Guides to help with technology 

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Carers can apply for a FREE data-enabled iPad – If you work in, or have family in, a care home you can apply for one to help facilitate your residents’ access to clinical services and contact with family.

 

Zoom

 

Cue cards to use in Zoom and other online meetings from Keep Safe.

Tutorial about how to set up and use Zoom from People in Action.

Video guide to Zoom from All Abilities Advocacy.

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The Advocacy Communication Project has published its findings on The Future of Self Advocacy and Zoom.

There are interesting videos from around the world including Andrew Lee from People First here in the UK.

Find out more about the project and watch the videos here

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WhatsApp

 

WhatsApp

 

Virtual session on setting up WhatsApp groups aimed at people with learning disabilities and / or autism but suitable for everyone. From Sunderland People First and Media Savvy CIC.

Guide to WhatsApp, a free app that allows you to make free calls and message individual people and groups of people – easy read.

Microsoft Teams

 

Microsoft Teams

 

Guide to Microsoft Teams from Ace Anglia – easy read

Shop Online Food

 

Shopping online

 

Guide to shopping online from EasyRead.Info – easy read

 

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Activities and events to join in online 

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Dance and exercise

 

Online dance sessions on Zoom from Dance Syndrome. *Sign up by 9th September for a block of 6 classes at £2.50 per session – street, contemporary or rave*

Everybody Dance is pay as you go. Wake N Dance and Infants are FREE.

Every session is inclusive, co-produced and co-delivered by a Dance Leader with learning disabilities and a professionally trained Dance Artist.

Find out more on their website.

Online yoga sessions weekly at 2pm on a Wednesday from Speak Up. Please email annie@speakup.org.uk if you would like the Zoom link to join the sessions – everyone is most welcome.

Drama

 

Theatre and acting

 

Online actor training from Dark Horse Theatre, a leader in providing vocational actor training for adults with learning disabilities.

Their YouTube Channel has easy to follow exercise and actor training videos, including tutorials in movement, voice and character work.

Online creative arts sessions from Level. There are two different Zoom sessions:

Performing Arts: Tuesdays 14.00 – 15.00
Visual Arts: Wednesdays 14.00 – 15.00

Video Chat

 

Cuppa and chat

 

The Gr8 Chat and Brew is a way to help people meet up online using WhatsApp. It has been started by Paradigm and the Gr8 Support Movement but anyone can join in.

Listings of upcoming webinars, meetings and discussions from the Centre for Welfare Reform.

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Live music

 

Coronavirusfest is an online music festival from Gig Buddies, hosted on their Facebook page.

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Activities and hobbies at home

 

The Buzz from Community Catalysts has daily videos with different accessible and fun activities such as yoga, cooking and boxercise! You can watch the videos by joining their Facebook group or their smallgoodstuff website here .

Ideas for fun activities that would work for families or staff teams, from Achieve Together.

Opportunity TV from Camphill has lots of videos and tutorials from cooking to gardening.

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Wellbeing and keeping well

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United Response has published Stay Inside, Be Inspired, a series of resources to help people with learning disabilities to stay active and create structure during lockdown and beyond.

We are running a webinar with Skills for Care on 21st July about good health and annual health checks. This is open to anyone with an interest in supporting people to get an annual health check but it will be especially useful to Managers in provider organisations. Find out more here or book your place.

Every Mind Matters have put together a range of accessible resources to encourage everyone to take steps to look after their mental health during this difficult time. The resources include tips and a free Mind Plan. You can see the NHS Every Mind Matters resources here.

You can download Dorset People First’s poster with some tips for good mental health here

SpeakUp’s Peaceful Minds project is a lottery funded and a co-produced project between Speakup Self Advocacy and Rotherham Advocacy Partnerships. They are working together to support people with learning disabilities and autistic people who also have mental health conditions and anxieties and have adapted the project to offer support during the coronavirus outbreak. Visit the Peaceful Minds webpage here

The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities has put together a useful booklet called Staying happy and healthy: Things you can do to support your mental health while you have to stay at home

NHS North Cumbria have put together resources called Stop and Watch. Stop and Watch is a tool that everyone can use to help spot the warning signs that a person’s condition is deteriorating. See the Stop and Watch tools here

Simple Stuff Works have put together five videos about breathing for people with #posturalcare needs at home:
Video 1: the link between sitting and lying
Video 2: the impact of a reduced range of movement
Video 3: the impact of long term tummy lying
Video 4: what does supported lying look like
Video 5: what IS windsweeping anyway

Dorset People First have put together a workbook and also Coping Calendar in a poster format. You can download their workbook here and their Coping Calendar (via Twitter only) here

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have made a series of videos about keeping well:

Anxiety and the body
Five things to do when feeling anxious
Five seconds breathing exercise
Balloon breathing exercise
Breathing exercise using your imagination
Explaining mindfulness and the 5 things exercise
My relaxing place exercise

The Scottish Commission for Learning Disability has a series of booklets about how to help yourself to stay fit and well during coronavirus. You can read the booklets here

 

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