My name is Elizabeth Kengyelics, also known as Mrs K. I have supported children and families for over 20 years in both Educational and Therapeutic settings. I have a degree in Children's Care, Learning and Development and a BA in in Early Years research.
I am a Safeguarding Lead within the school, supporting both families and children's emotional well-being. I run a nurture group alongside our school councilor and a therapeutic gardening club in the spring and summer months.
I am available, through appointment, to support families experiencing a wide range of issues, such as;
- Money troubles
- Domestic Violence
- Housing Problems
- Mental Health
- Uniform needs
and much more.
My role is to signpost families to outside agencies and I am a member of the Newton Aycliffe community engagement team.
Due to the changing economic climate, and the advent of Universal Credit affecting families within our community; I have recently become one of County Durham Food Bank Referrers.
The food bank has been established to provide short term, emergency food to an individual or family in crisis while a long-term strategy is developed.
Enough food for 3 days (one voucher) is provided. Any family can be referred by myself and can access three vouchers within a 6 month period. Each voucher is valid for 30 days.
When a client goes to the food bank with their voucher, volunteers will use an assessment process to check if they are eligible for support from the Fuel Bank i.e gas and electricity vouchers.
Please do not struggle in silence, if you are in need of help to put food on your table please make an appointment to come and talk to me. Together we can discuss any needs you may have in private and work together to get the best possible outcome for all the families attending St Mary's School.
Student Social Workers
Each year we host Student Social Workers on placement for 15 weeks starting January. In 2022 we will have 3 Student Social Workers working with Mrs Kengyelics, to support our families and they can be reached through the school office.
Mrs Osaige will be working with KS1
Ms Hopps will be working with Y3/4
Mr Hammond will be working with Y5/6