We wanted to let you know about the launch of Sustrans Outside In, a free resource to help parents who are looking after their children at home.
Sustrans Outside In provides fun ideas and inspiration for parents to bring education, health and wellbeing activities into their home.
Parents can access resources by registering for our free parent newsletter. Over four weeks, they’ll receive weekly videos, themed activities, games and challenges designed by our experienced school officers.
Click on the link below to find out more.
Social Security Scotland have a group of benefits called Best Start Grant and Best Start Foods. These are aimed at families with young children. The Best Start Grant is a package of 3 benefits which are Pregnancy and Baby Payment, Early Learning Payment and the School Age Payment. I have attached some factsheets with all the information on these benefits and how to apply. Please note that for the School Age Payment applications will not open until 1st June for a child born between 1 March 2015 and 29 February 2016.
We hope you find this useful.
BSG School Age Payment Payment Factsheet v2
Update from Renfrewshire Council:
Parents of pupils entitled to a free school meal should have received a payment instead of a free school meal. These have been paid directly to bank accounts. The payment is based on eligibility for FSM and clothing grant. If you have not received the payment, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the application for free school meals/ clothing grants.
FSMCG Application 1920
If you are on low income Renfrewshire’s Advice Works (email@example.com) can help you with information from DWP with regards timescales for new benefits claims.
We are sorry that our clubs and camps have had to be cancelled for a short while, but we are establishing something exciting and opening online workshops for all the family to take part in at home. That’s right – we will be hosting our workshops online to keep young people (and parents/guardians) active during this time, educating them and keeping their skills up to date. It’s important to us that we still deliver a service of value and provide young people with some normality in these times.
We are working in the background at the moment to establish our first Dance Workshop that will be released on Wednesday 25th March 2020. In order to take part in this workshop please visit https://renfrewshire-leisure.class4kids.co.uk/ and sign up now. You will receive an automatic booking confirmation immediately and then on Wednesday you will receive a link to an online video which you can complete as many times as you like (please ensure to check spam/junk folders for the automated emails).
We will also post about this on our social media channels to make sure everyone is kept up to date. As an organisation during these challenging times, we just want to say a massive thank you for your continued support. We also want to thank everyone that join us on our digital journey and please ensure to tag @RL4Leisure on Facebook and @RLSportServices on Twitter using the hashtag #RLSportAtHome to share your families dance moves.
Please see attached letter from Steven Quinn, Director of Children’s Services.
Childcare arrangements – 23-03-20
There has been a lot of coverage in the media and social media about the Coronavirus and it is easy to feel overwhelmed by this. It is understandable that children and young people are feeling anxious too. They might find it difficult to understand what they are seeing and hearing about the Coronavirus and so they can be particularly vulnerable to feelings of stress, anxiety and sadness.
Alongside educational establishments, parents can help provide opportunities where feelings can be discussed within a safe context, as well as maintaining a sense of normality, routine and calm. Supporting children and young people in this way will help them to process and manage their feelings and build resilience. Suggestions to help:
- Ask open questions and listen. Find out how much your child already knows and follow their lead. If your child is young and has not heard about the outbreak you may not need to raise the issue.
- Offer reassurance. Children may not distinguish between the images they see on TV/social media and their own personal reality. Reassure your child that adults are there to keep them safe.
- Be honest. Give information at an appropriate level for your child’s understanding. Watch their reactions and be sensitive to their level of anxiety. Adults have a responsibility to keep children safe from distress.
- Provide opportunities for children and young people to be honest about their feelings. Sharing worries or feelings of upset with other family members will help reduce a sense of vulnerability and isolation and raise optimism. Acknowledge your child’s feelings and let them know that it is natural to be worried or scared. Give your child your full attention and make sure that they know that they can speak to you whenever they like.
- Help your child to cope with stress by making opportunities for them to play and relax.
- Maintain a normal routine. Set up a work/leisure/exercise routine for your child at home. Make extra time to listen to what your child needs to tell you.
- Place an emphasis on resilience and strengths. Focus on your child’s skills, in terms of their daily life. Help them see they have many strengths to help them cope if feeling anxious or upset.
- Share positive stories of people helping each other with Acts of Kindness and generosity. This can be a big comfort and can help to restore positivity about the world.
- Provide opportunities for physical exercise. Exercise is valuable in producing natural chemicals in the brain to help us cope with feelings such as shock or worry.
- Communicate any concerns with your child’s school. If you have any worries or concerns about your child’s emotional wellbeing please do let the school know.
- Look after yourself. You will be able to help your child better if you are coping too. Children will pick up on your response, so it helps them to know that you are calm and in control. So please take care of yourself and reach out to friends, family or other trusted adults if you are feeling anxious or upset.