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Useful resources and online activities during the lockdown

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There have been big changes in our lives because of coronavirus.

Schools have closed and we all have to stay at home, so, coronavirus is probably making your life feel really different right now.

All these changes might make you feel scared or worried. That’s OK. It’s totally normal to feel like this.

For your guide to the corona virus, including how to stay safe and protect other people and how to make the best of your time at home please download the Children’s guide to Coronavirus from the Children’s Commissioner.

For the latest information on coronavirus visit the NHS website.
You can also visit NHS Online for more information and advice.

If you’re feeling anxious, worried or scared please call 0800 1111 or visit Young Minds for support.

Kooth online well-being support

Kooth is a FREE, anonymous, confidential, safe, online well-being service, offering online counselling, information, and forums for children and young people to talk about their mental health. For young people aged 11 to 18 (up to eve of 19th birthday) who live or study in Islington.

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Coronavirus  Anxiety Workbook –  how to build resilience during difficult times produced by the Wellness Society (547kb PDF)

Young people’s anxiety guide to Covid-19

Need other support, help or ideas to stay connected?

There are plenty of virtual programmes and activities for children and young people, so staying at home doesn’t have to be boring. If you need help and advice you can get in touch with youth workers directly and speak to someone over the phone or email them.

Adventure Playgrounds for children aged 6+

Check out the Adventurer's Hangout where you will find loads of fun activities, ideas for games, recipes or challenges so staying home doesn’t have to be boring.

Lift for young people aged 13+

Lift has an online programme of activities using the Zoom app.
Visit www.liftilsington.org.uk

Join group discussions on how to stay positive and connected during the lockdown or lift your mood with interactive games or a high energy online dance. There is also advice and support for young people who need it over the phone or online.

Contact Judith at lift@isledon.co.uk or text/whatsapp 07825 098689 and you will get a call back. You can also visit www.liftislington.org.uk/

There a number of other support services operating from Lift, which are now being offered remotely:

Platform

Platform offers weekly Insta Lives answering your questions and discussing all kinds of topics both Coronavirus and non-Coronavirus related, fantasy fiction and Gain Ctrl music production.
Visit www.platformislington.org.uk

Youth workers are available online offering advice and support for young people who need it.

Contact Anna at platform@isledon.co.uk or text/whatsapp 07884 007588 and you will get a call back.

Soapbox Youth Centre

Soapbox youth centre is working and supporting young people remotely during the period of lockdown. Check out the Soapbox Online Timetable. From youth worker virtual drop-ins, advice sessions, digital, media and tech programmes, music events, debates and much more. 

You can also contact one of the Soapbox youth workers directly:

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Copenhagen Youth Project (CYP)

CYP is offering an online programme of activities, daily challenges and prizes you can win. Visit www.cyproject.org/

If you have some questions or need support now, contact CYP on 020 7278 7400 or email info@cyproject.org

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Unleashing Your Creative Self and Mindfulness

Five week online creativity program to unleash your creative potential and bring in more joy, creativity and passion into your world.

Each week you will be exploring who you are, your creative potential and rediscovering your hidden dreams. The program will include a live weekly zoom session for an hour and a half, a workbook with set activities and tasks for each week, plus ongoing support to help you progress through the program.

Start date: Wednesday, 6 May 2020, 6.30pm to 8pm
Visit www.indigoprxject.com/new-page

Weekly online drop-in meditation and mindfulness sessions at
www.indigoprxject.com/meditation-and-mindfulness

Global Generation

Global Generation is now offering a range of nature oriented virtual opportunities at www.globalgeneration.org.uk

  • Stay at Home Garden - an activity pack of resources

  • Social impact sessions to keep you in touch with people and plants in your immediate backdoor community. An opportunity for you to write about and share your experiences.

  • Storytelling and interactive craft sessions for local families

Online IT and digital employability programme for 16+ - Elizabeth House and Peoples Place Community Partnerships (PPCP)

Young people can now enrol on the 21CS online training programme and gain industry recognised qualifications in Microsoft Infrastructure Technologies or Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications for Word and Excel. These qualifications can lead to jobs, such as junior support engineer or office administrator. They also provide vocational training in the digital sector towards the Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop, that will include community based internships and lead to jobs in the IT and digital creative industries.

Online classes are all free and include focused groups and 1:1 sessions, running during daytimes, evenings and weekends.

To find out more and register online visit: https://elizabeth-house.org.uk/youngpeople/21cs/

Targeted Youth Support

TYS supports vulnerable young people aged between 10 and 19 (or up to age 21 for the Youth Counselling Service).

TYS will work with each young person remotely during the Covid-19 outbreak to offer early help to young people, who need additional support, so they can make informed choices and stay on a positive path.

Young people can be referred directly to TYS by emailing TYS@islington.gov.uk or calling 020 7527 2600 (9am to 12 noon midday, Monday to Friday). You can also contact the Children’s Services on 020 7527 7400, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday or 020 7226 0992 at all other times.

You can also complete an online referral form.

TYS and Copenhagen Youth Project are working together on an outreach offer that is running Tuesday to Friday evenings in the Barnsbury Estate, Caledonian Estate Elthorne Road, Hazelville Road and Whittington Park areas. 

Need help and advice with careers, apprenticeships, jobs or training

Contact the Progress Team by email or phone, for details see the info on the following websites:

Alternatively, contact the National Careers Service helpline on 0800 100 900

Need other support?

Islington Council

If you need help, including getting food or medicine, someone to talk to, legal advice, online group activities, check out the We Are Islington helpline

Solace

Solace provides free and confidential support to women and men affected by domestic abuse – call 020 3795 5070 or email advocacy@solacewomensaid.org; 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Listening Works

The Listening Works national helpline offers support for care leavers. It is open 6pm to 12 midnight, phone 0808 802 0222, text 07860 065 169 or webchat www.family-action.org.uk/listening-work

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