A new storybook that aims to help children understand and come to terms with COVID-19 has been produced by a collaboration of more than 50 organizations working in the humanitarian sector, including the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Save the Children.
With the help of a fantasy creature, Ario, “My Hero is You, How kids can fight COVID-19!” explains how children can protect themselves, their families and friends from coronavirus and how to manage difficult emotions when confronted with a new and rapidly changing reality.
News from York Learning
York Learning’s Family Learning team have put all sorts of activities onto their Facebook page and Instagram, including fun games, activities and recipes to try at home, a Wednesday afternoon “Ask the teacher” slot for all those maths questions and tips for managing stress in a Friday weekend wind-down. These can be found at:
@FamilyLearningInYork on Instagram.
We’ve also started a project to build a Giant Virtual Rainbow, so we need your help! Each week we’ll be collecting photos focussing on one colour of the rainbow. This week’s colour is red. If you are a school or pre-school setting, are working with families, or have children of your own, please ask children to spot anything red, at home or outdoors. You can post your photos and tag us in them, using the hashtag #FamilyLearningRainbow, add them as a comment on facebook, message them to us on facebook or Instagram, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
York Mind is an independent local mental health charity that aims to empower individuals experiencing mental ill health to start on the pathway to recovery. The following information is about a range of new online workshops it is offering for anyone who may be struggling during the current lockdown:
York Mind’s existing services remain operational, the new offers are free of charge for those able to access them:
Mindfulness – a six week course running from 1 May to 5 June 2020 (10:30am – 12:00 noon)
Yoga for wellbeing and relaxation – a four week course running from 15 May to 5 June (10:00am – 11:00am)
Building Resilience – a four week course running from 7 May to 28 May (1:00pm – 2:00pm)
Creative Writing – details to be announced
1-1 Coaching – further information on the website
1-1 Telephone support – further information on the website
You do not need to have severe or enduring mental health problems – these offers are for all who just might need a few tips or would benefit from being in (virtual) contact with others.
For more information, please see:
This link is a link to the NSPCC which has information on promoting children’s mental health and wellbeing, it includes information on starting difficult conversations, helpful strategies and sharing tips with parents/carers.
The Childline toolbox also includes lots of great activities that aim to help children feel calmer.
Below is a link to a Play Mobil story which may help children to understand why they are at home. We would advise watching it as parents/carers first and deciding if it is appropriate or helpful for your child on an individual basis.
The following online courses start next week from Family Matters: