The Chase View Support Centre
Chase View Support Centre
Welcome to Chase View Support Centre (CVSC). Chase View was set up in January 2017 to offer a wider support network to our students, families and the local community. A range of services access the centre offering support which benefit the varying needs of our students, students from neighbouring schools and the community. Jo Palmer, Manager of the CVSC has been working in the community for 22 years and has an array of experience and knowledge of the local area and the needs of the area.
The centre prides itself on a welcoming reception area, 3 consulting rooms, a family room called (Pye Green Suite) and a meeting room (The Marston Suite), with an interactive whiteboard comfortably seating around 8 persons. Miss Dudson works in the centre as a Tier 2 Student Support Worker offering bespoke support for those in need.
Buddy, Lucy's dog is training to be our Pets as Therapy Dog at the academy. Buddy is welcomed into CVSC every Friday to meet and spend time with our anxious students to support their emotional well-being, always willing to offer a listening ear and a cuddle.
Predominantly the centre supports social, emotional and mental health needs. Over the past year the centre has grown from strength to strength as the school sees this as a priority to transform lives. The government green paper sets out the ambition that children and young people who need support for their mental health will be able to access it when required.
“All young people deserve the best start in life. But too often, young people with a mental health problem are not able to fulfil their potential. Mental ill-health costs individuals, and society, dearly. And we know that adults with mental ill-health are likely to have already experienced mental health problems in their childhood or adolescence.”
“People with mental health problems have too often in the past experienced unfair discrimination and poor treatment. In recent years however, we have seen a welcome shift in attitudes to mental health. We are now investing more than ever before in mental health services, and a huge programme of work is underway to transform children and young people’s mental health services.”
Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision: a Green Paper
Presented to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Health and Secretary of State for Education by Command of Her Majesty, December 2017
“The strength and capacity of our minds to grow and develop, to be able to overcome difficulties and challenges and to make the most of our abilities and opportunities.”
This facility is fundamental in building relationships with outside agencies as communication is the key to a collaborative working partnership. Various agencies use the centre on a regular basis.
Family Learning – Care First in partnership with Birmingham Metropolitan College
Student Social Workers
West Chadsmoor Family Centre
Staffordshire Womens Aid
Targeted Youth Support Worker
Recently our sixth formers became Dementia Friends through a training awareness session to support the local community. Our students wear their badges with pride. This awareness was so successful other years will be receiving an awareness training in the Summer Term. Four of our sixth formers were so inspired they have dedicated their Creative Arts Performance, final piece on this particular topic.
County Councillors have invested a particular interest in CVSC and taken the opportunity to visit the centre and liaise with students, volunteers, outside agencies and staff. The County Councillors were outwardly impressed with its outreach work, internal work and community work.
“I just wanted to say a massive thank you for today and for last week. I can genuinely say that every Councillor who I’ve brought along has been really impressed with the facility and the commitment of the Academy and its staff. A number have commented that they have never seen anything like it and one should be in every school.”
“I was particularly pleased to be able to bring along Keith Flunder the Chairman of the APMG looking at the mental and emotional wellbeing of children. Similarly, Mike Sutherland the cabinet lead for finance also came and these two Councillors obviously have influence. I’ll get back to you Jo with the details we discussed around safeguarding.”
Bryan Jones, County Councillor Hednesford and Rawnsley, March 2018