We are very aware of the profound impact that COVID-19 is having on everyone’s professional and personal lives. For many, their home has become their workplace and their school and we are all having to work out new ways of organising our lives and relating to one another.
At Family Links – the Centre for Emotional Health we are continuing to work remotely and are happy to help in any way we can. We know that the pressures on families are greater than ever and we are offering a 30% discount on parenting resources in the shop until the end of June; all orders are continuing to be processed and sent out.
Our Parent Zone has a number of free resources that may be useful for practitioners and parents, as well as a link to our free online parenting course, hosted by Netmums. We also offer an online course on Mental and Emotional Health in Schools which may be useful for staff working in education.
We will be doing regular vlogs/blogs and posts on our social media and YouTube channel so do follow us and check out the News Hub on the website. Do let us know if there are topics that you think would be particularly useful for you.
All the members of our team can be contacted via e-mail and on our usual telephone numbers, please let us know if there other ways in which we can support you and the families you work with.
Our relationships at work are more important than ever at the moment; at Family Links we continue to have a virtual coffee break together for 10 minutes for a non-work related catch up, as well as our daily team meetings. There are many adjustments we’re all having to make and as we know change is often challenging, especially when it is on this scale. I hope you are all finding ways to stay connected and support one another’s emotional, as well as physical health.
With very best wishes to you and your families.
COVID-19 Support for parents/carers and children and young people
National Autistic Society – guidance and helpline for parents’, young people and staff: https://www.autism.org.uk/services/nas-schools/vanguard/news/2020/march/coronavirus-(covid-19)-advice.aspx
Mencap - Easy Read guide to Coronavirus: https://www.mencap.org.uk/sites/default/files/2020-03/Information%20about%20Coronavirus%20ER%20SS2.pdf
Place2Be – Guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing: https://www.place2be.org.uk/about-us/news-and-blogs/2020/march/coronavirus-information-for-children/
Young Minds - Talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing: https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/
Carers UK - Guidance for carers: https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/health/looking-after-your-health/coronavirus-covid-19
Covibook – an interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under, designed to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic: https://www.mindheart.co/descargables
Amaze - information pack for parents https://amazesussex.org.uk/faqs-about-the-coronavirus-for-parent-carers-of-children-with-send-brighton-hove/
Public Health England have produced an easy read version of their Advice on the coronavirus for places of education. You can download it here.
Oxford Food Services Access Map
A map of the community food services available in Oxford.