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Well-being

Government WhatsApp service

A new GOV.UK WhatsApp Coronavirus Information Service has now been launched. The purpose of this product is to combat the spread of misinformation propagated through WhatsApp on an official Government channel.

To use the service, members of the public simply add +44 7860 064422 to their contacts and send a WhatsApp message saying “Hi”.

Council hub set-up to support vulnerable people during COVID-19

The council has set up a dedicated hub to take phone calls from people who need support during the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

The Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub is available to anyone who is struggling during this difficult time, and our team can signpost them to where additional help is available in their local area – with hundreds of community groups set up across the county providing invaluable assistance.  We can also support with deliveries of food and other essentials.

People can get in touch with the hub by calling 0300 003 4576 and it’s available from 8am-8pm Monday-Friday and 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday or via email at wellbeinghub@wiltshire.gov.uk/

Please see the Government website for more information about the virus.

 

Well-being Resources

Here are some resources that we hope will help during these uncertain times, when we are all feeling anxious and stressed. Hopefully some of these ideas will help you all to feel better and to find a way to cope with the strange situation we are in!

Coronavirus Storybook

a new book published to help explain coronavirus to children around age 5-9.

It is illustrated by Axel Scheffler and can be found on the below by clicking here.

Life Education

The Coram Life Education bus visits us every year to support our teaching of PSHE and they have a range of free resources for children and parents available here.

https://www.coramlifeeducation.org.uk/

ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support) Website

There are some free resources which help you to talk about Coronavirus with your children at their level, with some well-being activities they can complete:

https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Someone-I-know-has-coronavirus.pdf

https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Rainbow-art.pdf

https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Happy-Place.pdf

https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Social-contact-story.pdf

https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/We-are-at-home-right-now.pdf

https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Coronavirus-home-challenge.pdf

Support for Parents

Useful information for parents, and how to talk to your children about the virus:

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-anxiety-tips/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIk-X22sC66AIVWeDtCh0YegIcEAAYASAAEgJHr_D_BwE

https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/

https://carolgraysocialstories.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Pandemics-and-the-Coronavirus.pdf

And an image we think might be useful to remember!

Lastly… Cosmic Kids on Youtube have some really fun yoga and mindfulness activities for younger children (and older!) which we use in school. They are easy to follow and can be done anywhere!