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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
- Pulse sexual health clinic
- Emotional Wellbeing team
- Progress team
- TYS Counselling
- Mind Connect
- Brandon Centre
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.
Youth workers are available online offering advice and support for young people who need it.
Contact Anna at email@example.com 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:
- James Dellow - firstname.lastname@example.org 07411 231 482
Availability: Monday to Sunday 10am to 10pm
- Nick Crivello - email@example.com
Availability: Monday to Friday 10am to 8pm
- Eugenia Kaye - firstname.lastname@example.org
Availability: Monday and Thursday 10am to 8pm
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 email@example.com
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
Weekly online drop-in meditation and mindfulness sessions at
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?
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 provides free and confidential support to women and men affected by domestic abuse – call 020 3795 5070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org; 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
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
- Further details on exams and grades from the government
See also the OCR exam board's brief guide - both links updated 8 April 2020
- Latest on sixth form and college open events - New 22 April 2020
- UCAS update - includes under 'Updates for students', information on applications and virtual open days
- Current apprentices, employers and training providers - important information and advice from the government
- Benefits - information about claiming, including Universal Credit, Sick Pay and more
Other support for employees, benefit claimants and businesses - both links updated 8 April 2020
Important: do NOT go into the Jobcentre unless asked to do so
- Employee annual leave entitlement - new government regulations
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Unsure of what to do? Need help thinking about your career ideas?
These quizzes ask about your skills and interests, to help you find a career that's right for you.
- The Buzz quiz - are you an organised person – do you plan your work or leave it to the last minute? Find out what type of person you are and the types of jobs that might suit you
Need information about a specific career?
If you have career in mind but would like to find out more about it – such as how you get into it, the skills you need or how much you will get paid, these websites will provide the information you need.
- Explore Careers from the National Careers Service
- Job Profiles from Prospects
- Find out more about STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)
Looking for a job or apprenticeship?
These websites will provide you with all the information you need when looking for a job or apprenticeship – from where to look, how to apply and what you might be asked at an interview.
Help to get a job – general information about getting a job – including where to look for vacancies, how to fill in an application form and help with interviews
What is an apprenticeship? – general information about apprenticeships
Find an apprenticeship – for apprenticeship vacancies
- If you are looking for an apprenticeship after you have finished level 3 qualifications, such as A levels or a BTEC National – you could consider a higher or degree apprenticeship
Thinking about going to university?
UCAS is the University and Colleges Admissions Service and it runs the system you use when applying for higher education courses at university or college. As well as an application system, UCAS also provides lots of general information about higher education.
Find out more about what studying at university involves, including when and how to apply
Thinking about going to university but not sure what to study?
Search for courses at universities and their individual entry requirements
Look at Prospect's What can I do with my degree? if you are wondering what the subject you are thinking of studying at university may lead to
Are you in Year 8 or 9 and choosing your options?
- Explore careers – check out the subjects you need to take for any careers you are interested in