Now that school has reopened, it is really important that we continue to look after ourselves and those around us. On this page you will find useful resources and links to other websites.
Support for parents and carers
Christmas and mental health
The mental health charity Mind has some useful information on their website on how to cope at Christmas. There is information about how the period around Christmas and new year might affect your mental health. It also gives tips on how to cope and suggestions for supporting someone else.
For more information visit Christmas and mental health | Mind, the mental health charity - help for mental health problems
Even if you have never used a food bank before, you may find yourself currently needing help. This might be because you have experienced unexpected changes due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. If you, or someone you know, are experiencing hardship which makes it hard to afford food, our local food banks may be able to help.
- Cullompton and surrounding villages of Willand, Uffculme, Bradnich and Kentisbeare: People Matter is a group at St Andrew’s Church which organises the food bank serving these areas. Phone 01884 33249. Email: email@example.com Website: https://standrewscullompton.com/getting-involved/serving-others/people-matter
- Tiverton and Surrounding Area: CHAT (Churches Housing Action Team) organises the food bank in Tiverton. Phone: 01884 255 606 (between 10am and 12 noon) Website: https://chatmid.org/foodbank/
- Taunton: Taunton Food Bank - Phone: 07761 624 216 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: https://taunton.foodbank.org.uk
Please note that in most cases the food banks' usual referral/voucher system has been currently suspended. However, if you do need a referral, or you do not live in any of the above areas, please contact Mrs Balado - Email: BaladoK@uffculmeschool.net or Phone 01884 842919
Free School Meals
If your financial situation has changed due to the pandemic, you may be entitled to Free School Meals. Please follow the links below to find out more:
Somerset - https://www.somerset.gov.uk/education-and-families/free-school-meals or telephone 0300 123 2224
The outbreak of the Coronavirus has seen an increase in scams and doorstep traders who are trying to exploit fear and uncertainty during this difficult time. As individuals and communities, we urge you to keep safe and vigilant in the current environment and look out for scams in your neighbourhood, which often target elderly and vulnerable people. Please click on the link to view a useful information and advice poster on how to keep safe: Scam Aware Poster
WiserMoney - Financial Hardship & Debt Advice
Are you in financial distress due to being furloughed, losing your job, a relationship breakdown, mental ill health or other unexpected circumstances? You may be behind with bill payments, need help applying for benefits or have other worries about money. For information about how WiserMoney can help please click on the link to view the WiserMoney Poster.
Trading Standards have advised that in the current economic climate there has been an increase in loan shark activity and have they have received an increase in calls to their national hotline. The pandemic means that many may experience financial trouble. During times like these, people can be extremely vulnerable and at risk of being taken advantage of. If you're unsure of a lender, do not use them. The helpline is open 24/7 on 0300 555 2222
‘Stop Loan Sharks’ have put together a resource pack to help people who are experiencing financial difficulties. The resource pack can be found at: https://www.stoploansharks.co.uk/warning-issued-over-loan-sharks-during-covid-19-pandemic/
Action Fraud: Safeguarding parents at a vulnerable time
Action Fraud have released statistics showing that online shopping scams cost Christmas shoppers over £15.4 million pounds last year. Christmas can be a particularly vulnerable time, with parents and families already overstretched and sometimes distracted due to the pressures of the season.
For information about how to avoid scams, or to report a scam of phishing attempt, visit Action Fraud or phone 0300 123 2040
Dove Self-Esteem Project: FREE Resources for Parents
The Dove Self-Esteem Project is all about boosting children and young people’s self-esteem and body confidence – and supporting parents to start important conversations at home. The free parent resources from Dove UK and Parent Zone include:
- the Uniquely Me Parent’s Guide – a 40-page booklet full of guidance and practical checklists for families to use together
- a brand-new podcast, which dives deeper into some of the issues covered by Uniquely Me
- expert information and advice on Parent Info
To access these resources please visit: Dove Self-Esteem Project
Thrive with Nature Guide
A great way to look after ourselves is to make the most of our natural environment. Use this 'Thrive with Nature' guide for lots of ideas.
