Link workers

Link workers

Captain Custard 24 April, 2020

Featured below is a collection of resources suited for social prescribing link workers,
all focused on responding to COVID-19’s impact.

This collection will be updated regularly, so please do check back soon for more.

A musical guide for people with dementia and their carers

British Psychological Society advice to parents and carers

Childhood bereavement resources

Citizen's Advice

Coronavirus and your well-being

Coronavirus: dealing with bereavement and grief

COVID-19 bereavement advice

Domestic abuse and COVID-19

Domestic abuse: how to get help

Elefriends

Every Mind Matters

Guidance for the public on the mental health and well-being aspects of COVID-19

Guidance on supporting children and young people

Looking after your mental health

Marie Curie Talkabout

Mencap resources

Mental health supports and services during coronavirus

National Autistic Society: Coronavirus

Staying safe during COVID-19

Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families

e-Learning for Health Social Prescribing Programme

Families in Focus bulletin

MindEd resources

NALW Coronavirus Hub

NHS Social Prescribing coronavirus Response

Personalised well-being plan template

RCGP COVID-19 & safeguarding

REMEDY bereavement support resources

Responding to domestic abuse during remote consultations

Structuring a health coaching conversation

Bristol Age UK coronavirus support hub

The Silver Line

BNSSG Community Children's Health Partnership COVID-19 resources

Bristol City Council's SEND offer

Carers UK

Children's Commissioner resources

Every Mind Matters: looking after children and young people

ICON: Babies cry, you can cope

Young Minds: supporting your child

Children's guide to coronavirus

Kooth

Young Minds: coronavirus and mental health

A musical guide for people with dementia and their carers

Provided by: Music for Dementia 2020
Cost: Free
Type: Text

A written guide offering advice on how to incorporate music into the lives of people with dementia and their carers, to help them stay connected and enhance their quality of life, as music can improve one’s well-being by reducing agitation, depression, and anxiety.

To access, click here.

British Psychological Society advice to parents and carers

Provided by: British Psychological Society (BPS)
Cost: Free
Type: Text

The BPS has compiled a list of tips on and insights into supporting children and young people through COVID-19, aimed at parents, carers, and school staff.

To access, click here.

Childhood bereavement resources

Provided by: Childhood Bereavement Network
Cost: Free
Type: Text

The Childhood Bereavement Network provides these resources on how to support grieving children and young people, whether you’re a family member or a service provider.

To access, click here.

Coronavirus and your well-being

Provided by: Mind
Cost: Free
Type: Text

This is versatile guide provides:

  • Practical advice for staying at home
  • Advice on maintaining your mental health and well-being
  • Support for work, benefits, and housing
  • A checklist for staying at home

To access, click here.

Citizen's Advice

Provided by: Citizen’s Advice
Cost: Free
Type: Text

Citizen’s Advice have provided this page, for use by the general public, outlining what you can and cannot do according to current government guidance during the COVID-19 outbreak.

To access, click here.

Coronavirus: dealing with bereavement and grief

Provided by: Cruse Bereavement Care
Cost: Free
Type: Text

Cruse Bereavement Care has compiled a collection of resources on the following topics:

  • Grieving & isolation
  • Traumatic bereavement
  • Funerals
  • Anger & blame
  • Guilt
  • Feeling your bereavement is not a priority
  • Children & young people
  • Coping with discussions on death
  • Speaking with bereaved individuals

To access, click here.

COVID-19 bereavement advice

Provided by: Sudden
Cost: Free
Type: Text

Sudden has produced this guide for people bereaved by COVID-19; it offers advice on common reactions to bereavement, and on how to cope with your reactions.

To access, click here.

Domestic abuse and COVID-19

Provided by: SafeLives
Cost: Free
Type: Text

SafeLives is providing this guide on staying safe during COVID-19, as well as access to online support, resources for parents and children, and for professionals, and advice on how best to look after your well-being.

To access, click here.

Domestic abuse: how to get help

Provided by: UK Government
Cost: Free
Type: Text

This is a comprehensive guide on domestic abuse, clarifying what does and does not constitute abuse, and from where and how you can get help.

