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Information for Young People

This page has been written for teenagers and young people living in Tameside during the Coronavirus.  The page will be updated as more information and advice becomes available.  Keeping well can be challenging in our normal lives, but we might need to take a little extra care of ourselves at the moment.

School & Learning Webpages

Try to continue learning at home.  Learning is good for us and achieving goals makes us feel good.  Whilst it’s not possible to recreate all the learning you would get in the classroom, there are study sites to support you whilst the schools are shut.  Have a look at some suggested webpages here that can help.
GSCE & A Level Students 2020 – letter to students from the Government about how this year’s grades will be awarded.

Staying Safe Online & Time Away From Screens

Stay safe on line – as you’re using technology more it’s worth reading some simple advice to help keep yourself safe  Here’s a 2 minute clip from the BBC about how to spot information that isn’t trustworthy and the importance of not sharing fake news.
Time away from screens - Social media is a brilliant way of keeping in touch, but make sure you have time away from a screen – it’s easy to get overwhelmed with notifications, messaging and some of the unhelpful expectations and pressures we feel as a result of what we see on-line.

Feeling Unmotivated?

Sometimes we all feel unmotivated - organising our day into a routine can help us feel grounded and structured. Building up a timetable of activities and goals can help keep us motivated and encouraged - they help us in our day to day routine and give us something to work at through the day.  Goals don’t have to be too big – they can be manageable things like learning to cook a new meal, tidying your room or completing a homework task.  Setting goals helps us feel organised and we feel a sense of achievement when we complete a task.  You could even try the ‘three list technique’ – one list for if you’re having a bad day, one for if you’re having a normal day, and one for if you’re having a really good day.

5 Ways to Wellbeing – how we can look after ourselves

The 5 ways to wellbeing is a well-recognised way to help keep ourselves mentally well and help us feel good.  The 5 ways are connecting with others, being active, keep learning, giving and taking notice.  Try to ensure you get some of your ‘5 ways’ in everyday – you could even schedule them in a timetable or make a family bingo card of activities.

Connecting with Others

As we can’t meet up with friends or family many of us will be using more social media technology, games and apps more than usual at the moment.  It’s a great way to keep in touch with friends.
There are a number of video calling apps where you can meet up with your friends virtually such as Whatsapp, Zoom, Skype, Google Duo, House Party and Facetime.
It’s also possible to play virtual games together at little or no cost - some of the most well-known include: Uno, Monopoly, Scrabble, Connect 4, Game of Life, Trivial Pursuit or you can make your own quizzes to help you stay connected.

Being Active

All young people need an average of at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day – being active keeps us healthy and makes us feel good.  The activity should make you breathe faster and feel warmer such as walking or cycling.  With current restrictions and safety measures in place this may be challenging outside but there are a growing number of exercise classes available to participate on line that don’t cost any money:
Sport England -  a selection of online exercise platforms with on demand fitness content who either provide free access or have teamed up with others to offer extended trials.
Fitnessblender – workout videos that you can vary depending on your focus and ability
The Body Coach – Video activities that vary with your ability
Digital Coach – Sign up for free to get a variety of workouts
Active Tameside – Video clips and exercise suggestions
This Girl Can – Video clips of many different activities

Keep Learning

Learning isn’t just about school work - at the moment you have more time to explore hobbies or interests.  Have a look at some of the boredom busters if you need some ideas.


Generosity of time or effort makes us feel good about ourselves and passes on good feelings to others.  Helping a younger sibling with some homework, doing some housework, cooking a meal or phoning an elderly relative who’s isolating on their own all count.  If you wanted to help within your local community read the government publication or volunteer through the Action Together webpage.

Take Notice

Taking notice of the world around us is good for us – appreciating the small things around us and being in the ‘here and now’ help us feel calm.  You could give the Headspace app a try to support you in this.

