COVID-19 Support for Parents and Families
Please find a list of relevant links and information below which is regularly updated:
- The Pink Orange are a local organisation who provide meal kits to vulnerable households including ingredients kits and recipes to encourage children and families to cook together. You can find out more or register your interest in receiving their packs via their website using the link below.
- Social F.I.E.L.D is a locally based youth club specifically for young people with inclusion difficulties such as ADHD or ASD funded by Children in Need to support young people aged 10-18 in developing their social and communication skills to increase their confidence and independence. During the pandemic they are offering weekly online sessions on Monday and Thursday evenings at 6pm.They ask that all new members register their interest first by emailing the group on firstname.lastname@example.org and further information can be found on the leaflet below.
- Norfolk County Council are holding a selection of Webinars over February and March. All are free of charge and include information for parents and families about 'online safety', 'developing resilience' and ideas for 'half term fun'! You can sign up using the link below!
- The Ormiston Families Foundation are available to offer support to young people and their families across our region, focusing on wellbeing and developing emotional resilience. More information and contact details can be found on their website using the link below or by calling 0800 977 4077. We have also added their latest newsletter which contains information about support in the local area.
- If you are struggling with the financial aspects of the Coronavirus pandemic then the Norfolk Assistance Scheme could help. For more information then please look at the information leaflet below or use the second link to visit their website.
- Are you feeling lonely or isolated due to the COVID-19 pandemic? If so then the Oak Grove Community Church has set up a telephone befriending scheme which can match you to someone with similar interests to receive regular telephone contact from. To get involved please see the information poster below.
- First Bus have created an exemption card for children with complex needs who are unable to wear a face mask. These can be found in the PDF document below, or you can find further information and an adults version using the link to their website.
- 'Family Voice Norfolk' release a regular newsletter, which contains lots of useful information and links and the latest version can be found below. (No update since November)
- The Norwich Help Hub have sent out a special bulletin support of 'Mental Health Awareness Week' which contains lots of specific contacts who offer help and advice in this area.
- Please find below a message from the Norfolk Healthy Child Programme, offering support for pupils heath and wellbeing.
- Below you will find a list of support organisations and grant information which could offer goods or financial help to families during this difficult time.
- We have received an update from Norfolk Children's Service regarding support for those having any difficulties with food supplies due to the closure of local food banks and difficulties with other services. All the information can be found in the document below:
- As we start thinking about a return to school for our pupils, there are worries from all parties about how this will work safely. Below you will find a link to a free online training course entitled 'Preparing Autistic and SEND Children for going back to School' which some of our staff are undertaking. It is a short course, about an hour in duration and comes highly recommended for both professionals and families.
- Please find some 'Norwich Early Help Hub Bulletins' below, which contain information regarding the current situation as well as links and local support offers.
- 'Home Start Norfolk' have put together the following bulletin and information pack for parents and families which contains useful links to support services
- Norfolk County Council have sent out a series of links regarding how to help and support young people who are worries about Coronavirus and this list includes specific support for children with autism. The advice letter can be found by clicking on the link below.
- Starfish have provided a letter outlining advice and 'top tips' for parents to help supporting their children at home and a series of videos demonstrating behaviour support and de-escalation techniques, these can be found below.
- The Cardiff and Vale University Health Board have put together a booklet to try and offer help and advice to families who are looking after children with SEND at home during this difficult time. The booklet in full can be found below.Supporting Children with Learning Disability/ASD - Coping with COVID-19 Isolation
- The Signalong Charity have created a free training booklet to help support parents with signs at home and this includes instructions on how to produce 27 different signs. The booklet can be found using the link below.
- For those families accessing the Government's National Voucher Scheme in place of 'free school meals' allowances, please see the table below (provided by one of our parents) which outlines how each supermarket's vouchers can be used, (eg: online, in store or both).
Below is a note and further information provided by one of our Assistant Heads:
To all of our families,
The following months are going to be very difficult for many people not only for their physical health but the knock on effect this can have on finances and mental health. 'Early Health' have provided some details and information that may be able to help with these issues.
We also recognise that for many of you it will feel quite isolating and practical things, for example shopping, will be increasingly difficult with your child accompanying you. For this reason I have also attached two information sheets about gaining help with food shopping and social isolation. Please be aware though that these were written before the Coronavirus outbreak and the services may have changed or been adjusted accordingly.
All of the relevant information we have received has been added in the documents below.
Early Help will continue to provide updates and information which I will pass on. The information they provide specifically in relation to the Coronavirus pandemic can be found below:
We know this is a frightening time but we are a strong community with dedicated parents and staff who will all work together to support each other and our young people through this.
If you need support or have a question at this time then please do email me using the address email@example.com and I will either respond directly or pass your question or worry on to the relevant person who will be able to best support you.
I can’t promise to have the answers but I will listen.
Please stay safe
Cathie (Assistant Head)