SideBeSide is a schools based charity offering therapeutic support to both children and their families.
Being a child can sometimes be a confusing and stressful time. SideBeSide offers children who find themselves in challenging situations. A weekly space is provided so they can meet with a grown up outside of their family to help them understand and manage their feelings and emotions. This can also be a creative time where they can learn themselves through play and the arts. Therapy is provided by both qualified and trainee therapists.
The SideBeSide team work closely with parents and school staff to ensure they offer the most appropriate help and achieve the best possible outcomes for the child. They do this through individual therapy sessions, group sessions, lunchtime and after school clubs, as well as fun days and school trips.
We want every child at Osmani to start the school day ready to learn effectively. A fundamental element of this is a healthy and filling breakfast. They also have chance to socialise with peers.
Our breakfast club is open from 8.00am serving a wide range of breakfast delights; porridge, cereal, toast, bagels, croissants, pancakes, yoghurts, eggs, cheese and fruit are on offer. When they’ve finished eating and socialising the children have a chance to take part in a variety of activities.
Pupils can sign up to take part in a range of after school clubs each term; these include a range of curriculum, social and sports clubs. Clubs run from 3.30-4.30pm.
Thofur Ali, our School-Home Liaison Officer, offers support and guidance for families and signposts agencies and services to them. He can help with a range of issues from housing to domestic violence, secondary transfer to benefits; if he can’t help then he’ll know someone who can. He also arranges regular workshops for parents such as ESOL classes.