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Charnwood Community Action - Wellbeing while staying at home

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Residents in Leicester and its outlying areas, including Birstall, Thurmaston and Wanlip in Charnwood, are to be asked to continue to follow stricter lockdown restrictions for at least two weeks, and non-essential shops will be closed. More information - including frequently asked questions and a postcode checker - can be found at www.charnwood.gov.uk/restrictions.

Doing some form of exercise is an easy and free way to boost both your mental and physical health, and now is the ideal time to try a new activity. Exercise can help keep our immune system strong, less susceptible to infections and better able to recover from them.

If you’re working or studying from home, or not currently working, you’re won’t be getting the incidental exercise you normally do by commuting to and from an office or uni. Please see below for links to pages that may help you stay fit and active.

Please note: All of the information listed is correct at the time of publication. We'll be updating this web page as much as possible, but please bear in mind this is a fast changing situation and some services may change.

The following businesses are offering support for people at home across the borough:

Staying Fit and Healthy

The Active Charnwood Alliance (ACA)

The Active Charnwood Alliance (ACA), formerly known as the Charnwood Sport and Recreation Alliance (CSARA), is a constituted body whose aim is to make sport and recreation inclusive and provide opportunities for all within the Borough of Charnwood. The membership is representative of those involved in the development of sport and physical activity in the borough.

See more at the Charnwood sport website.

NHS Change 4 Life activities

Kids need to be active for 60 minutes a day. From their fun 10 Minute Shake Up games to information about active hobbies and sports, the NHS Change 4 Life website has everything you need to get your family moving.

Leicestershire and Rutland Sport

Leicestershire and Rutland Sport have developed a Healthy at Home scheme. It offers a range of resources, links, hints and tips to support people through working at home, being active at home and looking after their wellbeing. 

Follow the #HealthyAtHome social media campaign for updates.

Website: www.lrsport.org/HealthyAtHome

The Royal Voluntary Service

The Royal Voluntary Service offer online guidance for those staying at home. Guidance includes easy to do at home exercises, eating well, and overcoming loneliness.

Website: www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk

Advice For Families

UNICEF: How to talk to your child about Coronavirus: www.unicef.org/coronavirus/how-talk-your-child-about-coronavirus-covid-19

Child Mind Institute: Talking to your children about Coronavirus: www.childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/

How to talk to your children about Coronavirus: www.millfields.hackney.sch.uk/uploads/2019/Corona%20Virus%20Info%20for%20Young%20Children.pdf.pdf

Advice for victims of domestic abuse: www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-and-domestic-abuse/coronavirus-covid-19-support-for-victims-of-domestic-abuse.

Educational Support 

A Department for Education helpline to answer questions about coronavirus for staff, parents and young people is available:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Email: 

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Follow the Department for Education on social media for the latest support and updates.

Twitter: @educationgovuk

Facebook:@educationgovuk

Website: www.gov.uk/dfe

Curriculum support

BBC Bitesize has many resources from ages 3 to 16+ : www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

Indoor Activity Ideas

Forbes magazine's 101 things to keep children busy whilst isolating: www.forbes.com/sites/tarahaelle/2020/03/15/101-ideas-to-keep-your-kids-busy-during-coronavirus-closures/#71b8659774a4

Activities from The Scouts: www.scouts.org.uk/activities

14 indoor family games (No board required): www.whatdowedoallday.com/indoor-family-games/

75 fun indoor games for children and families: www.familyfuntwincities.com/indoor-games-for-kids/

101 fun things to do in isolation: www.123homeschool4me.com/101-fun-things-to-do-in-covid-19-isolation/

Infliction Loughborough fitness tutorial videos

To help people, including kids, teens and adults, keep active and healthy during the coronavirus isolation period, Matt Smith from Loughborough is posting FREE fitness tutorial videos on his Facebook page.  

He is also hosting a LIVE kids class on Wednesday at 2pm. 

The link is: www.facebook.com/inflictionloughborough.

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