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Your children may understandably be concerned or worried by what they see, read or hear in the news or online regarding coronavirus. As a parent or carer, it’s good to talk to them honestly and calmly about what is happening. You don't have to have all the answers, but a gentle conversation can reassure them.
We've gathered some resources to help support you and your children with these conversations.
This may be an especially stressful time if you're caring for a child with learning disabilities or ASD and in addition to some of the resources above, we hope the following may help you look after yourself as well as your children.
Food a fact of life classroom (FFL, part of the British Nutrition Foundation) has over 157 activities and ideas made available to support home learning, from early years through to second pupils.
Between 30 March - 1 September 2020 the FFL will be adding activity ideas and resources every fortnight to support remote learning at home.
New for July - Wave 8 : Learning about food life skills from home, eg healthy eating, modifying recipes, food choice, food labels, food origins, cooking, food hygiene and safety and more!
Goals motivate us and can turn our values and dreams into reality. It's important that our goals shuld be challenging enough to excite us, but also achievalble so that we avoid unnecessary stress.
Find out what makes a good goal and how you can look forward with optimism - but be a realistic optimist!
Take a look at the suggestions here to help you adjust to working at home, feel more productive and take care of your mental health in these unprecedented:
In this unprecedented situation many more of us are working from home and have had to set up work stations in our homes. In order to try to avoid any potential health issues such as eye strain or musculoskeletal problems it's important to check that your work station has been set up correctly for good posture, particularly if you are using a laptop.
You may be worried abuot work and money while you have to stay at home - these issues can have a big effect on your mental health,
Find out about your employment and benefits rights.
In line with other authorities, Dorset Council has arranged with the bus companies that ENCTS pass holders can travel before 09:30 on registered local bus services. This came into effect on Monday 23 March and is in place until further notice.
Dorset Council has suspended parking charges in its car parks across the county during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Following calls from the general public and Dorset’s elected members, the council will no longer require payment for the use of any of its car parks that remain open at this time while public health measures are in place.
However, on-street parking charges and restrictions will remain in place in order to keep roads clear and traffic moving.
Key workers in Bournemouth and Poole and the surrounding area can now use their bus tickets for either Morebus or Yellow Buses - regardless of which operator issued them - to travel across any of the operators’ buses in the region. Read more...
Many of us have a network of family, friends, neighbours or community groups to help us access food and essential household items. But for those without a support network, help is out there...
These dedicated helplines are operated, with support from volunteers, from 8am until 8pm, 7 days a week.
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole: 0300 123 705 288
Dorset Council area: 01305 221022
Other support is available:
Age UK-Bournemouth, Poole and East Dorset 01202 530530
Citizens Advice-BCP 01202 290967
Food Banks - see the Faithworks Wessex webpage for additional information
Dorset Council Area:
Age UK-North, South and West Dorset 01305 269444
Citizens Advice-Dorset Advice line 0344 411 1444
or email local branch - details from the Dorset Council website
Foodbanks-see details of local Foodbank from Dorset Council website www dorsetcouncil gov.uk
More information is available on the local authority websites.
For BCP Council: www bcpcouncil gov.uk
For Dorset Council: www dorsetcouncil gov.uk
If you live in the Dorset Council area and your financial circumstances have changed, meaning you may have difficulty paying your council tax, contact the council tax team who will discuss your particular circumstances with you and find the best solution for you.
One of our Health and Wellbeing Champions has flagged up this link from the Independent newspaper, which lists a number of virtual escape rooms.
Some have a cost attached to them, but here are a few freebies you may like to try:
Taking care of our own health and wellbeing can be the first thing to slide when we're focused on taking care of patients, friends, family and loved ones
Challenge your mind or learn a new skill. Join the Five Ways Challenge today to receive tips, ideas and inspiration to broaden your horizons.
We've pulled together a bumper list of links to all sorts of resources. The spreadsheet has tabs for:
We're updating the spreadsheet on a weekly basis. Download this week's Lockdown gems spreadsheet.
New online creative wellbeing meet-up
BCP Council have launched a new online FREE creative wellbeing meet-up for people struggling with anxiety or low mood.
Based on the 5 Ways to Wellbeing, the sessions will be held every Tuesday at 3.00pm. No previous art experience or specialist materials needed.
To find out more and receive an invitation, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
With us spending more time at home and the summer months ahead of us, if you're fortunate enough to have a garden there's never been a better time to lavish a little TLC on it.
If you're new to gardening and are not not quite sure where to start, Gardeners' World's 10 tips will painlessly guide you through the process of this rewarding hobby, from designing your garden and knowing what will grow best in it to composting and being kind to wildlife.
Taking care of our own health and wellbeing can be the first thing to slide when we're focused on taking care of patients, friends, family and loved ones.
Relationships are the cornerstones of our lives and enhance our sense of belonging and life satisfaction. Join the Five Ways Challenge today to receive tips, ideas and inspiration to connect with others.
You could even arrange a set time each day to have an online hangout with a friend or loved one - see this BBC guide for information on how to video call.
A great way to bring your friends together and to keep up morale is to host a virtual pub quiz, and it's easier than you think with this step-by-step guide!
Of course, you may find you're spending more time than usual scrolling on social media - have you every thought how this could be affecting your mental health?
You may want to consider unfollowing or muting accounts that make you feel anxious, upset or angry.
Find positive accounts that boost your mood and share your interests, and use social media to make meaningful connections with those you love.
If you’re feeling a bit lost in this digital-only world, help is on hand from the Dorset Digital Hotline.
The new helpline is available on 01305 221048 from 10am to midday each weekday – with no question too small. A team member will take outline details of the help you need and then direct your call to the best advisor available.
Do you need help to use eConsult to reach your doctor’s surgery, or wonder whether video conferencing, like Skype, could keep you in touch with your grandchildren? Are you working out how to use online computer resources to help your children learn?
Dorset Council’s digital champions – a group of volunteers mostly made up of retired IT professionals – are ready to take your call and help. They’re being supported by some of Dorset Council’s staff too.
LiveWell Dorset's Five Ways Challenge
Giving activates our feel-good pathways and gives us a sense of connection with our communities. Join the Five Ways Challenge today to receive tips, ideas and inspiration on ways to share with others and do a good deed!
Contribute to current national research into COVID-19 by self-reporting symptoms and checking in daily with the COVID-19 app (developed by healthcare professionals and researchers at King's College, London) even if you're well,.