The Bendrigg Blog

An Update From The Bendrigg Team

Bendrigg Trust Update 04/01/2021

Bendrigg is currently closed to the public as of 04/01/2021 & is not accepting volunteers. Our office remains open with limited office staff working on essential tasks such as planning for the future, communications and fundraising. If you would like to talk to us about a future trip or if you have a query please call us during normal office hours on 01539723766 and we will do our best to help.

We were so proud of our ability to adapt during 2020 and although we weren’t able to offer our normal residential services as of March 2020, we still made a huge impact on the lives of disabled people and their families through our grounds access days, adventures activities for families and adults and our Winter Wonderland event.

Feedback from the Whittingham Family

“Bendrigg rose to the challenge facing Covid 19. They created worthwhile outdoor experiences through creative problem solving and were able to provide opportunities that were satisfying in meeting our needs whilst also being great fun!

My son has ADHD and Autism, being locked down has negatively impacted his overall happiness, motivation and self-esteem. Being autistic he finds social integration & communication very difficult, all of the services & activities to help him with these skills stopped because of the pandemic.  He was isolated and no longer able to develop & improve these key skills.

The activities at Bendrigg seemed to have an immediate positive effect! My son’s confidence was brimming, he was being more independent through being able to make choices.  The day gave him and us a huge sense of achievement.”

The need for accessible outdoor adventures for disabled people is growing and even more essential than before. Bendrigg are working hard to do all we can to be there for families like the Whittingham’s once it is safe for us to re-open.

How Can You Support Bendrigg Trusts Work in 2021?

We’ve been asked how people can support Bendrigg throughout 2021 and we’ve put together some ways that you can get involved in supporting us below.

💚 Fundraise for Bendrigg

Even though our doors are closed right now, we still have vital work going on behind the scenes with fundraising, planning and building/grounds maintenance, this is so that when we’re allowed, we are ready to provide safe outdoor space and adventure activities for disabled people and their families. It is the unavoidable and necessary costs like heating, hot water, staff time and maintenance that are essential and enable things like our free grounds access days and the Winter Wonderland to take place as they take considerable planning and staff time – every little really does help and we are always extremely grateful for your support.

You could take on a fitness challenge, host a special zoom party or organise a front room family quiz in aid of Bendrigg… whatever takes your fancy! For fundraising help and advice please call or email Martha – martha@bendrigg.org.uk

💚 Help to raise awareness

You can help to raise awareness by sharing your experience with friends, family or anyone you know who may benefit from our services in future. Although we aren’t open now, as soon as we can, we will be offering services for disabled people and their families and the more people who know about us, the better! So follow our social media pages by clicking the links below, share a post, tag a friend and share your experience with others to help spread the word.

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn

💚 Leave a review

When we are able to open again we expect that people may be worried about Covid safety measures and hearing from people who have already been to Bendrigg and experienced our services can make all the difference. You can leave reviews here on our Facebook page, Google and on Euan’s Guide.

 

💚 Take care of yourselves

In the meantime, we will be trying to keep in touch with you all as much as possible through social media and our E-newsletter spreading the Bendrigg Buzz with helpful information and positive vibes to you at home. We know this is such a difficult time for many of our visitors and we want to let you all know that you are all in our hearts. We can’t wait to welcome you back soon for some more adventures.

With love, from the Bendrigg Family x

 

 

Bendrigg Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland Event

A Special Winter Wonderland Trail At Bendrigg Trust

Santa has been visiting Bendrigg for many years but this year he has asked us to host a special event that will help to spread some Christmas joy to local disabled people and their families!

The Bendrigg Elves have created a Winter Wonderland trail through our accessible 15 acre grounds where you can explore and keep your eyes peeled to tick off 12 fabulous festive installations! From nutcrackers & reindeers to candy canes and snowmen, the Bendrigg Elves have really gone to tinsel town for this special event.

Our Yurt will be transformed into Santa’s grotto and although the big man himself won’t be here (we think he’s got stuck in the tube slide!), one of our very friendly Bendrigg Elves will be waiting to present you with a small gift.

Thanks to funding from The Hadfield Trust & Windermere & Ambleside Lions, this event is free to attend. However all places MUST be pre-booked on our booking portal. To make things as safe as possible for everyone, bookings will allow a maximum of 1 family bubble (6 people) or one class bubble per time slot. ​Booking arrival times will be staggered by 30 minutes to allow plenty of time and space in-between each family, there shouldn’t be more than 2 families on site at any one time and in our 15 acre grounds you’ll barley notice there is anyone else here.

