Corona Kindness

Corona Kindness - Spread kindness, not the virus

In the midst of what is possibly the worst emergency we will ever face humbling things are happening right across the country.

Blackpool Council are setting up a community corona kindness helpline for those who need help and those who can offer help.

The kind of services that people are asking for help with are:

  • Food shopping
  • Medical supplies
  • Social isolation 
  • Loneliness

Help needed

If you need help call: 0808 196 30 80 Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm

Offer help

If you are able to offer help in anyway with the above things, please let us know by emailing helpoffered@blackpool.gov.uk

Corona Kindness hubs

Twelve corona kindness hubs are now in the process of being established in Blackpool across a broad geographical spread to meet vulnerable people’s needs.

Each hub will have a dedicated person to co-ordinate support to the people most at risk.

Each co-ordinator working with a growing network of council workers, volunteers and support partners will see how we can help in any way by matching the need for support with those that can offer it.

It may be that if someone is unable to get out shopping we can organise someone to deliver food to their home, or it may be that someone is feeling isolated and just wants to chat to someone.The kindness hubs will also act as ‘buddies’ to each other offering assistance if another hub needs support with a vulnerable person’s specific needs.

Wellbeing

Wellbeing is so important for everyone, but even more so at the moment. Self-isolation can be lonely and boring, and the information in the news and on social media can make you feel really worried or fed-up.

Have a look at the information on these pages, try something new and look after your wellbeing at such an important time.

We have grouped our information under the Five Ways to Wellbeing which we know help people to be healthier and feel better:

We hope that you’ll find something for everyone here, from pregnancy yoga, to activities for your little ones, relaxation and mindfulness for the whole family, new hobbies for you to try, and exercises for people of all ages.

Resources

Connect: keeping social contact and making the most of your relationships

Keeping Social Contact
Age groupWhatWhoWhere 
All ages Smartphone and web apps for individual and group chatting WhatsApp
Zoom
Skype
IOS or Android app store
https://zoom.us/
https://www.skype.com/en/
Children and young people   Digital youth engagement groups: way for young people to connect with each other, and look at how they can help and support the community to increase their resilience

Resilience Revolution 
(Blackpool Council 
HeadStart Team)

  
Contact: sam.richardson@blackpool.gov.uk 
Resilience Revolution social media platforms.  All posts are linked in increasing resilience  Facebook: HeadStart Blackpool
Instagram: hsblackpool
Twitter: @hsblackpool
LinkedIn: Resilience Revolution
Weekday @1pm - lunchtime quiz for children and young people For more information contact: headstart@blackpool.gov.uk
Parents   Digital parent of the Revolution Group: way for parents/carers to connect with each other, and look at how they can help and support other parents/carers.   Resilience Revolution (Blackpool Council HeadStart Team)  Contact: michaela.goodridge@blackpool.gov.uk 
Family resilience during the Covid-19 pandemic- issues regularly updates with ideas for families to stay resilient, activities and ideas for the whole family https://sites.google.com/seaside.blackpool.org.uk/mock/resources-support  
Family lives: national service providing advice on all aspects of parenting  Family Lives Phone: 0808 800 222 (Monday to Friday 9am-9pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-3pm) www.familylives.org.uk 
Adults  Domestic abuse support Fylde Coast Women’s Aid

Our Helpline, 01253 596699, will continue to operate and is open 9am to 8pm Monday to Thursday, 9am to 9pm Friday and 12 noon to 9pm Saturday and Sunday.

The National Helpline is open 24/7 and the number is 0808 2000 247

In an emergency phone 999.

https://www.fcwa.co.uk/ 

Refuge: advice on dealing with domestic violence Refuge

Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24 hour helpline)

www.refuge.org.uk 

Older people 

The Silver Line: helpline for older people. The Silver Line is the only confidential, free helpline for older people across the UK open every day and night of the year. Our specially trained helpline team can 

  • Offer information, friendship and advice
  • Link callers to local groups and services
  • Ofer regular friendship calls
  • Protect and support older people who are suffering abuse and neglect
The Silver Line National Helpline 0800 4 70 80 90 (free to call)
https://www.thesilverline.org.uk/what-we-do/ 
Call in Time: a free telephone friendship service for people 60 and over.   AgeUK https://www.ageuk.org.uk/services/befriending-services/sign-up-for-telephone-befriending/ to sign up for yourself or someone else

Be active: keeping moving and staying physically well

Be active resources
Age groupWhatWhoWhere
All ages Blackpool community, family and adult learning Facebook: sharing lots of ideas including physical activity to help keep you moving during the Covid19 pandemic Blackpool community, family and adult learning Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Blackpool-Adult-Community-and-Family-Learning-474420583047579/
Active Blackpool have producesd resources to help you exercise at home including home gym programmes, exercise class videos, running podcasts and more Active Blackpool https://www.zlh.deeep.link/zlh-jtrS
Toddler and Pre-school Cosmic Kids Yoga: Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+ to school age Cosmic Kids Yoga https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5uIZ2KOZZeQDQo_Gsi_qbQ
Children and young people    Physical daily challenges for children School Games Blackpool on Twitter Twitter: @SchoolGamesBPL
PE with Joe Wicks: every day live at 9am Joe Wicks https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ
Online free family dance workshops Sadler Wells Digital Stage