Boredom Busters and Activity Ideas and for 5 Ways to Wellbeing

The internet is full of webpages to get you started on a hobby or a project and You Tube has many tutorials, here’s a few ideas to get you started …
Make a budget meal
Learn how to code
Learn how to take better photographs using your phone
Learn a language
Indoor short activity projects
Listen to Podcasts, audio books or download the BBC Sounds app
Go on a virtual tour of a zoo, museum or art gallery
Explore the world with Google Earth
Undertake an iDEA digital award qualification
Learn to knit or crochet
Organise a family games night
Teach your dog a new trick
Learn to dance, sing or play a musical instrument
Grow plants from seeds


Whilst worrying is unhelpful it is a natural response to the unusual circumstances we are currently in and following the 5 Ways to Wellbeing Activity Suggestions can help to support your wellbeing. Whilst everything is being done to stop the spread of the virus and keep people safe, there are also techniques and technology that may be worth considering that can help you keep control of your worries.
NHS advice for helping your sleep pattern and a page for teenagers advice.
10 tips to help if you are worried about coronavirus from the NHS include:
  1. Stay connected with people
  2. Talk about your worries
  3. Support and help others
  4. Feel prepare
  5. Look after your body
  6. Stick to the facts
  7. Stay on top of difficult feelings
  8. Do things you enjoy
  9. Focus on the present
  10. Look after your sleep
There are a number of free Apps for young people, recommended by the NHS webpage to support mental wellbeing such as: Catch it, Chill Panda, Cove, Feeling Good, My Possible Self, Stress & Anxiety Companion, Thrive, Equoo – emotional fitness game and Worry Tree. 
If using the techniques and technology is not enough, and you feel like you need extra help, for local support service, please visit Healthy Young Minds who are available to call Monday – Friday, 9 – 5 on 0161 716 3600
National Support helplines:
Anxiety UK Phone: 03444 775 774 (Mon to Fri, 9.30am to 5.30pm)
Mind Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 6pm)
PAPYRUS (young suicide prevention society) Phone: HOPElineUK 0800 068 4141 (Mon to Fri,10am to 5pm & 7 to 10pm. Weekends 2 to 5pm
YoungMinds (crisis text line for young people) If you need urgent help text YM to 85258

Smoking, Drugs & Alcohol

If you have any worries around drugs or alcohol contact CGL on 0161 672 9420
Stop smoking advice is available from Be Well 0161 716 2000
More information on smoking, drugs or alcohol treatment and recover services


Sexual Health Services for Young People during to COVID-19

 Local Tameside Support


Tameside’s YOUthink Sexual Health Intervention team for under 25 year olds offers FREE one to one individual support regarding sexual health.  Email them on leaving your telephone number and how you want to be contacted eg. email, skype, facetime etc
The Orange Rooms Tameside’s Contraception and Sexual Health Service -
Please do not come to clinic unless told to do so.  Webpage  or emergency phone line 0161 342 7101, 9.00am - 4.00pm


National Support Organisations:


LGBT Foundation is a national charity delivering advice, support and information services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities

BISH UK  A guide to healthy sex and love for everyone over 14

Brook helps young people to make positive and healthy lifestyle choices and to improve their personal health and emotional wellbeing.

CEOP -  If you're worried about online abuse or the way someone has been communicating online, let CEOP know.

Childline Report a nude image – if an online nude image of yourself has been shared, we can help you to report it and get it removed. 

Stop It Now! is a project of the child protection charity, The Lucy Faithfull Foundation - the only UK-wide charity dedicated solely to tackling child sexual abuse.

Thinkuknow  - education programme from the National Crime Agency's CEOP command, aiming to empower children and young people aged 5-17 to identify the risks they may face online and know where they can go for support.

NSPCC Advice for parents on healthy and unhealthy sexual behaviour in children and teenagers, including what to if you are worried


Other helpful links and further reading

There are lots of self-care tips to help your emotional resilience during COVID-19 here are just a few:
Anna Freud
Action for Happiness
NHS Mental Wellbeing
GM Health Hub and tips and ideas