Useful Links for Parents
Childline – Nobody is Normal Campaign
The above reports highlight some particular vulnerabilities and through the pandemic Childline have seen counselling on eating and body image disorders increase by a third and sessions about sexuality and gender identity increased by 16% compared with the pre-lockdown average. They’ve launched a new campaign, Nobody is Normal, to help young people talk to one another and professionals about their concerns, feel pride in themselves and build their confidence to achieve their goals.
Consider how difference is marked or celebrated in your setting, recognise the potential for bullying or discrimination and ensure your students know how to access the support they need in these challenging times.
Discover at Home Arts Award for Families
Trinity College have launched a new Arts Award programme specifically for families to participate in called Discover at Home. Discover at Home is a fantastic way for families to keep engaged in arts and creativity with their children while they are at home. We wanted to share some information with you about this new initiative in case you felt some families within your school community may be interested.
In order to support families to get started, we are excited to launch our new Discover at Home series full of fun, accessible and interactive videos which explore a whole range of different art forms and creative ideas for families to access. The creative activities have been inspired by the environment, the outdoors and designed to enhance emotional wellbeing, created by talented local artists and designed for parents and carers to complete with younger children (aged 5-11yrs).
The activities will all be ready to access w/c 14 December via our website: https://weareive.org/ive-studio/bridge-organisations/arts-award/arts-award-discover-at-home/
Please also click on the link above for further information about the opportunity. Families are invited, if they wish, to complete a log book (available on our website’s discover at home page) to record the journey and receive a certificate, however, it is not necessary to do this.
We will send you an updated website link to the videos and activities next week, once they have been uploaded.
Please note, this opportunity is available for families to access all year round.
For children aged 3-7, Digiduck has long been a wonderful resource from Childnet for use both at school and home. Now 3 illustrated books, Digiduck has recently been extended with over 20 activities, some of which are accompanied by instruction slides, visual slides and printable resources.
You can find Digiduck and the new resources HERE.