The Hub – useful links during Covid-19
Welcome to The Hub, our one stop shop of useful links where you can find advice, guidance and activities to support you and your family during the COVID-19 situation.
This page focuses on support for families with children aged 5-15 years; you can find information on support for families with children aged under 5 on the website of our partners 1st Place www.1stplace.uk.com/the-hub
Information and Updates
• Gov.uk – For the latest government advice and guidance.
• NHS website – To find health information and advice.
• Department for Education – Information for parents/carers on the closure of schools and other educational settings.
• Doctors of the World – Advice on COVID-19 for patients in 23 languages.
• Southwark Council – Useful links for Southwark residents.
• Southwark Community Resources – A pack highlighting sources of support and guidance.
• Lambeth Council – Useful links for Lambeth residents.
• Citizens Advice What Coronavirus means for you. General advice including what to do if you cannot pay your bills because of COVID-19.
• Evelina London Community Food Workers – A Facebook page with nutrition and healthy eating advice and recipes.
• Advice for the general public from The British Dietetic Association – Nutrition information for the general population.
• Parentline – Southwark and Lambeth parents/carers can contact school nurses directly via text for confidential health advice and support on 07520 631 130.
• Buttle UK – Grant programmes to help children and young people.
• Solace Women’s Aid – self-isolation and domestic or sexual abuse
• How to support autistic people (Autistic & Unapologetic)
• Advice for families caring for children with serious and complex health needs (Well Child and Carers UK)
• Advice for carers (Carers UK)
• Advice on cyber bullying (Bullying UK)
• Coin Street – We are currently running a number of sessions for young people including our homework tutoring sessions, Youth Forum and our Family Fitness and Fun sessions. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more details.
• Samaritans – For emotional support, please visit their website or contact them by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone 116 123.
• Emergency food access – Links for people unable to afford or access food, or are self-isolating due to COVID-19.
• Southwark Foodbank – Emergency food and support to those in crisis. Please contact 020 7732 0007 or email@example.com.
• Lambeth Foodbank – Delivery only service operating across the borough.
• COVID-19 Mutual Aid UK – A support network for people organising or providing mutual aid in their communities.
• Southwark Emergency Support scheme – For residents facing a crisis, emergency or disaster who need help.
• Hardship Fund – A scheme to help people in debt with household bills, apply online.
• Latin American Women’s Rights Service – General Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org – House, benefits and debts: 0784 950 7463 (Monday – Friday, 10am – 12pm). Psychotherapy service: 0792 630 9514 (Monday – Friday, 10am – 1pm) or email@example.com. Domestic Violence/Abuse: If you require vital assistance, call 999 available 24 hours a day or the National Domestic Violence Helpline Freephone 0808 2000 247. Spanish: 0771 928 1714 (Monday – Thursday, 10am – 1pm). Portuguese: 0759 597 0580 (Monday – Friday, 10am – 1pm).
Talking about COVID-19
• Helpful information to answer questions from children (Place2Be)
• Children’s Guide to Coronavirus (Children’s Commissioner for England)
• 10 tips for Talking to your child about Coronavirus (Young Minds)
• How to Talk to Children about COVID-19 (Sam Cartwright Hatton)
• NHS Live Well – Advice, tips and tools for your health and wellbeing.
• Every Mind Matters – Advice on looking after your mental wellbeing.
• Kooth Online mental health support for 11-25 year olds living in South East London
• The Nest mental health support for 13-25 year olds living in Southwark
• Coronavirus and your wellbeing (Mind)
• How to look after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak (Mental Health Foundation)
• Staying healthy – Information sheet for parents (Southwark Council)
• Looking after your mental health while self-isolating (Young Minds)
• Supporting your mental health while working from home (Southwark Council)
• Worries about the world (ChildLine) – Advice page about children’s concerns and how to address them.
• Calm Zone (Childline) – A toolbox of activities for children including breathing exercises, yoga videos and games to help children feel calm during a period of disruption.
• Workout with Joe – Online workouts everyday with Joe Wickes aimed at children, young people and parents alike
• Chatterpack – Lots of free, online, boredom-busting resources. Learn ten things to say in Spanish, take a virtual tour of Lapland or teach yourself to sing!
• Southwark eLibrary and Lambeth eLibrary – Free eBooks, audiobooks, eMagazines, eNewspapers, film streaming and more.
• Your stay at home library of things to do. Southwark Council have put together a brilliant collection of activities, books, films, learning and fun stuff for everyone in the family.
• The Drawing Room download activity sheets and join up with artists and families who are creating art in their own homes.
• Change4Life – Indoor and outdoor activities to get you and your family moving
• Makers Guild Digital – Online art club with weekly videos and tasks to try and hope – always designed so you never need fancy equipment.
• Home learning resources with the Times Educational Supplement – TES have compiled a range of free worksheets, workbooks, activities and lessons across every subject.
• Stay in, Work Out – Five daily weekday sessions and three weekend sessions with a mix of dance classes, martial arts, football, boxing and yoga courtesy of London Youth.
• Free stage shows, musicals and pantomimes – updated daily, all the latest shows free to stream from theatres across the country
• The Literacy Trust – Activities that will benefit children’s writing, reading and language development.
• BBC Photo Challenge – Take a photo based on that week’s theme with the best published on the BBC website.
• Disney Dance-Alongs – This Girl Can and Disney have teamed up with a series of dance along videos parents and children can do together based on some favourite Disney songs and films.
• STEM Home Learning – Free activities, materials and resources for science, technology, engineering and maths with access to subject matter experts via webchat.
• Fun with LEGO – Warren Elsmore has uploaded for free all his guides on how to recreate your own worlds using LEGO. Have a go at building Buckingham Palace or a New York taxi cab.
• Draw with Rob – Draw-along videos for kids of every age!
• YouTube Kids – Family friendly content.
• The great outdoors – The Forestry Commission share 10 ways to keep children entertained here – learn how to measure a tree or make a bug hotel, download Muddle Puddle lesson plans or take a virtual visit to the forest.
• Train with The Ballet Coach English National Ballet School-trained dancer Sarah Du-Feu is streaming brilliant lessons on YouTube, suitable from age three to right up to adult.
• Cosmic kids’ yoga. Get kids practising their downward dog with these brilliant 10-minute yoga classes with themes such as Frozen and Minecraft.
Get in touch
This page will be updated as new resources become available. To make a suggestion on what should be added to this page, contact firstname.lastname@example.org