Here is some helpful information and support that’s available, as well some useful resources.
Just click on one of the categories below in this table:
- Qwell is providing online counselling, emotional wellbeing and mental health support for parents, carers and school staff in Reading - see here
- Barnardo’s provides an online service called See, Hear, Respond which includes tips on managing anxiety, practical advice about how to talk to your children about the pandemic and much more
- ‘#Coping: ‘Family life during the lockdown’ is an easy-read guide featuring information from various agencies, including the local NHS and the Berkshire West Safeguarding Children’s Partnership.
- Family Lives offers helpful tips and advice for coping emotionally and practically.
- There’s useful information here on managing life during the outbreak, from Home Start.
- The Government produced guidance for parents and carers on supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing.
- PACT produces weekly newsletters with lots of resources and articles to support parents.
- Action for Children is offering parent support, online here.
- The NSPCC has published advice for talking to a child worried about coronavirus.
- Young Minds has top 10 tips from its Parents Helpline experts for talking to your child about coronavirus.
- Reading Voluntary Action has collated resources around storytelling, podcasts and audiobooks, to help soothe and relax children, see this page in their Reading Friends Toolkit.
- There are various free books to help you talk to your child about coronavirus and give information without fear. These include a nurse Dotty book, Dave the Dog, the Children’s Commissioner’s short guide and Nosy Crow’s and the Gruffalo illustrator, Coronavirus A book for children.
- Mindheart produced a short book aimed at under 7 years old, to support and reassure during this time
- Use these fun colour-in posters as a way of reminding children about the importance of wearing masks – choose either this design your facemask poster or this one.
- KeepSafe has produced a range of easy-read, visual posters to explain everything from a support bubble to face masks. Here is a selection: Support Bubble, How to Stay Safe, Face Coverings.
- Dingley’s Promise, a charity for families and children under 5s with additional needs and disabilities, is offering various ways to support local families.
- Here is a video to support parents with neurodiverse children
The coronavirus outbreak has brought new challenges for people living through domestic abuse however support will always be available. It’s important to know that you are not alone.
Need urgent help?
If you’re in immediate danger, call 999. Press 55 when prompted if you can’t speak. If you can’t use a voice phone, register with the police text service – text REGISTER to 999.
If you’re not in immediate danger, but still need help, there are lots of local and national organisations and people you can talk to.
See this page here for all the support that’s available to you.
- The Home Office released an awareness campaign and information on how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse – read this here.
- Be wary of online loan sharks: The pandemic has caused many families to struggle financially but no matter how much you are struggling, loan sharks are not the answer.
Loan sharks are increasingly using social media to advertise illegal loans and target potential victims – it’s important to remain vigilant when online.
If you are needing financial support, speak to your local Citizen’s Advice Bureau rather than a rogue lender.
To anonymously report any suspected loan shark, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call the Stop Loan Sharks Helpline on 0300 555 2222 or visit this website for more info.
- Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command Centre (CEOP) #OnlineSafetyAtHome campaign has resources to prevent all forms of online child abuse. It is aimed at all ages and can be found here.
- NSPCC has information about keeping children safe online, guidance on how to have difficult conversations with children and other useful info on their website.
- Based on the 5 ways to wellbeing, the Children’s Commissioner launched a digital 5 a day campaign to give easy to follow steps to keep healthy, as our online activity has increased.
Find advice specific for managing your health and wellbeing here
More ideas for you and your family this winter can be found on our activities & things to do page.
For any young people, aged 13+, see activities on our young people’s zone.