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Useful Links for Families

Useful Links for Families

These are very different times we are living through and we recognise it’s not always easy for families right now for lots of different reasons. We are continuing to support local families that need our help and our care team of doctors, nurses, carers and counsellors are supporting families at home and helping to care for local terminally ill children. To help just a little bit we’ve rounded up some of the best websites out there to support and entertain young people at home just now. We hope you find them helpful and we look forward to welcoming you back into the hospice as soon as it’s safe to do so.

Families receiving care from Helen & Douglas House can still access Outreach Nursing Support, Bereavement and Family Support, Social Work and Sibling Support via telephone, e-mail, Microsoft Teams and Zoom. If they would like to speak to a member of the team please contact us at:

Emotional Support

  • YoungMinds: Information and support for young people and their families around managing fear and anxieties around coronavirus.
  • YoungSibs: Information, advice and support for siblings staying at home with a disabled brother or sister during coronavirus.
  • Child Bereavement UK: Information, advice, and support for families with children experiencing a bereavement during the coronavirus pandemic. Including a Helpline and Live Chat online.

Staying Active & Relaxation

  • Cosmic YogaYoga videos designed for kids ages 3 years and over. Yoga, stories and mindfulness. Aimed at primary school age children.
  • Joe Wickes PE Lessons at Home: 30 minute Family PE lesson, 9am Monday to Friday. All ages.
  • Long stretch videoA 3 ½ minute video. Mindfulness stretches and relaxing for all ages.

Creative & Educational Activities

  • Art Room: A series of projects for primary aged children to make at home together with parents, carers, other family members, and even teachers. 
  • Booktrust Hometime: Booktrust has enlisted the help of authors and illustrators to provide free books, videos, games, quizzes, and drawing lessons for children of all ages.
  • Learning 4 KidsAn Australian web site where you can find a range of activities and play activities, with the aim of being fun. The categories section includes sensory and messy play ideas. Range of ages under 16.
  • RHS: Activities to help you and your family connect with nature, whilst staying inside.
  • Carol Vordeman’s Maths Factor: Online Math’s Club for children aged 4 – 12 years. Currently free. 
  • National Literacy Trust: Free reading and writing resources, audiobooks, videos, competitions and reading challenges to support parents during school closures.
  • Little Bins for Little Hands: 50+ sensory play ideas for kids. Aimed at toddlers to pre-schoolers.
  • Teaching MammaPlaying, creating and learning at home includes 100+ sensory play ideas. Aimed at pre-schoolers.
  • The Dad LabOnline science experiments for kids. No specific age range – any age could do them.
  • RSPB: Kids section with online quizzes and audio stories.
  • Twinkl: Resources for parents – free membership for a month – games, puzzles, colouring, activities and crafts plus much more. Codes to use include UKTWINKLHELPS or PARENTSTWINKLHELPS. Range of ages.
  • Orchard ToysFree printable downloads, including activity sheets and recipes. Age range up to 8 years old.
  • Family Days Tried and TestedFree virtual tours of world museums, educational sites and galleries for children. Also educational items in many different subjects.
  • TedEd: From the makers of TED talks TedED offers brilliant educational talks, as well as a daily email of lesson plans for any age group. Great for teenagers.
  • BBC Bitesize: Revision activities for all subjects at all levels, plus daily online lessons.

For Adults

  • Creative social distancing activitiesA selection of home-based creative ways to support wellbeing during social distancing. A guide to ‘what’s on’ from a social, cultural and community services. Eg. National Ballet, theatre, Secret Cinema, poetry, Royal Albert Hall, Audible, plus LOADS more – gives people new and fresh ideas of things to do.
  • Digital story chain writing: The digital story chain in an online sharing of a story where each person writes a maximum of 300 words which is then continued by someone else. A number of images are provided to inspire the writers. A finished version of the story is then available.
  • Creativity 4 Wellbeing at Home – virtual art groupJoin the Creativity 4 Wellbeing virtual art group and download an activity to do at home – each Wednesday 2 – 3.30pm. Make and create at home, inspired by objects and paintings from the Holburne and partner Bath Museums. Anyone can join.
  • Look At PaintingsA beginners guide to finding peace and enjoyment in beautiful paintings. Audio guides are available.
  • Singing for Better HealthThis resource is designed to support those wishing to improve and maintain their health through singing. The Warm-Up Film guides you through a series of physical, vocal and breathing exercises to prepare body and mind for singing. The twelve songs gradually demand greater breath control and vocal stamina, and lyrics appear on the screen.
  • Together at Home Virtual ConcertColdplay frontman and Global Citizen Festival Curator Chris Martin interacted with his fans on Instagram recently, performing some of the band’s greatest hits live to kick off the “Together At Home” virtual concert.
  • The Sofa SingersA free, weekly online singing event that brings together hundreds of people together from around the world to spark joy and human connection.