Ideas and Activities to Keep You Happy and Healthy and Your Mind Occupied During Lockdown
Apple – if you have an Apple device, Apple have released free ebooks for a limited time; click on ‘Book store’ and then the ‘Free books’ section.
Audible – thousands of educational and children’s audio books availalbe completely free.
Autism Berkshire – Visit their page which is full of things that children and families can do at home and places they can visit online.
BBC Bitesize – free teaching and revision material fro primary, secondary and post-16 students, including advice on studying at home during the pandemic.
BBC Bitesize Revision App – for 14-16 year olds, the app includes GCSE Flashcards for Maths, English, English Literature, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Combined Science, Geography, History and PE.
BBC Teach – thousands of free curriculum-mapped videos arranged by age group and subject.
Berkshire Youth – please help by taking part in a short survey on youth services that affect you in your local area.
Big History Project – Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.
Boredom Busters – some isolation activities to try at home.
British Sign Language Lessons – learn Beginners BSL
Cambridge Science Centre – free online resources to inspire and excite children about science!
Chatterpack – a list of free, online, boredom-busting resources.
Codecademy – advice about how to learn effectively at home.
Coding for Beginners – 1 hour tutorials for all ages.
Corn Exchange Newbury – Explore this page if you are between 12 – 25 years old and have an interest in the arts as a career or a hobby. Online sessions available.
Creative Bug – offering free taster craft lessons from knitting to jewellery-making, drawing and origami .
Duke of Edinburgh Award – start you DofE journey with Berkshire Youth. Start Your Bronze DofE video presentation, narrated by Kate from the DofE Scotland team. Get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Exposed – a lock-down limited series to help build resilience and cope with the challenges life throws at you.
Fitness Studio exercise videos – take your pick from 24 instructor led videos across aerobics exercise, strength and resistance, and pilates and yoga categories.
Football Stadium Tours – a selection of virtual football stadium tours.
Founders and Coders – young person’s guide to Miro
Founders and Coders – young person’s guide to Zoom
Futurelearn – Free access to hundreds of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name. Own account from age 14+.
Geography Games – Geography gaming!
Get Berkshire Active: Activities for Girls – This Girl Can Home Exercise and much more.
Get Berkshire Active: Activities for Young People – a selection of activities and links to help pass some time.
Gojimo – a revision app that cover 28 GCSE subjects, 20 A level subjects and much more.
Google Earth – the world’s most detailed globe.
Horrible Histories – the funniest, yuckiest and most gruesome bits of history.
iDEA Awards – Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
Kennet Leisure Centre – Free at home, on demand workouts available. They have loads of great at home workout ideas, plus other ways to keep your body and mind active. Activities include Digital Coach, Boxing Workouts, Home Workouts, Yoga At Home, Yoga for. the Kids and Getting Kids Moving. To keep up to date with information on what’s open and opening times click here.
#MoveWithUsBerkshire Campaign – physical activity can strengthen the immune systemand improve physical and mental wellbeing. Use the GBA Activity Finder to find what works for you.
National Geographic for Kids – information, resources and quizzes.
National Theatre at Home – showings, quiz and collection of 30 world-class productions.
NASA at Home – selection of virtual tours and simulations of NASA areas and space.
Online Exhibitions and Displays – explore Manchester Museum’s current exhibitions an displays.
Openlearn – Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University, but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.
Open Water Safety: Be Aware – as the temperature continues to rise a cooling swim in rivers and lakes can be appealing. About 400 people drown every year in the UK. Recent data show that 95% of all swimming drowning victims were male and many were teenagers https://www.rospa.com/leisure-safety. Open wate is often stronger and deeper than it looks with hazards that can’t be seen #WaterSafety
Operation Ouch – Dr Chris, Dr Xand and Dr Ronx explore the ins and outs of the human body in a variety of eye-opening experiments.
Paw Print Badges – Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors.
Phet – interactive simulations to help with sciences, earth studies and maths.
PL Kicks Facebook Live flyer – weekly football Kicks sessions every Thursday.
Prince’s Trust – useful advice, guidance and resources so you can continue to upskill by developing your confidence and abilities during this challenging time.
Scratch – Creative computer programming.
