There is a lot of information and help for familiies available in these unusual times. 

Face Coverings - Sewing Patterns

Facemask images

People in England must wear face coverings on public transport from 15 June, and could be denied the right to travel if they do not. You should be prepared to remove your face covering if asked to do so by police officers and staff for the purposes of identification.

The Big Community Sew has been launched to help ensure that every person in every community in Britain has the face covering they need. If you have a sewing machine and would like to get involved and to find out who in your local community needs face coverings then The Big Community Sew can help provide this information.

Along with how-to videos, patterns and guides to help, which can also be used to help make your own face covering.

 

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A Virtual Scavenger Hunt

A virtual scavenger hunt is a fun way to connect with your friends and family virtually! Why not give it ago during your next catch up with your loved ones.

Click here for a scavenger hunt game along with a score sheet.

Click here for scavenger hunt ideas and further info on setting one up.

 

Top Tips on Tech

A series of videos and guides to help you, your family and friends learn about different technologies and how to get the most out of them. 

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Books for children to explain COVID-19

 Children reading
Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book aimed at primary school age children

The digital book is free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it.

Take a look here

Molly Watts is a nurse who has created a booked titled: Dave the Dog is Worried about Coronavirus

The book aims to help ease children’s fears about the coronavirus outbreak.

The free picture book features a dog named Dave relaying his anxieties about coronavirus to an owl named Dotty, who is a nurse.

Click here to download your copy. 

Managing relationships during COVID-19

Relationships aren't built on the expectation that you'll be spending all day, every day with that person, so give yourself a break if you're find it challenging. The key thing to remember is that for now, a new 'normal' needs to be developed so that you can both cope with being in such close quarters.

The charity Relate has some tips to help make this time a bit smoother. 

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Working and parenting from home guide

Kids and home working

It isn’t normally the case that the whole of the country is confined to their homes and having to juggle work and home life simultaneously, whilst also trying to get a handle on the outside world. Here are some useful tips to get your through, particularly for those with children.

Download a working and parenting from home guide

 

Looking after your family's wellbeing

The uncertainty of the current situation may feel worrying, and there are things that you will not be able to control. However, there are things that you can do to promote good physical and emotional health. Here are some resources to help: 

Just One Norfolk

A local resource, providing advice on all aspects of life for a child/young person. Specific information about emotional health for young people and parents. An App is also available. Click here for more information.

Young Minds

Lots of information about young people’s mental health, with various resources available. Parents’ helpline also available. Click here for more information.

Childline

Lots of advice for children, young people and parents/ carers. Plenty of ideas for activities too. Click here for more information.

Activity ideas for kids

Activities for kids
UK Scouting

Whether you’re in space or in your living room, being confined for weeks at a time can be a challenge. @UKScouting has released 100+ free, fun activities to try at home with your family. So, until you can get back outdoors, take a look and share using the hashtag #TheGreatIndoors. Click here to find out more. 

Forestry England

10 ways to keep the kids entertained through COVID-19 from Forestry England 

Kids Out and About

Here are 250+ creative activities to do during the COVID-19

Wish list

Why not decorate a jar and during this lockdown fill it with lots of different bright coloured notes / drawings of activities you want to do once the lockdown has been lifted.

Virtual tours and live webcams

Why not escape your four walls by trying out a virtual tour or by viewing one of the many live webcams on offer at one of zoo's listed below.

Music is good for the soul

Music
Virtual Choir

Why not check out a virtual choir, we have all heard the term music is good for the soul, but studies have shown that is is also good for your health as well and can help with a broad range of  physical and psychological conditions. 

Corona Voices is a free community Rock, Pop & Soul choir brought to you by Norfolk based Invidia Voices Choir. Learn to sign in a 6 part harmony songs like Help! by The Beatles, Higher & Higher by Jackie Wilson, Valerie by Amy Winehouse and many more. When life goes back to normal members of Corona Voices are invited to the Invidia Voices charity concert to sing with them.

The Sofa Singers is a free & weekly online singing event from James Sills that brings hundreds of people together from around the world to spark joy and human connection. 

Gareth Malone’s Great British Home Chorus Gareth Malone is hosting daily free rehearsals online for this virtual choir.

Background music for working at home

Soft and uplifting music

Happy and upbeat background music

Two hours of beautiful piano music 

Ten hours of upbeat music

What to pack if you're going to hospital

Our hospitals have produced a checklist of what to pack if you are going to hospital. This is particularly important at the moment because if you are admitted there is no visiting for most patients and so additional items cannot be brought in. 

Read the hospital checklist of what to pack