OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19
We have created a private online community page on Facebook to aid with communication with and between our beneficiaries.
To join the group you must be a beneficiary of Harry’s Rainbow. Please request a link to join. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mental Health Support
We are working with Arthur Ellis: Mental Health Support to offer a mentoring and emotional support service to those who need it. This can include monthly support session for families, individuals, children or couples and is provided by mentors within Arthur Ellis. We are also working with them to ensure our volunteers who are aiding our services are offered suitable supervision during these difficult times.
To find out more or be referred please contact email@example.com
Virtual online groups
We have converted our face to face groups to online groups. The groups are designed to provide a space for bereaved children to meet one another and undertake small online activities. Once registered to access our services further details of the groups are sent by email and shared within our private online Facebook community.
Distanced Activity Support Programme
The activity packs created during the first wave were received really well by at least 38 beneficiary children. With face to face groups not returning as soon as we had liked, we have launched a distanced support pack. The packs will be sent out on a monthly basis and contain a craft activity to complete at home.
Feedback from families
The support you guys have endeavoured to put in place for all of us, in such a short time, is nothing short of phenomenal! Thank you for your creative hive minds working so hard to achieve great things!
Really enjoyed our first virtual group! Nathan shared his thankful hands with me after. Such a lovely idea!! We are very thankful for all you do and keep doing!
Feedback from families
They really loved doing the activity packs, so much variety. Thank you so much.
Just wanted to say I had my second mentoring call on Friday and found it very useful. Just wanted to say thank you.
Young adult support group
We’re in the very early stages of planning a young adult support group for the 18-25’s. A small pilot group of existing beneficiaries are helping with the planning, alongside our Youth Ambassador Jessica, Family Liaison Officer Odette and YiS.
Registration to our service is still open. The way we handle the registrations is different and may take a little longer than usual. To register please click the link and Odette will be in contact with you within 5 days.https://www.harrysrainbow.co.uk/view/register-for-support
We have launched a buddy programme to provide a one to one person contact service to those beneficiaries who sign up. The purpose is discuss, share, signpost and help with any concerns, as well as share information about the Covid-19 programmes we’ve implemented.
We have researched various resources to help during these difficult times. Some contains links to alternative websites, downloadable resources and apps that you can download.
Organisations and websites
Youth Information Service (YiS) An organisation for young people to support their mental health and wellbeing.Their help and advice page contains useful help, advice and apps.https://www.mkyis.org.uk/help-advice
The Good Grief Trust signpost to all other bereavement organisations and practical advice and tips to support you.https://www.thegoodgrieftrust.org/
Kooth is an online Mental Wellbeing community.https://www.kooth.com/
Child Bereavement UK have a whole host of very useful resources for families affected by the death of a loved one. They have created some resources specifically related to the coronavirus and various difficulties that may arise because of it.https://www.childbereavementuk.org/Pages/Category/coronavirus
Winstons Wish a national child bereavement organisation have written some advice around supporting those affected by death during the pandemic and provides some alternative ways to say good bye to loved ones at this time.https://www.winstonswish.org/telling-a-child-someone-died-from-coronavirus/ https://www.winstonswish.org/coronavirus-funerals-alternative-goodbyes/
Mind BLMK are offering emotional wellbeing support over the phone to the wider community of Milton Keynes. If you feel that you or anyone you know would benefit from having someone to talk to, either as a one-off or regularly over the coming weeks, please get in touch or you can pass our details on.
Phone: 01525 722 225
Useful apps and resources
Apart of me is an app which is set out as a game and supports young people with loss and bereavementhttps://bounce.works/apartofme/
There are many books now that helps children to understand the coronavirus. This book is particularly good at explaining it as it does also discuss that the virus can cause death. The illustrator is well known Axel Shefflerhttps://nosycrow.com/blog/released-today-free-information-book-explaining-coronavirus-children-illustrated-gruffalo-illustrator-axel-scheffler/
We also understand that anxiety is heightened at the moment and can recommend this resource.https://childmind.org/article/anxiety-and-coping-with-coronavirus/