Support during the Coronavirus
Coronavirus advice and support for parents and carers. Whether you are working from home with your children for the first time or supporting them with anxiety due to coronavirus, this website includes tips and advice that may help you through. Includes:
- Talking to children worried about the virus
- Dealing with arguments and family tension
- Taking care of your mental health
- Lockdown and separated parents
- Supporting SEND children
- Online safety
- Keeping children safe from abuse
Do's and Don'ts to Keep Your Child or Young Person Safe
More than ever children and young people are increasing their use of social media for school work, social life, fun and entertainment. It is important parents and carers ensure children and young people are using social media safely and not putting themselves at risk of inappropriate actions, online abuse, bullying or exploitation.
This 30 minute YouTube film, put together by Karen Livesey, aims to help parents and carers during Coronavirus lock down when social media is a significant part of the lives of children and young people.
Karen is a qualified teacher, youth worker and experienced trainer having worked as a senior youth worker and advanced practitioner for Lancashire Youth Service before becoming an independent trainer for CAT (child sexual exploitation awareness training). She is also an associate trainer for national organisationTalking Life and Barnardo's.
Mental Health Family Hour
With ‘wellbeing’ being a concern for everyone during these anxious times, Lancashire Mind have informed of us the following webinars which may be useful for our families.
Sam Tyrer, the founder of Change Talks, a Children and Young People's organisation, and his colleague, Dave, are hosting live webinars called ‘Mental Health Family Hour’ every Tuesday at 10am. A pre-recorded session on YouTube - https://youtu.be/wZKO4sb9BAk has been tested and received a great response.
Each of the live sessions will also be uploaded to YouTube. They can be watched at any time and they will be useful for everybody at this time. These sessions will especially create a great opportunity for families to discuss their mental well-being and hopefully lead to some positive discussions.
All you have to do is click the link www.twitch.tv/mindsetbydave every Tuesday morning at 10am and you will immediately tune in to the live streaming. They have opted for this platform as it enables them to run their PowerPoint alongside their discussion. There will also be an opportunity at the end of each session to ask questions.
Kooth.com is a free, online counselling and emotional wellbeing platform which is available to young people aged 10-16 years across the county.
Kooth allows young people to gain anonymous access to advice, support and guidance on any issue that is affecting their mental health and wellbeing. Many of the issues young people are talking to them about at the moment include school worries, bereavement, Covid19 and sleep issues which are directly related to these unprecedented times.
Visit kooth.com where you can register and find out more about the service or take a look at this video clip which explains Kooth in a nutshell >> https://vimeo.com/318731977
There are lots of blogs on the Young Minds website written by young people themselves relating to the Coronavirus. It covers topics such as: what to do if you're feeling anxious, coping with OCD during the pandemic, how to look after your mental health while isolating. For parents, there's also a section about talking to your children about Coronavirus.
Community hubs and local foodbank information
Hubs have been set up in each district of Lancashire to help support those most in need during the Covid-19 outbreak. The virtual hubs are available to those who are deemed vulnerable due to age, health factors or through self-isolation.
Known as ‘community hubs’, they are managed and operated by local authorities with the voluntary, community and faith sector. They offer a range of support including obtaining food parcels, help with shopping, collecting prescriptions, tackling loneliness, finance, debt and housing advice. Below are the contacts for any families that feel they may need additional support, along with details of local food banks. The links to each community hub can also be found at https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/your-health-and-wellbeing/coronavirus/
01772 625 625
|Preston||Salvation Army – Preston Harrington Street, PR1 7BN
|Luv Preston Suite 212, City House, 131 Friargate, Preston, PR1 2EF
|Noor Foodbank Noor Hall, Noor Street, Preston, PR1 1QS
|Holy Family Church – Ingol Whitby Avenue, Ingol, Preston, PR2 3YP
|Intact Community Pantry 49 Whitby Avenue, Preston, PR2 3YP
Can take home a bag of food for £3. Call intact 01772 760 760
|South Ribble||New Day Church (formerly Calvary Christian Fellowship)
Covers Lostock Hall, Penwortham, Bamber Bridge, Clayton Brook and Leyland
Penwortham Community Centre, Kingsfold Drive, PR1 9EQ
|Churches Together Leyland
St Mary's RC Church, Broadfield Drive, Leyland, PR25 1PD
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