If you now find yourself being ‘confined’ to home as a result of the current Coronavirus pandemic it brings a whole new set of lifestyle challenges. Therefore, it’s really important to look after your own health and wellbeing and that of others around you (including your mental health).
We’ve gathered together a number of resources to help you across the following categories:
Mental and Emotional Wellbeing
Murray Hall Community Trust are offering a range of services adapted to support children and young people, families, Adults and Communities impacted by COVID 19 for further information please view by clicking here.
Black Country NHS are pleased to announce the launch of a 24-7 support line for adults, older adults, and children and young people requiring urgent mental health support during the Covid-19 pandemic. Call them on 0345 6450 827 and Press 1 for Sandwell or Wolverhampton or Press 2 for Dudley and Walsall.
Sandwell Healthy Minds service for people experiencing common mental helath concerns such as low mood, depression, anxiety and stress. This services can be accessed at www.sandwellhealthyminds.nhs.uk or by calling 0303 0339 903.
Sandwell Deaf Community Association are now offering a drop-in service remotely. Twitter feed information can be found @sandwelldearcom Text or facetime on 07885913225. They are also running taster sessions in British Sign Language Online find out more on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/deaf.sandwell/
All of SDCA’s front line services continue to operate on a face to face basis including their Support and Floating Support services, Communication, Advocacy and their Training Services including Interpreter@ and Welfare Rights are running remotely utilising a selection of remote multimedia platforms. If you would like further information on how to access any of these services remotely please email email@example.com or call 0121 553 0201 or text/ FaceTime 07885 913225
Zebra Access a deaf-led service are offering a remote befriending scheme, via FaceTime, WhatsApp, Zoom or Skype to provide people with some company and ensure their social needs are being met. To arrange a befriending appointment and to find more information please visit their website at www.zebra-access.com, email at INFO@ZEBRA-ACCESS.COM or call 01902 421 919.
Krunch are still available for you to call them on 0121 552 5556 for a chat.
Kooth are offering free friendly online chats with counsellors, articles for you to read written by their young people or why not join their peer to peer forum. You can reach them at www.kooth.com for an online chat.
Beam Sandwell for emotional health and wellbeing drop-in sessions follow them on Twitter @BeamSandwell. Beam are also providing online content which can be found at www.childrenssociety.org.uk/beam/blog or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Young Carers are still available for a chat and telephone support on 0121 5257667 or 0121 5258002. Alternatively, you can email them at email@example.com
Connections Sandwell are available for young people who are worried about not being able to sit their exams this year, and how this will affect their careers. To all young people in this situation: these are unprecedented times with many unpredictable outcomes, call us we can help you 0121 569 3955.
Sandwell Advocacy offering support to young carers either by phone on 0121 520 8070 or email at Sandwelladvocacy@btconnect.com
The Kaleidoscope Plus Group while face to face counselling is currently restricted, their Counsellors, such as Kerrie, can still offer telephone support! If you need someone to talk to, or you know someone that does – please get in touch by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0121 565 5605.
Midlands Mencap are offering phone support – Weekdays – 8am-8pm Weekends – 10am-4pm as part of their Reach Out Service they will gladly call anyone who is self-isolating, lonely or anxious just give us a ring and we’ll stay in touch. And follow their social media for lots of great content around wellbeing, activities, hobbies and fun.
Contact details: Call 0121 4276404 or Email email@example.com Twitter @MidlandMencapUK
Black Country Growth Hub if you need support, please call them on 0300 770 2245 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively you can follow them on Twitter @bcgrowthhub where they are sharing tips and information on how to stay active.
Mind Charity are sharing on Twitter COVID-19 and your wellbeing information. You can follow them @MindCharity for tips and ideas.
Dudley Take Five helps different age groups understand the Five Ways to Wellbeing. Taking the five steps can help us all feel better every day. Available on the YouTube channel at www.youtube.com
Jo Howarth – daily mindset tips www.facebook.com/TheHappinessClubLtd/
Caroline Lions – Meditation https://youtu.be/WbZ9XtjTXkQ
Bereavement Support and Information
Walsall Bereavement Support Service are still taking new referrals for bereavement counselling, to resume once things are settled. If you have lost a loved one, and need support in the Walsall area, leave a message at 01922 724841 and they will call you back!
