News & Updates
Online Parenting Courses
Together for Families are offering online workshops for parents covering ADHD, Autism Spectrum and the Teenage Brain.
Being Passionate about parenting with an introduction and awareness to ADHD - a 6 hours workshop for parents/carers of young people aged 5 to 11 years of age. Delivered over 3 sessions online:
Wednesdays 3rd, 10th and 17th November 6 - 7.30 pm
Being Passionate about parenting with an introduction and awareness of the Autism Spectrum - a 6.5 hours workshop for parents and carers of young people aged 5 to 11 years of age without a diagnosis. Delivered over 4 sessions online:
Thursdays 11th, 18th, 25th November and 2nd December 10 - 11.30 am
For further information visit: www.supportincornwall.org.uk/parenting programmes
Headstart Kernow are offering parents and carers wellbeing workshops providing support to help you navigate the journey of raising a child in a fast-changing world.
Delivered through a series of multimedia workshops for parents and carers living in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Designed to help you get a better understanding of the everchanging world your child is growing up in, to guide you to available services and support and to promote helpful conversation.
For further information please visit: online wellbeing courses : Headstart Kernow
Holiday Activity Fund
The Department for Education is providing funding to Local Authorities to coordinate a programme that provides healthy food and enriching activities to children during the 2021 Easter, Summer and Xmas Holidays. The grant is aimed primarily at children aged 5-16 who are eligible for free school meals.
However, the programme is not limited to those people, and there are many families who may not be able to do as many things as they would like during holidays due to financial and or time pressures.
The aim for children taking part is for them to:
Eat more healthily
Be more active during school holidays
Take part in engaging and enriching activities to support resilience, character, wellbeing and to spend time with friends they may have been isolated from
Be safe and not socially isolated
Have a greater knowledge of health and nutrition
Be more engaged with school and outside activities.
On the Isles of Scilly, we will be pulling together a wider programme of options during the school holidays.
Council of the Isles of Scilly Support
If you are a resident on the Isles of Scilly and are struggling with understanding or paying your utility bills Contact Energy Awareness Advisor, Rachel Guy. You can contact Rachel Guy on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 0300 1234 105.
Council Tax Payment Assistance - Any customers having difficulties with council tax payment should call 0300 1234 105 (option 2) to discuss their account as there are a number of things the council can do to help. If your income has been reduced as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak you may be able to claim additional help through the Isles of Scilly Council Tax Reduction Scheme.
Test and Trace Support Payment
If you have tested positive for Covid-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, you may be entitled to a Test and Trace Support Payment of £500.
This is for residents on lower incomes who cannot work from home and have lost income as a result. Self-isolation is a legal duty for all those who test positive for coronavirus or are identified by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact.
To find out more download PDF document: Track and Trace support payment
Council of the Isles of Scilly in partnership with Charities - Hardship Fund
If you are struggling financially the hardship Fund may be able to help you. Contact at:
Matt Davis - 01720 424 454 / 07810 881 381
Rachel Guy - 01720 424 441/ 07385 262 698
Jen Woodcock - 01720 424 483 / 07917 198 334
National Debt Helpline - Breathing Space
Breathing space is a government scheme which is designed to give you time to receive debt advice and find a solution to sort out your debt problems. There are two kinds of breathing space.
Standard breathing space is where most creditors will have to stop collection and enforcement of your debts. Creditors will also have to freeze interest and charges on any eligible debts.
Mental health crisis breathing space can provide extra protection for people who are receiving mental health crisis treatment.
Visit Breathing Space on the National Debt Helpline website
Information from Government:
This guidance brings together sources of information about the main risks children may be particularly vulnerable to during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and signposts you to help and support available.
Safeguarding is everyone's business No child or adult should be made to feel unsafe. Everyone has the right to be safe from harm and abuse. All of us have a role to play in safeguarding, never more so than during COVID-19. Download the PDF of leaflet Safeguarding is everyone's business
Government information offering support for the bereaved can be found on Gov.uk website: www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-the-bereaved
Department for Work and Pensions - Employment and Benefits Support
Information from the Department for Work and Pensions on Employment and Benefit Support during Covid-19 can be found at:
Take Note: Universal Credit are not taking any calls at this time due to the increased demand, but are instead contacting the applicants directly. They ask applicants to be as patient as they can be and be reassured that one of the Universal Credit team will contact them in turn.
