COVID-19: Advice & Support for Families

Last updated 25th March 2020.

In these unprecedented times it can be overwhelming to be a parent or carer.

You’re not alone and there are plenty of support groups and charities offering information and advice to help us all through the coming weeks.

How to talk to children about coronavirus & school closures

https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/#ten-tips-from-our-parents-helpline

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-51959957

For up to date information on school closures, visit the Department for Education information page.

How to look after your family’s mental health during this time

The following websites offer a range of tips and advice:

Frome-based charity We Hear You has launched a Covid-19 crisis support service offering over the phone support to help you cope with the emotional impact of Covid-19. Call 01373 455255 or email info@wehearyou.org.uk to arrange a telephone appointment.

https://youngminds.org.uk/

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51873799

www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak

www.samaritans.org/   or call – 116123

For online, free support for young people visit www.kooth.com/

We like to help is a group of private therapists in the South West offering low cost online and telephone counselling services.

Young Somerset has a team of youth workers and wellbeing practitioners available to chat to children aged between 10-18, about anything they want to talk about.

If you have concerns about the safety or wellbeing of a child

Call Somerset Children’s Social Care on 03001232224 or visit: www.somerset.gov.uk/education-and-families/report-a-child-at-risk/

Childline offer a mental health toolbox for children and phone/online 121 counselling service as well as safeguarding reporting. Call them on 0800 1111 or visit https://www.childline.org.uk/

If you are experiencing domestic abuse

Call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000247 or visit www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk

Or contact Somerset Survivors on 0800 69 49 999, open 8am-8pm Monday -Friday and 9am-1pm Saturday & Sunday.

Children’s local services

If your child is receiving counselling or support here in Frome most organisations have (or are intending to) move sessions online/over the phone. Please contact the organisation directly. If you are on a waiting list for support they should still be able to offer advice or connect you with provision.

If you would like to access local support go to www.frometowncouncil.gov.uk/your-community/health-and-wellbeing/young-people-mental-health/ and contact a provider.

Pregnancy and babies

The NCT feeding helpline can be contacted on 0300 330 0700

Frome Health Visiting Team – 0300-3230118

Frome Birth Talk – provide free counselling services (via telephone) for pregnant women and new mothers in the local area. For more information visit their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/fromebirthtalk

Frome Breastfeeding group – still offering support via phone, email or text with weekly online meetings. Call Veryan on 07794 678802 or visit Frome La Leche League Facebook page.  There are also regulars at the group, who are keen to offer their friendship via phone or social media to new mums whose contact with others is now limited by self-isolation or self-distancing. Again, please contact Veryan for more information.

Baby cafe Frome is continuing on Fridays at 11am online – visit their Facebook page for the link: www.facebook.com/BabyCafeFrome/

www.facebook.com/FromePandasSupportGroup/

Children with additional needs

https://www.somerset.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/children-with-disabilities-service/

Local family groups

Many local groups are moving online, providing activities or live streaming sessions. Contact individual groups for more info and look through the Frome parents Facebook page for communications www.facebook.com/FromeParents

Education

For the latest information on school closures, exams and support for children eligible for free school meals, visit the Department for Education pages.

Young Somerset has a list of useful free online educational resources.

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