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Coronavirus information, advice, and resources

This page has lots of information to help you during the coronavirus pandemic. You can expand each section to find out more.

You can also visit our Facebook page for more information and ideas. We are also sharing lots of support information and helplines over on our Instagram page.

Warning If you are concerned about the safety of children or adults in B&NES, you will find details about who you can discuss your concerns with on the BCSSP website.

Support for older young people

Looking after your mental health and wellbeing

How teenagers can protect their mental health during coronavirus (COVID-19) - 6 strategies for teens facing a new (temporary) normal from UNICEF

Child and Adolescant Mental Health Service (CAMHS) online resources to support young people's emotional wellbeing.

KOOTH offers free online mental health support 365 days a year, and they are still available during the COVID19 outbreak.

Youth Connect South West have digital support available at the moment to young people.

Advice for young people to help with their mental health during the COVID19 pandemic from Anna Freud, National Centre for Children and Families.

SAFE BANES - advice for young people on relationships and sexual health.

Off The Record B&NES - supporting young peple aged 10-25 years in all aspects of life. Off The Record are also holding virtual support cafes during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure young people can still easily access support. They are held on Facebook every Monday and Friday 4-6pm, and Thursday 6.30-8.30pm. Visit the Off The Record Facebook page for more information on how to join in, receive support, and hang out online with OTR staff and other young people.

DHI Project 28 - offering support to young people around drug and alcohol difficulties.

Duty school nurses are available for telephone support and advice for parents and carers who need any support with a school-aged child. They are available Monday to Friday, 9am to 12pm and 2pm to 5pm. If you live in the Bath area, call 01225 83 16 66, or if you live in the Norton/Radstock area call 01761 40 81 11. They also offer a text service called CHAT on 07480 63 55 13.

Coming to terms with school changes linked to Coronavirus - a guide for year 6 pupils.

Coming to terms with school changes linked to Coronavirus - a guide for year 11 pupils.

Young Carers

The service provision for young carers during the COVID-19 pandemic has been updated to reflect the current situation. You can find specific information about these changes on the Young Carers website.

Training, skills, and learning

Bath College are offering a whole range of distance learning courses at the moment, and these are free to those meeting specific eligibility criteria.

The Skills Toolkit is an online learning platform supporting anyone wishing to learn new key skills whilst they are being furloughed or without employment,

Achieve in B&NES provides a job and course search service for anybody wishing to enter the workplace or progress their career. There are free and funded courses from local providers on offer.

Your Pathway - Produced by Youth Connect South West, this document offers advice and information to help support you through your next steps in your education or career.

Support for adults

The Community Wellbeing Hub provides support to people who are in need during the COVID-19 crisis. They can help with a range issues including food, mental health, wellbeing and welfare across Bath and North East Somerset. Please call direct 0300 247 0050. The Hub is led by Virgin Care and B&NES Council, with support of 3SG, B&NES 3rd Sector Group.

3SG details of local food suppliers

The Virtaul Hope Guide contains details of groups and services in B&NES, who have adapted to continue their work in the community, along with new groups and projects which have started in direct response to the pandemic.

The Alzheimers Society have information on COVID-19 for people affected by dementia.

Mental wellbeing and bereavement support for adults

During the COVID-19 pandemic many of us will experience times when our mental wellbeing suffers. Everyone reacts differently to difficult events, but for everyone feelings of anxiety, low mood, loneliness, frustration, and boredom are quite normal and to be expected from time to time. For those who already have a mental health problem, or who are in particularly challenging circumstances, the pandemic may be especially difficult. The following sources of information provide ideas to help you look after your mental wellbeing, and to find help when you need it.

Public Health England - Guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of COVID-19.

Every Mind Matters - advice and tips on how to protect your mental health from the NHS

Bath MIND has produced resources for COVID-19 support for m,ental health and well being.

Bath MIND's Breathing Space offers a calm, non-clinical service, supporting individuals experiencing or at risk of a mental health crisis.