NHS Bereavement Support and Information can be accessed by visiting https://tinyurl.com/y7mare94
Abuse and Domestic Violence Support Services
Black Country Womens Aid for women or men needing support call 0121 552 6448 or email email@example.com
Respect offers a phone and webchat service for those looking for support to manage their behaviour at respectphoneline.org.uk or call 0808 8024040.
No Excuse for Abuse National Helpline can be contacted on 0808 2000 247 or by visiting www.noexcuseforabuse.info
Black Country Helpline: 0121 552 6448
National Support Services
Childline: 0800 1111
Samaritans: 116 123
Domestic Violence Hotline: 0808 2000 247
Mind: 0300 123 3393
Age UK: 0800 169 6565
Medical Help, Information and Advice
NHS 111 – can help if you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do.
To get help from NHS 111, you can:
- go to 111.nhs.uk (for people aged 5 and over only)
- call 111
NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
NHS 111 British Sign Language service if you’re Deaf and want to use the phone service, you can use the NHS 111 British Sign Language service available in your country:
- England – NHS 111 (BSL) interpreter service
- Scotland – NHS 24 111
- Wales – NHS 111 Wales
- Northern Ireland – NHS 111 Northern Ireland
InterpreterNow Deaf BSL user? Access NHS health information/advice during the current Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak by visiting https://interpreternow.co.uk/
COVID19 NHS Get the latest NHS information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), a new illness that affects your lungs and airways by going to www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/.
Advice for people who may become very ill, their families and friends Coronavirus Information and advice if you feel ill
School Nurses for confidential text service with school nurses contact them by texting Chat Health on 07480635486.
Sandwell West Birmingham Hospital Trust for sexual health clinics text 07950080764 or call 0121 612 2323
Macmillian in the West Midlands: For information, support or just someone to talk to, call 0808 808 00 00 or visit macmillan.org.uk
Support, Advice and Guidance
Action for Happiness have created a Lockdown Survival Guide which can be view by clicking here. Why not follow them on Twitter @actionhappiness
Sandwell Complex Communication and Autism Team can send you some visual supports by email.
Contact Jane Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org with what you need and one of the team will be in touch.
Help with financial wellbeing see their Financial Fab Four list.
Sandwell Advice Line: 0300 330 9017
Sandwell Council also has useful information for resilient residents if you go to this website www.sandwell.gov.uk/info/200347/resilient_residents and have also produced a ‘Food Parcel Information Sheet‘.
Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick are offering community support network for people 65+ and will be providing grocery shopping, prescription collection and food bank services. For support call 0121 5582527.
Black Country Hub are working hard to keep their website updated with new business support information and resources regarding #COVID19 which can be found on their support page here: https://t.co/LAPADRZCtC
Connections Sandwell still have their Personal Advisers available to give information, advice and guidance via the telephone on 0121 569 2955 and email at Sandwell_Connections@sandwell.gov.uk
Association of Chairs have updated their coronavirus resource page with additional guidance on governance and compliance, funding and digital support. Take a look https://t.co/56fbaJnQcb
La Leche League: 0345 1202918 for mums struggling to get formula milk.
iSE Social Enterprise CIC has launched a #COVID19 Social Enterprise Helpline to support the sector in these challenging weeks and months. It’s simple and free to access for any social enterprise across Birmingham and Solihull – call 0121 771 1411 and just talk to them about your concerns and needs at this time.
Carers UK provide support and information for unpaid carers on a range of topics which can be found by visiting their at www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice. You can also email email@example.com or call them on 0808 808 7777 from Monday to Friday, 9am – 6pm.
Addictive Behaviours Support Services and Information
Citizens Advice Dudley Gambling Support Service West Midlands for more information go to citizensadvicedudley.org follow them on Twitter @CADudleyBorough or contact Kam by email at firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively contact email@example.com to find out how they can help you support your clients.
