Helpful Links and Activities
It is always important to ensure we engage in activities that help us keep our minds and bodies as fit as possible. This is especially true during these uncertain times when mental and physical wellbeing are paramount. Below you will find a growing list of resources, links and activites which aim to keep everyone mentally and physically active.
As we approach half term and the prospect of continual school closure for the foreseeable future, Derby Cathedral School just wanted to remind you of some of the apps, websites and resources that are available to help with mental and emotional wellbeing.
The following are for children and young people that may wish to access support themselves.
www.giveusashout.com or text Shout to 85258
Other websites such as:
Mind – www.youngminds.org.uk
NSPCC – www.nspcc.og.uk
are also good places for find information and support.
Don’t forget –
Chidline – 0800 1111
and the Samaritans – 116 123.
Please remember that your GP is available for you to access if you need to and other NHS sources of help are still working and taking referrals.
For parents and carers, websites such as the NSPCC and YoungMinds offer guidance and support if your child is struggling. Your GP is also able to help you too.
But remember distraction can also be a good technique to help with stress and anxiety, so consider things like:
Audible – offering free downloaded books.
NT theatre productions on a Thursday evening through YouTube.
On our website are also links to museum and aquarium tours. Colouring is also a really good stress relieving and enjoyable activity, along with baking, knitting etc and doing the DCS Wednesday challenges!
We hope you are safe and well, be kind to each other. We are missing you and hope to see you as soon as possible.
‘An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word lifts him up’. Proverbs 12.25
Mr Saunders is starting a photography competition. You can enter a photo anytime over the next month or so. The photo must be indoors and must not include anyone's face. One entry per person. Try and be as wacky, weird and creative as you can and feel free to use any filters or editing apps that you want to.
First prize is a £20 INTU voucher, 2nd is a £10 INTU voucher and 3rd a £5 INTU voucher and merits for all who send an entry.
Send your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org with Mr Saunders Photocomp as your 'subject'.
Keeping Ourselves and our Community Safe:
During this difficult time of lockdown, Derby Cathedral School want to ensure that all of our school community stay safe. The following guidance has been sent by Derbyshire Constabulary providing reassurance and advice. If you have concerns about a child please contact:
Derby City Council Social Care on – 01332 641172 between 9am – 5pm or Careline on 01332 786968 out of hours.
If you are worried a crime is happening now, call 999. If it isn't an emergency, but you think the police should know about it call 101, or report it online:
Twitter - @DerPolContact
Facebook - @derbyshireconstabulary
If you would prefer not to contact the Police directly:
Crimestoppers – 0800 555 111 (anonymously)
Support and advice is also available through:
NSPCC - 0808 800 5000 or email - email@example.com
Child Line - 0800 1111
CEOP via their online site. (Anonymously)
The main thing is, if you have concerns about any child including those in your home, please consider the options above. We are all here to help!
It is also important to look after our own mental health during these strange times, should you feel in need you can contact The Mental Health Helpline on: 0300 790 0596 or explore the Mental Health Helpline for advice.
If you have any concerns regarding Domestic Abuse, please have a look at the advice which can be accessed here.
Action For Children have been working to put together a Feeling Good Booklet that can be completed by anybody who may be struggling to cope with the current situation. You can find it by clicking the link here, and you can complete the work work in your Work Books, or feel free to print the document which can be worked on at your pace.
Advice from the Director of E-Safety Training Ltd:
Traci Good, Director of E-Safety Training Ltd, has put together some useful YouTube videos aimed at helping parents and carers monitor and support their children when screen time is inevitably on the increase. It will look at tips with regards to parental controls, which apps have seen a surge in popularity and advice around young people staying in touch safely with their friends.
How to keep active and healthy: This document contains some great advice regarding physical and mental well being during this uncertain period.
Take the DCS FAITH Challenge
Download the PDF challenge and see how many you can complete for merit points. DCS_faith_challenge.pdf
And to get you started, follow the link below to the British Sign Languge on-line course (grid number 18). There may be a wait due to demand, but enter your email address and they will contact you when it's your turn.