Support For Individuals & Families

Are you at high risk to coronavirus? Are you self-isolating or too vulnerable to get supplies for yourself? We are here to help…

Local Support Services

If you are in need of help or support, reach out to your community. Whether you’re self-isolating due to underlying health conditions, feeling unwell or if you are just trying to stay inside to protect the vulnerable in your household, there are a number of support services that have been set up in various communities to help people like you who are in need. You are not alone!

Firstly, try calling on your family, friends, neighbours or those you trust. Our communities are showing solidarity and community spirit during this difficult time. Most of us will have family, friends or trusted neighbours who can help. Just reach out!

Secondly, call on your local charity sector organisations for help and support. NCVO have put together a helpful list of national organisations that have set up support services; Click here to read their handy list.

Thirdly, you can reach out to your local Community Response Voluntary Action.

In Bracknell Forest, Bracknell Forest Council is working with local charities and other partners to provide a community response for those who don’t have support and need advice or practical help. Healthwatch Bracknell Forest and involve are coordinating this. This is not an alternative to the NHS or social services.

Between 8am and 10pm call 01344 266 911 or email community@healthwatchbracknellforest.co.uk to request support. View the video to the left created by Bracknell Forest Council in order to see the great difference volunteers are already making to people’s lives.

The Wokingham Borough Community Response can be accessed by contacting Citizens Advice Wokingham by contacting 0300 330 1189 (entering 0118 978 7258 if prompted). Phone lines will be staffed Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm.

Citizens Advice Wokingham is the ‘front door’ for our community response. They are taking calls and emails from residents and putting them in contact with the people and organisations they need, for example the Wokingham Volunteer Centre can help collect prescriptions; First Days is running a food distribution hub to deliver food parcels and essential toiletries; and the LINK Visiting Scheme will make regular welfare checks.

The council is working with the organisations above, as well as our town and parish councils, Wokingham Food Bank, Home Start, Churches Together and other churches and voluntary organisations across the borough. At involve, we’re communicating with the many voluntary sector organisations in the borough so we have an integrated response to those most in need.

Other Local Support Organisations

Other Resources, Activities & Support

Online Cuppa & A Chat Support
We are a bunch of carers coming together for supportive chats to share practical tips & tricks, & sometimes just to vent. Looking after somebody who might be vulnerable to Coronavirus is really tough. There’s no right answer, but we can figure things out together. mobiliseonline.co.uk/cuppa

COVID-19 Anxiety Tips
PHE/NHSE mental health campaign Every Mind Matters is now tailored to support people through social distancing and home isolation. Find guidance, advice and tips on how to maintain your mental wellbeing if you need to stay at home or are worried and anxious about the outbreak. nhs.uk/oneyou/covid-19-anxiety-tips

Online Choirs
The Sofa Singers is a free & weekly online singing event from James Sills that brings hundreds of people together from around the world to spark joy and human connection. Registration opens every Sunday at 5pm BST for the sessions that week. You do need to register for each individual event but it’s FREE and takes a couple of minutes. Find out more: thesofasingers.com

Material to Help People With Learning Disabilities
The Council for Intellectual Disability has put together some resources for people with additional needs explaining how to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. These include:
– Looking After Your Mental Health During Coronavirus
Staying Safe From Coronavirus
– What Is Social Distancing

Other Websites to Keep You Busy…
Mindfulness Activities & Meditation – headspace.com
Looking After Your Mental Health – youngminds.org.uk
Online Scrapbooking – smilebox.com/scrapbook
Daily PE lessons – youtube.com/thebodycoach
Learn a Language – duolingo.com
School of Sign Language – schoolofsignlanguage.com
Woodland Trust Nature Activities – woodlandtrust.org.uk
DanceSyndrome – dancesyndrome.co.uk
Recipe to Cook & Bake – bbcgoodfood.com

Talking to Your Children about COVID-19
News about Coronavirus is everywhere. With schools closing & many people constantly exposed to digital media, it is no longer possible to control the news that we consume, or to shield children from upsetting information. What you can do is to help minimise the negative impact it has on your children. You can do this through open and honest conversations at home. Here are some top tips: mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus/talking-to-children

Domestic abuse & COVID-19
We know that this is a difficult and worrying time for everyone – but particularly so for adults and children living with domestic abuse, and the professionals working hard to support them. On this page we will be sharing resources to help support you through this time, and will be adding more as things progress. As always, if you or someone else is in immediate danger please call 999 and ask for the police. Silent calls will work if you are not safe to speak – use the Silent Solution system and call 999 and then press 55. Read more: safelives.org.uk/news

Five Ways to Wellbeing #5ways5daysNHS challenge
Children and young people can take care of their own mental wellbeing during lockdown and help to raise awareness so that other children and young people can learn simple ways to look after their mental health too. Children and young people are being invited to take the challenge to fit the NHS’s Five Ways to Wellbeing into their week (#5ways5daysNHS) and nominate five other people on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook to do the same to help spread the word. Young Health Champions have been involved in supporting this. Click here for more information.

Virtual Sports From Home
Wokingham Borough Council Sport & Leisure Exercise Videos – youtube.com/WokinghamBC
Get Berkshire Active’s Stay Active at Home Resources – getberkshireactive.org/active-at-home
Youth Sport Trust’s Free Learning Resources – youthsporttrust.org
Sport England’s #StayInWorkOut – sportengland.org/stayinworkout
Sport in mind Online Activities – sportinmind.org.uk/news  
Active Sports #StayActiveWithAccess – youtube.com/sportwithaccess
London Marathon’s #DailyMileAtHome – thedailymile.co.uk
This Girl Can Home Exercises – thisgirlcan.co.uk/home-exercise
BBC Everyday Exercise – bbc.co.uk/sport/get-inspired