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General Coronavirus advice and updates 

Due to the current situation and the changes that are happening daily, we cannot be held responsible for the external information on this page that changes without our notice.

For information and updates on keeping safe, and current Council and Central Government advice and resources, visit the Bedford Borough coronavirus information page. https://www.bedford.gov.uk/social-care-health-and-community/public-health/coronavirus/

 

Bedford Borough Council

Bedford Borough Council

The Council Coronavirus pages can be accessed here 

Bedford Borough Council facebook

https://www.facebook.com/bedfordboroughcouncil/

Bedford Borough Twitter account 

https://twitter.com/BedfordTweets


FREE Sunflower Lanyard and face exception cards  for people with hidden disabilities  

Bedford Borough have stock of the Sunflower Lanyard  face exception cards to go with the Lanyards which can be collected free tomorrow and after lockdown from THe Higgins Bedford.  For more information on the scheme visit 

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=y6zqKmX1Dhk


New lockdown FAQ's from Bedford Broough Residents can be accessed here

 


Bedford Borough Community Hub find out about the relaunched community hub here


Bedford Borough – Carers Support during COVID-19

Adult Social Care (ASC) published a range of information about service changes and new developments in the first lockdown which is available here

Carers in Bedfordshire

Carers in Bedfordshire is a not-for-profit registered charity providing support for carers of family members and friends throughout Bedfordshire  visit their website here 


 

New National Restrictions from the 5th of November

Information on the new national restrictions, including what they mean for working from home and business closures, why they are being introduced and the financial support available.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november

NHS

For the latest NHS advice and guidance regarding the coronavirus pandemic please click here

Parks and open spaces getting out for exercise

Ampthill Park 

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=2KZLt7NAktA


 Bedford Park 

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=fs0WWBBTaXY

 


Bedford Priory Marina 

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=cFBzw8TkUtk

 


Harrold-Odell Country Park

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=YZg0gTU_-nw

 


Millennium Country Park and forest of Marston Vale  The park is free, however there is a charge for parking blue badges holders are required to pay. 

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=BYhMPYL-Dgg


RSPB The Lodge Sandy 

The Lodge Nature Reserve -Car park and entry charge of £6 per vehicle applies to non-RSPB members.

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=fTISQBA4L7o


Rushmere Country Park - Parking is £3, 

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=QjCR6HI7r_g

 


Russell Park 

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=NiNuzo3gl00


Social distance friendly walks in the Chilterns avoiding the most crowded countryside car parks and footpaths.- Great Offley and Charlton walk

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=H9-angCIOFs

 


Social distance friendly walks in the Chilterns avoiding the most crowded countryside car parks and footpaths.- Lilley and Warden Hill loop

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=PdGBX5Rjils

 


Social distance friendly walks in the chilterns avoiding the most crowded countryside car parks and footpaths.- Pegsdon and Deacon Hills

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=QZxy26C6Vto


The Embankment free unlimited parking at Aspects Leisure park at the top of the Embankment

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=EtmBtYCh_G8

 


Walk/Bike ride to the Danish Camp from Priory Marina

Free parking at Aspects or Priory Marina 

Follow signs from the entrance to the marina turn first left by the recycling facilities and follow that road and you pick up the path as you walk/ride over the bridge.   

https://bedfordburrow.wordpress.com/2018/02/24/from-priory-country-park-to-danish-camp-following-the-rail-line-to-sandy/


Walks from Woburn some of the walks have passing views of Woburn Abbey and pass through the deer park. The walk start from the FREE car park in Park Street. 

