Corona Virus Related Resources

Corona Virus Related Resources

During this pandemic, we realise that many of our visitors, their parents, carers and teachers will be struggling and we want to do what we can to help. We have gathered information & links to some helpful resources below.

Disabled Children’s Partnership

https://disabledchildrenspartnership.org.uk/coronavirus/ 

This website includes links to :

Official government advice, resources for DCP organisations, resources relating to particular conditions, regional specific resources, helplines and other sources of advice and guidance.


Well Child

COVID-19 Direct Response Service

WellChild are offering a direct response service to try and help families with a disabled member to get the things they need. This could include access to food delivery, prescription collection, PPE.


Active Cumbria

https://www.activecumbria.org/behealthybeactive/stay-work-out/

Active Cumbria have pulled together a whole host of resources for staying active at home.


Family Fund

https://www.familyfund.org.uk/help-and-support-coronavirus

This webpage includes links to government guidance, charities and organisations, local help, finances and advice on mental health and well being.


Short Breaks Scotland

Short Breaks for Strange Times

This web page has links to “short breaks for strange times” including everything from online courses, virtual museums, exercise programmes, read-a-longs and websites for children and young people.


Mind Over Mountains

https://mindovermountains.org.uk/

Mind Over Mountains have been hosting free 30 minute mindfulness sessions on Tuesdays at noon via their Facebook page.


Sight Advice

https://www.sightadvicefaq.org.uk/independent-living/Covid-19/

Sight Advice have put together some FAQ’s about corona virus on their website for people with visual impairments.


National Autistic Society

https://www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/coronavirus.aspx

This website has a whole hub of information for people with autism and learning disabilities including Benefits and Employment, Social Care, Health and Well being and Resources for families.


Mind

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

Mind is a national mental health charity and their website has lots of practical information and advice to help with you well being.


NSPCC

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents/coronavirus-supporting-children-special-educational-needs-disabilities/

The NSPCC have put together some helpful resources including how to help children with special needs and support if you’re struggling including links to online counsellors & homeschooling children with SEND


Special Needs Jungle

https://www.specialneedsjungle.com/latest-coronavirus-information-relevant-for-send-families/ 

This blog provides advice for families with a disabled child. The corona section of their website has helpful up to date information relevant for SEND families.


The Money Advice Service

https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/charitable-grants-for-ill-or-disabled-people

The money advice service provides information and search tools to look for financial donations that you don’t have to repay. Many UK charities & trusts provide grants to help with the extra cost of ill health or disability – on this site you can search for what grants are available and information on how to apply.


Scope

https://www.scope.org.uk/coronavirus-information/

Scope is a charity fighting for equality for disabled people. They have lot’s of resources as well as an online community where you can join discussions with others who may be in a similar situation to you. There is also the opportunity to share your experience of corona virus/lock down with Scope, to help influence Government decision makers.


My Tutor

Useful tips and ideas for parents homeschooling their children during the COVID-19 lockdown. Written by Emma Bradley, a qualified teacher and mum of three, the blog is full of details from her personal experience – a great source of inspiration for other parents.

Homeschooling during COVID-19: how one family is doing it


 

 

Please let us know if you have come across any other helpful resources that you’d like us to add to the list above by emailing martha@bendrigg.org.uk

 

 

What Bendrigg Means To Us…

What Bendrigg Means To Us…

A guest blog from Dawn Flint, mum to the lovely Lewis, 14.

 

What does Bendrigg mean to Lewis and I? Everything!

Throughout Lewis’ life ‘He’s happy watching the other children’ is a phrase I’ve heard time and time again. Those words are guaranteed to make my blood boil! Lewis is not happy watching others, he wants to be involved in everything.

We often describe Lewis as a white knuckle child.

He loves adventure, activity and speed. Bendrigg is one of very few places where he can experience all of those and participate in absolutely everything on offer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lewis is 14 and has an un-diagnosed genetic condition.

He has no independent mobility or speech and is reliant on us for all his care needs. Lewis uses an eye gaze communication aid to communicate and is constantly talking about Bendrigg, telling us that he loves the climbing wall, tube slide and indoor swing.

Lewis has been to Bendrigg 9 or 10 times over the last 5 years either with myself on family weekends or with school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can honestly say that our weekends at Bendrigg are the highlights of our year!

Watching Lewis climb walls and abseil back down, laugh with delight as he goes down a tube slide, relax in the amazing sensory room, grin as he spins round the room on a swing suspended from the ceiling to his favorite music and all alongside friends. It’s a truly heart-warming and magical place.

The staff at Bendrigg are amazing, taking as much time as is needed to make sure every child can participate. It’s all done with smiles on their faces and encouraging words. It truly is our favorite place to be, offering adventure, fun and friendship for all.


Check out some more heart warming testimonials and Bendrigg stories from families, groups, individuals and volunteers here.

What does Bendrigg mean to you? Get in touch with Martha our Marketing and Fundraising Officer to share your story.

 

 

Be An At Home Hero & Take On The 2.6 Challenge

Become an at home hero for Bendrigg Trust 

With only a few days to go before the #TwoPointSixChallenge really gets going, here’s a simple guide for how you can get involved!

 

 


What is the 2.6 challenge?

Sunday 26 April, would have been the 40th year of the London Marathon, which in it’s history has seen over £1 billion being raised for good causes.

Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic, the London Marathon, as well as other mass participation events, have been postponed resulting in many charities, including Bendrigg, loosing out on much needed fund raised income.

The #TwoPointSixChallenge is a way of bringing the nation together to support UK charities by inviting supporters, such as yourselves, to come up with their own challenge incorporating the numbers 2 & 6, to help raise much needed funds.

People can do whatever they wish, as long as they adhere to the Government social distancing guidelines.

2.6 Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


How Can I Get Involved?

Getting involved with the challenge couldn’t be easier…

1. Think of a challenge that incorporates the numbers 2.6 or 26 this could be anything from cycling 2.6 miles to playing a 26 minute virtual concert to friends and family. 26 keepy-uppies or a cooking challenge. Stuck for ideas? Click here to download the 2.6 challenge idea pack.

2. Take a video or photograph yourself doing the challenge & share it on social media making sure you tag @BendriggTrust #TwoPointSixChallenge so we can thank you for supporting us.

3. Donate or fundraise £26 via our unique charity link :
https://twopointsixchallenge.justgiving.com/get-involved?charityId=182297

4. Nominate a friend or family member to take on their own 2.6 challenge for Bendrigg!

 

All the team at Bendrigg will be so grateful for your support & we hope it will help to bring a sense of “at home adventure” until we can welcome you back to Bendrigg in the future!