Advice for parents during coronavirus
Whilst coronavirus is infectious to children it is rarely serious. If your child is unwell it is likely to be a non-coronavirus illness, rather than coronavirus itself. Whilst it is extremely important to follow Government advice to stay at home during this period, it can be confusing to know what to do when your child is unwell or injured. Remember that NHS 111, GPs and hospitals are still providing the same safe care that they have always done. Here is some advice to help
Coronavirus - A book for children
The Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler, worked with consultant Professor Graham Medley, two head teachers and a psychologist to make sure this book got the messages right, answering questions about quarantine, how you can catch the virus and what happens if you get it. Access it here!
Essential support for under 25s
Help, I’m worried about coronavirus
The Grace House charity is still offering support for families who have someone within the family, aged 25 or under, with any form of disability. Their short breaks service for disabled children aged 5 - 17 years, 11 months is still open, ran by Sunderland Care and Support. They are working from home and currently offering:
• group activities for adult carers via video links eg Mindfulness, journalling for wellbeing, crafts, Zumba, with more planned;
• a closed Facebook group called Families First on our Facebook page to enable carers to share information and issues;
• telephone counselling for clients who are keen for their counselling to continue at present;
• fun activities to support our fundraising efforts eg online quiz, short story competition, online dog show.
In "normal" times they arrange inclusive family activities, especially in school holidays. They are exploring ideas for this now.
They are also in contact with everyone who uses us to see how people are managing and to see what other kind of support they can offer. If anyone would like more information please contact us via their Facebook page, or email: email@example.com or for any queries please ring: 0191 5979191
Southwick Neighbourhood Youth Project
Southwick Neighbourhood Youth Project are providing support to children and young people who live in Southwick ward, by providing careers support, keeping in tough digitally, setting challenges and playing games, delivering activity packs and working with networks to ensure food banks can still serve those most at need. Visit their Facebook page
Youth Almighty Project
Youth Almighty Project are supporting vulnerable families and individuals in Silksworth, Barnes, Sandhill and St Chad’s. They have a team of volunteers so if you need help or know of someone who does find them on Facebook or call 0191 5238000
Sunderland North Community Business Centre
Sunderland North Community Business Centre are providing support to children and young people via digital mediums
Sunderland Community Action Group
Sunderland Community Action Group are providing support to children and young people via their digital mediums.
Visit their Facebook page
Blue Watch Youth Centre
Are providing support to children and young people who live in Ryhope and St Michael’s wards, by providing virtual support via WhatsApp and Facebook, including quizzes, bingo and much more, check out their Facebook page
Providing a variety of services to people in the East End, Hendon, from general advice to meals to kids on free school meals, and supporting low income families with washing powder, etc. Contact Julie via Facebook or ring 0191 567 0978.
Are providing support to households in Sunderland with essential goods and bundles for babies,
find the Team on Facebook
Online learning for kids - Children can keep their mind active and creative and stave off boredom using online resources such as our subscription Ziptales.visit https://www.sunderland.gov.uk/libraries and click ‘Digital Resources’. Follow the link to the Ziptales website and enter your library card number to enter.
For toddlers you can make your own Rhyme Time session using the Wind the Bobbin app, all free to download.
There are plenty of children’s ebooks too, all the favourite authors, including plenty of David Walliams, Jacqueline Wilson & all the Harry Potters!
Your library card number is the long number beginning with an ‘L’ on your library card or the 6 digit number given when you join online.
Underdogg and the Indoor Adventure
‘Underdogg and the Indoor Adventure’ - This is a comic and activity booklet. It is hoped it will bring some comfort and explanation of these uncertain times to our younger children
Kooth is a free, anonymous, online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use
Children’s guide to coronavirus
What to do if you’re anxious about coronavirus
How to talk to children about coronavirus
Coronavirus: Here’s some advice if you’re worried about it (Newsround)
Coronavirus: How to help kids cope with life without school
Mentally Healthy Schools
Responding to the coronavirus: resources for mental health and wellbeing
Child Accident Prevention Trust
Essential safey advice for families
Help with education
Here's what various celebrities are offering you and your kids for free daily to help with their education
while schools are closed:
9.00am - PE with Joe Wicks
10.00am - Maths with Carol Vorderman
1.00pm - Music with Myleene Klass
2.00pm - History with Dan Snow (free for 30-days)
4.00pm - Home Economics with Theo Michaels (Mon/Wed/Fri)
Non-daily events include:
Science with Professor Brian Cox, Robin Ince & Guests
Together for Children
A new online Education, Training and Employability Directory for Sunderland, has been developed in partnership
with TfC, Sunderland Information Point and local partners. The Directory is an easy to use online resource bringing
together local providers and organisations that offer a wide variety of education, training and employability courses.
The directory can be used by young people, parents, adults and professionals alike.
Sunderland YMCA are supporting young people to self isolate, for help and guidance contact Leesa on 0191 567 6160
North Star Counselling
North Star Counselling provide online and telephone support, and post out support packs to children,
contact Nicola on 07717288713 for further information.
British Psychological Society COVID-19 Resources
The British Psychological Society are creating a set of covid19 specific resources including; Talking to children
about Coronavirus; Psychological impact on older people; Supporting older people and people living with
dementia during self-isolation
Boloh, the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic family Covid-19 Helpline
Barnardo’s COVID-19 helpline and webchat for those 11+