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CORONAVIRUS – HELP AND SUPPORT

This webpage has been created in light of the unprecedented change due to Coronavirus, this web page entails useful resources, advice, information, help and support which has been pooled together to help professionals help children and families through these difficult and challenging times. It ranges from support being offered from Early Help, Early Years and Neighbourhoods, TMBC, Health and other support services. Tameside Council and Tameside and Glossop NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are working closely with partners to support the local community with a wide-ranging response to the coronavirus pandemic. Here are some useful tips and messages to help you. Please click the button below for more information and guidance and please do take a look at the other buttons that feature on this page.
 
 

Early Help, Early Years and Neighbourhoods are here to help you during Covid 19. Please click on this button below.


Health and Wellbeing

 
Please click on the below link to find information about supporting children and young people with worries about COVID-19.

If your child is feeling unwell make sure you seek medical advice – the doors of the NHS are still open.
 
This traffic light guide from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health will help you decide whether you should phone NHS 111, contact your GP surgery, or go to the hospital.
 
Dr Carol Ewing, Chair, Greater Manchester Children’s Health and Wellbeing Forum, said: “Coronavirus is infectious to children but rarely serious. If your child is unwell or injured please do not delay. Get help. NHS 111, GPs and hospitals still provide the same safe care they always have.”
 
Go to www.gmhsc.org.uk for more details.

There is lots of advice online for checking your child’s health. If you remain concerned, call NHS 111/ #StayAtHomeGM #StayHomeStayWell
 
Here are some videos which are being posted by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership showing health professionals across the region giving advice about when to seek help.

Video links:
Cathy Fines, GP, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBXGNEj5Zuk
Anna Oddy, Specialist Nurse, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPQx4qctBX8
Steve Playfor, Paediatric intensive care consultant, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hz39yNEWXU0
Donna Pearce, Advanced Nurse practitioner, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHOpfZ0QW78&feature=youtu.be

Please see links below which contains information encouraging people and parents with children to still access their GPs and hospital services where needed.
 

TGICFT website

Link to specific news article about accessing healthcare during Covid.

 
Facebook - Here are some facebook pages that you may want to visit: 

Tameside Hospital, part of Tameside and Glossop ICFT

Tameside Health Visiting Service 

Health Visiting

School Nursing

    


The Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire Maternity Voices Partnership and the LMS have worked together to develop some information for women and families around COVID-19 and maternity services. These frequently asked questions from service users are published on the My Birth My Choice website. Please click on the button to access the website.

The NHS Pennine Care and Foundation Trust have launched a new telephone helpline for service users and carers to support those who are experiencing increased distress or anxiety during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Please click on the button to find out more.

What is ICON?

I – Infant crying is normal
C –Comforting methods can help
O – It’s OK to walk away
N – Never, ever shake a baby

ICON is a programme of intervention based around coping with crying. The programme requires the same messages being shared with parents and carers at different stages by different professionals – a presentation is available to read. The webpage has information for parents and professionals.

Please click below to access information for messages to young people regarding emotional wellbeing - COVID-19.

Tameside, Glossop, Oldham Mind are offering online live, interactive workshops with the aim of helping to reduce isolation, improve wellbeing and help people feel connected and during these times of separation. Please click on the button to find out more.

Please click the button below to access Kooth, which is online counselling for Children and Young People aged 11- 18.

 
For parents, there is an email address specifically set up for any worried or concerned parent to receive information, advice and support from the clinical team regarding the mental health of their child or young person. The email address is: Parents@xenzone.com

There is a website to help spread people's ideas and thoughts about keeping happy during these unprecedented times. It is a place to share stories and tips with us on how to stay well and positive and there's an option to receive useful tips in your inbox. You can visit this website: #Silverliningshttps://silverlining.xenzone.com/
Please click on the button to find out more about resources for mental health and wellbeing.
Resources

Please click on the below link for immediate advice and signposting for Mental Health.

Please click on the button to find out more about Wellbeing and Mental Health during Covid -19 – A guide to looking after yourself and others.