TITLEMental wellbeing audio guides from the NHS

The Samaritans

The Virtual Hope Guide, created by St Mungo's, has been updated to help people through COVID-19. Here you will find information for groups and services in B&NES, who have adapted to continue their fantastic work in the community, along with new groups and projects which have started in direct response to the situation.

Mental health resources from NHS Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon, and Wiltshire (BSW)

Suuport for parents and carers

Regardless of their age, the COVID-19 pandemic may be a difficult time for children and young people. Some may react right away, while others may show signs of difficulty later. How a child or young person reacts can vary according to their age, how they understand information and communicate, their previous experiences, and how they typically cope with stress. Negative reactions may include worrying thoughts about their health or that of family and friends, fear, avoidance, problems sleeping, or physical symptoms such as stomachache. For those children and young people who already have a mental health problem, or who have challenging circumstances, the pandemic may be especially difficult. The following sources of information provide ideas to help you look after your mental wellbeing, and to find help when you need it.

Mental Health Helpline for children and young people in B&NES, Swindon, and Wiltshire.

Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic from Public Health England.

Materials to help teaching about wellbeing at home from GOV.UK

Guidance on GOV.UK for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Children’s Guide to coronavirus from the Children's Commissioner.

Supporting a child with grief and loss during the COVID-19 pandemic from Young Minds

10 Top tips for talking with children and young people about COVID-19 from Young Minds.

Supporting young people’s mental health during periods of disruption from the Anna Freud Centre.

Mental health problems in children and young people: guidance for parents and carers from the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust.

BBC Bitesize parent's toolkit provides top tips, useful links, and expert advice to support you and your child's wellbeing and learning in a changing world.

Support for children and young people

Regardless of your age, the COVID-19 pandemic may be a difficult time for you. You might be feeling worried about your own health, or that of your family and friends, as well as what all this means for your future. You could be missing your friends and your normal routines. Like everyone else, children and young people may be experiencing anxiety, problems sleeping, and feelings of loneliness. The following sources of information provide ideas to help you look after your mental wellbeing, and to find help when you need it.

Mental Health Helpline for children and young people in B&NES, Swindon, and Wiltshire.

Kooth

Duty school nurses are available for telephone support and advice for parents and carers who need any support with a school-aged child. They are available Monday to Friday, 9am to 12pm and 2pm to 5pm. If you live in the Bath area, call 01225 83 16 66, or if you live in the Norton/Radstock area call 01761 40 81 11. They also offer a text service called CHAT on 07480 63 55 13.

Off the Record provide a range of free services including counselling, listening support, youth participation, advocacy and specialist groups, support for care leavers, and a LGBT+ focused youth group.

Youth Connect South West

Boys in Mind

Child Line

The Mix

Young Minds

Samaritans

National Youth Agency and UK Youth: support for young people.

Advice for young people to help with their mental health during the COVID19 pandemic from Anna Freud, National Centre for Children and Families.

Free online resources from Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

Returning to school safely

Find COVID-19 information for parents and carers on the B&NES Council website, including information on when you should send your child to school during the pandemic, and how to access vouchers for free school meals during school holidays.

What parents need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19 on the GOV.UK website.

Children's learning and activities

BBC Bitesize lockdown learning

Broadcast schedules for BBC Bitesize Learning Zone

Coronavirus is a free digital book written and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, for primary aged children to explain the current pandemic.

Orchard Toys have a range of free, printable worksheets and activities that are fun, educational, and perfect for learning at home.

Words for Life from the National Literacy Trust has activities to support your child's reading and literacy skills.

The Department for Education (DfE) has produced recommended resources for teachers and parents home-schooling during COVID-19.

A Parent’s Guide to Promoting Early Learning and Development at Home (0 - 5 years) has been produced by SKIP for Early Years Educators.

Learning for Life from the Roman Baths lets you discover more about the world of the Romans, and try out their activities.

Victoria Art Gallery Learning for Life lets you discover more about the world of art and try out activities inspired by their exhibitions and permanent collection.

Learning for Life from the Fashion Museum lets you discover more about the world of fashion and try out a range of activities.

Spread the Happiness has a range of free and paid for materials to support learining.

30 day Lego challenge

Online anti-bullying resources for parents from The Cybersmile Foundation

Playdough receipe

Websites and worksheets

ELSA Support Coronavirus 14 day self isolation activities

The Wildlife Trusts have a ranmge of outdoor activities

Cosmic Kids Yoga

B&NES Council's libraries Facebook page for activities and story times.

BBC Bitesize teaching from home advice for teachers and parents

City of Bath World Heritage Site website has a range of learning activities

RHS campaign for school gardening

Resources for children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities

BBC Bitesize Parents' Toolkit: SEND

Afaisic have online resources and guidance for Parents/Carers concerned about the child's speech and language development.

Explaining COVID-19 and the vaccine to those with Learning Disabilities and Autism is a collection of resources from Swindon Healthwatch.

Makaton has access to lots of free resources including songs, games, skills and stories.

Bath Rugby Foundation Hi5! is a weekly programme which introduces children and young people with special educational needs to different sports and activities.

ChatterPack has a list of free, online, boredom-busting resources.

Sensory at Home Facebook page has information and advice from professionals.

Easy Read: Coronavirus - How to stay safe

The Handwashing Rap on Vimeo

Looking after your feelings and your body contains social and emotional information from GOV.UK

The Mom Kind have a page with suggestions about how to support a child with additional needs during this time.

Gympanzees Facebook page is sharing lots of ideas for simple at home physical activities for children with disabilities.

Gympanzees website has exercise videos, activities, ideas, online therapy webinars with a qualified therapist, and even borrowing specialist play and exercise equipment.

Gympanzees seated exercise page has exercises for people who are a wheelchair user with little or no learning difficulty.

University of Bath have a new online course in Good Practice in Autism Education

Access Sport has lots of ideas for children with physical disabilities to keep active at home.

Bath Area Play Project (BAPP) has some helpful ideas and resources on their website to support children with additional needs.

B&NES Carers Centre is providing support for carers and young carers.

Resources for people with Autism

Guide to coronavirus for people with Autism from the National Autistic Society

Resources for returning to school from the National Autistic Society

And next comes L has a range of social stories that can be downloaded and printed

Carol Gray Social Stories has a range of free social stories related to coronavirus.

Autism and coronavirus - 20 tips to support your child from Peter Vermeulen

A-Z of calming strategies from ELSA (Emotional LIteracy Support Assistant)

The Girl With The Curly Hair have some online webinars to access for support.

Corona, autism and uncertainty: push the context button is a video from Peter Vermeulen about how context can decrease stress and anxiety in people on the autism spectrum.

Face coverings: when to wear one, exemptions, and how to make your own on GOV.UK

Mask exemption cards for mobiles and for printing

Downloadable apps for general wellbeing

NHS approved apps for mental health

CALM: App for Mindfulness and Meditation. (Available on iOS, Android & Web)

ThinkNinja: Child wellbeing App is available on iOS and Android

Breathe2Relax: The relaxation app trains you on the “belly breathing” technique that has proven benefits for your overall mental health. Available on iOS and Android

Stress Check by Azumio: This app takes you on a deep breathing exercise to promote calmness and can bring your heart rate down in five minutes. The app provides instant feedback with breath and pulse monitoring and tracks long-term progress. Available on iOS and Android

Happify is a way to make a game of all the positive psychology tricks you know might work, but make you feel kind of silly when you actually do them. You'll start by taking a quick test that assesses the areas of happiness you should work on. Then, you're presented with a few "tracks" that can help get you to your goals. Available on iOS and Android

SAM is an application to help you understand and manage anxiety. Available on iOS and Android

Sanvello: Anxiety & Depressio‪n app has daily tools for stress, anxiety, and depression alongside a supportive community. Based on cognitive behavioural therapy & mindfulness meditation. Available on iOS, Android & web.

