Useful information for parents and carers, along with activities and educational resources for children and young people during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

We are here if we can support you or your family during this challenging time. Please do get in touch by emailing our Family Support Team familysupport@thejoshuatree.org.uk

Support Groups and Online Resources

Alder Hey Children's Hospital - Oncology Department
Alder Hey Children's Hospital website provides vital contact information and Coronavirus information for families: www.alderhey.nhs.uk

Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group
Covoid-19 guidance for children and young  people with cancer undergoing treatment: www.cclg.org.uk

Clic Sargent
Advice for families affected by childhood cancer: www.ClicSargent.org.uk

Carers Trust
Services to support anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems: www.carers.org

Mind
Offers practical advice for staying home and help well-being: www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing

Citizens Advice Bureau
Regular updates as government advice becomes available: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/health/coronavirus-what-it-means-for-you/

Ellen McArthur Trust
Offering a virtual summer programme https://www.ellenmacarthurcancertrust.org/whats-on

Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook
Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook - A tool to help build resilience during difficult times

Kind to Your Mind
A range of useful resources to help you if you are looking for tips, advice, apps or even online courses to help with your mental wellbeing – there is something here for you! https://www.kindtoyourmind.org/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialSignIn

Online Learning Resources

Twinkl
Twinkl is a teacher-created online curriculum resource for Primary and Secondary learning offering a dedicated area for parents and a 30 day free access: www.twinkl.co.uk

Oxford Owl
A free-e-book library for Maths and English with handy activity sheets to download and keep the children entertained: www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home

Pobble 365
Starting with a weird, wonderful and thought-provoking image, you and your child will be inspired to write creatively improving handwriting, literacy, art and story telling. There are 365 images to choose from leaving no chance for boredom: www.pobble365.com

Language Angels
Language Angels are an award-winning language teaching resources are designed so every primary school child - irrespective of their linguistic ability - can learn a foreign language of their choice: www.languageangels.com

Matt Phillips
A London based professional cartoonist has created a unique Josh the Giraffe and friend design for our families to download and colour in. Matt creates images for books, magazines and websites and works with all types of businesses large and small from around the world. Take a look at Matt's gallery at www.mycartoons.co.uk.

Future Learn
If you are continuing to isolate and want to develop as a professional or discover a new hobby, check out Future Learn with a variety of online programs and degrees available. www.futurelearn.com 

Wellbeing Resources

iPad Loan Scheme
The iPad loan scheme is available to all families affected by childhood cancers. We want to help keep you connected to our online support services and help with education, social interaction and well-being.
To apply for an ipad please complete the online application form.

Five Ways to Wellbeing with the Arts
Joshua Tree Art Psychotherapist, Carol Arnold shares creative ideas and activities for families. Both available in English and Welsh (thanks to Gwawr Wyn Roberts from Community Arts Gwynedd Council):

Five Ways to Wellbeing and the Arts (English)
Five Ways to Wellbeing and the Arts (Welsh)

Arty Activity
Supplied by Carol Arnold (Art Psychotherapist), to help with calming activities and encourage creativity. Keep a look out for new ones each week!:
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Nutritional recipes
Mike Lynn, Joshua Tree Nutritionalist, has provided recipes to create for the family and help instil healthy eating habits during lockdown: www.joshuatree.org.uk/nutrition

Mike's Mood and Food map will help understand the affects certain food can have on a child's mood

“After treatment I felt like we were ok, that we could just forget about what had happened and move on with our life. It hit me like a ton of bricks one day, what we’d actually been through. It’s been so helpful to chat to others that understand that after treatment doesn’t mean it all just goes away. We don’t sit around feeling sorry for ourselves but we can now accept that it was really hard at times.”

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