Please click on this button which provides online support offers for young people’s mental health.


Tameside & Glossop Early Attachment Team are currently offering bookable consultation slots for parents and professionals, please click on the button for more information.

Tameside and Glossop Early Attachment Service have launched a facebook page, you can visit them via this link: https://www.facebook.com/tamesideglossopeas/
 


Back to School / College
 

Here is a helpful Parents guide & a Younger child’s booklet to assist with Back to School (after Covid-19).

  



Here is a helpful Young Person’s booklet to assist you with Back to School/College.



Please click on the buttons to find out more about helping parents to get children back to school/child care provider.

 


Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership have developed some assets to the Autum term, here are some short clips to watch, please click onto the link. 


Please click on the button to find attached a tool kit which has been sent to schools to support them to manage pupil attendance for the coming year. Education Welfare Officers will be happy to answer any queries you may have regarding any of these documents or, of course, support work with pupils who are struggling with school attendance.

10 Top Tips for School Leaders on Emotional Wellbeing following the school holidays and lockdown period.

Please click on the buttons to find out more about top tips for parent/carers with children returning to school/settings.
   

Activities, Resources and Meal Planning

 
Please click on the buttons to find out more about the holiday offer for vulnerable children from Early Years AND Active Tameside. Can the professional involved with the child/ren & family complete the relevant form and refer as appropriate.

 
BookTrust Care Packages for 0-5 years and primary 6+ years
 
Lockdown has been very challenging for families and has limited many children’s access to education. To help all children have access to books and the life-changing benefits that reading brings, BookTrust has created a range of care packages which are being given out in local communities.  For more information or if you would like to order any care packages for families you are working with please contact Sarah Barlow
sarah.barlow@tameside.gov.uk

Summer Reading Challenge2020 in Libraries - Silly Squad
 
Children in Tameside are invited to take part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, Silly Squad, a celebration of funny books, happiness and laughter.  The Challenge, although a bit different this year, is still fun, friendly and absolutely free!  The aim is to encourage children to read whatever makes them happy, get silly and have fun! This year, for the first time ever, children can sign up to take part in the summer reading challenge digitally at www.sillysquad.org.uk   Once signed up all they have to do is read books; this year children can set their own reading goal - they are rewarded on the digital platform with activities and incentives along the way, such as online badges, games and videos.
 
Tameside Libraries have plenty of fun eBooks and eAudio books that can be borrowed for free to help children complete this year’s summer reading challenge. Download the BorrowBox app and sign in with their Library card and PIN. Not a member of the Library yet? It’s free and easy to join online at https://www.tameside.gov.uk/libraries
 
There will be a digital programme of fun activities too from Tameside Libraries throughout the summer! Details of all the activities will be available at https://www.tameside.gov.uk/Libraries/Summer-Reading-Challenge
 
More information about the Reading Agency and the Summer Reading Challenge can be found at www.readingagency.org.uk/summerreadingchallenge  For more information please contact stephanie.hogan@tameside.gov.uk

Please click the button below for the Home Learning Family Resource Guide.

TTS have produced new Home Learning Activities for Spring. Please click on the button to access this.

Twinkl have been adding resources to their Home Learning Hub each day. Over the past month, they’ve put together some great new ideas for home school lessons with accompanying Twinkl resources and organised them into daily timetables. Please click on the button to find out more:
Twinkl have also prepared information regarding young children who may find the transition back to school difficult after an extended time at home. Please click on the button to find out more:

Please click onto the buttons to see attachments from the Children’s Nutrition Team – the poster/promotional flyer outlines a 5 day weekly meal planner with healthy eating tips and suggestions. New planners will be available each week and a cover sheet that will cover a different healthy lifestyle topic each week. These will contain links to the website and Twitter if families want further information or advice. These documents are for any family who feel they need support or ideas on what to feed their children but are specifically designed to work alongside the £15 Free School Meals voucher.
 