National Gambling Helpline if you are looking for help, advice or support in relation to your gambling, please go to BeGambleAware.org or contact them on 0808 8020 133.
Cranstoun Sandwell Adult Drug and Alcohol support 0121 533 1333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
DECCA support for under 18s Drug and Alcohol 0121 569 2201 or email email@example.com
Everyone Health support to stop smoking 0333 005 0095 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Narcotics Anonymous offline online meetings, please visit https://ukna.org/ or call their helpline on 0300 999 1212 (10am – midnight).
Drinkline a free, confidential helpline for people who are concerned about their drinking, or someone else’s. Call 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am–8pm, weekends 11am–4pm).
Al-Anon offers support and understanding to the families and friends of dependent drinkers. Call their confidential helpline on 020 7403 0888 (open 10am-10pm) or visit www.al-anonuk.org.uk
Adfam provide support for families effected by drug and alcohol use, visit https://adfam.org.uk/
Information and advice about drugs and alcohol can be found at: https://www.talktofrank.com/
Financial Support and Benefit Information
Help To Claim Universal Credit: 0800 144 8444
Sandwell Council Benefits Team Worried about debt or have a question about benefits then contact the Welfare Team who will be able to help. Go to www.sandwell.gov.uk/welfarerights and fill in the online form, email email@example.com or call 0121 569 3158.
Just Finance Foundation: lots of information to help with questions about personal financial circumstances – https://www.justfinancefoundation.org.uk/coronavirus-help-hub
South Staffs Water If you’ve been financially affected by Coronavirus South Staffs Water want to help, so they’re offering extra support. Visit: https://tinyurl.com/v9dn8mk
Also, you can refer to their Stakeholder Update April 2020 Stakerholder update which details information on their Priority Services Register and Assure Scheme.
Active Black Country – The Black Country Rainbow Hour Pledge is encouraging all schools to commit and provide all pupils access to one hour of wellbeing and physical activity each day by making a pledge at www.blackcountryrainbowhour.co.uk
Wheelpower adaptive yoga seesions can be accessed by visiting www.wheelpower.org.uk/resources/adaptiveyoga
DanceSyndrome free online dance sessions can be found by visiting https://dancesyndrome.co.uk/online-dance-sessions/
Mind Charity are sharing exercise tips from their twitter feeds sharing exercise tips follow them @MindCharity
Healthy Sandwell has on their website at https://tinyurl.com/t8nocwu exercise videos to help you stay active or why not check out their tips for eating healthy during social isolation and distancing by clicking here.
Joe Wicks The Body Coach TV is running daily exercise sessions on his YouTube Channel at 9 am – go to https://tinyurl.com/ycmqjuh5
Davina McCall has made her home workouts free with free membership to her online platform ‘Own Your Goals’ – go to https://ownyourgoalsdavina.com/
You can access other celebrities workout sessions free on Instagram so we can still get fit while we self-isolate https://tinyurl.com/wxv74qq
Joanna Marcinekova has released over 70’s fitness and home workouts on her YouTube channel at https://tinyurl.com/stxpvgt
Katy Taylor Fitness Body Blast sessions www.musclesandcurves.co.uk/
Jane Grogan – Yoga https://www.facebook.com/pg/iloveoneself/about/
Sarah Perkins – Pilates www.facebook.com/nottspilates/
Activities for Children and Young People
Sandwell Family Information Service have information about learning resources and fun activities to do at home for children and young people on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SandwellFIS/ or visit their website at https://tinyurl.com/sel6zrc
Children’s boxing lessons can be accessed on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrJ2nV-6woo
Toni’s Tots Drama Facebook page has craft ideas for kids go to https://tinyurl.com/urfl7fb
Yoga for tots activities can be found by visiting https://tinyurl.com/uc27pku
Relaxed Kids free MP3 Album of mindful moments for children. Suitable for bedtime, before food, in between activities to bring moments of calm in the chaos www.relaxkids.com/calminthechaos
Forestry England Download your free Gruffalo Spotters activity sheets by visiting https://tinyurl.com/smwxdeh.
