a message, or talk to them in the chat room.  The site is secure, and you can keep all your chats private, but there are also counsellors available for anything really serious.

cybermentors.org.uk

Thinkuknow.co.uk

A website to help make using the internet, mobiles and other new technology, safer.

Come in to find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it.

There are areas for children from 5-16. If you look after young people there’s an area for you too – with resources you can use in the classroom, at home or just to get with it. Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online. All the information here is brought to you by the team at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre. We hope you like it!

Click on the logo to the left to link to this site.

www.thinkuknow.co.uk

ChildLine

ChildLine - 0800 1111

HELP FOR CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS

ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK. Children and young people can call ChildLine on 0800 1111 to talk about any problem – counsellors are always there to help you sort it out.

Or click on the link below for more information.

www.childline.org.uk

relate

Young People's

Counselling

Provided by

relate

West Surrey

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could talk to someone about things that are really upsetting you and they would just listen, take you seriously and try to help? That’s what relate's young people’s counselling service does. Our counsellors can support you with problems like family breakdown; moving in with a second family; bullying at school; friendship groups, pregnancy, new relationships, conflict and a whole range of other issues.

We won’t argue with you or put pressure on you. We won’t tell you what to do, or talk to your parents about what you’ve been saying. What you tell us is confidential, unless the counsellor is worried for your safety.

There is no charge for this service (although donations are welcome and a contribution is asked from anyone over the age of 18 and in full-time employment.)

www.relatewestsurrey.org.uk/children-young-people

Youngminds

One in ten teenagers find that those feelings get so bad that they want extra help from someone.

Sad, cross or worried?

Sometimes children feel all those things, but can feel better by helping themselves or talking to someone.

Young minds is a national charity committed to improving the mental health of all children and young people, giving advice, training, campaigning and distributing publications.

Click below to link to this website - there are pages for children and for young people ( and advice for parents too)

www.youngminds.org.uk

Childnet

International

childnet international logo

ADDRESSING INTERNET SAFETY

Childnet International works in partnership with others around the world to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children. Taking a balanced approach, they seek to promote the positive and highlight the creative and inspiring ways children and young people are using the medium for good, whilst also responding to the negative aspects and dangers for children.

Childnet works in 3 main areas:

  • Access and Promoting Quality Content
  • Awareness and Advice
  • Protection & Policy

Click on the Childnet International 'Button' on the left to link to this site.

www.childnet-int.org

The Anti-Bullying Alliance

The Anti-Bullying Alliance was founded by NSPCC and National Children's Bureau (NCB) in 2002. It is hosted and supported by NCB. The Alliance brings together over 60 organisations into one network with the aim of reducing bullying and creating safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn.

The page headed Children provides many useful links to services which might help if a child is being bullied.  The page headed Links also provides lots of useful links for children, parents, carers and teachers.

Click below for the Anti-Bullying Alliance website:

www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk

Surrey

Connexions

 

    

Connexions Surrey offers a service for every young person aged 13-19:

  • It provides impartial information, advice and guidance when and where you want it by bringing together all the services that help young people.
  • It gives every young person access to a Personal Adviser – someone you can trust and who really will help.
  • It encourages all young people to stay in learning from 13-19 so you achieve your FULL potential.

No matter what your situation, it can provide private and confidential help and support to every young person who needs it. Here are some of the services offered, but if an issue you want help with isn't on this list, don't worry. Whatever it is, we'll find a way to support and guide you:

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Information on employment, education and training opportunities
  • Support with applications for jobs, training, Further Education and Higher Education courses
  • Bullying
  • Problems at home or work
  • Health, personal relationships and sexual health
  • Drugs, smoking and alcohol
  • Housing
  • Transport and getting around Surrey
  • Money management
  • Personal development opportunities, leisure & hobbies and advice on voluntary work opportunities

Click below to link to this website.

www.connexionssurrey.co.uk

Pages for Young People covering all sorts of topics, including:

  • Health and Relationships
  • Money
  • Learning
  • Work and Careers
  • Leisure
  • Travel
  • Crime and Justice
  • Young Disabled People
  • and more...

Click on the link to the left for more information.