Support During the Pandemic
Wellbeing and Covid-19
In order to further support our students and parents/carers during these unprecedented times, we have collated (and will continue to share) wellbeing and mental health information aimed at both young people and families - please visit the sections below for further details.
Please get in touch via the enquiry form on our 'Contact Us' webpage should you have any further questions about accessing support.
SCHOOL NURSING SERVICE (E-CLINICS)
In light of the current Covid-19 pandemics, the School Nursing Service have extended their eClinic service and this is now operating Monday – Friday between the hours of 10.00am and 4.00pm. Students will be able to access advice and support from a School Nurse via instant messaging.
More information: School Nursing Service
KEEPING ACTIVE DURING LOCKDOWN
NHS Get Active: Suggestions for parents/carers and young people to build physical activity into their lives. Being physically active is easier than you think, especially if you make activity part of your daily routine.
OTHER USEFUL RESOURCES
'Hello, I am a virus!': A guide for young people on coronavirus; how it affects people, how it spreads, and what can be done to prevent it.
Chatterbox: This may provide support to anyone attempting to home school. The link will take you through to a list of free online interactive schooling and learning resources that are suitable for children across the age ranges. The resources cover topics such as history, geography, languages, literature etc.
Mindfulness in Schools (MiSP): MiSP have launched an online mindfulness session which starts daily at 11am. The sessions are suitable for anyone and children are also welcome to join if accompanied by an adult. Sessions last about 20 minutes. These drop in sessions are intended to support, connect and help develop resilience through these unprecedented times.
Parents and Carers
SUPPORT WITH WELLBEING
There has never been more pressure on parents and carers than there is right now. Here we have signposted some additional support available online and in the local area.
- Coronavirus and your wellbeing | Mind
- What can I do to help myself cope | Mind
- How to access mental health services | NHS
- Parenting and mental health | Mind
- Mental health and parenting | NSPCC
- Looking after children and yourself while working from home | Mental Health UK
- Five ways to manage your wellbeing as a parent during lockdown | BBC Bitesize
- How to work from home with your kids during coronavirus | BBC Worklife
Free listening services
These services offer confidential advice from trained volunteers. You can talk about anything that's troubling you, no matter how difficult:
DONCASTER COMMUNITY HUB
Doncaster Community Hub (DCH) has been set up to support the most vulnerable people during the Coronavirus outbreak. A range of organisations are coming together to offer support.
South & East Doncaster
- Doncaster Food Bank (Trussell Trust)
- Intake Wellness Centre - People Focused Group (PFG)
- Intake Wellness Centre - PFG Community Kitchen
Please note that Ridgewood School is not affiliated with any of the food banks listed above and we are unable to give referrals or authorised vouchers for them if they are required.
Relationship matters: Information about the impact of parental conflict on the mental health of children.
Parental conflict is not the same as domestic abuse – if you are afraid of your partner or feeling that they control your life, then it is more likely to be domestic abuse, please seek help either from your local council.
Latest Coronavirus Information
The contact information provided above is accurate at the time of publishing - January 2021.