Can you write a poem or draw a picture for the NHS?

Common Q&A's from Schools:

Can school children send paintings in?
Yes, if a painting is selected for the "Thank You NHS" book it will be scanned and published. Please make sure the painting is no larger than A4 in size. 

Where/how do we as a school go about sending the entries and donations once they've been received? 
All schools were sent information with a PO box address, account info, and details of competition prizes last week, please do check your junk folder just in case. If you are unable to locate the email, contact once you have collected every entry and donation for details of where to send both.

Will the "Thank You NHS" book be available for sale?
Yes, the book will be available for sale and 50% of proceeds will go to NHS Charities Together.

Is it £1 per child to enter or £1 for an entry of either a picture or a poem (so £2 for both if a student wanted to do a picture and a poem)?
It is £1 per picture/poem entered. The student is more than welcome to submit two pieces, their chances of being selected in the book would be doubled, and would need to contribute £2 for this added benefit to make it fair for everybody.
School submissions are received and counted. For example, if we receive 300 poems and artwork from your school, the school's fundraising total should equal the value of £300 plus.

Can artwork and poems be retrieved after the competition?
Unfortunately, we are unable to return any submissions. Therefore we recommend teachers grade and mark their students for their submissions (or scan them) before they are sent to us.

When is the deadline?
Our PO box closes on 1st June 2021. Please make sure all submissions are received by then. 





Parent Partnership Service
County Durham Parent Partnership Service offers support to parents of children with special educational needs (SEN).

Durham SEND Information Advice and Support Service is a statutory service supporting parents/carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and children and young people with SEND.

Durham SEND Information Advice and Support Service provides confidential information advice and support through a range of services. This includes home visits, attending meetings in educational settings and liaison with all services working with children and young people. Training and guidance to parents/carers, young people and professionals on SEND issues are also provided.

Durham SEND Information Advice and Support Service operates at ‘arm’s length’ from the Local Authority and the services provided are confidential and impartial.

Durham County Carers Support

Support for Parents of children with additional needs


We are a local Charity providing support to Parents of Children with additional needs and we are commissioned by Durham County Council to carry out Parent Carer Needs Assessments which gives parents the opportunity to reflect on their caring role and the impact it has on their health and wellbeing. Through discussions with Parents we will develop an action plan together addressing issues raised during the assessment with a view to providing appropriate support and information and ensuring relevant services are involved. Parent Carers have a legal right to this assessment and can request it at any time.


As well as this we are able to provide Parent Carers with access to Carer Break funding and eligible Parents have been able to apply for things such as Spa Days, Massage Vouchers, Cinema tickets, tablets to help them get online and much more.  We also have access to other grants and bursaries which can help Parent Carers in need.  We have a closed Facebook support group where parents can support each other, access to specialist training and we are currently being funded to support Parents at TAFs and to help them claim additional benefits.


If you are in touch with Parents caring for children with additional needs who you feel may benefit from our support please share our information. It is easy to register and all we need to get started is a name, address and telephone number and our Contact Team will do the rest.

We would welcome the opportunity to discuss this further with you or to provide you with an advert to include in any newsletters or website pages.


We currently have 3 members of staff supporting Parent Carers and they have continued to work over the last few months so for more information please contact Joanne, Donna or Charlene on 0300 005 1213 or email


What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Information for parents and carers about the opening of early years providers, schools and colleges, safety in schools, attendance, transport, school meals and exams.  Added guidance for parents and carers about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term.

Free School Meal Advice
County Durham School Benevolent Fund

The County Durham School Benevolent Fund is an independent registered charity which offers a grant towards shoes and coats for school pupils. A grant of up to £35.00 can be awarded towards a winter coat and up to £35.00 for a pair of shoes for families who are eligible. A full list detailing who is eligible can be found within the application form. From 1 November 2020, CYPS have administered this fund on behalf of schools. 


The home page of the Durham County Council website​ provides additional information and we ask at this time that families requesting support are signposted to this link.


Please note that requests for application forms can only be made by contacting the following: ​​


Previous application forms which schools made hold should no longer be issued.

This item applies to all schools, including academies in the following phases:

  • Nursery

  • Primary (including infant and junior)

  • Secondary

  • Special

Barnardo’s ‘See, Hear, Respond’ service

See, Hear, Respond is a service provided across England by Barnardo’s and other national and local community-based organisations in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

See, Hear, Respond, provides support to children, young people and their families who aren’t currently seeing a social worker or other agency, and who are struggling to cope with the emotional impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19). See, Hear, Respond will support from pre-birth up to 18 years of age and those with special educational needs under the age of 25.

See, Hear, Respond will contact every referral made, so no child is missed. Help is available in one or more of four ways:

  • an online hub of support and information

  • online counselling and therapy

  • face-to-face support for those most affected and at risk of some of today’s most pertinent issues, such as criminal exploitation, and

  • helping children and young people reintegrate back into school

You can access via the ‘See, Hear, Respond’ service self-referral webpage or Freephone 0800 151 7015.

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