Support for parent and families

If you’re a parent, family or carer, these are the places you can get support during coronavirus in Brighton & Hove.

General

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Brighton & Hove City Council

The Council has lots of information for parents, covering everything from school information, to how to cope if your family is having a difficult time

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Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project

Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project has an advice line you can call or email if your family is finding things tough because of coronavirus.

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Across the city

Schools, nurseries and childcare

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Department for Education

The Department for Education has information on its website about the plans to reopen schools and nurseries. It also has a coronavirus helpline, vis email or phone if you have any questions you can’t find the answers to.

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Across the city

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Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

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GOV.UK

The government has information about everything to do with schools and colleges during coronavirus. If you’re a critical worker, it also has guidance on getting access to schools or childcare. There’s also an explanation of who counts as a critical worker.

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Family Service Directory

The Family Service Directory has a list of places that are offering childcare for critical workers.

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Parents, families and carers of disabled children

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Amaze

If you have a disabled child or young person and you’re worried or struggling because of coronavirus, Amaze can give you information and advice to help you cope. There’s also lots of information on their website.

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Aspens Family and Specialist Support Service

If you – or a family member – have a disability or autism, Aspens Family and Specialist Support Service are online support and live chat service on their Aspen website.

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Across the city

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Education at home

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GOV.UK home education resources

The GOV.UK website has a list of resources for education at home for your child. They cover different subjects and age groups. Everything on the list was suggested by an education expert.

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Things to do

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Brighton & Hove Libraries

Brighton and Hove’s librarians are running lots of different activities on their Facebook page.

  • Storytime: every day at 10:15.
  • Baby Boogie: first and third Thursday of the month at 2.30pm.
  • Dads’ sessions: second Saturday of the month at 2.30pm.

If you miss a session you can watch them afterwards on Facebook too.

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Brighton & Hove Libraries

You can still get books to read from Brighton & Hove’s libraries even though they’re closed. You can download ebooks to read from the link below. Or call or email the library and they can deliver books (including large print) and audiobooks to you. If you don’t have a library card, you can get a temporary one on the website.

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Across the city

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01237 290800 (After the voicemail message, press 1 and leave your name and phone number - someone will call you back)

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BookTrust

BookTrust website has lots of activities, including free online books and videos for storytime, games, quizzes, and drawing activities.

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National Literacy Trust

The National Literacy Trust has books, videos and activities for children of all different ages.

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PE with Joe

Trainer Joe Wicks is running PE lessons live on YouTube on weekdays at 9am. The sessions last for 30 minutes. They’re aimed at children, but the whole family can join in.

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Cosmic Kids yoga

Free yoga, mindfulness and relaxation videos for children aged three and over on YouTube.

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Change 4 Life

Change 4 Life has 10-minute Disney-themed games to get your children up and moving.

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Audio Active

Audio Active has online sessions and tutorials and more for young people who are into making music.

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Albion in the Community

Albion in the Community is sharing ways for people to get active, stay well, and keep learning – with lots of free resources available on its website, including football-themed worksheets for young people, easy-to-prepare healthy recipes, home work-out videos, and football challenges for people to try in their gardens.

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Art Room

Art Room is running online art classes for children aged six and up (and adults who want to join in too). There’s no fee, but you can make a donation if you can afford it.

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Brighton & Hove Food Partnership

Brighton & Hove Food Partnership is running online cookery workshops. They have sessions for adults and children, covering everything from baking to South Indian cookery. There’s a suggested donation of £10-£30.

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Youth groups

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Brighton Youth Centre

Brighton Youth Centre is running online sessions and posting things to do on their Facebook and Instagram.

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TDC Youth

TDC Youth have people you can talk to on Facebook if you need help. They’re also sharing things to do on Facebook and Instagram.

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Hangleton and Knoll Project

If you live in Hangleton and Knoll and need some support or things to do, get in touch with an email, a text or on Facebook.

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Hangleton and Knoll

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Tarner Community Project

If you live in Tarner, Tarner Community Project is providing online support and sharing things to do on Facebook and Instagram.

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Tarner

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Allsorts Youth Project

If you’re under 26 and are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or unsure and you need help, email Allsorts. They can give you one-to-one support over a video call.

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Across the city

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YMCA Right Here

YMCA Right Here is a health and wellbeing project for 11-25 year olds. They’re posting ideas for things to do on Facebook and Instagram.

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BMEYPP

If you’re a young person from a minority ethnic group, you can get support on the phone or online from the Black and Minority Ethnic Young People’s Project (BMEYPP). Get in touch with a text or email, or follow them on Facebook or Instagram.

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Talking about coronavirus

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Young Minds

Young Minds is a mental health charity for children and young people. They have advice on their website about how to talk to your child about coronavirus.

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