We have compiled a list of resources and links you may find of use during this challenging period. We will try to keep this updated and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any links to share.
Take care and stay safe.
Zoom is a tool that you can use for video-conferencing to connect with friends and family, which can be especially useful during these social distancing times.
Here is a link to a tutorial on information about it and how to use it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMUxzrgZvZQ
You can also download the app if you have a smartphone and here is the link to the tutorial to explain how to do so: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8JaUEORjSo
You can sign up by clicking on this link: https://zoom.us
With a basic package, you can video chat for 40 minutes for free.
The Mind website provides useful information about how to cope if people feel anxious about coronavirus, how to manage staying well at home if being asked to self-isolate and taking care of your mental health and wellbeing among other tips and advice:
Every Mind Matters provides general information about looking after your mental health which would be relevant during this challenging time as much as at any other time and provides top tips to improve emotional wellbeing: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
Are you are keen to try to help the research around Covid-19?
A project run by Kings Cross Hospital is helping to track Covid-19 in the U.K with the idea to help slow down the outbreak. It is a daily tracking app that you can download, where you self report how you are feeling physically: https://covid.joinzoe.com/
Arts and Culture
The National Theatre are streaming some of their performances for free: https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/nt-at-home
Andrew Lloyd Webber has a selection of musicals that are being shown for 48 hours. Here is the link to find out more: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdmPjhKMaXNNeCr1FjuMvag/featured
Vocal Eyes has a list of accessible arts/culture that you can access at home: https://vocaleyes.co.uk/
Audible from Amazon
The Audible audiobooks app will be free to use whilst schools are closed – there are hundreds or possibly thousands of books to listen to. Simply use your smartphone, tablet or laptop to register with them and choose away.
Here is the link: https://stories.audible.com
The BBC are now providing daily lesson plans for every year group: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/znbnscw
The Department of Education have set up Oak Academy, which is a resource hub of comprehensive online lessons: https://www.thenational.academy/information-for-parents-pupils/
The lovely Alice Cadman who has Stargardt’s runs a music school called Sing Education and has provided great online music resources you can use at home.
For low-vision pupils and students, Dolphin Computers are giving three months free access to their SuperNova screen magnifier software. They are also running some free webinars for parents and carers about helping young people to learn at home. Search for Dolphin SuperNova and go to their news page. Here is the link: https://yourdolphin.com/en-gb/webinars
Victa has a comprehensive list of ideas of spending time at home: https://www.victa.org.uk/ways-spend-time-home/