The BeYou Project run by Porchlight is continuing to support LGBTQ+ young people (aged 8 – 25). They are running virtual, safe meet-ups for young people, alongside support for families and help for professionals. Please see the attached email with full information about this programme and contact details.
Action for Happiness have launched a free 10-day online coaching programme - https://10daysofhappiness.org/. It guides participants through daily actions to support their wellbeing.
Our programme of activities we are running online next week for 8-19 year olds can be found at https://salusgroup.org.uk/virtual-youth-sessions-18th-22nd-may-2020/. All you need to do is follow the link, complete a quick and easy booking form for the session/s you would like to book on to and then you will receive a Zoom code via email 10-30 mins before your session time which you use to join the meeting on Zoom.
Talents and interests
Investing time in your child’s talents and interests can help young people to build resilience. Why not motivate them to join in with some of the following activities:
- Languages – There are free fun apps available such as Duo Lingo to help young people practice their language skills, or even learn a completely new language!
- Wildlife – Steve Backshall is running a Facebook live every day at 9:30 am to answer any questions about wildlife, conservation and geography https://www.facebook.com/stevebackshallofficial/
- Science – At 11 am on weekdays Maddie Moate is hosting a YouTube video discussing science and nature https://www.youtube.com/user/maddiemoate
- Dance – Weekdays at 11:30am Oti Mabuse is running a Facebook live dance class. https://www.facebook.com/OtiMabuse/
- Maths – There is currently free access to Carol Vorderman’s maths website
- www.themathsfactor.com. Maths resources are also available at https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
- Try playing board games. They require concentration, impulse control and mental flexibility. They also provide an example for you to model resilience, when you lose a game.
- The National Theatre are live streaming popular theatre shows Thursday’s at 7pm https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUDq1XzCY0NIOYVJvEMQjqw
- Explore the Girl Guides Adventures At Home pack. There’s a range of activities available including Activities for Wellbeing.
- The Scouts have similar activities https://www.scouts.org.uk/activities
The Coronavirus Helpful Hub
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On their Twitter and Facebook, they've been facilitating a daily check-in every day at 11am (GMT), using the hashtag #blurtcheckingin. They'll ask how you are keeping and encourage you to take time to reply to people's comments if you feel up to it.