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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

This is affecting us all at work and at home. We’re working hard to keep services running and will focus our efforts on the most critical elements. In doing so disruption to many services is likely.

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Keeping happy, healthy and occupied at home

Not many of us are used to spending so much time within the confines of our own home. On top of this many of you will be combining home working with looking after children and trying to keep them occupied. Here are a few things we thought might be of interest to you, or worth mentioning to people you know who may be struggling with how to manage staying at home:

Keeping fit and healthy

  • 9am - Joe Wicks PE lessons - The Body Coach is running a free PE lesson every morning for 30 minutes for the nation's school children. Joe Wicks has also created a "Seniors" exercise routine for older adults. 
  • Oti Matabuse from Strictly Come Dancing is providing a daily dance for children at 11.30am and some adult dance classes throughout the day.
  • Enjoy exercising whilst social distancing – West Midlands Network provides tips on how to fit cycling, walking or running in your day

Keeping happy

  • David Walliams Eleveneses - 11am - For the next 30 days, comedian and children's author David Walliams will be reading to the nation. 
  • Art Club with Noel Fielding - Once a Week - Noel Fielding (comedian and artist) has been hosting a weekly "Art Club" for aspiring artists (children). Usually hosted at the weekend Noel sets a task and children have two hours to submit a piece of art. The pictures are judged by a celebrity panel. Last week's theme was "Love Italy".
  • NHS mood boosting audio guides to help combat stress.

Keeping occupied

Useful resources about mental health

You might be worried about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and how it could affect your life. This may include having to stay at home and avoid other people. This might feel difficult or stressful but there are lots of advice and things you could try that could help.

Here are some useful links.

Family Hubs

Our Family Hubs across the city are posting hints, tips and support on their Facebook pages:

Support for people who are self-isolating

We want to make sure that the most vulnerable are safe while they are self-isolating. Here are some things to think about while you are observing social distancing and are offered, or need support during this time:

  • Try to use trusted community groups. If not, could a family member, friend or neighbour who you know and trust help?
  • Not sure? Don’t answer the door. Don’t open the door to people you don’t know.
  • Don’t invite strangers into your home.
  • Don’t give strangers cash or your debit or credit cards with the PIN number. Advice and warnings about scams

If you’re not sure about the person offering you help, ask them to leave their details and talk to someone you trust about it

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