Useful resources for lockdown
From health and wellbeing, to activities for children, things for adults and general information - we have put together a list of resources that you may find helpful or of interest during lockdown.
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Action for Happiness - Action for Happiness helps people take action for a happier and kinder world
Advice and support for mental health - Guidance and links to support with your mental health.
Advice for Parents and Young People during Coronavirus - The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health have created useful information, posters and a video with advice.
Age UK, Health and Wellbeing - Get information on age-related health conditions, tips and advice on staying fit and healthy, as well as information on dealing with health services and leaving hospital.
The Anna Freud Centre has created a resource hub to help young people and their families cope with mental health challenges such as anxiety during the lockdown.
Anxiety UK - A range of useful information, resources and support for helping you understand how to deal with your anxiety during these difficult times.
Behind the Headlines - Analysing health stories in the news to see how much truth there is behind them.
Blurt - Increasing Awareness and Understanding of Depression - Mental Health Toolkit
Bright Sky is a mobile app and website for anyone experiencing domestic abuse, or who is worried about someone else.
British Dietetics Association Food Fact Sheets - Food Fact Sheets written by dietitians to help you learn the best ways to eat and drink to keep your body fit and healthy.
Bupa - Information about a number of mental health conditions, as well as details of treatments and support.
Burton and Uttoxeter Wellbeing Team - Local mental health support in the Burton/Uttoxeter area.
Calm - App Promoting sleep and meditation
Calm Harm – App designed to help people resist or manage the urge to self-harm.
CAMHS Resources – This site was created for young people, carers and professionals to pool together lots of helpful resources from across the internet that are available to help support your mental health and well-being.
Change 4 Life - Change4Life is here to help your family be healthier and happier by eating well and moving more.
Childline, Staying Healthy - Staying healthy is an important part of growing up. And it can affect you physically and emotionally. When your body changes during puberty and you have to deal with things like school and exams, staying healthy can really help you.
Compton Care – South Staffordshire and Wolverhampton based charity offering extraordinary clinical care services and expertise to emotional, practical and spiritual support from a dedicated staff and volunteer team, there is a wide range of support available to you at Compton Care. Bereavement Information Hubs and telephone befriending service.
Coronavirus: a book for children - A free information book explaining the coronavirus to children.
Drink Aware App - Want to change the way you drink? Get the free app from Drinkaware; track your alcohol consumption and spend over time, calculate units and calories and set goals to help you moderate your drinking!
Every Mind Matters - Mental health advice and support from the NHS.
Fact Check - How to Spot Fake News.
Headspace - Reliable and relevant videos from Headspace.
Health App Finder - Staffordshire County Council's own library of recommended and trusted health and wellbeing apps.
Health for Teens - The Health for Teens website delivers interactive messages and advice, covering a range of topical subjects, such as Coronavirus and online gaming that promote health and wellbeing and help young people to make the right choices.
The site, aimed at 11-19-year-olds signposts to a number of children’s and families services provided by the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Health Information Week - Health Information Week is a national, multi-sector campaign promoting high-quality information for patients and the public. High quality health information can have a huge impact on people’s ability to stay healthy and manage illnesses effectively, giving them a better quality of life.
Health Visiting and School Nurses - Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is strengthening the support it provides to young people through an innovative website offering important information about physical and mental health and wellbeing.
How to have difficult conversations with children - NSPCC Learning offers top tips on preparing for a difficult conversation and also having a difficult conversation with a child.
Independent Age - How to find reliable health information online
Internet Matters - Online Safety advice and insight for parents and carers
iPrescribe Exercise - Your Personal Exercise Prescription. Get active, improve your health, live your best life
Learn My Way - Improving Your Health Online – Information about the ways you can use the internet to support your health.
Living Life to the Full - Free online courses covering low mood, stress and resiliency.
Marie Curie, Bereavement Support – Support for the bereaved
MeeTwo - A safe and secure forum for teenagers wanting to discuss any issue affecting their lives.
