In light of unusual and uncertain times, we aim to provide practical support and advice for students and their families.
We will update this page with information about well-being which we hope will be of use over the coming weeks. Although we may as a school community be temporarily geographically separated, we can and will continue with the Uffculme School spirit that unites us.
Online Learning and Safety
**NEW** Home Learning Posters
Autism Spectrum Disorder Resources
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/
Future Learn for Schools
FutureLearn Schools is a new initiative that gives millions of students aged 13 and above free upgraded access to over a hundred relevant short courses, in order to support their learning and expand their horizons. FutureLearn Schools will be available free from May until September 2020 to every eligible student in the UK and Ireland, and will be rolled out globally in due course. Teachers, parents and students will also be able to access additional guidance and support for free through the initiative, such as the Coronavirus Support Hub from TES and Support for Parents and Learners During Coronavirus (COVID-19) from Pearson.
**UPDATED** Online Safety from Parent Zone
Parent Zone are the experts in digital family life. Parent Zone provides support and information to parents, children and schools to help families to navigate the internet safely and confidently. Parent Zone has information on all the latest games and apps such as Houseparty, Tik Tok and Zoom plus parent guides, advice and resources to help keep you and your family safe at home and on the internet. You can sign up to receive regular updates direct to your inbox on the latest digital trends that you need to know about to keep you and your family safe. https://parentzone.org.uk/
Parentzone also has some ideas for positive ways to use the internet to entertain your kids - please visit: https://parentzone.org.uk/article/10-ways-safely-entertain-your-kids-home
Other Useful Documents and Links:
DiAS (Devon Information Advice and Support) has published two new pages on their website to help and support parents and students: 1) Questions and Answers about coronavirus, school, education and SEND: http://soc.devon.cc/9ADuf 2) Useful resources, including information for children and young people, resources to help with anxiety, home learning resources and support for parents: http://soc.devon.cc/KEdYC
**NEW** Free Online PARENTING Courses for Residents of Devon (plus Torbay and Plymouth)
Devon Local Maternity System have made available 4 x Solihull Approach online courses. This means every single resident in Devon, Torbay and Plymouth can access the courses completely free of charge. The Solihull Approach is a not-for-profit NHS organisation promoting emotional health and well-being by supporting relationships.
The four courses available are:
- Understanding your pregnancy, birth, labour and your baby
- Understanding your baby
- Understanding your child
- Understanding your teenager's brain (highly recommended for all parents, carers and grandparents)
These courses are for everyone who wants to be the best mum, dad, grandparent, carer that they can be. The courses are written by Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) professionals together with other health and education workers. The aim of these courses is to support relationships between parents and children.
A smoother home life is good for concentration, learning and performance at school.
If you would like any further information about these courses please visit: www.solihullapproachparenting.com
Or contact Karina Balado, Student Welfare Officer Tel: 01884 842919 Mobile: 07970 956 952 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Space - Youth and Community Service
Space Youth and Community Service are offering a new service called 'Call Back'. This is to support young people who may be struggling with isolation and want to be connected. You can contact Space if you want to chat with a youth worker to share your concerns or to find out how you can join the Space community and link into their online youth clubs. If you require more support than just a chat then someone at Space can tell you where you can get that support and also help you to access it. More information is available here: Space 'Call Back' Poster
FREE ThinkNinja app; Support for 10-18 year olds
Children and Family Health Devon have made the ThinkNinja app freely available to all 10-18 year olds UK-wide for the duration of the crisis. The new content is designed to bring self-help knowledge and skills to children and young people who maybe experiencing increased anxiety and stress during the crisis. The app is available through the Apple or GooglePlay Stores. For more information please visit: https://www.healios.org.uk/services/thinkninja1
ChatHealth for Parents and Carers
If you are a parent or carer, you can text a Health Visitor on 07520 631721. A Health Visitor can help with all kinds of things like child mental health, sleep and feeding routines, adjusting to parenting, toileting, continence and family health. Please see poster below for details, or click on the link to download a copy: ChatHealth Poster
Sexual Health Care in Devon During COVID-19 Lockdown
There are currently no drop-ins, but Devon Sexual Health Service is providing assessments via telephone on 0300 303 3989
Young people are still able to access sexual health services including free condom supplies, emergency contraception (both pill and coil), supply of contraceptive pills (for collection from the service), advice and referral for abortion care, and testing for/treatment of sexually transmitted infections. Anyone needing condoms or medication can request these and receive them by post. For further information go to www.devonsexualhealth.co.uk
Free self-testing for sexually transmitted infections is also available (for under 25s) from: www.freetest.me
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
CAMHS are offering additional crisis support during coronavirus. If a child or young person (under 18) is experiencing a mental health crisis, you can now access CAMHS 24/7. Please contact 03300 245 321 during normal hours (8am-5pm, Mon to Fri) or 0300 555 5000 outside these hours. Callers will speak to a call handler, their call will then be forwarded to a voicemail service and their message will be returned within one hour.