Seneca – For those revising at GCSE or A Level. Tons of free revision content.
Shakespeare Learning – resources for plays, live lessons, activity toolkits, and behind the scenes information from the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Shakespeare at The Globe – on-demand free-to-view performances.
Side Quest – New initiative for 13 – 19 year olds to start a rewarding career in the videogames industry. It challenges you to build a game in 7 days, with free software, regular live-streamed masterclasses and supportive online community.
Stairway Learning – a free platform to make the learning of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths); interactive lessons targeted to students studying towards Maths, Physics and Biology GCSEs.
Staying alert and safe – social distancing guidance for young people.
The English National Ballet – a weekly performance hosted on YouTube.
The Hideout – a space for children and young people to understand domestic abuse.
The Maths Factor – Carol Vorderman’s site with free access to maths that follow the National Curriculum for 4-12-year-olds.
The Mix – feeling bored? 10 fun things you can do at home.
The National Portrait Gallery – over 150,000 pictures online.
The National Theatre – weekly productions.
The Youth Employability Service has produced a great guide for young people during lockdown. It contains ideas and activities to keep you happy and healthy, and your mind occupied during these unusual times.
Thinkuknow – an education programme to help keep you safe both online and offline.
Tinkercad – All kinds of making.
Travel and Leisure – virtual tours of 12 famous museums.
You-COPE: Youth COVID-19 Response Personal Experience Study Information – UCL would like to understand how young people aged 16 -24 in the UK have been impacted by COVID-19 to inform national health and education policy during the pandemic and in the future.
Young Leaders at Home – resources for KS3 focusing on the development of leadership skills and character virtues.
Your Way – 28 virtual tours and experiences.
Careers and Employment
Adult Social Care Event – Tuesday 16th February, 11.00 – 12.00. Have you thought about a rewarding career in Adult Social Care? Find out more from this event.
Adviza – a range of information, services and products that can help you move forward in education, work or training.
Ahead of Time Academy – offers weekly courses, webinars and blogs, a chance to connect with future employers.
Army Careers – if you are looking for informaton about joining the Army, or have a question, they have put together a collection of useful links to help you find the answers you are looking for.
Barclays LifeSkills – interactive tools, films and activities for age 14+
Berkshire Opportunities – the gateway to explore jobs, apprenticeships and courses in Berkshire.
British Youth Council – is looking for 40 young people to join the Young Leaders Collective as part of the Act Now on Climate Change series. As part of the Summer Series young people will be able to address the issues surrounding climate change. For more information and to apply visit here.
Careers Advice Hub – careers advice, get help with your life choices.
Development Awards – the Prince’s Trust Development Awards can cover the cost of course fees, tools or equipment up to £160 to help young people to achieve their goals and move into education, training or employment. For more information visit the website link.
Get Hired Jobs – the Prince’s Trust is advertising current vacancies to help support young people into work at this time. They will be supporting young people to apply for these roles via their Live Chat. Visit https://jobs.gethired.org.uk
Groundwork (11-17) – are now taking applications for young people to join a free Achievement Coaching during COVID-19. This programme is for young people aged 11-17 where you can take part in weekly 1:1 sessions with youth workers. The programme have been adapted to an online/phone service. To register your place please click here.
Kickstart Scheme – Berkshire Youth is now recruiting for our new Kickstart Work Placements
National Careers Service – information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.
National Careers Service Berkshire – flexible service offer.
Skills & Career Activities – resources for young people aged 14 – 24.
Uni Taster Courses – taster courses to help identify whether you want to go to uni.
Youth Employment UK – aged 14 – 24? Free #YoungProfessional training helps you boost your life skills.
Social Action volunteering – volunteering and social action activities you can do from home by Leonard Cheshire.
Starting Point – providing mentoring and creating opportunities for young people aged 11 to 25: Are you able to offer one hour a week to provide both practical support and a listening ear?
Volunteering for teens – volunteer ideas.
Volunteer to Help Your Community (West Berks) – a great way to gainand share skills and help your local area.