Mental Health Foundation - Looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust - For information about NHS services in Staffordshire.
Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust YouTube Channel - For informative videos from all aspects of this integrated service.
Mind - Coronavirus and your wellbeing.
Mindfulness Awareness Research Centre - MARC was created to bring to a renowned mental health research institution the ancient art of mindful awareness, in a scientifically supported and rigorous form.
The Mix - Mental health advice and support for 13-25s. Understanding mental health can be tricky but The Mix is here to make sure you don’t have to do it alone. Whether you’re worried about your mental health, or someone else’s, we have everything you need to know about mental health, from anxiety and depression to self-care and counselling.
National Autistic Society - Autism and coronavirus advice and support.
NetAware - Advice for parents/carers on keeping children safe onlineduring lockdown.
NHS Apps Library - Apps and online tools to help you manage your health and wellbeing.
NHS, 5 Steps to mental wellbeing - Evidence suggests there are 5 steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing. Trying these things could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life.
NHS Employers - Health, safety and wellbeing
NHS England Publications - Order and download publications created by The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC), National Health Service England (NHSE) and Public Health England (PHE)
NHS, Live Well - Advice, tips and tools to help you make the best choices about your health and wellbeing.
NHS, Mindfulness - It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much. Paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you – can improve your mental wellbeing.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) – NICE issues guidelines outlining which services and treatments are recommended nationally
Parent Talk - Down-to-earth parenting advice you can trust
Patient, Healthy Eating - A healthy diet may help to prevent certain long-term (chronic) diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. It may also help to reduce your risk of developing some cancers and help you to keep a healthy weight. This leaflet explains the principles of a healthy diet.
Patient Info - Expert Health Articles, Tips and Information
P.E. with Joe - Daily P.E. Lessons for kids from Joe Wicks.
Reading Well Books on Prescription - Book lists containing accredited and helpful reading to support health and wellbeing.
Responding to Children's Emotional Wellbeing Following Lockdown (3.39 MB) - A downloadable and printable PDF of activities and guidance.
Royal College of Anaesthetists - Preparing for surgery – Fitter Better Sooner
Safer Internet Centre New Digital Wellbeing Tool - Helping and supporting young people inunderstanding and managing their own well-being as well as the choices theymake online is essential and the reason why this resource was created.
Search for health and wellbeing apps - Search for health and wellbeing apps and support.
See, Hear, Respond from Barnardo's - A partnership to help children, young people and families cope with the Covid-19 crisis.
Seisdon Wellbeing Team - Local mental health support in the Seisdon peninsula area of South Staffordshire.
South Staffordshire Network for Mental Health
Speak Up Space – Free 121 online mental health support for young people.
Staffordshire Connects - Connecting you with help and support in your community.
Talking to your child about coronavirus - Support from the Young Minds organisation.
Tips for Everyday living - Advice and support from Mind.
Tommy’s - Explaining evidence-based health information in pregnancy
Understanding Health Research - A tool for making sense of health studies
World Cancer Research Fund Men’s Health Guide
World Cancer Research Fund Women’s Health Guide
Worry Tree - Notice, record and manage worries using cognitive behavioural therapy techniques.
Young Minds - What to do if you're anxious about Coronavirus.
Things for children to do and lessons at home
BBC Bitesize - A vast range of resources to support parents and teachers with online lessons, planning and links to Bitesize across the entire BBC network.
BBC Tiny Happy People - Tiny Happy People is here to help you develop your child's communication skills. Explore simple activities and play ideas and find out about their amazing early development.
Bloomsbury - Resources to download and links to your favourite authors’ websites.
Book Trust Home Time - Looking for something fun as a family? Free online books and videos, games, win prizes, test your knowledge in book-themed quizzes, or even learn how to draw some of your favourite characters.
