Covid-19 Support

General – for parents & carers

Luton Youth & Families Covid-19 Response Group

The aim of the partnership is to provide young people, parents and school staff with a quick and easy way to access voluntary sector support from their own homes.

The group currently comprises of Autism Bedfordshire, Families United Network, Level Trust, Luton Council, Stepping Stones, Luton Food Bank, Tokko Youth Centre and Youthscape.

How to access support 

Parents, young people and school staff can stay in touch with us by simply filling in our online form which can be found here https://www.youthscape.co.uk/lutonYFCRG or by connecting with us over twitter or instagram on LutonYFCRG.

Anyone who completes a form will be triaged by a central team. The team will assess which organisation they think is best equipped to provide support and will pass this on to them.

Luton Foodbank

Access vouchers via referral from Luton Council Crisis Support: Freephone 0800 4561673 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5.30pm).

Emotional wellbeing support groups:

Every Mind Matters

NHS advice about how to look after your mental wellbeing while staying at home

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-tips/

 Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

Protecting vulnerable children is everyone’s business, and we all need to be alert, to know what to look out for and where to go for advice, as well as having the confidence to report any acts of abuse safe in the knowledge that they will be acted on.

If you are concerned about the welfare of a child (0 to 18 years old) please call the MASH on 01582 547653. The number to call for out of normal working hours emergencies is 0300 300 8123.

 Luton Child & Educational Psychology Service

Futures House, The Moakes, Marsh Farm, Luton LU3 3QB                                01582 54 8094/ 8150

Child and educational psychologists who work with children, young people, families, schools and community organisations to support the social, emotional wellbeing/mental health and learning of children and young people. Twitter @LutonPsychology Email: [email protected]

Telephone consultation service open during the Coronavirus pandemic to parents, carers: 01582 548150, Monday to Friday, 10am-12noon.

Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones is a Luton based charity dedicated to empowering women who have suffered from domestic abuse or are vulnerable due to substance misuse by providing hope, skills and the resources to make positive life choices. They offer group and 121 based emotional and practical support and information, alongside specialist counselling and legal advice provided by volunteers.

https://www.steppingstonesluton.co.uk/

Tel: 01582 457114 or email: [email protected]

National Domestic Abuse Helpline

The freephone, 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247

Domestic Violence Assist

The UK’s only registered charity arranging Non-Molestation Orders, Prohibited Steps Orders & Occupation Orders

Call Free on 0800 195 8699

 Men’s advice line

Domestic abuse affects men too.

0808 8010327

National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline

0800 999 5428

Samaritans

Call 116 123

https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/

Mind UK

UK Mental Health Charity with information and an online mutual support community.

https://www.mind.org.uk/

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/support-community-elefriends/

General support – for young people

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) –

This service provides a range of mental health and wellbeing services for children and young people up to the age of 18, including specialist mental health support and and intervention.

 

Childline –

Free and Confidential Help for Young People in the UK. Call anytime for help & advice about a wide range of issues.

0800 1111

Calmzone from childline.

Provides a toolbox of activities such as breathing exercises, coping videos, yoga videos and games that can help children feel calm in a period of disruption. https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/

 Self-care strategies – the Anna Freud Centre

A selection of self-care strategies that have been developed by young people to help manage their own wellbeing. During a time when access to regular appointments may be disrupted or anxiety might be heightened, it might be helpful to try one or some of these strategies.

https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/self-care/

Youngminds UK

Provide a selection of self-care strategies that have been developed by young people to help manage their own wellbeing.

 www.youngminds.org.uk

Parenting pressures

 Family Action

Telephone: 0808 802 6666

Text message: 07537 404 282

https://www.family-action.org.uk/what-we-do/children-families/familyline/

The FamilyLine service supports people who are dealing with family pressures in a new and innovative way by using a network of volunteers from across the country to support family members over the age of 18 through telephone calls, email, web chat and text message.

Family Lives (previously Parentline)

Family Lives offers a confidential and free helpline service for families in England and Wales (previously known as Parentline) for emotional support, information, advice and guidance on any aspect of parenting and family life. The helpline service is open 9am – 9pm, Monday to Friday and 10am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday.

Call: 0808 800 2222

https://www.familylives.org.uk/how-we-can-help/confidential-helpline/

Gingerbread

One Parent Families/Gingerbread is the leading national charity working to help lone parents and their children.

Single Parent Helpline: 0808 802 0925

gingerbread.org.uk

Grandparents Plus

Grandparents Plus is the only national charity (England and Wales) dedicated to supporting kinship carers – grandparents and other relatives raising children who aren’t able to live with their parents.

Call: 0300 123 7015

grandparentsplus.org.uk