Please refer to the further information below if you have any questions. Once you book your place you’ll receive a confirmation email with further information about parking, toilets etc.

 

 

Further Information

Dates & Times

This event will be held between Friday 18th – Wednesday 23rd December and you must book to attend. Bookings will be available from 9am in 30 minute slots with last entry at 4:30pm.


How long will we have to do the trail?

The trail will take about 40 minutes to walk around depending on the speed you wander.


Will there be other families on site?

Booking arrivals will be staggered by 30 minutes and families will have 1 hour to explore the trail ensuring safe social distancing along the trail in our 15 acre grounds (you’ll barely notice there is any one else here!). To make things as safe as possible for everyone booking will allow a maximum of 1 family/household bubble up to 6 people per time slot. The only other people in the grounds will be Bendrigg Staff.


How Much Does It Cost?

This event is free of charge, there is no pressure to do so, but if you would like to make a donation there will be a box on the day for cash donations or you can make a donation online here.

Are Bendrigg Covid ‘Good to Go’?

Yes Bendrigg are ‘Covid Good to Go’ and will adhere to all government guidelines to keep you safe. We ask that you please remain responsible ensuring your family do the same in order to keep our staff safe. (Social distancing, face masks inside & hand washing/sanitising) more details will be sent upon booking but if you’d like to read any of our policies please go to our website here.

Group Numbers

Group numbers should be limited to 6 and we ask that you only visit Bendrigg with members of your own household or support bubble unless exemptions apply.

Can you travel to Bendrigg to access this service?

Please do not visit Bendrigg if you or anyone in your household have Covid-19 symptoms. More information on Covid-19 symptoms can be found on the NHS website here.
Currently Cumbria is in Tier 2. Information on the Tier 2 restrictions can be found on the Government website here.

If you live in a Tier 3 area you should avoid travelling to other parts of the UK, including Cumbria which is in Tier 2. There are exemptions to this, for example, ‘to access voluntary, charitable or youth services’. To this end, with the procedures we have in place, we are able to accept families from local, Tier 3 areas who are in need of this service. More information on the Tier 3 restrictions can be found on the Government website here. We ask that you check the guidance and if you believe you come under the exemptions described, we are happy to accept your booking. Please contact us on 01539723766 Mon-Fri 9-5 if you have any questions.

Might the event be cancelled?

We may need to cancel this event at short notice and we will notify you as soon as possible if this is the case. As the event is ‘free of charge’, we will not need to make any refund to you.

 

Book your place here :

https://bendrigg.cinolla.com/bendrigg/courses/winter-wonderland 

 

Should you have any further questions after reading the above information please contact our team 9-5 on 01539 723766. Please note that we are currently running on reduced staff capacity and will endeavour to respond to your enquiry as quickly as possible, thank you for your patience.

 

The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2020

GIVE THE GIFT OF ADVENTURE

Help us to raise £10,000 during the 2020 Big Give Christmas Challenge! By donating, you’ll enable more people with disabilities to access adventure and make memories that last a lifetime.

WHAT IS THE BIG GIVE CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE?

The challenge starts at midday on Tuesday 1st December and ends at midday on Tuesday 8th of December 2020 – so we have just 7 days to raise our ambitious target of £10,000. The special thing about the challenge is that all donations given during the time frame & via the big give website, are matched, meaning your donation is DOUBLED and so is the IMPACT for our beneficiaries.

HOW WILL MY DONATION MAKE AN IMPACT?

All funds raised throughout the challenge will go towards The Bendrigg Subsidy Fund. This fund enables socially and economically underprivileged people with disabilities to benefit from the ‘Bendrigg Experience’. Without this financial aid, our participants would simply not be able to experience these life-changing adventures.

This video was created for the Bendrigg Trust free of charge by the wonderful team at Amphigean 

THIS YEAR, THE SUBSIDY FUND IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT… HERE’S WHY

This year, the subsidy fund is perhaps even more important than ever before, with so many disabled people having to shield for months on end, time spent outdoors with family is even more important. We know this because of the demand and feedback we’ve had from services provided during the pandemic.

How Have We Adapted Our Services During The Pandemic?