Thrive: When you log in it gives you different tips to help you relieve stress/anxiety. There are tabs for meditation, deep relaxation, self-hypnosis, and more. Available on iOS and Android

Smiling Mind: Trying to incorporate mindfulness into your daily life? This app can help you launch into a regular practice of mindfulness meditations. Available on iOS and Android

Wysa Happiness Chabot: helps to build emotional resilience by talking to you about your situation. Over 60 psychologists and 10,000 users have provided specific inputs to shape how Wysa helps them. Available on iOS and Android

I love Hue: When you feel like you have no control, this app can help sooth you by creating simple visual harmonies from mosaic tiles. Available on iOS and Android

Worry Watch: This journaling tool has a simple user interface where users can log instances of worry, fear, and anxiety. They can also add the outcome of each situation, which provides a comparison between expectation and reality that helps reduce anxiety over time. Available on iOS

What’s Up?: This app uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) methods to help you cope with depression, anxiety, anger, stress, and more. Available on iOS and Android

WellMind is your free NHS mental health and wellbeing app designed to help you with stress, anxiety and depression. The app includes advice, tips and tools to improve your mental health and boost your wellbeing. Available on iOS and Android

Cove: Free, personal music journal to help you with your emotional and mental health. Trusted by the NHS. Available on iOS

Reflectly: A personal journal and diary driven by AI to enable you to deal with negative thoughts, make positivity louder and to teach you about the science of well-being. Available on iOS and Android

Happy not perfect: Backed by science, designed for you, Happy Not Perfect is your go-to place for everything you need to look after your mind in a fun new way. Available on iOS and Android

Other information

Each school will operate their individual policies and procedures in line with government guidance, and your child's school/college will be in touch directly. If you have any specific queries or concerns you should contact your school as soon as possible to discuss these. Below are some online resources to help support your child through their next transition.

National Lockdown guidance on GOV.UK

NHS guidance on Coronavirus

Returning to school after lockdown from the Mental Health Foundation provides practical advice, activities and support.

Tips for parents and caregivers – preparing your child to return to school from the Mental Health Foundation

Coronavirus: transitioning back to school guidance from the NSPCC

Back to School after Coronavirus Story is a story for all children to help them feel positive about returning to school from ELSA Support

Future Bright offers FREE career coaching, training and support to help you develop the skills and confidence you need to take your next step in your career.

WellChild offers a support to vulnetrable families to access vital services and supplies.

Advice on Coronavirus in different languages on YouTube

Coping with bereavement

Practical steps following a death - what to do when someone dies

What to do when someone dies during the COVID-19 pandemic guidance for England on GOV.UK

Find out how to register a death on the B&NES Council website.

Find out about burial, cremation, and memorial options on the B&NES Council website.

Bereavement advice and support from the NHS.

Royal United Hospitals Bereavement Office provides a service for the newly bereaved families of patients who die at RUH.

What is grief? leaflet from Community Access Support Service (CASS) Bristol

Emotional support

At a Loss

Cruse Bereavement Care for Wiltshire and Bath.

The Good Grief Trust

Focus Counselling provide professional councselling in Bath and Frome.

Bereavement support and advice from Dorothy House

Hope Again is the youth website of Cruse Bereavement Care. It is a safe place where you can learn from other young people, how to cope with grief, and feel less alone.

Support for children and young people

Child Bereavement UK (Helpline 9am to 5pm weekdays)

Child Bereavement Network

Grief Encounter have a helpline (9am to 9pm weekdays) on 0808 802 01 11 and online chat service.

Hope Again is the youth website of Cruse Bereavement Care. It is a safe place where you can learn from other young people, how to cope with grief, and feel less alone.

Winston's Wish support children and young people after the death of a parent or sibling.