Family and student support
Here are some links regarding recognition of an eating disorder for families, the referral process and helpful websites and helplines.
Beat provides Helplines offering support and information about eating disorders no matter where you are in your journey.
Alder Hey Eating Disorder Service for Young People is a team of professionals that provide assessment and treatment to young people when eating has become difficult
If parents are worried then consultation with a GP to have a physical and mental health review would be advisable. They accept referrals from professionals and self-referrals. Referral form accessed below.
Young people are assessed within four weeks and within seven days if it is felt to be an urgent case.
We are aware that the summer holidays can be a little daunting for some families, particularly in the current financial climate.
Please find below some information and links which families may find useful if needing support with finding ‘free’ clubs or activities for children over the summer, information on local foodbanks and information on local providers who can offer support for young people in terms of mental health.
Free Clubs & Activities:
HAF (Holiday Activities and Food) Programme Summer 2023 Activity Providers in Liverpool
The Summer 2023 HAF programme is designed for children and young people from reception age to 16 who qualify for benefits-related free school meals but places are available for other children too. The programme starts on Monday 24th July 2023.
There’s a great range of free activities on offer across the city including boxing, football, music, dance, cycling, cooking, discos, films, basketball, arts and crafts, drama, BBQs, water games, trips out and much more. Every day there will be a range of fabulous meals available with many schemes holding family events as well.
There's also provision for children with SEND or additional needs at no cost.
Full details of activities and organisations can be found on the Merseyplay website:
See also a copy of our ‘Bellerive Cultural Capital Summer Project Booklet’ below which includes a range of activities to complete at places you can visit for free around our city this summer.
You can also get involved in our ‘Summer Reading Challenge’- any student who manages to log over six sessions will be entered into a prize draw to win a gift voucher in September:
The websites below give details of the locations of foodbanks across the city and their opening times:
North Liverpool Foodbanks: Website
South Liverpool Foodbanks:Website
Liverpool Zero Waste Community CIC also give free food away almost every day and although they are not a ‘foodbank’ they are committed to saving food from landfill. They can be found on social media and the details of their events across Liverpool can be found in their pinned post on Facebook.
Mental Health Support:
Please see the document below for a list of apps, websites and telephone numbers where students can find support
CAHMS: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.- CAHMS is the name for the NHS services that assess and treat young people with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties. Further information can be found at
YPAS: Young Person’s Advisory Service (YPAS) provides a wide range of support and therapeutic interventions to address the mental health and emotional well-being difficulties of children, young people, parents/carers and families. See what’s happening over the summer and find details of the various hubs and ‘drop in’s’ available across the city at YPAS website
KOOTH: If you are a child or young person in crisis, you can call the crisis care line 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 0808 196 3550 or for information or to complete a self-referral online go to: Kooth website
Anna Freud Self Care Plan: The #SelfcareSummer Secondary pack aims to help young people create their own individual self-care plan for the summer holidays based on strategies other young people have identified as helpful. Packs also signpost young people and their families to additional support and the AFC crisis messenger text service – should they find themselves struggling over the summer period: https://www.annafreud.org/schools-and-colleges/resources/my-self-care-plan-secondary/
The Live Well Directory also offers a range of different resources from food pantries to Mental Health support