Whilst we have not been able to offer our regular residential services, we worked hard behind the scenes because we knew, once it was safe, our visitors would need us more than ever. Once restrictions started to ease we adapted our services in order to give disabled people a safe place away from busy public places.

With minimal staff on site, we opened our accessible grounds for families and adults with disabilities. We were overwhelmed by the demand, with some families travelling over 50 miles just so they could access a safe outdoor space at Bendrigg. Many of these people had not dared to leave the house since shielding first began in March.

Since lockdown the only safe access space we have had as a family has been the Bendrigg Trust grounds access. We have not accessed public outdoor spaces as family members are vulnerable and we have seen photos of public areas very crowded and totally unsafe.

– The Oldfield Family

Once restrictions eased further we were able to use funding to offer day activities for families and adults with a disability. Many of the families who accessed our grounds were able to access day activities with their children, at a time where they were still cautious about venturing out into public spaces.

We’ve only accessed outdoor space once, that was yesterday afternoon at Bendrigg. My son has been very reluctant to take walks, even though we live in the countryside.  He has feared people passing us on the lane, he has noticed the increase of people walking by our house. This is the first time I’d seen my son have fun, smile & laugh, be at ease for several months! He felt totally safe & reassured at Bendrigg – the staff were awesome & the grounds are amazing – my son comes alive in the grounds of Bendrigg.

– The Whittingham Family

Covid has undoubtedly had a huge impact on many peoples the mental health and wellbeing, but it has also impacted people financially, and this is also why the subsidy fund is so important.

We loved the canoeing, archery, cycling and tubing as we were able to do all the activities with Grace and this is a first for us as a family. We would love to access more but finance would be a problem, though we are not on income support our wages have been affected by pandemic so we don’t have any spare money at the end of the month.

– The Meager Family

 

The subsidy fund will help to give disabled people and their families a place to feel safe again, to smile again…. that’s what your donation can achieve.

By donating in the Big Give Christmas Challenge where your donation will be DOUBLED – you’ll be enabling even more people to access adventure.

HOW & WHEN CAN I DONATE?

You must donate via this link http://bit.ly/BigGiveCC2020 between midday on Tuesday 1st December and midday on Tuesday 8th of December via our Big Give link in order for your donation to be doubled.

Please donate and give people the gift of adventure!


GET INVOLVED DURING THE WEEK?

Campfire Vibes

Throughout the week of the Big Give, we’ll be posting several videos from the team to bring the Bendrigg Campfire to you. Keep an eye on our social media pages (Facebook  Instagram  Twitter) during the week for some fab songs and stories from our team.

Sign Out Loud Zoom Concert

Sign Out Loud are hosting a very special fundraising zoom concert in aid of Bendrigg on Friday 4th of December! If you’d like to join the party, please send an email to kate@signoutloud.co.uk

The party starts on Friday 4th at 5.30pm for approximately 1 hour and the Sign Out Louders are asking for a minimum donation of £5 per camera to be made through our Big Give link here >>> http://bit.ly/BigGiveCC2020

Lake District Radio Host Sponsored Request Show

Beth Pipe from Lake District Radio is going to be hosting a special request show in aid of Bendrigg Trust on Friday 4th of December. Beth will be taking requests from Saturday 28th November via email : Live@LakeDistrictRadio.org or via social media @CumbrianRambler on Twitter & Instagram ready to play on her show on the Friday. Then when you hear your request head over to our Big Give page to donate http://bit.ly/BigGiveCC2020 

 


Want to know more about the impact of your donation? Click here to read our 2019 impact report.

Wellbeing Weekend

Wellbeing Weekend At Bendrigg Trust

Bendrigg Trust are teaming up with Mind Over Mountains, to bring you a very special Wellbeing Weekend. It’s going to be the ultimate fusion of outdoor adventures and wellbeing activities to help inspire, boost self-confidence and build self-help skills to sustain good mental health.

The King’s Fund published a report showing that physical health problems significantly increase the risk of poor mental health, and vice versa.

More than 4 million people in England with a long-term physical health condition also have mental health problems, and many of them experience significantly poorer health outcomes and reduced quality of life as a result.”

The King’s Fund.

