Below are links to some useful websites:
- The Family Fund charity has been given an extra £10m to support low-income families of disabled or critically ill children who are staying at home more than usual during the Coronavirus pandemic.Families can apply directly to the Family Fund, or can be supported by a professional, support worker/social worker to make an application. Applications can be made for grants, typically worth £400-500, to support families with things like the cost of equipment, goods or services – from computers, tablets, washing machines and refrigerators to sensory and educational equipment that they might not otherwise be able to afford.For more information and details of how to apply go tohttps://www.familyfund.org.uk/FAQs/how-do-we-apply
- A free online course to help families of children with autism to help you cope with life during lockdown. New dates of 13th July and 24th August are available.
- MIND have produced some great newsletters recently with some really useful tips on how to support young people with Autism during this time. Their newsletters can be found at: https://cwmind.org.uk/autism-resources/
With the rise in use of online resources and chatrooms during the current lcokdown, The Children’s Society have written a blog specifically aimed at helping to keep children safe on the internet: https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/news-and-blogs/our-blog/invite-only-parties-and-staying-safe-online-during-covid-19-lockdown
- Latest guidance and useful information on the Coronavirus from The National Autistic Society: https://www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/coronavirus.aspx
- Central England Law Centre Service Help and Guidance
- Coventry Early Help and Family Hubs Here to Help
- Coventry Rocks – showcases a wide variety of family friendly activities, from local attractions, events and groups, to day trip ideas and some fantastic outdoor spaces and walks.
- Coventry Food Network – Coventry Community Centres have taken an active lead in the distribution of essential food supplies to
people who have been shielding and who are vulnerable. Coventry City Council has helped to draw the city together, working in partnership with voluntary, community and other organisations to create an emergency food network. Within this network food
hubs were set up throughout the city to ensure that food was provided to those who were in greatest need. The Food Hubs offer a range of community-based support. Including: Summer activities for children, Grub hubs and Foodbank. This leaflet provides information on each.
- Virtual library gives children in England free book access
Pupils in England can read works by popular authors online while schools stay closed in lockdown. Read in BBC News: https://apple.news/Ak4_DFTpxTZSXuecodis9pg
- Rise is a family of NHS-lead services providing emotional wellbeing and mental health services:
– Mental Health Information
– Early Help Information