Dealing With Uncertainty
Free Online Book – Corona-Virus Explained for Kids (illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator): https://nosycrow.com/blog/released-today-free-information-book-explaining-coronavirus-children-illustrated-gruffalo-illustrator-axel-scheffler/
Action for Children – lots of fun and creative ideas: https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/support-for-parents/things-to-do-with-your-child/
BME Community: Hikmat Devon are offering a variety of online social sessions, family events, exercise sessions, sending out activity packs to families etc etc. Keep up to date here: https://www.facebook.com/HikmatDevonCIC/
Devon Libraries: expanded their range of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and online resources to ensure that they are widely available during school and library closures: https://www.devonlibraries.org.uk/web/arena/catalogue
RAMM@Home: a new weekly creative challenge. Each Friday we will be sending out a new challenge for the week: rammuseum.org.uk/getting-involved/rammhome/
YMCA – Children & Young People Wellbeing Service: offering support to young people with low mood, anxiety and behaviour issues ( although this later element is most aimed at parents of primary age children). Temporary virtual Zoom call being offered at present. https://www.ymcaexeter.org.uk/cwpwellbeing/
The Wave Project:
Activities Book: https://www.waveproject.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Activities-book-6.pdf
Wellbeing Pack: https://www.waveproject.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Wellbeing-pack.pdf
For Mental Health:Recovery Devon – access to info and videos and also the Recovery Devon Dairies: https://www.facebook.com/RecoveryDevon/
Chatty 10: a chat line where you can chat for 10 minutes Mon-Fri 9-5pm Tel: 01752 512280
Advice about maintaining your wellbeing: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/
Bridge Collective: offering a calendar of online opportunities: http://www.bridgecollective.org.uk/whats-on/whats-on-current/
Mental Wellbeing while being at home: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-tips/
Local Updates & Opportunities
The Skills Toolkit: Free digital courses
The Department for Education, with support from DCMS, has recently launched The Skills Toolkit, a new online platform providing easy access to free, high-quality digital and numeracy courses. The Skills Toolkit is open to everyone, whether they are furloughed, out of work, or just keen to learn a new skill.
Boosting the nation’s digital skills is a first step towards recovery, helping people build up the skills employers need while boosting growth and productivity. Indeed, as recent DCMS analysis has shown, 82% of job vacancies require digital skills.
We encourage you to share the Toolkit with your networks and employees to help individuals build up skills, progress in work, boost their job prospects, and support their mental health and wellbeing during this difficult time.
Supporting people with an impairment and those in later life
AbilityNet are offering free IT and tech support by phone or online for people of any age living with a disability or impairment. They are also hosting a range of free AbilityNet Live online events to help share useful information for disabled people and their carers and employers. Check out their free resources for more, including factsheets, digital accessibility resources, and workplace adjustment guidance.
Citizens Online has curated a list of resources to help us stay in touch with family, friends and colleagues, including guidance on how best to support the elderly and vulnerable.
Good Things Foundation has released a guide to help older people online. Their 2018 ‘I Am Connected’ report, commissioned by the Centre for Ageing Better, explores new approaches to supporting the elderly online and uses case studies of real people whose lives have been improved by acquiring digital skills.
Age UK's Covid-19 guidance includes resources on how you can support older people and look after your loved ones during this time
Resources and guides to tackle digital exclusion
“We all need to be asking people about their digital skills” - have a read of this blogpost from Citizens Online on the importance of asking about people’s digital capability when making contact with those who are most at risk from Covid-19.
Citizens Online are running a series of free weekly online sessions for people supporting others with their digital skills. They have also created a digital exclusion risk map of England, based around NHS Digital GP surgery data, to help understand community needs during Covid-19.
Digital Unite has gathered together over 90 of their most relevant digital guides and resources to support people with the essential digital skills they need to stay connected and informed during Covid-19