Coronavirus Help and News
I’m sure all of of us are concerned about the impact of Coronavirus on our daily lives and with all of the unknowns it’s great to be part of such a strong community.
A soon as restrictions started to come into force volunteers were contacting the community council to ask how they could help.
As not everyone is online we decided to not only use Facebook but also use direct letters to homes and telephone contact for anyone that needs it.
The letter that went to everyone can be found here: Coronavrirus: Letter to Residents
If anyone rings a community Councillor we will chat with the caller to find out what kind of help they need and work out who is the best placed to help and work with one of our tremendous volunteers if appropriate.
For lots of helpful links and ideas please scroll down.
Elderly & Vulnerable Priority Opening times for Supermarkets:
Many local business are now offering delivery services, I only have a few now but I’m sure that will grow:
General list (not all our area)
Given that some of us may have to isolate or at least minimize social contact, here are the list of resources I have found online which may help us stay sane an make the most of the time:
Telephone befriending service for the elderly
Online cognitive behavioural therapy site
Children and adolescent mental health support resource
Meditation/ relaxation and sleep resources
Self help resources for mental health issues
Online resource for all mental health issues, including bereavement
Online resource for skills building
“Udacity is the world’s fastest, most efficient way to master the skills tech companies want. 100% online, part-time & self-paced.”
Online learning support resource for GCSE/ A-Level/ KS2 and KS3
Maths Learning support
University of the 3rd age, online courses for more mature students
Online courses from MIT
Yoga you can do with the kids, to chill them out?
Free online courses
Artistic exploration website
Learn new languages online
Online sci-fi books
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it’s mostly common material.
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.
Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.
Creative computer programming
All sorts of engaging educational videos
National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
Learn languages for free. Web or app.
Free science lessons
The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos
You Tube videos on many subjects
Crash Course Kids
As above for a younger audience
Science awards you can complete from home.
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
All kinds of making.
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.
Listening activities for the younger ones.
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
Resources for English language learning
Oxford Owl for Home
Lots of free resources for Primary age
Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.
Blue Peter Badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities
Red Ted Art
Easy arts and crafts for little ones
The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.
Educational online games
DK Find Out
Activities and quizzes
This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.
Play DnD and other RPGs with friends online or make new friends and learn how to play. It’s free for basic serivce (which is likely all you will need)
There’s a link to themes and collections in the drop down menu, and virtual gallery tours to check out.
Audiobooks. Like Audible, but FREE! Basically if you aren’t aware, Project Gutenberg stores all books which are outside copyright (and therefore free to read https://www.gutenberg.org/)
Librivox is where people have taken these books and then narrated them.
Free online operas
Free online puzzles
You can help make a difference and keep boredom at bay right here –
Complete online free music concerts
Online theatre productions
Online plays and theatrical performances
free website for learning languages which can be very useful if you’re looking to learn a new language. Also comes in a phone app which is very good
Free old novels and short story collections can be found on Project Gutenberg and Wikisource:
Virtual museum tours
Free colouring books to download and print