For the digital novices
- There are some great resources on NHS One You. They are categorised into- cardio, strengthening and stretching. You are given alternatives and adaptations depending on intensity during each session.
- 10 Minute Shake Ups – Great one to do with if stuck in with the children. Kids will love the familiar Disney Characters.
- This Mum Moves : Active at home
YouTube is a treasure trove of exercise videos that you can do at home. We like the following:
Keeping your brain active
- It’s never too late to learn a new language or brush up on your linguistic skills.
- Open Learn is the Open University’s online free learning site. There are loads of different courses covering a diverse range of areas including science, history and health.
- Good instructional videos on drawing techniques
- If gaming is your thing, check out this course which teaches you the basics of building your own mobile game.
- Are you a budding author? This free course is a good place to learn the basics of creative writing.
- If you have a garden that hasn’t been getting much attention, then check out this site with lots of hints and tips to getting started.
- Borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks from the BorrowBox page or via Android/Apple Appstore
- If you are missing your cultural/artistic experiences you can join friends across the world for a virtual social sing-along
- Really useful tips on getting a good night’s sleep.
- Mindfulness – Paying more attention to the present moment, to our thoughts and feelings and the world around us can improve our mental health
- Practising mindfulness and meditation can help with overall stress levels. The Headspace app is a good place to start.
- A useful guide from Mind on coronavirus and your wellbeing.
- If you’re struggling and need to speak to someone, the Samaritans are there to listen.
Virtual and real life volunteering
Keeping the kids entertained
Write to a resident in a care home in your area:
- Walker Grange, Central Avenue, Tipton, DY4 9RY
- Manifold Grange, Coyne Road, West Bromwich, B70 7JU
- Holly Grange, Mallin Street, Smethwick, West Midlands, B66 1QY
Physical and Mental Health Advice Support Services for Students.
- School Nurse Services: ChatHealth is a confidential text messaging service that enables children and young people (11 year olds plus) to contact their local Public Health nursing (school nursing) team and is available on 07480 635486
- Kooth: Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people (11-19 years plus) available at all times and includes accessing online counselling support (Monday – Friday: noon – 10pm: Saturday – Sunday 6pm – 10pm)
- Beam Drop in-service (anyone under 19): All face-to-face services have been cancelled; updates will be placed on Twitter @beamsandwell
- Health For Teens: For general health advice
- DECCA: Sandwell Drug and Alcohol Services are still available as and when needed. Please phone 0121 5692201 or email email@example.com
- Brook (Sexual Health Support: 11 years old plus): Are contacting young people on their caseload directly to discuss the appropriate mode of support for their personal circumstance. Referrals are still being taken.
- Childline: Website is operating and the counselling service is still available; please call 0800 1111
- Papyrus (Youth Suicide Prevention charity): Still operating. Please call 0800 0684141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Useful Links
- Coronavirus: Advice on looking after your mental health while keeping a happy, healthy relationship with alcohol and or if someone you know is drinking more than usual please see this useful guidance
- Google arts & culture – Virtual tours of 500 international museums
- Museum Crush – Offers articles from museum exhibitions, which serve almost as online exhibitions – lots of interesting write-ups on a massive range of subjects, all of which is engaging and accessible
- Show Me – Aimed more at families with lots of things to read, learn, make, do…