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Young People

IDEAS & ACTIVITIES TO KEEP YOU HAPPY AND HEALTHY AND YOUR MIND OCCUPIED DURING LOCKDOWN  

Adviza - a range of information, services and products that can help you move forward in education, work or training.

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.

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.

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 Teach - thousands of free curriculum-mapped videos arranged by age group and subject.

Berkshire Maestrosa musical workout to start your day feeling uplifted.

Big History Project - Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.

Boredom Busters - some isolation activities to try at home.

Chatterpack - a list of free, onlnie, boredom-busting resources.

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 craft lessons from knitting to jewellery-making, drawing and origami.

Duke of Edinburgh Award - start you DofE journey with Berkshire Youth.  Get in touch via admin@berkshireyouth.co.uk to find out more.

Exposed - a lock-down limited series to help build resilience and cope with the challenges life throws at you.

Five Ways to Wellbeing Challengeyour own mental wellbeing challenge and nominate five other people in Instagram, Twitter or Facebook to do the same.

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 Peoplea 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.

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. 

LGBT+ Young People - contact details for organisations that can support you.

Online Safety - top tips.

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.

Paw Print Badges - Free challenge packs and other downloads.  Many activities can be completed indoors.

Prince's Trust - useful advice, guidance and resources so you can continue to upskill by developing your confidence and abilities during this challenging time.

Rosetta Stone- offering three months free to learn a language.

Scratch - Creative computer programming.

Seneca - For those revising at GCSE or A Level. Tons of free revision content.

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.

Skills & Career Activities - resources for young people aged 14 - 24 

Spotlight UK: Dance Lessons - free classes via Zoom in Hip Hop, Street Dance, Musical Theatre, Contemporary and Lyrical Dance.  6 - 7pm for 8 - 11's; 7 - 8pm for 11 - 16's.  For Zoom details email admin@spotlightuk.org

Spotlight UK: Hairspray JR - free musical production via Zoom for 8 - 16 year olds starting Saturday 23rd May.  To book and get link email admin@spotlightuk.org

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 Hideout - a space for children and young people to understand domestic abuse.

The Mix - feeling bored? 10 fun things you can do at home.

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.

Watermill Theatre - for a range of free activities ranging from Q&A sesssion with a theatre professional to workshops about theatre and doing something creative.

West Berkshire Libraries – Online E-Resources for E-books, E-audiobooks, General Research and Homework help.   

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..

 

VOLUNTEERING

Volunteer to Help Your Community - a great way to gainand share skills and help your local area.

 

YOUTH CLUBS

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 sara@swingsandsmiles.co.uk 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.

 

COUNSELLING SERVICES

Swings and Smiles121 SIBSupporta 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 sibsupport@swingsandsmiles.co.uk

                              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 sibsupport@swingsandsmiles.co.uk 

Apps and Sites for Supporting Mental Health - a list of websites & apps that are helpful for managing mental health.

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.

Coping Well at Home: Coping with Anxiety & Stresshere is a great free resource for young people aged 11 - 19 years.

Staying Well at Home: Coping with Feelings of Frustration and Angera free workbook for young people aged 11 - 19 years.

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 office@t2twb.orgFollow 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

 

BEREAVEMENT COUNSELLING

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 info@daisysdream.org.uk

Winston’s Wish – Information, advice and guidance on supporting bereaved children and young people during the coronavirus outbreak.