Spring activity sheets – https://tinyurl.com/yaxllt96
For Zog Lovers – forestryeng.land/zog-activity-sheets
For Highway Rat Lovers – forestryeng.land/highway-rat-activity-sheets
For James and the Giant Peach Lovers – forestryeng.land/james-giant-peach-activity-sheets
The Rainbow Generator randomly generates ideas to give you an idea of something to do at home when you click the Generator button and can be found at www.whatshallwedo.co.uk.
The Wildlife Trust have lot’s of activities for families and kids to enjoy including quizzes, live webcams, colouring pages and nature projects check them out at www.wildlifetrusts.org/kids-and-families
Amazon Audible is offering hundreds of free audiobooks for home-schooling due to coronavirus school closures. Visit them at https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
David Walliams has made his audio books free – The World of David Walliams and is releasing an audio story from The World’s Worst Children every day for the next 30 days! Head to bit.ly/AudioElevenses each day for the latest story.
Twinkl is available for parents to use while their kids are at home for free with lesson plans and resources which can be found at www.twinkl.co.uk/home-learning-hub
Gov.UK Homeschooling resources by subject can be found by visiting https://tinyurl.com/u6l64n4
Educational Resources for different age groups can be found by visiting https://tinyurl.com/tmrawcq
Carol Vorderman The Maths Factor is being offered as a tool for homeschooling at www.themathsfactor.com/
BBC Bitesize are offering free online educational resources for different age groups go to www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
Plazzom are offering a Year 1 Home Learning Pack free visit https://tinyurl.com/qr328fd to download these resources.
Minecraft are enabling you to download amazing FREE educational worlds – the ISS, Washington DC, giant human eye, marine biology role play, power challenge and more from the marketplace go to https://tinyurl.com/r9s9vqs
British Science Association Community group activity packs https://t.co/Qm2vpWe6CT You don’t need a science background, nor have complex supplies to take part in these simple but fun activities!
The National Literacy Trust “Family Zone” This is a one-stop shop for families which brings together exciting literacy resources and activities e.g. building a reading den and activity sheets. Find out more at https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/
WM BBC Teaching resources and colouring pictures https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08772t7
Learn a Language
Babbel is free for six months to enable individuals to learn a new language at https://www.babbel.com/
Rosetta Stone learn a new language with Rosetta Stone for 3 months free access for school children.
British Sign Language online course, free resources, games, information, and greeting cards. Learn British Sign Language today – It’s ‘pay what you can’ rather than free for more information go to www.british-sign.co.uk
Sandwell Libraries Free Online Resources
Sandwell Libraries BorrowBox Sandwell Libraries are providing instant access to BorrowBox their free eBook and eAudiobooks service for new customers who join online by clicking here and customers will receive a temporary membership number, and an email alert which includes a link to create a PIN number.
Customers can then sign up to BorrowBox and begin borrowing items immediately. Visit https://tinyurl.com/qk95yv to find out more.
They are also sharing on their twitter feed @sandwelllibs activity and craft sheets for children.
Ancestry.co.uk free to Library members. Click the Renew/Account button on the menu at to login to your account and then click the Ancestry link.
If you are a member but don’t have a PIN for this website drop Sandwell Librairies an email at library_service@Sandwell.gov.uk
eMagazines website at https://library.magzter.com/ which has a wide range of titles to download to your computer, smartphone or tablet. To register, all you need is your library card number and your email address, then click on Create a Library user Account.
Online Resources free reference resources can be accessed using your library card number such as Theory Test Pro, GoCitizen.co.uk and COBRA (https://sandwell.cobwebinfo.com/) to explore business sectors, find business support and trade legally.
Visit the Virtual Library by going to https://capitadiscovery.co.uk/sandwell/assets/-/virtual.html for more information.