Overlap between long-term conditions and mental health problems in England

Wellbeing Weekend
The Kings Fund Report

Source: Naylor C, Parsonage M, McDaid D, Knapp M, Fossey M, Galea A (2012). Report. Long-term conditions and mental health. The cost of co- morbidities The King’s Fund and Centre for Mental Health

With the Covid-19 pandemic forcing us into lockdown and vulnerable people to shield for months on end, we know that now more than ever, learning to take good care of our mental and physical health is of huge importance.

The Wellbeing Weekend has been designed as a “jump-start” to rebuild people’s physical and mental strength and aims to give people the tools needed to continue building on this when they return home.

Teaming up with mental health charity, Mind Over Mountains, we are able to combine the very best of accessible adventure and wellbeing activities to bring you a jam packed weekend that’s sure to motivate and inspire people.

This 3 night course will encompass :

Physical Challenges – You’ll take part in several physical activities such as canoeing, caving or climbing & short walks in the stunning nearby national parks.

Mental Focus – There will be several mindfulness sessions over the course of the weekend to help relax, unwind, reflect and re-centre.

Inspiration – Mind Over Mountains Co-founder, serial adventurer and mental health activist Alex Staniforth will be present throughout the weekend and will provide an inspirational talk about overcoming adversity.

Connection – Human connection is vital to good mental health. Professional NLP Coaching, counselling & support will be available throughout the weekend and you’ll have the opportunity for making new friends through shared experiences.

The Great Outdoors – Using the outdoors as a source of nature therapy & evening camp fire sessions with group reflection/journaling.

Wellbeing Weekend

Mind Over Mountains combines the therapeutic power of adventure with holistic well-being to provide a fun and safe space to bring people back together, and with Bendrigg’s expertise this will be a fantastic and transformational opportunity for all who take part”.

Alex Staniforth

Course Details

Dates

Friday 2nd July 2021 – Monday 5th July 2021

Prices

Participant £485         Carers £425

The price is fully inclusive of:

  • Accommodation in our stunning Acorn House building (fully accessible)
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner for the duration of your stay
  • A full programme of outdoor & wellbeing activities (as outlined above)
  • A journal and pen

This Wellbeing Weekend has been specifically designed for Adults aged 18+ with a physical disability and it is recommended that you bring a carer or friend with you for personal care, physical and/or emotional support.

How to book

To book your place please contact Jo on 01539 723766 or get in touch via our contact page.

Financial Support

If you would like to attend the course but need financial support to do so, there are several trusts and foundations offering grants for short breaks that may be able to help. We’ve put together a digital funding pack with a list of funders so that you’re able to select a trust and apply for a grant to help towards the cost of your trip. Please contact us to register your interest in the course and to request a copy of the funding pack.

 

We’d like to say a huge thank you to 1LifetoLive who have provided us with a grant so that we’re able to offer this wellbeing weekend at a subsidised cost.

We hope this will be the first of many Wellbeing Weekends here at Bendrigg If you would be interested in attending a wellbeing course specifically for people with Learning Disabilities or any other disability please contact us to register your interest.

 

 

Accessible Activities For Adults

Accessible Activities For Adults With A Disability

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic we are able to offer some subsidised Adult Day Activities for a limited time throughout September and October.

Thanks to funding, Bendrigg can offer some heavily subsidised half day activities over the coming months for adults with a disability, their friends and families. The cost of £72 is for up to 12 people maximum, at least one of which must be an adult (aged 18years+) with a disability.

To ensure we support as many people as possible booking is limited to one day per disabled adult. Please book your slot and we will be in touch to find out more details about your group (number of people, ages, needs etc.)

Half day activities will run from 1.30pm- 4.30pm and could include a selection of activities such as canoeing, cycling, sensory room, archery, zip wire, orienteering, sensory swing and tube slide. Activity availability depends on a number of factors so not all activities may be available on each day. After booking, one of our Tutors will be in touch with you to discuss your individual requirements and suitable activities.

Book Your Place Online Today!

 

Fancy getting away for a weekend or week of adventures instead? Find out more about our Adult holidays here.

 

Accessible Activities For Families

Accessible Activities For Families with A Disabled Child

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic we are able to offer some subsidised Family Day Activities for a limited time throughout September and October.

Thanks to funding, Bendrigg can offer some heavily subsidised day activities over the coming months for families with a disabled child. The cost of £144 is for the whole family however at least one child must have a disability and be aged 17 years or younger to access these activity days. Each day is for one family/bubble (up to a maximum of 12 people).