Mental Health Foundation: thriving with nature – a guide for everyone. Making the most of the UK’s natural spaces for our mental health and wellbeing. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/thriving-with-nature/guide?bblinkid=230928975&bbemailid=22797689&bbejrid=1555407645
ANXIETY | 5 Simple Strategies for Managing Anxiety by Dr Pooky Knightsmith
In this video Dr Pooky Knightsmith shares five simple strategies that can be used by adults or children to manage anxious thoughts and feelings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ip_LCrZRINE
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Online Learning and Safety
Parent Zone Parents' Area
A hub of advice for families from Parent Zone’s experts. Wide range of articles including 'How to spot when your child needs emotional help' and recommendations for awesome games and fantastic You Tube Channels: https://www.parents.parentzone.org.uk/
Screen Time and Other Internet Concerns
Many of our young people will have spent a lot of time on their electronic devices during lockdown and school closures. For many this has been a huge benefit as they have been able to keep up with school work and their friendships. If you are worried about the amount of time your child is still spending on their devices, Internet Matters offers lots of advice and information including age specific guides on managing screen time: https://www.internetmatters.org/issues/screen-time/
Papyrus UK - Support for young people thinking about suicide HopeLine 0800 068 4141 https://papyrus-uk.org/
Tiverton Youth Services and Virtual Youth Club - https://spacepsm.org/
Child Bereavement UK - 0800 02 888 40 https://www.childbereavementuk.org/
ChatHealth - 07520 631722
- ChatHealth is a text service for young people aged 13-19 at secondary school to reach out to the School Nurse team for confidential advice on a wide range of issues such as bullying, emotional health and wellbeing, sexual health as well as illnesses.
Kooth - Online support including online counselling https://www.kooth.com/
Young Devon - 07935 364 652 - Email: email@example.com
- Face to face counselling (via video call at the moment) https://www.youngdevon.org/what-we-do/mental-health-well-being
The Mix 0808 808 4994 (Freephone)
- The Mix provides safe and confidential group chat and discussion boards, plus messaging support service and telephone counselling for young people under 25. You can visit the website, call the freephone number, or if you need help immediately you can also text The Mix on their crisis messenger text service which provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If you’re aged 25 or under, and are experiencing any painful emotion or are in crisis, you can text THEMIX to 85258.
- Young Minds offers tips, advice and guidance on where to get support for your mental health during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. They also have a crisis messenger providing free 24/7 crisis support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis, If you need urgent help text YM to 85258 https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/looking-after-yourself/coronavirus-and-mental-health/
ChildLine 0800 1111 - phone lines open 24/7/365
- Remember this service offers lots of helpful advice and support and isn’t just a ‘report it’ service.
School Nurse and Health Visiting HUB
- Support and advice is available Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm, for parents and families. This is for both physical and mental health including support around anxiety and sleep. Tel: 0333 234 1904 or E mail: dcc.EasternPHNhub@nhs.net
Support for families with autistic children and those with ADHD
- Bitesize videos from Children and Families Health Devon to help families and professionals recognise and support children with ASD. These are now available in the resources area of the following link. https://childrenandfamilyhealthdevon.nhs.uk/autistic-spectrum-disorder/
- Babcock have also collated some useful information and resources which can be found here: https://www.babcockldp.co.uk/campaigns/coronavirus-support-for-schools-parents-and-pupils/links-for-home-schooling-resources-and-activities/communication-and-interaction
- BisNet - Online webinars and live chats for parents plus free regular podcast on how to support your autistic child: https://www.cedaonline.org.uk/bis-net
- Exploring stress and anxiety with children using visual techniques: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUCWWu2F_9E&feature=youtu.be
- New resources are available from Children and Family Health Devon, for parents and carers with a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (whether they have a diagnosis or not). To access these resources, please visit the website: https://childrenandfamilyhealthdevon.nhs.uk/autistic-spectrum-disorder/