To access, click here.

Elefriends

Provided by: Mind
Cost: Free
Type: Online community

Elefriends is a supportive online community, run by Mind and checked by moderators each day between 10 and 12am.

To access, click here.

Every Mind Matters

Provided by: One You
Cost: Free
Type: Text

Advice on handling anxiety, adjusting to working from home, taking care of children and young people, and general mental health issues.

To access, click here.

Guidance for the public on the mental health and well-being aspects of COVID-19

Provided by: Public Health England (PHE)
Cost: Free
Type: Text

Public Health England is providing this guidance on the mental health and well-being aspects of coronavirus.

To access, click here.

Guidance on supporting children and young people

Provided by: Public Health England (PHE)
Cost: Free
Type: Text

Public Health England has produced this guide on how best to help children and young people look after their mental health and well-being. The following topics are broached:

  • Helping children and young people cope with stress
  • Looking after your own mental health
  • Supporting children who are accessing mental health services
  • And more…

To access, click here.

Kooth

Provided by: Kooth
Cost: Free
Type: Varied

This is a free, safe, and anonymous online support platform for young people, which is accessible through computers, mobiles, and tablets, and is entirely free to use.

To access, click here.

Looking after your mental health

Provided by: Mental Health Foundation
Cost: Free
Type: Text

The Mental Health Foundation has created this guidance on:

  • Nurturing relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Finance, housing, and unemployment concerns
  • Talking to your children about the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Mental health for older people
  • Staying at home and abusive relationships

To access, click here.

Marie Curie Talkabout

Provided by: Marie Curie
Cost: Free
Type: Varied

Talkabout is an online magazine, the purpose of which is to inspire and support open conversation about the topics of dying, death, and grief.

To access, click here.

Mental health supports and services during coronavirus

Provided by: HSE Ireland
Cost: Free
Type: Service directory

This is an online directory of mental health services, providing links to them. The services highlighted provide:

  • Online counselling
  • Phone, email, and text support
  • Support for young people, parents, and carers
  • Support for older people
  • Mobile apps
  • More online support

Please note: some of the services linked to are for use in Ireland only.

To access, click here.

MindEd resources

Provided by: MindEd
Cost: Free
Type: Text

MindEd is a free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health, accessible by all adults and with e-Learning packages for professionals and volunteers.

To access, click here.

Staying safe during COVID-19

Provided by: SafeLives
Cost: Free
Type: Text

This is a guide for victims and survivors of domestic abuse, with links to further resources included.

To access, click here.

Responding to domestic abuse during remote consultations

Provided by: IRIS Interventions (IRISi)
Cost: Free
Type: Text

A written guide on how to respond to cases of domestic abuse whilst in telephone and video consultations.

To access, click here.

REMEDY bereavement support resources

Provided by: Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG CCG)
Cost: Free
Type: Text, links

A directory of bereavement support services available in Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire.

To access, click here.

National Association of Link Workers Coronavirus Hub

Provided by: National Association of Link Workers (NALW)
Cost: Free
Type: Varied

Features useful information, guidance, resources, and support for social prescribing link workers (and their managers).

To access, click here.

NHS Social Prescribing coronavirus Response

Provided by: FutureNHS Collaboration Platform
Cost: Free
Type: Varied

Provides guidance, usable resources, a discussion forum, drop-in discussions every Tuesday and Thursday (from 13.00 to 13.30), and webinars every Wednesday (at 13.30) to social prescribing link workers.

To access, click here.

Personalised well-being plan template

Provided by: National Academy for Social Prescribing
Cost: Free
Type: Varied

The National Academy for Social Prescribing have collaborated with their partners to produce a personalised well-being plan template, which can be used to succinctly summarise a person’s personal circumstances and what currently matters to them most.

To access, click here.

Structuring a health coaching conversation

Provided by: NHS England (NHSE)
Cost: Free
Type: Text

This is a useful one-page guide on how social prescribing link workers can be supported in offering telephone conversations.

To access, click here.

