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Daily Wellbeing Challenge
The situation we are in will be unsettling for most children and adults, we are all so used to routine and our 'normal' life.
Please take time for your whole family to relax, enjoy the sunshine, create junk models, go outside on a nature hunt (while sticking to social distancing rules!), paint, read and being able to do things you enjoy together... time will go by and before we know it we will be back to rushing around and not having as much time for these lovely things.

We have attached a few suggestions below if your child is feeling anxious about the new situation we are in.

Kooth.comKooth.com is available for pupils aged from 11 to support them with transition to Secondary school during this uncertain time. It is free of charge.

Kooth continues to provide online mental health and wellbeing support to young people aged 11 -25 years in Swindon via any internet accessible device. Kooth provides an opportunity to interact in a supportive way with other young people as well as receive support from a qualified counsellor.

Kooth offers young people the opportunity to have a text-based conversation with a qualified counsellor. Counsellors are available from 12noon to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10 pm at weekends, every day of the year on a drop-in basis. Young people can access regular booked online counselling sessions as needed. Outside counselling hours' young people can message our team and get support by the next day.

When students register with Kooth they will have support available to them now and in the future. Support can be gained not only through counselling but articles, forums and discussion boards. All content is age appropriate, clinically approved and fully moderated.

To find out more visit Kooth.com where young people can register and others can find out more about the service.
You can also view a short video about the service.
Children's Physical and Emotional Health:
Coram LIfe Education
This will be updated fortnightly, with sets of age-appropriate plans for years 1-6. Which will include:

  • A focus on children's physical and emotional health and how we can look after this, particularly at this time of uncertainty and anxiety
  • Include a staying safe online module
  • Signpost to additional activities – extensions for children who want to explore the themes in more depth
Download the 60 Day Wellbeing Challenge
Swindon BC's Family Suport Pack
Coronavirus Toolkit: Resources for building resilience - NEW

Mental Health Awareness Week (18 - 24th May)

Policies and advice
Safeguarding and Child Protection +
      Keeping Children Safe in Education
      Safeguarding / Child Protection Concern Form
      Covid 19 Annex
Resources for supporting emotional well-being in children These resources are a selection of the many that are available and have been reviewed for suitability. The ages are for guidance, please choose what is most suitable for an individual child's understanding and need.
Weekly Wellbeing toolkit Comes out weekly with lots of ideas for everyone. 
Bereavement-online webinar from Child Bereavement UK We all face unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Communication between schools, pupils and families has never been more important. This FREE webinar offers information, support and guidance to professionals supporting bereaved pupils or responding to the death of a pupil or member of staff.
A Social Story from ELSA Support An excellent resource for younger children, or those with additional needs, about coronavirus using a social stories format. It will help young people or those with additional needs to understand the troubling situation.
A Good Book - The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas.
A book aimed at 4 to 8-year-olds, which can be used to explore young children’s feelings. A pop-up version and a colour monster activity book are also available. From Amazon (£5.35 new).
A Peace Out Podcast Peace Out, Short stories that help children calm down and relax.
Chill Panda APP (or Google play)
Chill Panda is an app that helps children learn to relax and manage their worries. The app suggests simple tasks to suit your state of mind, such as breathing techniques and light exercise.
Potter’s Boy by Tony Milton Book aimed at 9 to 12-year-olds a story of a boy who wants to be a warrior but has an underlying theme of mindfulness. Available from Amazon (£4)
EduCare Supporting children and young people with anxiety
Social Distancing Timetable Use this timetable from Active and Inclusive if you are social distancing. It supports the '5 ways to wellbeing' by using activities that look after your mental wellbeing at what might be an anxious or lonely time. We will be staying active, learning new things, connecting with nature, ourselves and others, giving our time to others and taking notice of how we are feeling.
STEP Swindon LInks, tips and ideas for parents, carers and young people from STEP, a registered charity, providing a safe and supportive environment for children and young people aged 7 - 18, who are experiencing isolation and exclusion due to either their lack of social skills, personal circumstances or poverty, living in Swindon or the wider community.
 
Previous events
An Assembly presented by the Duchess of Cambridge - Thursday 18th June

The Duchess of Cambridge is leading an online assembly on mental wellbeing among children on an online assembly for the Oak National Academy. During this assembly she will speak about the importance of mental wellbeing among children. The theme of the Duchess' assembly is 'spread a little kindness' and is based on a lesson plan which is available on the Mentally Healthy Schools platform. This platform was developed in collaboration with children's mental health charity Place2Be and encourages children to explore ways in which they can show kindness and recognise the benefits of kindness to others.

The Mentally Healthy Schools platform can be accessed here

The assembly will be live on the Oak National Academy website at 11am on Thursday 18 June and can be accessed here.

This week (wb 18 May) is Mental Health Awareness week.
If there was ever a time when we need to be aware of our mental health it's NOW!
Having to stay inside with minimal contact with our close and extended family members and loved ones and having almost every part of our lives disrupted, altered, amended in all sorts of ways, must have changed little parts of us; some for the better and some for the worse.

This week and next and the week after, look out for WARNING SIGNS in yourselves, your families and your children. See this link for some possible signs and symptoms that things aren't quite right.

If things aren't quite right, use the above link to help you get support. You could also use the following sources of support:

Let's celebrate Good Mental Health too. Use today and tomorrow to 'exercise your gratitude muscle'. Being grateful and mindful of the good things (no matter how small) that happen to us and around us are proven ways to promote better mental health.

And remember, nobody knows what anyone else is going through so be kind. Always.

   



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