Top tips for a Successful Summer
Dear Parent Carer ,
After more than 3 months of lockdown, the summer holidays are nearly upon us! We know from speaking to many of you who have a child with Special Educational Needs/Disabilities, that this time might be your most challenging yet.
To help you through the weeks ahead, West Sussex Parent Carer Forum and West Sussex County Council have come together to bring you our Top Tips for planning a successful summer:
Tips for your Child/Young Person
- Use picture timetables to plan each week with your child. Twinkl have some great free resources
- Ensure that your child gets plenty of sleep. If you need help, The Sleep Game may help
- Get out into the fresh air
- Visit a (virtual) Museum
- Visit your West Sussex library; choose a book or join in one of their Wednesday Virtual Events.
- Keep Fit by working out to Joe Wicks
Tips for You
You’re important too. If you look after yourself first, looking after your child or young person with SEND will be much more manageable
- Try to build in a little ‘me time’ every day
- Form a support bubble with one other household – see the latest government guidelines
- Rest! Most adults need 7 to 9 hours a night. If that’s impossible, try napping during the day
- Drink lots of water – at least 8 glasses a day, or more if it’s hot
- Keep active. Take your child for a roam in one of the county’s green spaces.
- If you’re in a bubble, arrange a few hours for yourself and return the favour another time
- Keep positive. The WSPCF Facebook page will inspire you to keep going!
- Open a free account with Pinterest and look for your own inspirational quotes
- Arrange a quiz night over Zoom with your friends or family
- Listen to some free ‘calming’ music at Amazon.
- Read or listen to a book. Your local library has a good selection of e:books, e:zines, comics and newspapers and audio books that you can borrow. There’s something for the whole family!
Top Resources for your Child/Young Person
|The Sleep Game||https://www.sleepgame.co.uk/|
|Virtual Short Breaks||https://wiki.rixwiki.org/west-sussex-mmm/home/short-breaks-6|
|West Sussex Library||https://arena.westsussex.gov.uk/web/arena/currentoffer/|
|Workout with Joe Wicks||https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyCLoPd4VxBvPHOpzoEk5onAEbq40g2-k|
Top Resources for You
|Amazon ‘free’ music||https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=free+calming+music&ref=nb_sb_noss|
|Compass Card WSx||https://www.compasscard.org.uk/|
|Short Breaks wiki||https://wiki.rixwiki.org/west-sussex-mmm/home/short-breaks-6|
|West Sussex library||https://arena.westsussex.gov.uk/web/arena/currentoffer/|
We have compiled a list of the following organisations who may be able to help you or your family if you are in crisis. These are in alphabetical order to make your search a little easier.
For every adoptive family.
Phone: Helpline – 0300 666 0006 (Mon to Thur 10.00am – 2.30pm and Fri 10.00am – 12.30pm)
Live Chat via our website available for Parents and Carers living with ASC, ADHD or associated traits or Characteristics. (Mon 9.30am -11.30am and Fri 12.00pm-2.00pm)
Or book a family support virtual clinic (30 min session) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
For family and friend carers.
Phone: 0300 028 888 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm (Wed extended till 7pm and Sat 10am-12pm)
Working wonders for children with brain conditions
Phone: 01267 244 200
Phone: 0300 666 0126 (Mon-Thur 9am-5pm, Fri 9am-3pm) or Email: email@example.com
Chat online: (7 days, 9am – midnight)
Phone: 0800 1111 (Free call – 7 days, 9am – midnight)
Webchat and email help service
Phone: Adviceline – 0344 477 1171 (Mon to Fri 9am-4.30pm)
The charity for families with disabled children.
Phone: Helpline – 0808 808 3555
Including an extremely helpful common benefits questions section
The Charity supporting single parent families to live secure, happy and fulfilling lives.
For general support click here
For professional advice or immediate support,
Phone: 0808 802 0925 (free call – weekdays during office hours)
The voice of learning disability.
A safe and supportive place to meet others, ask questions about learning disability, share experiences and offer support
Phone: Learning Disability Helpline – 0808 808 1111 (Mon to Fri 9am – 3pm)
A useful resource for families, this is a free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health
For better mental health
Phone: Infoline – 0300 123 3393 or Text: 86463
We provide a range of support needs to women from all backgrounds facing all kinds of issues.
Phone: 01243 697800
Phone: Autism Helpline – 0808 800 4104 (Mon to Thur 10am-4pm and Fri 9am-3pm)
Dedicated to supporting people affected by Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), their families and communities.
Phone: Helpline – 020 8458 5951.
If you are unable to get through and need an urgent response, please call 07920 747 560
We empower, inform and support parents and families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in West Sussex
Phone: 01903 366360
Refuge supports women, children & men experiencing domestic violence with a range of services.
Their national domestic abuse helpline can be contacted here
Phone: National Domestic Abuse hotline – 0808 2000 247 (24 hours, 7 days)
Providing help and support for people affected by domestic abuse in West Sussex
Phone: 0330 333 7416 (Mon to Fri 9.30am-4.30pm)
Phone: 116 123 (Free call – 24 hours, 7 days a week)
If you cannot afford food, please contact your local food bank by clicking on the above link. Alternatively, contact The Trussell Trust – 01722 580 180 (central number)
Making a lifetime of difference for seriously ill children.
Phone: Helpline – 0808 8088 100
Understanding Rare Chromosome and Gene disorders
Phone: Helpline – 01883 723356
For local support – especially for those classed as vulnerable (in relation to COVID-19)
West Sussex Community Support Helpline – Phone: 033 022 27980 (Lines are open 8.00am – 8.00pm)
The West Sussex Local Offer helps you find information about local services, support and events for children and young people aged 0 – 25 years who have special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).
Find the latest information and advice about Coronavirus and the status of WSCC’s services in West Sussex.
West Sussex Local (District and Borough) Councils
Full list of contact details for West Sussex councils
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 01273 263000
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 01903 737500
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 01243 785166
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 01293 438000
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 01403 215100
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 01444 458166
We provide a 24 hour telephone support and information to anyone experiencing mental health problems such as stress, anxiety and depression.
Phone: 0300 5000 101 (24hrs, 7 days)
“Being part of the WellChild family tree helps immensely. Being able to talk to other parents any time of the day & for them to understand exactly what you are going through is priceless” – Victoria, Jack’s mum.
Support from the ‘Wellchild’ organisation has increased greatly since the beginning of lock-down for families with specific needs.
We’re the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health.
Phone: Parents Helpline – 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4pm, free for mobiles and landlines)
Are you a young person in crisis and need urgent help? Then text YM to 85258 (free 24/7 support)