Keeping Children Safe - Staying home alone
The NSPCC has information and advice to help you decide when your child is ready to be left alone and how to keep them safe when you aren't there.
Sleep is a really essential part of our day. It is often overlooked until you don’t get enough!
Sleep routines, difficulties falling asleep or staying asleep, are they an early riser?
Sleep can pose difficulties at any age, from pre-schoolers to teenagers.
Child sleep problems cannot be viewed in isolation but always within the family context
I am a 0-19 Community Nurse, based on the Isles of Scilly. I work as part of the Health Visiting (0-5 years old) and School Nursing (5-19 years old) team and have completed a level 5 Paediatric Sleep Training for Professional’s course and would be happy to complete a sleep assessment with your family.
We would need to have a chat on the telephone and then I will give you a sleep assessment form to complete, in order to understand your problem and concerns.
We would then need to arrange a 1 hour appointment to discuss the best way forward.
Support with sleep is available to all families as part of the Health Visitor/ School Nurse offer.
We can discuss whether I can support your family with some basic interventions or whether you might require some more specialist support.
You can call Paula Wilkins: 07827 284 105 or the general Health Visitor/School Nurse Advice line: 01872 322779
A podcast and information about communicating as a family during covid-19 can be found here. (Please note: this was produced for families of key workers communicating with their children but the information is relevant to easing of lockdown restrictions).
Top tips to support children and young people with their worries and anxieties
Emerging Minds has published on some top tips on how to support children and young people with their worries and anxieties. Further information can be found their website Emerging Minds
Extra Mental Health Support for Pupils and Teachers
To find out more about the government's plans for extra online resources and charity grants to help schools and colleges respond to the impact of coronavirus on mental health and wellbeing click here.
During the restrictions of Covid 19, the Local Authority are working with the NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to ensure that referrals and screening for children and young people continue to take place. Services are conducting online consultations until therapists can see children face-to-face.
Please find the information here
CAMHS (Children and Adolescents Mental Health Services) Update
For information on support from CAMHS during Covid-19 please download PDF here
Sleep Covid infographic
5 pieces of advice about sleeplessness and insomnia for all ages from Hunrosa, the Cornish sleep experts. Whilst we are socially isolating and keeping ourselves safe, a good night's sleep will support our physical and mental health. Download this infographic Here
NHS 24/7 Helpline
To talk to someone about your mental wellbeing you can call the 24/7 NHS mental health telephone support, advice and triage help line - 0800 038 5300. Support is available to anyone, regardless of age, all day every day. If you or someone you know feels they need to access urgent mental health support, they will listen to you and asses how best to help.
Guidance on supporting children and young people with mental health is available on the government website.
Links to organisations that can offer support and information:
Universal Credit Helpline – 0800 012 1331
Citizens Advice Line – 03444 111 444
Council for Disabled Children New Email Inbox for Coronavirus Related Questions
The email inbox CDCquestions@ncb.org.uk, provides parent/carers, families of children and young people with SEND, professionals and practitioners the opportunity to ask questions about how Coronavirus will impact on children and young people with SEND as well as other questions relating to the impact on families; the education, health, social care sectors; and the voluntary and community sector.
The Council for Disabled Children also has a COVID-19 Support and Guidance Resource web page which you can find here.
People Hub is a new service for anyone who is:
Currently employed but worried about what their employer is telling them
Currently employed, but about to be furloughed or made redundant
Looking to retrain or develop new skills
Self-employed and in need of guidance
Unemployed and wondering what options are still open to them
People Hub can support Isles of Scilly residents with practical support and signposting.
The phone lines are open Mon-Fri 10-5 on 0333 0150699.
Visit website for further details www.ciosgrowthhub.com/peoplehub
For anyone who needs specific help with looking for work locally e.g. careers advice or how to write a CV or job application please contact Trish Peacock at email@example.com.