RCGP COVID-19 & safeguarding

Provided by: Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)
Cost: Free
Type: Text

Features written guidance on the implications of COVID-19 for safeguarding, as well as practical tips on how to safeguard children, vulnerable adults, and families during the pandemic.

This site also provides a list of resources that can be forwarded to patients and service users.

To access, click here.

Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families

Provided by: Anna Freud
Cost: Free
Type: Text

Anna Freud’s website has a wide selection of resources available for providing support to:

  • Young people
  • Parents and carers
  • Schools and colleges
  • Early-years children
  • Mental health professionals

To access, click here.

BNSSG Community Children's Health Partnership COVID-19 resources

Provided by: BNSSG Community Children’s Health Partnership (CCHP)
Cost: Free
Type: Text

BNSSG CCHP has compiled a list of useful links, covering the following topics:

  • Helping children and young people to understand coronavirus
  • Staying busy and active during school closures
  • Pregnancy and infant feeding
  • Mental health
  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Resources for professionals

To access, click here.

Young Minds: coronavirus and mental health

Provided by: Young Minds
Cost: Free
Type: Text

Tips, advice, and guidance on where young people can get support for your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To access, click here.

Young Minds: supporting your child

Provided by: Young Minds
Cost: Free
Type: Text

Tips, advice, and guidance on where you can find support for your child’s mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To access, click here.

Bristol City Council's SEND offer

Provided by: Bristol City Council
Cost: Free
Type: Text

A compilation of advice and guidance for parents at home with children (including children with autism), along with resources for home learning.

To access, click here.

Families in Focus bulletin

Provided by: Ways 2 Work
Cost: Free
Type: Text

This bulletin has lots of information and activities for families to use during lockdowns.

To access, click here.

ICON: Babies cry, you can cope

Provided by: ICON
Cost: Free
Type: Varied

ICON is a programme that provides information on infant crying and how to cope with it, with guidance available for both parents and professionals.

To access, click here.

Children's Commissioner resources

Provided by: Children’s Commissioner
Cost: Free
Type: Varied

Children’s Commissioner has amassed an assortment of advice, information, suggestions, answers, and resources to help you during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To access, click here.

Children's guide to coronavirus

Provided by: Children’s Commissioner
Cost: Free
Type: Text

A written guide discussing coronavirus and common emotional responses in children, as well as tips for things to do at home.

To access, click here.

Every Mind Matters: Looking after children and young people

Provided by: One You
Cost: Free
Type: Text

Advice for parents and carers on looking after children and young people during the coronavirus outbreak.

To access, click here.

National Autistic Society: Coronavirus

Provided by: National Autistic Society
Cost: Free
Type: Varied

An assortment of tips and resources for autistic people and their families is available here.

To access, click here.

Mencap resources

Provided by: Mencap
Cost: Free
Type: Varied

Go here for a range of helpful advice and information for people with a learning disability, their families, and carers.

To access, click here.

Bristol Age UK coronavirus support hub

Provided by: Bristol Age UK
Cost: Free
Type: Varied

This is a new support hub for older people and their families, to help them cope with the impact of COVID-19. It was developed by several voluntary organisations working in conjunction, to support Bristol’s older population.

A range of support services are on offer, including practical and emotional support via the helpline, and virtual activities.

To access, click here.

Bristol Age UK coronavirus support hub

Provided by: Bristol Age UK
Cost: Free
Type: Varied

This is a new support hub for older people and their families, to help them cope with the impact of COVID-19. It was developed by several voluntary organisations working in conjunction, to support Bristol’s older population.

A range of support services are on offer, including practical and emotional support via the helpline, and virtual activities.

To access, click here.

The Silver Line

Provided by: The Silver Line
Cost: Free
Type: Telephone helpline

The Silver Line is a confidential, free telephone helpline for people aged over fifty-five, offering information, advice, and friendship. They’re available around the clock. To ring them, call 0800 470 8090.

To access, click here.

Carers UK

Provided by: Carers UK
Cost: Free
Type: Varied

Information relating to COVID-19 for carers, including actionable advice.

To access, click here.

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