Sources of support
General – for parents
NHS advice: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Public Health Wales: https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid19/
There are some great resources available online, for example those at http://www.adamspsychologyservices.co.uk/coronavirus.html including ‘FACE COVID’ How to respond effectively to the Corona crisis.
‘FACE COVID’ is a set of practical steps for responding effectively to the Corona crisis, using the principles of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).
F = Focus on what’s in your control
A = Acknowledge your thoughts & feelings
C = Come back into your body
E = Engage in what you’re doing
C = Committed action
O = Opening up
V = Values
I = Identify resources
D = Disinfect & distance
Samaritans Call 116 123 https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/
Mind UK https://www.mind.org.uk/ https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/support-community-elefriends/ UK Mental Health Charity with information and an online mutual support community
General – for young people
Family Action Telephone: 0808 802 6666
Text message: 07537 404 282
The FamilyLine service supports people who are dealing with family pressures in a new and innovative way by using a network of volunteers from across the country to support family members over the age of 18 through telephone calls, email, web chat and text message.
Family Lives (previously Parentline) Call: 0808 800 2222
Family Lives offers a confidential and free helpline service for families in England and Wales (previously known as Parentline). for emotional support, information, advice and guidance on any aspect of parenting and family life. The helpline service is open 9am – 9pm, Monday to Friday and 10am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday.
Gingerbread Single Parent Helpline:
Tel: 0808 802 0925
One Parent Families/Gingerbread is the leading national charity working to help lone parents and their children.
Grandparents Plus Call: 0300 123 7015
Grandparents Plus is the only national charity (England and Wales) dedicated to supporting kinship carers - grandparents and other relatives raising children who aren't able to live with their parents.
Helpful resources for talking to children about Coronavirus:
British Psychological Society (BPS) Advice on talking about Coronavirus: https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/bps-highlights-importance-talking-children-aboutcoronavirus
Covibook A short book about Coronavirus for children under 7 - https://www.mindheart.co/descargables
ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) Support Resources aimed at younger children to help explain why schools are closed and what they could do when at home.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51342366?fbclid=IwAR3CyZq5rzXVoyGCgWjjpx6YqoetuZ1tP16y 7wMjUR6uwgWyhRmf0aFTrAs Drs Chris and Xand explain what’s happening
Resources for children and young people with additional needs:
A social stories about coronavirus: https://theautismeducator.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/TheCorona-Virus-Free-Printable-Updated-2-The-Autism-Educator-.pdf
An ‘easy read’ version of coronavirus information:
https://www.mencap.org.uk/advice-andsupport/health/coronavirus for young people and adults with learning difficulties.
Resources for home education:
Many schools will be setting their own learning. However, if you need something else to keep them usefully occupied then this non-exhaustive list might help those affected by school closures due to coronavirus, compiled by home educators:
Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material.
BBC Learning http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/coursesearch/
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV license required except for content on BBC iPlayer.
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.
Blockly https://blockly.games Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.
Scratch https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/ Creative computer programming
Ted Ed https://ed.ted.com - All sorts of engaging educational videos
National Geographic Kids https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/ - Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
Duolingo https://www.duolingo.com Learn languages for free. Web or app.
Mystery Science https://mysteryscience.com Free science lessons
The Kids Should See This https://thekidshouldseethis.com Wide range of cool educational videos
Crash Course https://thecrashcourse.com You Tube videos on many subjects
Crash Course Kids https://m.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids As above for a younger audience
Crest Awards https://www.crestawards.org Science awards you can complete from home.
iDEA Awards https://idea.org.uk Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
Paw Print Badges https://www.pawprintbadges.co.uk Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
Tinkercad https://www.tinkercad.com All kinds of making.
Cbeebies Radio https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio Listening activities for the younger ones.
Nature Detectives https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives/ A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
Oxford Owl for Home https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/ Lots of free resources for Primary age
Big History Project https://www.bighistoryproject.com/home Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.
Geography Games https://world-geography-games.com/world.html Geography gaming!
Blue Peter Badges https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/about-blue-peter-badges If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
The Artful Parent https://www.facebook.com/artfulparent/ Good, free art activities
Red Ted Art https://www.redtedart.com Easy arts and crafts for little ones
The Imagination Tree https://theimaginationtree.com Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.
Toy Theater https://toytheater.com/ Educational online games
DK Find Out https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/?fbclid=IwAR2wJdpSJSeITf4do6aPhff8A3tAktnmpaxqZbkgudD49l71 ep8-sjXmrac Activities and quizzes
Twinkl https://www.twinkl.co.uk This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.
Virtual tours https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours Virtual tours of some of the world’s best museums