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BBEST Newsletter 09.06.2021

Gingerbread - single parents groups

Gingerbread groups offer a chance for single parent families to get together, meet new people and share experiences. Volunteers are needed to coordinate groups in our area. Would you be interested?

Infant Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

This week is Infant Mental Health Awareness Week. Mental Health in Families Team have prepared a set of informative videos that explain why infant mental health is so important. 
  • Childhood trauma and the brain – Anna Freud, animation based general introduction to what happens in the brain after children face traumatic experiences in childhood, like abuse and neglect. (5mins)

  • TEDx - Amy Huffer talks about the importance of infant mental health (6mins)

  • Extensive biological and developmental research shows significant neglect—the ongoing disruption or significant absence of caregiver responsiveness—can cause more lasting harm to a young child's development than overt physical abuse, including subsequent cognitive delays, impairments in executive functioning, and disruptions of the body's stress response. This short clip explains why significant deprivation is so harmful in the earliest years of life and why effective interventions are likely to pay significant dividends in better long-term outcomes in learning, health, and parenting of the next generation (6 mins)

  • Science tells us that the foundations of sound mental health are built early in life. Early experiences—including children’s relationships with parents, caregivers, relatives, teachers, and peers—interact with genes to shape the architecture of the developing brain. Disruptions in this developmental process can impair a child’s capacities for learning and relating to others, with lifelong implications. This edition of the InBrief series explains how improving children’s environments of relationships and experiences early in life can prevent initial difficulties from destabilizing later development and mental health (5 mins)

  • This film gets the views of a range of experts in perinatal mental health to explore such questions as: - what do we mean by infant mental health and wellbeing? - why we need specialist infant relationship teams? - what changes or improvements are needed? - what is the impact and value to families? (11mins)

Looking for summer activities and meals providers

Looking for Lockdown Heroes!

KAL has just launched a search for find local COVID Hero's!

In recognition for being a COVID Hero, KAL would like to give a Standard Fitness Membership for the 5 COVID Hero stories who have the most likes on their KAL Leisure Centres Facebook page.

KAL are beginning the search for a COIVID Hero who has gone above and beyond to help the Kirklees community through these extraordinary circumstances.

 To find out more about how to make a nomination, visit:

Batley Library

Batley Library is once again open for IT and safe borrowing, but there still won’t be any events or their regular clubs and activities. See the newsletter for more news:

 Have you heard about Granny Virdee?

Have you heard? Granny Virdee has had her injection!

Watch this light-hearted video encouraging people to come forward and have the COVID-19 vaccine - and to spread the word in your community when you've had your vaccination to encourage others to do the same.

Take your vaccine when invited. It's our best chance of returning to normal life.

Indian Punjabi subtitles
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