 
 
 
Please click on the buttons to find out about Bite Back’s free Cook With Jack resource. The e-book contains kitchen rules and tips, advice, lots of tasty recipes and meal ideas. https://biteback2030.com/campaign/free-cook-jack-e-cookbook

  

Please click on the button to find out more about activities in Tameside Children’s Centres.

There are lots of resources, tips & advice on a dedicated web page for young people to use whilst stuck at home. Whether struggling with restrictions, looking for online activities or in need of mental health support, help is available. Please click the image below.


Please click on the below link for online parent resources to help you further to support your children and families in light of this unpredictable change.


 


Tameside’s Local Offer is an online resource that has information about local and national organisations and services. It also provides support and guidance to families with children and young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Please click on the button to find out more.

 


Parent/Carers with Babies

 
For those parent/carers who have babies, please click the button below to access some simple and fun activities from home to help their baby to GROW!

Home-Start Oldham, Stockport & Tameside (HOST) - Dad Matters have produced an introduction to Dad Matters video to help Dad’s with their baby, you can watch the video by clicking on the button:

 
Please ensure you visit the Home Start website on: www.home-starthost.org.uk 
Please click on the buttons to find out more about the GM Top Tips for Moving for Early Years – Pre School children/toddlers and babies. These resources have been developed as at home guides for  parents and carers to support their children’s physical development from birth through to starting school.
  

Child Safety

 
Please click on the button to find out about child safety during lockdown from the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) which contains resources for parents/carers.

We also have the Tameside Home Safety Checklist, which can be downloaded and shared from here:

Other Helpful Information/Links

 
 

Grants for families

Family Fund is a UK-wide charity providing grants for essential items to families on low incomes raising disabled or seriously ill children. The Department for Education has provided Family Fund with additional funding to support more families through the pandemic, and families are encouraged to apply for grants for items that can help their child including computers, sensory toys, clothes and family breaks.
 
Please click on this button to find a list of energy suppliers and what they offer to vulnerable families – including contact details.

Please click on the button to access an E-Poster about avoiding injury whilst in self-isolation, it raises awareness of potential harms whilst self-isolating & staying at home during this difficult time.

 

Please click on the button below to find out more from Women’s Aid and Covid 19 - safety and support resources for survivors, friends, family, neighbours and community members.
Womens Aid

Please click the below link which is an online newsletter for partners and stakeholders which you can subscribe to for up to date information.
There is a section on safeguarding which can be used to alert DWP to issues that affect groups of customers. Any individual issues should be dealt with locally.
 
Newsletter

 
Emerging Minds (https://emergingminds.org.uk/) are carrying out a survey that explores the experience of parents and young children (aged 2 to 4) during the covid-19 lockdown. In particular, it focuses on the emotional wellbeing of families: including a Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire for 2 to 4 year olds, as well as info on opportunities for children to play and types of play, parent mental health (Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale), income and work.
 
The survey will be carried out nationally and the researchers have agreed to include a “Greater Manchester” option so that we can understand the impact of the lockdown on parents and children in the region in comparison with other areas and find out more about the specific issues that GM residents might be facing. The survey can be found here: www.cospyce.org/survey.
 
The survey takes around 15-20 minutes to complete. Participants will also be asked to complete some shorter follow-up surveys (around 10 minutes each) each month while social isolation is taking place, a month after schools have re-opened, and/or when there are major changes in Government advice around isolation.
 
Unfortunately, the researchers were not able to obtain ethical permission to ask for local authority-level information for disclosure reasons, but based on demographic data from the survey we would hope to model how we might expect the some of the likely impacts on mental health to vary across the city region. The lead researcher will share aggregated GM data directly with the GMCA Research Team, which we will be able to pull into a paper and share with stakeholders. The hope is that this process will help inform our planning for the “living with lockdown” and recovery phases, as well as support any asks of government regarding the personal, social and emotional development of children during covid-19 - including the rollout of the 4b assessment.
 
Emerging Minds have also produced resources for parents of pre-school children here: https://emergingminds.org.uk/advice-for-parents-carers-supporting-children-young-people-with-worries-about-covid-19/


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