Current Useful Information - January 2021

Please click on the link below to view the Meadowfield Whole School Risk Assessment for COVID-19 for the start of the new term in Sept.

This is a live document and will be updated as new guidance is released or as new decisions are made regarding risk reduction. Please keep checking back for any updates:

Whole School Risk Assessment for COVID-19

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Please click on the link below for a collection of resources and short videos with some easy to understand messages on helping parents to support their children with Resilience. Each video has ‘Top Tips’.  This has been shared with us by the School Health Team to help parents during this difficult time.

Resilience Webinar for Parents

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Message from Kent Young Carers

Following the announcement about Lockdown on the 4th of January 2021, we wanted to take the opportunity to advise that Kent Young Carers is still delivering a service and we are still accepting referrals for all young people between the ages of 5-18 who provide support (physical or otherwise) for someone at home with a physical or mental health issue, disability, or substance misuse.

Referrals can be made through our online referral form here -

KYC Referral

Please ensure that you have consent from the person with parental responsibility for the Young Carer before making a referral.

Our Service will make contact with families in a COVID safe manner, such as phone or video call. All Young Carers are entitled to an assessment, which will help in identifying what support each Young Carer would benefit from. Our service will also continue to assist and work together with schools to ensure that Young Carers are identified and have access to support. We offer training to schools on identifying Young Carers, should that be an area of interest.

You may also be aware that Young Carers are included on the list of vulnerable young people who would be entitled to attend school; if you would like to confirm any names, please get in touch with us, or the support coordinator for your area if you have their details.

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If you are experiencing any difficulties during this current situation, the Kent Together Helpline may be able to offer some assistance.

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Please click on the link below for information regarding Coronavirus Testing, now available to anyone who may be experiencing symptoms.  These tests are free from the NHS.

Coronavirus Testing

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Kent County Council are currently running a scheme to provide toys for children to ease the stress of lockdown.  Please click on the following link for further information and details on how to apply:

https://kccmediahub.net/council-provides-toys-for-disabled-children-to-ease-the-stress-of-lockdown745

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The National Autistic Society have put together a number of resources for autistic people and families during the current lockdown.

National Autistic Society Resources

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Kent County Council have launched the Kent Together helpline to help those most in need.

During these challenging times, we have seen whole communities helping each other and bringing Kent Together in a time of crisis and need. Thank you!

We want to let those who are vulnerable and who need further support know that help is out there. We’ve set up a central helpline for vulnerable people to get in contact if they need urgent help, supplies or medication.  For more information, please click on the link below

Kent Together Helpline

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CAMHS on line have got some good resources. They might be useful for parents etc for help with this virus and mental health.

www.camhs-resources.co.uk/coronavirus

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Wellbeing

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During the Covid-19 lockdown, Swale Foodbank is providing a delivery only service. You will still need a voucher from one of their referral agencies. Please click on the link below for further details:

Swale Foodbank

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Message from Swale Food Bank:

**URGENT UPDATE**

Please note, we will be running Swale Foodbank on a DELIVERY ONLY basis ie we will bring your food parcel to your home. Please do NOT attend any of our centres - please private message us on our Facebook site or email us on info@swale.foodbank or call us after 9am on 07486 370709.

Please be patient with us as we find a new way of running foodbank to ensure those most in need are still able to access emergency food.

Just a reminder, Swale Foodbank is for those with no money AND no food. We are not a replacement for your usual shopping because you cannot get out to the shops or items are unavailable. It is vital that the stock we have goes to those most in need.

Thank you for your understanding :)

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If you, or someone you know is dealing with domestic abuse, free rail travel is being offered to find refuge.

https://newsroom.southeasternrailway.co.uk/news/new-rail-to-refuge-scheme-offers-free-train-travel-to-women-fleeing-domestic-abuse

Any woman who needs to travel to find refuge from domestic violence can do so for free on any uk train as of yesterday. The cost of the ticket will be covered by the relevant rail operator. Email railtorefuge@womensaid.org.uk.

Boots Pharmacies are also offering a safe space if needed to report or get assistance:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52495434?SThisFB

Please also see the following video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsiKwLMMbRI&feature=share

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Please click the following link for a social story you may find helpful to show to your children, to help explain the Corona Virus:

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Take a look at Parent Info's latest article on looking after your family's mental health when you're stuck indoors

Wellbeing Article

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