Kooth is a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accredited digital mental health support service.
It gives children and young people, aged 11-24, easy access to an online community of peers and a team of experienced counsellors. Access is free of the typical barriers to support: no waiting lists, no thresholds, no cost and complete anonymity.
Kooth can be accessed by young people here: https://www.kooth.com/
Action for Children are offering online parenting support for families with children
From where to go for help, to coping with challenging behaviours, to how to keep your children entertained at home - find advice and practical help here: parents.actionforchildren.org.uk
Have a question about parenting? Action for Children’s online coaches are available for free, confidential 1-1 live chat. We’re here to listen and support you. Visit talk.actionforchildren.org.uk
Public Transport - Stagecoach
Stagecoach is encouraging passengers who are unable to wear a face covering on the bus due to a health condition or a disability to apply for new ‘face covering journey assistance cards’ to show to drivers when they board to confirm they are exempt from the legislation.
There is also a special card available if you need the driver to lower their face covering because you are hearing impaired and need to lip read.
Once you've filled in the application form, Stagecoach will email you a card that you can save to your phone and show to the driver when you get on the bus - or you can download and print your card. If you don't have a smartphone or printer, please contact your local team and they'll arrange for a printed card to be sent to you.
A national charity, providing help and advice to families going through a difficult time.
Families can contact the Family Lives team about any aspect of family life, at all stages of a child’s development i.e.; parenting/relationship support, bullying, teenage risky behaviour and mental health concerns of both parents and children. You can call the helpline on: 0808 800 2222, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or talk via their newly launched #LiveChat facility. Find out more at the website: https://www.familylives.org.uk/how-we-can-help/
Positive Approaches to Support
A new website which has been set up for families who care for children, young people or adults with a learning disability or developmental difficulty (including those who are autistic).
You will find information about positive approaches for supporting your own wellbeing and supporting choice, independence and communication for your relative. You will also find information about how to support your relative if they display behaviours that challenge. There is a mixture of reading material, videos and printable tools, with links to other resources and organisations. Everything on the website has been created by experienced family carers and professionals working together. Find out more here: https://www.positiveapproachestosupport.co.uk/
YMCA Exeter - Children and Young People’s Wellbeing Service
A psychological wellbeing service for 5-18 year olds that offers support and intervention for low-mood, anxiety, and behavioural difficulties. The team of Wellbeing Practitioners use CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) techniques and goal-setting to build up emotional wellbeing and resilience in young people and their families.
Referrals are made either by a professional or child/young person direct, please visit the website and complete the referral form www.ymcaexeter.org.uk/cwpwellbeing - Alternatively, email at email@example.com or call 01392 410530.