IN AN EMERGENCY CALL 999
For general information about CAMHS services and referrals, please visit the Children and Family Health Devon website: https://childrenandfamilyhealthdevon.nhs.uk/
Parenting during COVID-19
For tips, advice and a free online course from the Triple P Positive Parenting Network, please visit: https://www.triplep-parenting.uk.net/uk-en/get-started/parenting-during-covid-19/
Advice on How to Handle Arguments from Relate
For helpful advice on handling arguments and conflict, please visit the Relate website: https://www.relate.org.uk/relationship-help/help-relationships/arguing-and-conflict/i-cant-seem-stop-arguing-my-partner-what-can-we-do
Pastoral Support from St Mary's Church
St Mary's Church in Uffculme have offered pastoral support to our school community. This can be by via phone or email and you do not have to be a member of the church to access this support. Details of who can be contacted can be found on the image below, or you can download a copy here: St Mary's Church Contacts
If you are currently experiencing, or have experienced, domestic abuse you will know what being isolated and frightened can feel like. You might be worried about self-isolating with someone who is harming you. Safer Lives have created a guide to help you think about what you might do over the coming weeks to stay safe. If you are in immediate danger phone 999. If you are not in immediate danger, but need support, you can contact The National Domestic Abuse 24 hour hotline on 0808 2000 247
Further information can be found in this document: Safer Lives COVID-19 Advice
Other Useful Documents and Links:
Emergency Funds (to support those in financial hardship)
If you are a Mid Devon resident and have been affected financially by COVID-19, and can demonstrate a need for immediate short-term financial help, you can apply for a grant online at https://www.middevon.gov.uk/do-it-online/covid19-support/covid19-local-support-fund or phone the Community Support Helpline on 01884 234387 for help to fill in an application form. The fund can provide small emergency payments to help with basic essentials such as food, household essentials, electricity and gas, etc. to help people in financial difficulties if:
- You run your own business, and cannot currently trade/business has been drastically reduced because of the pandemic
- Your employment situation has changed and income now no longer covers needs
- You have lost your job due to the COVID-19 outbreak
- You have still not received expected government funding (i.e self-employed)
Extra Information: Mid Devon District Council (in association with Devon County Council, Churches Housing Action Team (CHAT) and Navigate Charity) have launched this Local Support Fund to support those whose financial situation has been affected by the current pandemic and are now out of cash for basic essentials for their household.
- The fund is being set up with £102k of funding from Devon County Council
- The fund will be administered by Churches Housing Action Team (CHAT) and Navigate CIO on behalf of Mid Devon District Council
- Churches Housing Action Team (CHAT), is a local charity based in Tiverton, which provides housing advice, tenancy support and debt and money advice as well as running the local foodbank
- Navigate Charity is based in Somerset, and provides money and debt services across Somerset and Devon
There are several local food banks that are still operating. 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 lockdown, you are in isolation or you are waiting for Universal Credit. 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/food-bank
- 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
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
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 lockdown 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/