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=Fw-D0X00rao

 


Support for Adults with Wellbeing

MIND  

Coronavirus and your wellbeing, by Mind UK:

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

5 ways to wellbeing, by Mindkit:

https://www.mindkit.org.uk/5-ways-to-wellbeing/


Supporting mental wellbeing resources and apps

An information guide has been compiled to bring together resources and phone apps that may be useful to maintain mental wellbeing during the Covid-19 crisis and beyond. To view click here

 


Mental Health organisations helplines 

A list of mental health organisations are available here

 


24 hour urgent mental health assessment hub in Bedford

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=kl2FYxS4GCk

Support for Children/Young People wellbeing

Mental health support for children and young people 

North Bedford Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

Young people or parents/carers who live in Bedford Borough can now self-refer to the North Bedfordshire CAMHS service buy completeing the CAMHS Self Referral form  


Bedford Borough Early Help 

Early help is about taking action early and as soon as possible to tackle problems emerging for children, young people and their families.  The Bedford Borough Early Help guide  provides information on a wide range of services in Bedford Borough for children, young people and families. This includes sources of support, childcare, children's centres and children's activities.


Childline

ChildLine provides a confidential helpline for any child with a problem. It comforts, advises and protects.

You can:


FREE Online Exercise Session for Young People - replacing young minds yoga at John Bunyan Sports and Fitness Coronavirus 

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=iPjJ7K_6M0k


Kooth

Kooth FREE online counselling and emotional well-being service for children and young people aged 11 -24 who live in Bedford Borough further details here


Rise Above

Rise Above is a digital resource developed to address health challenges, including COVID-19, in a way that resonates with young people. It offers a digital hub providing young people with a safe and inspiring space where they can learn how to deal with the issues that matter to them and build their resilience and confidence.


YMCA Mental Health Top time to be well during lockdown 

This guide was written for the first lockdown however still lots of tips and ideas

http://www.ymcabedfordshire.org.uk/assets/ymcabeds/imagescomp/Mental%20Health%202.pdf


Bedford Open Door

Provides online counselling service for young people aged 13 - 25 years who live in Bedford borough for more information

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=elQ7KnttBSc


Goverment guidance on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing published 29 March 2020 and last updated  on the 16th October 2020 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing


MIND Supporting your teen's wellbeing during coronavirus

Information for parents and carers of young people aged 11-18 who are worried about their child's wellbeing, and want to know how to support them click here


Parentline Bedfordshire - service from Bedfordshire Community Health Services 

Parentline is a secure and confidential text service for parents and carers of those aged 0-19. It offers advice and support on a range of issues such as sleep and emotional health or how to make an appointment with our team. This is also a great mechanism to find out how to access other local services.

Simply text 07507 331456 with your question to start the conversation – our team will be there to answer your queries from 9am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays)


Royal Society of Psychiatry, resources for young people and parents 

https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mental-health/parents-and-young-people

 


Support for pupils and students

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families has produced a practical guide to supporting pupils and students during periods of disruption, which looks at how to support children and young people’s mental health with a focus on anxiety.

View guide here


The Mix

The Mix provides a free confidential helpline and online service that aims to find young people the best help, whatever the problem.

You can:


Young Minds  

Provides advice about mental health and behaviour problems in children and young people up to the age of 25. You can call the Parents’ and Carers’ Helpline on 0808 802 5544. Please be aware Young Minds do not provide any direct psychological services and cannot make referrals to the NHS or Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services (CYPMHS).


 

Support for people with Learning Disabilities

Wellbeing Videos for people with Learning Disabilities 

Anxiety and the body: 

https://youtu.be/NjxZW6Sefg                                                                                                                                              

Five things to do when feeling anxious: 

https://youtu.be/NOmXmNNPJ0s

Five seconds breathing exercise: 

https://youtu.be/qn9jN1unfc8

Balloon breathing exercise: 

https://youtu.be/00iHsmjsEW8

Breathing exercise using your imagination: 

https://youtu.be/Yc_81mg_1nk

Explaining mindfulness and the 5 things exercise: 

https://youtu.be/z5IxpsO7jjg

My relaxing place exercise: 

https://youtu.be/RnvTdix7x6w


Advise for people with learning disabilities

A really good Learning Disability  guide on staying safe.  It builds on the initial introduction we have all seen already in other guides and explains more about how things are now and has suggestions for activities, wellbeing and even what to do if you are out and get stopped by the police 

https://www.bild.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/LD-Senate-Coronavirus-resources-for-use-with-people-with-learning-disabilities-30.3.2020.pdf


Mencap Coronavirus: Help to stay safe and well

Information about how to keep safe and well during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including guidance around social distancing and face coverings.

