Parents/Carers if you need any help or advice email firstname.lastname@example.org
Any families who experience difficulties providing food please contact Miss Parker on the email above - there are places working to provide support for people who need additional help, especially in these current times of difficulty. If you are unable to email send a text with your contact details to 01274 288109.
St. Pio's Friary run by the Franciscan Friars of Renewal, are based at St. Patrick's Mission, Sedgefield Terrace, Westgate, BD1 2RU offer food services. Information can be found by following this link to their website.
All our local foodbanks will be working hard to provide for those in need, if you are able please make donations - tinned foods, packet foods, tea, coffee, dry milk, pasta.
Café West in Allerton are operating a cooked meal delivery service to local families and their number is 01274 488499. They hope to be able to deliver enough meals to last families five days but are in need of donations of store foods eg, tins, packets, flour etc. and desperately need food containers (if anyone can help?).
Please pass on this information to anyone you know who is vulnerable or self-isolating and may require assistance in the weeks ahead. Many of the elderly won't use social media.
Bradford Council are setting up five community hubs to help support the food banks and the community action which is already happening.
The helpline for anyone requiring assistance or willing to volunteer is 01274 431000 and is open 9am until 9pm.
Further information is available at bradford.gov.uk/emergencies/council-service-disruptions/coronavirus-covid-19-volunteering-and-community-support/
We are aware some of you may experience financial problems at this difficult time. If you need help with food or other items please email email@example.com so we can access help for you.
If you financial situation has changed and you think you may be entitled to free school meals ring Bradford Council on 01274 432772 or apply on line -
During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, families with babies or young children may need additional support to stay healthy - Bradford Council Early Years Guidance
The link provides a series of guides which will help you and your family remain healthy and safe whilst you are socially distancing yourselves.
- Happy, healthy pregnancy
- Perinatal mental health
- Infant feeding
- Coping with crying
- Spending time at home with 0-2-year-olds
- Getting outdoors
- 0 to 5 activities
- If your child is unwell
- School aged activities
- Eating well
- Smoke free homes
- Support for families with no English
- How to stay safe at home in a large family with elders and people at high risk
Looking after our children's mental health and well being:
Details of Masses and Readings can be found on our Mass page - our-parish/mass
Catholic Care will be launching its Community Response Service to support those in our Catholic communities who are sick, self-isolating, have been adversely financially impacted or are finding it difficult to cope. The service will be available Monday – Friday 8-6pm. For more information follow this link.
Coronavirus; supporting children’s wellbeing tips for families - Coronavirus Supporting Wellbeing for Families
Information and Advice from Bradford Council for Shoppers 23/03/2020 - https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKBMD/bulletins/282a51a
You can find translations of available information at - https://www.migrantinfohub.co.uk/
Useful Telephone Numbers:
Childline: 0800 1111
Samaritans: 116 123
Domestic Violence Hotline: 0808 2000 247
Mind: 0300 123 3393
Age UK: 0800 169 6565
La Leche League: 0345 1202918 (for mums struggling to get formula milk)
What we all must do NOW to halt the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19
Today, every individual, every family and every business or service has an urgent role to play in stopping the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.
- STAY AT HOME
- Wash your hands with soap frequently
- Only go out for essential shopping
- Limit face-to-face interactions to a minimum
- Cancel or postpone social gatherings
- Keep a look-out for those in your neighbourhood who may be vulnerable, and those who live alone
- Do NOT come to hospital
If you need medical advice then access NHS 111 online at www.111.nhs.uk or by dialling 111 on your phone (only if you cannot do so online).
Please remember that people can still be carriers of the virus and have no symptoms - so we need to go a lot further than simply avoiding people who are unwell.
Find out how to isolate your household at: nhs.uk/coronavirus
Advice for Dealing with Conflict at Home - Children's Society LINK
Family Loan Update:
In addition to our Coronavirus Update advice on our website, this is specific information to the Family Loan.
Our family loans scheme lets you borrow up to £500 for family expenses and use the CHB (child benefit) for the repayments without the need for a Credit Check. For more information click HERE
Revised procedure (effective 24/03/2020):
· You can apply for a new Family Loan ONLINE ONLY.
· PLEASE DO NOT COME DOWN TO BRANCH
1. Apply online to become a member Join Online Here
2. Once you have a membership number you can apply Family Loan Application Form
3. You will then need to contact the DWP to redirect your Child Benefit to your Credit Union account with your membership number and surname as reference
4. If your loan application is successful, you will need to sign and return the Credit Agreement to us by post or take a photo and email to us.
5. We will wait for your first CHB payment to reach your Credit Union account before sending you the loan funds.
PLEASE NOTE THIS PROCESS IS SUBJECT TO:
1. Postal service operating if sending by post.
2. The Credit Union office being open.
3. The DWP operating.
Some people are finding the current situation very challenging on a personal level but should not be concerned about asking for support. The following resources may be useful to you in helping others:
https://mhfaengland.org/my-whole-self/ - Mind video reducing isolation when working from home.
Advice if you're sharing your home with others:
Advice for people who share kitchens or bathrooms with other people (apart from their household)
How to explain our current situation to young people….
https://relationshipmatters.org.uk/ - helpful information on reducing parental conflict
Specialist support is out there for parent carers
Parents of children with additional needs are first and foremost parents. But they are also unpaid carers – and often don’t know it.
An unpaid carer is anyone who, without payment, provides help and support to a friend, neighbour or relative who could not manage otherwise because of frailty, illness or disability.
Life as a parent who cares for a child with additional needs can be challenging, exhausting and relentless. Caring can be 24/7. Parent carers rarely think about their own health and wellbeing, as they strive to provide the best for their children.
There is support available. At the charity Carers’ Resource, we help parent carers to solve their problems. We give them information, help them navigate systems (care, disability benefits and funding, to name a few) and give them emotional support. We also signpost parent carers to other organisations as needed.
During coronavirus we are still offering this support across the Bradford district (and North Yorkshire), but it is by telephone rather than face-to-face. Video calling is an option, as is text messaging and emails, and information can be sent through the post where necessary.
Parent carers can access additional support through our Facebook groups if they are registered with us. Up-to-date information is posted regularly and parent carers are able to support one another: Bradford East, South and West - www.facebook.com/groups/157917568953502/ Shipley and Keighley - www.facebook.com/groups/522702365299344/
We are also working on delivering online workshops/sessions in the near future. Some will be pre-recorded, some live, and others interactive. Subjects will include completing DLA and PIP forms, a virtual coffee, cake and chat and other content and themes that carers tell us they need. If they are successful we will carry them on beyond lockdown, as we hope they will be accessible for carers who cannot get out and about easily.
Carers’ Resource can help any carer, whether they have just started to care for another person or whether they have been doing it for years, whether the cared-for person lives with them or not, whether they care for just a few hours a week or round-the-clock, and whether they have £1 or £1m in their bank account.
Parent carers, any other type of unpaid carer, or professionals can refer into our services by filling out a form here: www.carersresource.org/contact/ or by calling 01274 449660 (option 1).