Staying at home activities and resources

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Staying at home during the coronavirus crisis is likely to be difficult, for all sorts of reasons, for many of us. That’s why we’ve put together this online resource full of help, advice and ideas to make life easier.

Whether you live alone and are feeling lonely or you are getting on top of each other as a family, there’s plenty to do, learn and experience online.

We will keep updating the information below throughout the current period.

Culture Click to get info

For those of us born before the Internet was a thing, it can be hard to realise that you don’t have to go to and art gallery or museum to soak up some culture, but it’s true – you don’t.

Our Virtual Culture Programme 2020

We’ve worked in partnership with William Morris Gallery to bring you a varied, accessible and free programme of virtual activities, to support residents who are in isolation and local creators and artists during this challenging time.

Virtual Culture Programme 2020

Other resources

There are many more things to see and learn online:

Eating well can be difficult when you can’t go shopping as often and there are shortages on what you can buy. On top of that, you may need to eat on a tight budget. During this time when access to fresh food can be difficult, don’t forget you can get your five a day from frozen, tinned or dried fruits and vegetables.

Start by checking out this advice about alternative foods when ingredients are hard to find.

Healthy eating ideas

Exercise and keeping fit Click to get info

At this time keeping active is not only good for keeping healthy but can help lift moods and spirits at this challenging time.

Sport England have compiled some handy exercise ideas that are out there for keeping active in and around your home.

And if you've found a great way to keep active at home, use the hashtag #StayInWorkOut on social media to share it with others.

Exercises for Adults

Start by checking out these NHS gym-free workouts

Key support resources

Exercises for children

While we are all staying at home, it is important that children still have opportunities to play.

Children can safely play at home, or outside in a private garden. Children can also play outdoors a maximum of once a day, as long as the space is local and uncrowded, and an adult is closely monitoring them.

Children from the same household can play together but must stay at least 2 metres apart from other children. At this time children should not play team games or share toys. Playgrounds will now be closed, but it is important to avoid other high-touch surfaces and children should wash their hands regularly. Unfortunately, indoor playdates are not safe at the moment.

Any children who should be self-isolating should not go outside beyond a private garden.

To get started, get your kids doing these Disney-themed 10 minute shake up games

Key support resources

Additional support resources

The first few years are the most important in your child's learning and development. As a parent or carer, you have the biggest influence during this time and there are several ways in which you can help with their early development.

Waltham Forest’s Early Years and Childcare Team has developed the Learning Together Project which has been created by qualified teachers and speech and language therapists. This project includes top tips on how you can help your children with their development through fun activities at home.

To get involved and start learning, join the Chit Chat Pitter Pat Facebook page. The Chit Chat Pitter Pat will share videos and photos of how to do the fun and exciting activities through weekly:

  • Top Tips Tuesdays exciting activities to do together on an activities card.
  • Thumbs up Thursdays an opportunity to comment and show your involvement.
  • Share day Saturdays a chance to celebrate your Learning Together activities.

The weekly activity cards will also be available to download here:

Our mission is to create a Learning Together Community support network in Waltham Forest for us to support you and for you to support and inspire each other! We are really looking forward to working together with the under 5’s community. 

Mental health and wellbeing

Further help, support and advice on mental health and well being for adults and children can be found at:

Other fun ways to keep your mind active during this time include

Online learning

Whether you are keen to make the most of being stuck inside to expand your minds or a parent looking to use the time to give your children’s education a boost, there are lots of online resources to turn to.

General:

Maths

English

Science

History

Geography

Languages

Creative

Play and Learn

Economics

Philosophy

Online safety Click to get info

Whilst there are huge benefits to being online in order to stay connected to family and friends during this time, we know that many parents may feel concerned about the activities and content their children are accessing.

You can find below some resources, to help you understand online risks and how to keep your child (and yourself) safe online.

Further support Click to get info

Talking to Your Child About Coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a difficult topic to discuss with children and young people.

Breastfeeding

Information, help and support on breastfeeding can be found at:

Domestic Abuse

Find advice and support if you’re struggling with Domestic Violence

People with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Learning Disabilities

Things to do Click to get info

We’re asking our residents to stay at home to save lives and protect the NHS. We know it’s hard to keep yourself and your kids entertained during this time, so here are some.

And the adults

Gardening

If you have a garden, check out these tips to get you started on Gardening:

We know that many residents are worried about the future and about their jobs at this difficult time.

That is why Morgan Sindall Property Services and Aston Group, the two main contractors for Waltham Forest Council housing, are offering support to make sure you are well prepared for your next employment opportunity.

Pre-employment training workshops

A range of virtual pre-employment training sessions aimed at helping Waltham Forest residents to promote progress towards meaningful employment.

Training sessions will be delivered virtually by Aston Group and Morgan Sindall employees using Skype or MS Teams, or via the telephone.

These can be delivered 1-2-1 or in groups, with time slots available through the day and on certain evenings. Training is free with no qualifications or experience needed, and sessions are open to all Waltham Forest residents.

Courses available?

  • CV Writing – We can help you refresh or create your CV, identifying & promoting your key skills
  • Mock Interviews & Job Interview Skills – Learn the best techniques for job interviews & practice within mock interviews
  • Job Search – Advice on where to look for jobs or help with completing job application forms

How to apply?

Complete the booking form

Once completed you will be contacted to discuss your requirements and book you onto a session.

If you have any questions or need support completing the form please email engagement@walthamforest.gov.uk

Online training courses

South Essex College Courses

These online courses are open to all Waltham Forest residents, so long as they are 19 and over and they have been resident in the UK for at least three years. All Applicants must achieve minimum of level 1 in an English assessment prior to course acceptance.

You do not have to be unemployed or a Waltham Forest Council tenant to apply.

Courses available

  • Improving personal exercise, health and nutrition
  • Lean organisation management techniques
  • Information, Advice and Guidance
  • Data protection and Data Security
  • Counselling skills
  • Caring for Children and young people

These free courses are all done on-line.

Students sign up for a course and they receive learning material to download and video tutorials to watch. Allowing students to complete the modules in their own time and pace.

These courses are accredited at Level 2, so you get a certificate and a useful addition to your CV and possibly an inroad into a new career. All courses are accredited at Level 2.

How to apply?

Email adultskills@southessex.ac.uk indicating that you are a Waltham Forest resident and which course you are interested in (see list above).

Learning Curve 

Morgan Sindall is also working with Learning Curve who offer a wide range of courses all at different levels, but which are all accredited.

Applicant must be 19+ and a UK resident for at least 3 years and to not have to be unemployed or a Waltham Forest Council tenant.

These free courses are all done on-line. Students sign up for a course and they receive learning material to download and video tutorials to watch. Allowing students to complete the modules in their own time and pace.

Some of the courses below include an expected duration, but the courses are all online and students can complete modules in their own time and pace.

These courses are accredited, so you get a certificate and useful addition to your CV and possibly an inroad into a new career.

Courses available

How to apply

Sign up for courses

Or for more information