Coronavirus: Guidance to help you stay safe and well


Easy read guide from Mencap explaining what may happen if you have to go to hospital:

What may happen if I have to go to hospital because of coronavirus (COVID-19)

What may happen if someone I know has to go to hospital because of coronavirus (COVID-19) 


Here are the web pages Learning Disability England (LDE) are developing to share information and resources about the virus and what you can to do to stay safe and well, and how people are staying connected and finding solutions


Easy read version of the Government's coronavirus leaflet, click here Easy Read Online 

Useful Links

Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-full-opening-special-schools-and-other-specialist-settings/guidance-for-full-opening-special-schools-and-other-specialist-settings


Updated from 2nd December 2020 - Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/cev-from-2-dec


Minister Ford open letter to the SEND Sector dated the 9th of November 

The letter can be read here


Department of Education helpline 

The Department for Education has a Coronavirus helpline for education and children's social care related queries, which is available to anyone working in the sector, as well as parents.

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk 
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm Monday-Friday, and 10am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday.


FAQ’s

CDC have been asked to pull together resources and to respond to
frequently asked questions, the link is here:
https://councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/help-resources/resources/covid-19-
support-and-guidance.


Frequently asked questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found
here: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreakfaqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-canand-cant-do


 Talking to children about Coronavirus

I have a question about coronavirus, illustrated picture storyhttp://www.jkp.com/jkpblog/2020/03/i-have-a-question-about-coronavirus/ 

A free information book explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler was released on Monday the 6th of April, you can view it here 

Advice on talking to children about Coronavirus, by British Psychological Society:

https://www.bps.org.uk/sites/www.bps.org.uk/files/Policy/Policy%20-%20Files/Talking%20to%20children%20about%20Coronavirus.pdf

How to talk to your child about coronavirus, by Unicef:

https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/how-talk-your-child-about-coronavirus-covid-19

Child-friendly explanation of Coronavirus for Primary age students:

https://660919d3-b85b-43c3-a3ad-3de6a9d37099.filesusr.com/ugd/64c685_319c5acf38d34604b537ac9fae37fc80.pdf

Information video on Coronavirus for Primary age children (KS2), by Brainpop:

https://www.brainpop.com/health/diseasesinjuriesandconditions/coronavirus/

Information video on Coronavirus for older children/adults, by WHO:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOV1aBVYKGA&feature=youtu.be


A website to prepare families for admission to hospital of their loved ones.

It is really important to be organised and we hope that the information below will help you. https://includemetoo.org.uk/covid19/


Autism 


ADHD


Behaviour management

 


Anxiety


Sleep


Support groups and forums


Mental health support for children and teenagers


FREE tool to measure Children/Young People feet

For new shoes click here

Local Offer Social Media

Local Offer Facebook page 

The local offer facebook page can be accessed here


Local Offer Instagram page 

You can follow us on Instagram here 


Local Offer Twitter Account 

Our twitter handle is @Bedfordlocalof1 

FREE Online Exercise offered by Bedford Borough

No Limits Sports Zone - FREE ONLINE Saturdays Dance class 10am to 11am

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=NM8TmQnubBI


No Limits Sports Zone - FREE ONLINE Movement to Music Thursday 1:30pm to 2:30pm

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=NgM5v699Evs


Bedford Borough Sports Developement Team has arranged a range of FREE online classes including Tai-Chi, Yoga and gentle exercise

www.bedfordsportlive.crd.co


FREE Online Exercise Session for Young People - replacing young minds yoga at John Bunyan Sports and Fitness Coronavirus 

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/kb5/bedford/directory/service.page?id=iPjJ7K_6M0k