COVID-19 Update

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.

Stay-at-home activity ideas

Audio books – Calibre Audio is free to join for everyone who has a print disability

Indoor activity ideas

Live Music sessions with Soundabout

Sensory Project is sharing ideas for lots of activities and resources for children and young people

And don’t forget to Colour a Kangaroo and take a snap for our Facebook page

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

Other support groups and resources

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

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

Reaching Families and WSPCF FAQs

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.

 

Help with Homeschooling

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

 

Out and about as lockdown eases

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