Why We Have Malachi
At St. Mark’s we recognise that the majority of families will go through some difficult times at some point or another in their family life.
Often, this is out of the family’s control, for example; a sudden bereavement of a close family member, a relationship break up or a family illness are just some of the issues our children may experience in their school life at St. Mark’s.
We hope these things never happen but sadly they do and often, children struggle to cope and manage their feelings because events like these can be traumatic for children.
It is not just our children who sometimes require our help and support, often parents do too.
We pride ourselves on being a family school where staff support children with their emotions whenever they need it. Sometimes children may come in to school feeling a little sad and our staff will always try and help children to feel good about themselves but sometimes our children require extra support with their wellbeing so that is why we have Malachi in school. In order for children to thrive and achieve their potential, they must feel happy and safe in school.
Our Malachi Family Support Worker
Our Malachi school and family support worker is Natalie Bowen.
Natalie can provide practical support and one-to-one therapy for our children and families. Support is tailored to meet the needs of each individual family, and it provides a safe, non-judgemental space for parents to explore and understand their situation and make the right choices for the well-being of their family.
What our children say about Natalie:
- “She is kind and she listens.”
- “Malachi is always ready to help and everyone that works there is always ready to listen and they help with worries. Natalie is really kind and considerate.”
What our parents say about Malachi:
- “Support from Malachi has been very useful to us as a family, we have really enjoyed the sessions too, so thank you.”
Below is some further information about Natalie. She is in school every Tuesday. If you would like to find out more information about Malachi support services, please speak to a senior member of staff at St. Mark’s, as we would be very happy to help you.
- FdA Degree Youth, Community and Families.
- NCFE Level 3 Counselling skill and theory.
- NCFE Level 2 Introduction to Counselling.
- BTEC 1ST Diploma in Applied Science (sports studies).
My Career Journey:
I have 15 years work based experience of working with individuals this included mediation work, which is solution focused and involved helping families set up contact. My previous role at Black Country Women’s Aid involved supporting young people (victims) of CSE, Domestic abuse and Sexual abuse and working 1:1 with young people after the trauma, using counselling skills along with advice and guidance and supporting children going to court. I also delivered workshops on topics such as grooming, CSE, healthy relationships etc.
Through the years, I have worked with victims of crime at Victim support and worked with perpetrators of anti-social behaviour that have been at risk of losing their tenancy.
In my spare time, I enjoy going to the gym several times a week. Also I enjoy travelling as I love to explore different countries, their history, cuisines and culture. I enjoy my own time and spending time with family and friends.
I believe completing a BA (Hons) top up in Counselling will fully equip me and provide me with all the resources I will need to embark on a career at Malachi.