Following government advice, we have temporarily suspended all of our clubs and activities due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
We understand that our Kangaroos families are facing challenging times, so we are working hard behind the scenes to innovate and find new ways to provide support and offer an alternative programme to our usual services.
There are lots of conversations happening in our online community. We have regular news posts, and all of our members’ parents and carers, staff and volunteers have been invited to join our closed Facebook group where we are sharing lots of activity ideas, and health and well-being information.
To further help our families we have collated some useful resources. See below for more information and signposting to other support groups. Feel free to contact us if you can’t find the help you are looking for and we will try to assist and/or put you in touch with the relevant service.
Dave the dog is worried about coronavirus, story written for children by an intensive care nurse
Children’s guide to Coronavirus by the Children’s Commissioner
Talking to your children about the coronavirus pandemic by The Mental Health Foundation
Free information book explaining Coronavirus to children with images by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler
Audio books – Calibre Audio is free to join for everyone who has a print disability
Sensory Project is sharing ideas for lots of activities and resources for children and young people
West Sussex Library has a wide range of ebooks
Realistic activities to do at home with children and adults with SEND
Self isolation activities by Disability Grants
Mental health advice from Sussex Partnership NHS
Coronavirus advice and support for young people regarding mental health issues such as anxiety and isolation
Short YouTube video by Dr Karen Treisman about ways for children to express, share and deal with their worries.
Free online counselling for young autistic people living in Sussex – available up to Jan 2021
Reaching Families support, advice and resources, includes general information on Coronavirus, well-being and education resources, as well as signposting for SEND parents and carers
Compass Card is sharing lots of resources and activities for young people with SEND
Carer Support West Sussex offers a range of services from counselling, well-being and relaxation therapies and access to a carer support fund to support groups and a carer response line.
West Sussex Short Breaks is offering advice and support for families with disabled children, teens and young adults on learning at home, feelings, health and well-being, stay-at-home activities and keeping fit.
Covid Mutual Aid is a hub for local support groups helping to get supplies to families
Contact, a national charity for families with disabled children, offers general advice about Covid-19 for children with health needs
The SENDcast episode on ‘Corona – Life at Home – Supporting children with special needs‘
Government and West Sussex guidance on Coronavirus
National Autistic Society guidance on Coronavirus and useful information
Coronavirus help and support page by The Disabled Children’s Partnership
Vicky Ford the Under Secretary of State For Children and Families has written an open letter to those with SEND and those who care for someone with SEND. You can download the letter here.
The Maths Factor is FREE at the moment
Twinkl is sharing lots of resources and activities, including FREE resource packs
HelpKidzlearn has lots of inclusive IT games and activities. This website is aimed at children and young people with SEND and offers lots of number and letter activities and cause and effect games
West Sussex Local Offer resources and advice for educating at home
The government’s online educational resources for schools and parents to help children to learn at home
Yvonne Newbold’s series of webinars to help parents and carers lead children beyond their anxieties, fears, confusion and extreme behaviour
Many of our disabled children and young people can’t or won’t wear facemasks on public transport. Here are some PDF’s to help parent carers with this.
A great animation for our young people by Reaching Families on “The New Normal”
DIY face masks with clear panels for children and young people