British Trust for Ornithology – Big Garden Birdwatch - Take part in real citizen science and enjoy your garden birds at the same time.
CBeebies - Games for kids and early years activities
Craft Council - Crafts for Home Schooling
DK Stay at Home Hub - Great activities for children of all ages and adults, brought to you by Dorling Kindersley.
Draw with Rob - new #DrawWithRob videos for adults and kids every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am, from illustrator Rob Biddulph.
Elmer the elephant activities - download and print these activities to do at home: Elmer Day Activity Pack (14.18 MB), How to make an Elmer (571 KB) and Elmers Parade Colouring Sheets (8.88 MB).
Empathy Day - Empathy Day is on 9 June, find out more about the day on the Empathy Lab website, you can also download the fantastic Empathy Day Family Activity Pack (1.43 MB) and other great resources: empathy glasses (685 KB), class visit: puffin beak (516 KB) and class visit: body shape (474 KB).
Fun Palaces – Tiny Revolutions - Great ideas for children to connect with their community during lockdown.
Hungry Little Minds - Simple, fun activities for kids up to to five.
Kids in Museums - Links to museums, activities, virtual tours and online learning resources. Everything from The Mary Rose to The Roald Dahl Museum.
National Geographic Kids - Huge range of free videos, quizzes and interactive stuff for kids around history, geography, science and animals.
National Literacy Trust – Family Zone - Ideas and guidance for simple activities that will engage your children at home, while also benefiting their reading, writing and language development. Free resources.
National Shelf Service - Daily book recommendations on You Tube from librarians across the Country. You can also search #NationalShelfService on social media
Oak National Academy - an online classroom and resource hub created by teachers, for teachers.
Oxford Owl - Resources to help primary school children learn from home, brought to you by Oxford University Press.
Penguin - Articles, games and activities from Penguin Random House UK
Scholastic Learn at Home - Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing
Shakespeare Week - Kids’ Zone – free activities for children.
Skills Academy – Brought to you by The National Literacy Trust. Free for families and secondary schools during the coronavirus crisis, Skills Academy improves Year 7 and 8 students’ reading, rewarding their progress in a fun and engaging way.
Something Bad Happened - Reading Well for children author Dawn Huebner has published a free reading of her book Something Bad Happened - a great way to approach talking to children about Covid-19 and the stories they might be seeing in the news.
StarLine - Home learning advice direct from qualified teachers and parenting and education experts
STEM Home Support - Activities and ideas for families and teachers in the Science Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects
64 Million Artists - Creative ideas for home schooling and daily challenges.
Seven Stories - Facebook page of the National Centre for Childrens Books, posting weekly virtual story time sessions in partnership with Andersen Press.
The Book of Hopes - Completely free for all children and families, the extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon and Jacqueline Wilson.
Wild Days - Wild Days is a free service providing around an hour of curated outdoor activities every day, to bring your family closer to nature during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Family Resources pack (2.87 MB) - information and links to information for families.
We also have more information about home education.
Things for adults to do, reading, activities and courses
100 Novels that Shaped Our World - Selected for the BBC by a panel of leading writers, curators and critics.
AbilityNet - AbilityNet supports people of any age, living with any disability or impairment to use technology to achieve their goals at home, at work and in education. Request free IT support at home
An introductory guide Ancestry Library Edition (2 MB) - A step-by-step guide to using Ancestry Library Edition produced by Staffordshire Libraries.
BBC Arts Culture in Quarantine - A virtual festival of the arts rooted in the experience of national lockdown.
Big Book Weekend - Online literary festival, 8 - 10 May.
The Bookshop Band - A concert of book-recommendations for lockdown reading.
Staffordshire Adult Community Online Learning - A range of trusted online community learning courses from the Community Learning Team.
Digital Educations and Learning Support - The Citizens Advice Mid Mercia Learning Support Team can offer help to people who require support in becoming digitally competent. (East Staffs & Uttoxeter area)
Digital Unite Guides - An extensive collection of learning guides about using modern technology created by Digital Unite, the digital learning experts.
ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) information and resources (381 KB)
Future Learn - Free courses from Future Learn.
Learn My Way - Free courses to improve digital skills.
Libraries Connected #LibrariesfromHome - Showcasing the best digital services from public libraries in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Libraries at Home - Find your local library service and link to services on offer, including a growing video resource.
AgeUK Making the most of the Internet - The internet can seem complicated, but our step-by-step guides can help you make sense of it. From keeping in touch with friends and family to doing your shopping and banking, our tips will help you feel confident and stay safe online. This information is to help people who are already online but want to boost their confidence.
The Metropolitan Opera - Daily streaming of previous opera performances.
Museum Virtual Tours - A collection of virtual museum tours from around the world.
The National Theatre at Home - A different performance to stream each week.
Open Learn - Free course across a huge range of topics from The Open University.
The Reading Agency Hub - Ideas, activities and challenges from The Reading Agency to entertain and educate adults and children nationwide. The resources are available free of charge and will be updated regularly.
Reading Friends - Resources to keep you connected from The Reading Agency.
Refugee Week 15-21 June - Information, links, films and downloadable resources to inspire you to get involved in Refugee Week.
The Royal Academy of Arts - Video tours, interviews, exhibition highlights, revisit popular events and creative inspiration. Watch, Make, Read.
The Royal Opera House - A programme of free, online content.
The Show Must Go On - A full-length musical streaming on YouTube every Friday at 7pm.
The Skills Toolkit - Free digital and numeracy courses to build your skills.
Staffordshire Theatre - A directory of online theatre activities across Staffordshire
U.S. National Parks Virtual Tour - Take virtual tours of 5 U.S. National Parks.
World Book Night - Resources to celebrate World Book Night (23rd April) at home.
Family Resources pack (2.87 MB) - information and links to information for families.
Coronavirus (Covid-19) information
British Liver Trust, Staying Healthy at Home
Childline – Coronavirus page. - Useful information from Childline
Citizens Online - Resources from around the web to help you stay in touch with family, friends or colleagues – or to help you to help others.
Coronavirus Resources from NHS Health Education - Information and resources about the Coronavirus. Easy to navigate, reliable information.
Digital Unite - COVID 19 Guide and Resources.
Doctors of the World UK - Find the latest Government Coronavirus information translated into 60 languages.
Guidance for working online and online safeguarding
Gov.uk Coronavirus updates
National Cyber Security Centre - Are running the government Cyber Aware programme on how to stay safe online during lockdown. Easy to do tips on basic cyber safety and lots of guidance on everything from using video conferencing facilities safely (eg a lot of social groups are using Zoom to stay in touch) and security around online gaming, phishing emails and scams.
Net Aware - A bite-size guide to the latest and most popular social networks, apps and games that kids are using. The ‘In the news’ section is packed full of information to support this and focuses on new platforms and online trends to help users keep up-to-date with the online world.
NHS Covid-19 - Up-to-date information from the NHS.
NHS One You - Apps, including Active 10 and Couch to 5k:
NHS One You - Home Workout Videos
NSPCC Coronavirus pages. - The NSPCC has published a new section on their website dedicated to concerns around COVID-19.
Public Health England - Accessible information and advice available in accessible formats including BSL, Braille, large print and audio.
Staffordshire County Council Information - Coronavirus information and advice from Staffordshire County Council
Staffordshire Libraries - Coronavirus information from Staffordshire Libraries and Arts Service.
Thinkuknow - Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.
Trading Standards - Information from Staffordshire County Council Trading Standards about Coronavirus.
UK Safer Internet Centre - Information on safe and responsible use of online technology for young people.
Which? - Coronavirus advice from Which?
World Health Organisation, Healthy at Home Exercise
World Health Organisation, Healthy at Home, Healthy Diet
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