Coronavirus may feel daunting, especially for families and children. Everyone is having to spend more time at home to help slow the spread of the virus. Keeping up with school and working from home, exercising, limiting screen time, keeping occupied and motivated are all big challenges. This page provides details of support for those families who don’t feel safe; or need some extra help coping. It’s also got lots of ideas for us to stay as healthy and happy as possible during this challenging time.
Help control the virus
To protect yourself and others, when you leave home you must:
- wash hands - keep washing your hands regularly
- cover face - wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces
- make space - stay at least a metre away from people not in your household
- If you are feeling unwell, get a test and do not leave home for at least 10 days.
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste
Or, if told to by an NHS contact tracer
The self-isolation period has been extended from 7 days to 10 days.
Government information on self-isolation.
Staying happy and things to do
Parents and families are having to live work and play together more than ever before. Our sense of well-being is being tested during this pandemic. In this section we have listed information and services where you can get support on things to do and how you can stay informed.
Keeping families healthy
Here are some things to consider to help you maintain your family's health and well-being.
Managing your money and essential food supplies
We appreciate that money may be tight for some during the Coronavirus pandemic. Below you will find information to support you if you need help.
Emergency Assistance Grant
The Local Authority Emergency Assistance Grant for Food and Essential Supplies is to support people who are struggling to afford food and other essentials due to financial hardship and/or hardship caused by COVID-19. This scheme is temporary.
During these difficult times, partner organisations are working harder than ever to keep Dudley a safe borough.
Learning and parenting
In this section we have listed information and services where you can get support and help with parenting and helping your child to learn whilst at home. We would also suggest that you have a look at the age specific information on the Lets-Get website under the section starting well.