Bus of Hope – keeping in touch with some of their young people via Whatsapp, video chat and Facebook
Spectrum & Oasis – for high functioning ASD young people. Spectrum is for 11 – 15yrs and Oasis is 16yrs +. Weekly group Zoom calls with sessions filled with chat, games and quizzes. These calls are at 7pm every Thursday. Contact email@example.com to book your Zoom call.
Thatcham Youth – The Zone Virtual Youth Club every Monday 7.00 – 8.00pm for 11 – 14 year olds.
West Berkshire Council, Youth Clubs West Berkshire Directory – contact details for youth clubs in West Berkshire.
Childline – Get support for a wide range of issues affecting young people. Contact them on 0800 1111 or email them through the website. There is also a ‘For Me’ app: from advice to message boards, you can now get everything you need from Childline in this app. It’s quick, easy and you can lock it with a PIN. By downloading the app, you’re in control. You can talk to them whenever – and wherever – you need to.
#Coping: Young People’s Guide – how to look after your mental health and emotional wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak
#Coping: Five Ways to Wellbeing (Primary) – five really simple actions you can do every day to help you feel healthier, happier and more positive
#Coping: Five Ways to Wellbeing (Secondary) – here are some to help boost your wellbeing during the lockdown
Coronavirus: A guide for children and young people – Unicef UK.
Coronavirus and your wellbeing – information for young people on looking after your wellbeing during coronavirus and coping with changes to your life.
Domestic Abuse Update – guidance on how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse, includes more informaton about help for children and young people.
Eating Disorder and Coronavirus – if you have an eating disorder you might have specific worries or practical concerns to do with the illness or treatment. Guidance has been put together to respond to the most common issues.
Little Blue Book of Sunshine – the book offers a lot of practical and useful advice and tips on how to deal with problems such as anxiety, stress, body image, relationships and anger.
Managing your feelings about changes to lockdown – information for young people who are struggling with their feelings about lockdown changing, and want to know how to cope and adjust.
Mood Boosters – a downloadable eBook that offers some useful tips to help boost your mood.
NHS Young People’s Guide – various links to support for mental wellbeing, including mental health support, a range of recommended apps to improve mental wellbeing, national helplines and local services.
Staying Well at Home: Coping with Feelings of Frustration and Anger – a free workbook for young people aged 11 – 19 years.
Swings and Smiles: 121 SIBSupport – a 121 Zoom call that can be anything the young person needs it to be. Swings & Smiles have a number of siblings that have high needs brothers and sisters so they don’t get to spend much time with their parents as they are caring for or managing their emotional needs, so this might be an escape. It can be all fun and games or we can add in a bit of conventional support where needed. If the sibling wants to talk about something that’s going on or ask some questions this is a good time to do it. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Weekly SIBSupport Groups – group zoom calls for siblings that are in Year 7 and older which runs on Tuesdays at 12.30pm, and one that can be joined by all siblings which runs on Fridays at 10am. The idea of these hour calls is to have fun. An opportunity to play games or share something we have done during the week. Contact email@example.com
The Mix – everything you need to know about mental health, from anxiety and depression to self care and counselling
Timetotalk – A charity that promotes the mental health and emotional wellbeing of young people aged 11-25 in West Berkshire. Time to Talk West Berkshire is still open for counselling remotely via the phone, but all referrals need to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow the ABC of mental health
Young Carers Project (West Berkshire) – Young carers are children and young people under 18 who take on caring tasks and responsibilities within their family that most of us only do as adults.
YoungMinds – YoungMinds Crisis Messenger: If you are experiencing a mental health crisis you can text YM to 8his258. You’ll be connected to a trained volunteer in less than 5 minutes, who will listen, help you think through how you’re feeling, and aim to help you take the next steps towards feeling better.
Young Minds: Coronavirus and mental health – tips, advice and guidance on wehre you can get support for your mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
Child Bereavement UK – Support and advice from bereaved young people, for bereaved young people. They also have an app that young people can download which has useful resources and a journal element to reflect on feelings.
Daisy’s Dream – This organisation supports children and their families affected by both life threatening illnesses and bereavement, throughout Berkshire and the surrounding areas. Find out more details on their website, on 0118 934 2604 or at email@example.com
Winston’s Wish – Information, advice and guidance on supporting bereaved children and young people during the coronavirus outbreak.