‘Safe place for all’ at Oasis Academy Nunsthorpe
A local primary school in the heart of Grimsby is working with parents and children of their school to have a positive impact and make a difference to families they see every day.
Oasis Academy Nunsthorpe, situated in the heart of the Nunsthorpe Estate in Grimsby, has been supporting parents and children who have experienced domestic abuse.
Their recent work in the community is very much about breaking destructive cycles. Of their current 486 children, more than 140 live with or have experienced domestic abuse.
Staff at the academy are determined to have a positive impact in the community and make a difference to children and families. In order to do this they are changing the use of a room in the school, creating a kitchen/dining area, a bedroom and a sitting room, basically a small bedsit. This will have its own front door and be a safe place for all, called ‘Our House’.
While the house will be used during the day for children they will extend this after school to families.
Katie McGuire, Principal at Oasis Academy Nunsthorpe said; “We have many young families, some of whom have been in the looked after system for most of their lives, who have had very little guidance of what professionals mean when they tell them the care they give their children is not good enough. The academy will invite their parents in after school to support them with learning about what makes a home. This will include how to cook, clean and create a warm, loving, safe environment.”
The school’s pastoral team will also be a massive part of this community project, as they will be working closely with families to put together a ‘safety and support plan’.
Shanie Brown, Safeguarding Manager at Oasis Academy Nunsthorpe, added; “Our House will give children real life rooms to explore how they can be safe. This project will create a real homely place for children to work in and to feel safe.”
The support doesn’t end there, Oasis Academy Nunsthorpe will be further supporting families by continuing to provide emergency food parcels for those times when they are unable to access it through the Community Hub.
The school has further plans and intend on applying for funding to purchase window and door alarms as well as personal alarms for their families that feel vulnerable. These will be accessed through ‘Our House’.