Fun, Culture and Recreation
The Arts Council have created digital activities to inspire you at home entitled ‘Keeping Creative at Home’ find out more on their website at https://tinyurl.com/ya9qpyru
Midland Mencap on their Twitter feed are providing daily activities and ideas to stay active at home. Follow them on Twitter at @MidlandMencapUK or on Facebook at https://tinyurl.com/s2jzjpf
Sandwell Museums are releasing quizzes and colouring sheets on Fridays on their twitter feeds @SandwellMuseums
Go Play Sandwell visit their Facebook page with ideas for forest school activities at home https://t.co/fPHPl0Jlow or you can access their Resource Pack available via dropbox at https://tinyurl.com/t26e3nh
Wolves have joined forces with programme cover artist Louise Cobbold once again to launch a free downloadable colouring pack to download the pack go to https://www.wolves.co.uk/media/12447/wwfc-art.pdf
Albion Foundation free Stay at Home resources aimed at allowing youngsters to stay active with sporting exercises, helping to maintain good wellbeing, and test the brain with educational activities got to https://tinyurl.com/ydg9qycg
ELEVATE The Brain Trainer app is a brain training tool designed to build communication and analytical skills. Why not take advantage of their one month free trial at https://www.elevateapp.com/
Afro Fiesta Live Stream are playing music via YouTube go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=gISTtnCSK0U
Girl Guiding are providing ideas for adventures from home where they’ll share free resources for parents, carers, volunteers, units and girls of all ages go to their website at www.girlguiding.org.uk
For more fun and creative ideas go to Creative Black Country’s website at www.creativeblackcountry.co.uk/covid19resources
La di Da Interiors – Upcycling furniture www.facebook.com/pg/LadidaAndover/about
Rhiannon from Epsom Bakehouse – Baking Flat breads www.facebook.com/TheEpsomBakehouse/
Access Arts Online guide to making a worry doll can be found by visiting www.accessart.org.uk/worrydolls/
Sensory Spectacle are doing twice weekly sensory makes at 2pm on Mondays and Thursdays live online go to their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sensoryspectacle/
Heritage Fund have put together some online resources and links to activities which can be viewed by going to https://tinyurl.com/ybwspym6
RSPB Enjoy a peaceful moment with the Breakfast Birdwatch from 8–9am every weekday, look out for nature outside your window – and share your sightings using #BreakfastBirdwatch. Follow them on Twitter @Natures_Voice.
Virtual Tours and Live Events
Chester Zoo are offering a live virtual zoo day at @chesterzoo or you can join them on their Facebook page from 10am and enjoy a whole day of animal antics, live from your sofa in a series of video posts on their page.
National Parks of the US Virtual tours https://artsandculture.withgoogle.com/en-us/
Dozens of sites offer virtual tours, so you can explore museums, zoos, landmarks and attractions all over the world from your home click here for virtual tours information and to start your virtual journey.
Dyfi Osprey Project The live camera feed has been switched on at the Dyfi Osprey Project (www.dyfiospreyproject.com/) in anticipation of the majestic birds’ imminent return from migration. Stay with the pair of ospreys that breed at Cors Dyfi as they reunite, hunt for fish and raise their chicks, before flying back off to west Africa in the autumn. Follow on Twitter @DyfiOspreys or Facebook at www.facebook.com/dyfiospreyproject for updates.
Museums From Home Discover objects from museums across the country by searching for #MuseumsFromHome – share your own objects as well.
Theatre, Stage and Performances
Filmed on Stage Free musicals and plays you can now stream during the Coronavirus outbreak by visiting https://tinyurl.com/rqzaedz
The National Theatre is going to stream a free play every Thursday night visit here for more information https://tinyurl.com/qnhhcla
The Shows Must Go On is a new YouTube Channel that will be streaming a full-length musical every Friday at 7pm for free. It will be available for 48 hours, so you can tune in whenever you like over the weekend! Visit youtube.com/theshowsmustgoon
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport treasure trove of free digital offerings from arts organisations, museums and theatres find them at https://tinyurl.com/tocbuqq
The Guardian Listing the best theatre and dance to watch online can be found at https://tinyurl.com/wftbl5d
How to install SKYPE/Facebook Messenger: you can download a step-by-step guide HERE.
Installing and using ZOOM: another free to use (but with some restrictions at a basic level) online communication tool – https://zoom.us/
Jitsi Meet: a fully encrypted, 100% open source secure video conferencing solution – https://meet.jit.si/