https://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2020/take-part-family-dance-workshops/

https://www.youtube.com/user/sadlerswells

Change4Life Sports and Activities: includes Disney 10 minute shake up games Change4Life https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/activities/sports-and-activities
Adults Change4Life Easy and Healthy Recipes Change4Life https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/recipes/dinner
Older People Joe Wicks Home Workouts for Seniors: 10 minute chair based exercises Joe Wicks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybVMu31DLQU&list=PLyCLoPd4VxBvH1ZqD6Vp6vD2C2No1cloe
Online dance workshops: “Company of Elders” workshop series is specially created for over 60s who may be staying at home due to social distancing  

https://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2020/take-part-company-of-elders-workshops/

https://www.youtube.com/user/sadlerswells

Keep learning: trying new things and doing hobbies

Keep learning resources
Age groupWhatWhoWhere
All ages     Rosetta Stone: learn a language for free during the Covid19 Pandemic Rosetta Stone https://www.rosettastone.com/freeforstudents/
Duolingo: learn a new language for free duolingo https://www.duolingo.com/
The British Museum has made all of its online collections free British Museum https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/the-british-museum
Learn British Sign Language online for free BSL courses https://www.bslcourses.co.uk/
Drawspace online drawing workshops Drawspace https://www.drawspace.com/  
Toddler and pre-school  Twinkl TV: daily online lessons including phonics Twinkl https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMY4o8_rPjmFoatx7F4TvHQ
Audible Stories: many stories for children and young people now free to listen Audible https://stories.audible.com/discovery
Children and young People      Free TES home learning packs from pre school to college TES https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/teacher-essentials/home-learning
BBC Bitesize: Lots of free resources here with videos and quizzes, too BBC https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
Classroom Secrets: free resources for primary school   https://kids.classroomsecrets.co.uk/
Teachit: free resources for secondary school and college Teachit https://www.teachitenglish.co.uk/coronavirus/english-resources
Learn@Home: lots of youtube channels to help your kids with learning YouTube https://learnathome.withyoutube.com/
Coding for Kids: daily video lessons in coding for kids YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fcBpqTwrqE
Adults and older people Blackpool community, family and adult learning Facebook: sharing lots of ideas to keep learning during the Covid19 pandemic Blackpool community, family and adult learning Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Blackpool-Adult-Community-and-Family-Learning-474420583047579/


Take notice: looking after your mental health and wellbeing

Mental health and wellebing resources
Age group WhoWhenWhere
All ages   Calm App: a mindfulness app that includes various relaxing sounds to listen to as well as ‘sleep stories’ and some guided meditations Calm Available to download via IOS or Android App stores
Blackpool community, family and adult learning Facebook: sharing lots of ideas including mindfulness and relaxation during the Covid19 pandemic Blackpool community, family and adult learning Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Blackpool-Adult-Community-and-Family-Learning-474420583047579/
Enjoy live cameras of wildlife Explore.org https://explore.org/livecams
Toddler and pre-school Cosmic Kids Yoga: Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+ to school age Cosmic Kids Yoga https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5uIZ2KOZZeQDQo_Gsi_qbQ
Children and young people Childline: 24 hour support by phone, text or webchat if you’re feeling worried Childline

Helpline: 0800 11 11

www.childline.org.uk

https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/your-feelings/anxiety-stress-panic/worries-about-the-world/coronavirus/

Families and parents  Resilience Revolution social media platforms which contact regular information and advice on different ways to increase resilience and promote positive mental wellbeing. Tailored for different audiences Resilience Revolution (Blackpool Council HeadStart Team) Facebook: HeadStart Blackpool
Instagram: hsblackpool
Twitter: @hsblackpool
LinkedIn: Resilience Revolution
Resilience Revolution website - full of information on ways to increase resilience and promote positive mental wellbeing Resilience Revolution (Blackpool Council HeadStart Team) www.rrblackpool.org.uk
Adults  MIND: Coronavirus and your wellbeing MIND, National Mental Health Charity https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/
Samaritans Helpline: We're here to listen, no judgement, no pressure, and help you work through what's on your mind. We'll never tell you what to do. 24 hours a day Samaritans

https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/support-and-information/if-youre-having-difficult-time/if-youre-worried-about-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak/

Helpline: 116 123

Headspace App: a mindfulness app with talks, guided meditations and videos Headspace

Available to download via IOS or Android App stores

NHS Every Mind Matters: NHS website offering mental health advice, self assessment quizzes and support to cope during isolation NHS https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
CALM, the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35 CALM

Phone: 0800 58 58 58 ( daily 5pm to midnight)

www.thecalmzone.net

 

Helping others and getting support: thinking about what you can safely offer to others during the pandemic

Helping others resources
 Age group Who When Where
 All ages

Gov.uk. The official government web pages with information about the Covid 19 Pandemic.

Includes information about support available to Businesses, Employment, School Closures and guidance to help you to stay safe

Government https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
  NHS Volunteer Responders: recruitment is temporarily paused Government More information a=can be found https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-how-to-help-safely--2/coronavirus-how-to-help-safely