To ensure we support as many people as possible booking is limited to one day per family. Please book your slot using our booking link below and we will be in touch to find out more details about your family (number of people, ages, needs etc.)

Day activities will run from 9.30am-4.30pm and could include a selection of activities such as canoeing, cycling, sensory room, archery, zip wire, orienteering, sensory swing and tube slide. Activity availability depends on a number of factors so not all activities may be available on each day. After booking, one of our Tutors will be in touch with you to discuss your individual requirements and suitable activities.

Book Your Place Online Today!

 

 

Fancy staying over for a weekend of activities with your family? Find out more about our Family Weekend Holidays here.

 

 

Sensory Room Hire

Sensory Room Hire

Explore Your Senses

During Covid-19 we understand that families with additional needs have been shielding for months without access to therapeutic sensory rooms and as our centre is just starting to get back up and running we are now able to offer our sensory room to hire under the following terms :

  • 1 family at a time OR 1 bubble at a time (i.e. from a residential care home)
  • Up to a maximum of 12 people
  • £30 for 2 hours use 10:00 – 12:00
  • Accessible Toilet & Parking available

After a short introduction from our team, you can co-ordinate the different light projectors, music, bubble light tubes, glitter balls and interactive light panels, to create an atmosphere of your choice.

There is also a ceiling-mounted hoist which allows wheelchair users to be transferred into one of the many supportive bean bags.

We’re Good To Go!

Bendrigg Trust have been awarded the government official “We’re good to go” badge and more information about what we are doing to ensure we are Covid secure can be found on our web page here : https://www.bendrigg.org.uk/covid19/

Book Your Place

You can hire our sensory room through our online booking portal here https://bendrigg.cinolla.com/bendrigg/courses/sensory-room-hire

Or alternatively please feel free to contact us for more information.

 

 

See what other facilities we have for hire here.

Trusts & Foundations Officer Vacancy

Bendrigg Trust Job Vacancy

Trusts & Foundations Officer

Bendrigg Trust are seeking an experienced Trusts and Foundations (Fundraising) Officer on a part-time basis (2 days, 14.5 hours a week) who will have the primary responsibility of raising income from charitable trusts and foundations. This exciting role is vitally important to the organisation at this critical and challenging time.

Based near Old Hutton, Kendal, Bendrigg Trust is an outdoor education centre specialising in working with disabled and disadvantaged people. Through inclusive adventure, residential experience and social inclusion we aim to ensure disabled people are empowered with the attitudes, skills and behaviours they need to thrive.

This role seeks to develop Bendrigg’s trusts and foundations income through building on the existing strong relationships we have with trusts, and developing new ones. The Trusts and Foundations Officer will be responsible for securing core and restricted grant income for the different areas of Bendrigg’s work to ensure that outdoor adventurous opportunities are accessible to all.

The successful candidate will have experience working in the voluntary sector and the ability to successfully manage a varied workload whilst working under pressure to meet deadlines. This role would suit a self-starter who will manage a diverse portfolio of relationships to secure funding and support for Bendrigg’s work.

This is a temporary fixed term (maternity cover) contract for a period of approximately 8 months starting October 2020. Although advertised as a PAYE position, Bendrigg will consider applications from fundraisers on a freelance basis. This role location is flexible and so both home or office-based (Kendal) applications will be considered.

Dates

Closing date for applications: Thursday 27th August 2020, 5pm
Interviews will take place on: Friday 4th September 2020
Expected start date: Monday 5th October 2020

Salary

  • PAYE Position: £22,753 – £25,753 FTE (£9,101 – £10,101 pro rata)
  • Freelance fundraiser daily rate to be discussed at interview.

Further Information – Documents Download

Job Advert

Job Description

Person Specification

Summary & Terms of Employment

To Apply

For an application pack please email : vacancies@bendrigg.org.uk

 

 

Mental Health & Wellbeing Resources

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week is taking place from 18-24 May 2020.

This years theme is Kindness.

Why Kindness?

The Mental Health Foundation have chosen the theme of Kindness because of its singular ability to unlock our shared humanity. Kindness strengthens relationships, develops community and deepens solidarity. It is a cornerstone of our individual and collective mental health.

Kindness and our mental health are deeply connected. Research shows that kindness is an antidote to isolation & creates a sense of belonging. It can help to reduce stress, brings a fresh perspective and deepens friendships.

Kindness to ourselves can prevent shame from corroding our sense of identity and help boost our self-esteem. It can even improve feelings of confidence and optimism.

They also wanted to shine a spotlight on the ways that kindness is already flowering during the Covid-19 pandemic and want this to continue to spread into every community in the UK.

How Can You Get Involved?

The Mental Health Foundation will be releasing new data to reveal how many of us experience kindness in the UK and a summary of the latest evidence about its important mental health benefits.

During Mental Health Week, you can get involved by doing these 3 things :

  • Reflect on an act of kindness. Share your stories and pictures (with permission) of kindness during the week using #KindnessMatters and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
  • Use the Mental Health Foundations Online Resources in your family, school, workplace and community to join with thousands in practising acts of kindness to yourself and others during the week
  • Share your ideas on how you think we could build a kinder society that would support our mental health using #KindnessMatters and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

Mental Health and Disability

The office for National Statistics published an article in 2019 which gathered data from the Annual Population survey relating to disability, well-being and loneliness in the UK. It showed the following :

  • Disabled people’s average ratings are lower than those for non-disabled people for happiness, worthwhile and life satisfaction measures.
  • Average anxiety ratings are higher for disabled people at 4.27 out of 10, compared with 2.66 out of 10 for non-disabled people.
  • Disabled people with a mental impairment as a main health problem have the poorest well-being ratings.
  • Disabled people whose impairments affect them more severely have poorer well-being ratings than disabled people whose impairments affect them less severely.
  • The proportion of disabled people (13.3%) who report feeling lonely “often or always” is almost four times that of non-disabled people (3.4%), with the greatest disparity for young adults, aged 16 to 24 years old.

Covid-19 Lockdown & Your Well-being

At Bendrigg, our aim is to promote inclusion, encourage independence and build self-confidence through adventure activities. During the Covid-19 pandemic when adventure and access to the outdoors for many disabled people isn’t possible, we know that many will be struggling with prolonged periods of isolation having a negative impact on wellbeing & mental health.

So we’ve put together a list of resources to try to help you through these difficult times.

 


MindEd

A free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health for all adults including, professionals and volunteers, parents and carers & older people.

https://www.minded.org.uk/


Mentally Healthy Schools

Mental health and wellbeing resources for school staff

https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/resources/


Childline

Calm Zone – Activities and tools to help children feel calmer

https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/ 


Council for Intellectual Disability

Easy Read Information Guide for people with communication difficulties – Tips for positive mental health

https://cid.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Tips-to-help-mental-health.pdf


Mental Health Foundation/Foundation For People With Learning Disabilities

Easy read guides for people with communication difficulties, including Feeling Down : Looking after my mental health

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/tags/depression-and-learning-disability 


Mind

Coronavirus and your wellbeing

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

How to cope when you’re supporting someone else, looking after yourself and support for you.

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/helping-someone-else/carers-friends-family-coping-support/your-mental-health/


The NHS Every Mind Matters

Tips to help if you are worries about coronavirus

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/top-tips-to-improve-your-mental-wellbeing/


The National Autistic Society Website

Information about anxiety in Autistic adults

https://www.autism.org.uk/about/behaviour/anxiety.aspx 


Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities

Mindfulness for Kids with Learning Disabilities & Covid-19 related resources for families with a child with a learning disability.

https://www.smartkidswithld.org/getting-help/emotions-behaviors/mindfulness-kids-ld/


Downs Syndrome Association

Keeping fit and healthy at home – includes advice on mental health and a helpline.

Keeping fit and healthy at home


How to Start a Journal

A guide to journaling

https://headspace.org.au/blog/how-to-start-a-journal/


Mindfulness Practices for Children With Autism

6 simple tips for children with Autism to practise Mindfulness

http://blog.stageslearning.com/blog/six-simple-mindfulness-practices-for-kids-with-autism


Mind Over Mountains

Mind Over Mountains utilise the outdoors as a tool for tackling mental health issues. Whilst their normal services aren’t available their facebook page is full of inspiring interviews and free mindfulness video sessions.

https://www.facebook.com/mindovermountainscic/ 


 

 

We hope you find the information above helpful and please feel free to contact us if you know of any resources which aren’t included that you think could help others.

 

 

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