COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 is on everyone’s mind at the moment.  This pandemic impacts everyone in some way, and there is a lot of information going around.

We also know there is a lot of information out there at the moment. It seems like an avalanche, with things changing every hour and endless advice, ideas, suggestions, warnings; and some of that information is more reliable than others.

We have been sharing some of that information on our social media feeds, and compiled it below. All is from reliable sources and we hope it is helpful, inspiring, reassuring, and useful. We’ll be updating it regularly, so check back in!

If you have anything you would like us to share, or have any questions about projects, plans or the role of Logan Together at this time, please feel free to contact the Logan Together Backbone Team at info@logantogether.org.au.

TALKING TO CHILDREN ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS

Using Birdie books, produced by Children’s Health Queensland, is a great way of sharing stories about big subjects in a non-scary way. Birdie and the Big Sickness is an example of a non-scary way to talk to little kids about something that could be making them anxious. You can find Birdie and The Big Sickness here.

                                                    
Kids aren’t known for their excellent hygiene practices, but things like hand-washing have never been so important.   This is an AMAZING way to demonstrate the importance of hand washing to little ones!

Parenting author and educator Maggie Dent talks in the ABC’s latest episode of the Parental as Anything podcast about how to talk to kids about the current pandemic.

Kids kept at home get bored: it’s a fact all parents know too well! This article from the Huffington Post shares some great tips for entertaining kids who are bored and stuck at home.

We all know too much screen time is not great for our kids – but at a time when nothing seems quite normal, maybe the strict time limits might need to be loosened – and this article explains why that’s ok!

The Coronavirus can seem very scary to little ones – here’s another way of approaching the subject with kids using stories and simplicity. We love it!

There is lots of ideas at this link for outdoor play and activities to keep active, even while lots of outdoor sports and events are being cancelled. Definitely worth a look!

We also think this message is really important:

 

LEARNING AT HOME: RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES

While schools remain open for now, parents have been advised that they can keep their children home if they wish – and are being supported in guiding their child’s learning with the learning@home resource pack.  It contains easily downloadable resources for all subjects, from Prep up to Year 10.
You can always rely on Sesame Street! The Sesame Street team has made available for free online a large array of content called Caring for Each Other – with learning tools, positive messages of kindness, virtual playdates – and lots of comfort and reassurance.

Common Sense Media have come up with a great, practical and realistic guide to keeping kids engaged in learning when they are at home. It’s challenging – especially if parents are working from home too – but very possible!

RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES IN NEED OF HELP

The Logan Emergency Relief COVID-19 hotline is now open to help people who can’t get essentials. Call 38261599 or email loganresponse@yfs.org.au to see how we can help.    9am to 4pm Monday to Saturday.  Please note this service is not available in person, just by phone or email.

Parentline Qld + NT is a valuable resource for parents. The helpline is available seven days a week from 8am to 10pm. Call them on 1300 30 1300.

Legal Aid Queensland offers help to Queenslanders experiencing family violence, and they aren’t stopping during this time. The team are looking at how to continue to provide services during COVOD-19 – and you can find out more here. 

We love this from the team at R4Respect.
Information regarding the YFS Legal Team operations can be found here.
The amazing team at Access Community Services are continuing their essential services, with some changes. This page outlines their services and what’s changing – and is regularly updated too.

This advice from the World Health Organization (WHO) is excellent and relevant for us all at the moment!

FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO BE USEFUL

This is an excellent resource from The Commons Social Change Library, listing many useful links for information, and a guide to being a helpful community member during the coronavirus pandemic.

LOCAL INFORMATION

If you head here, you will be able to find a comprehensive list of Logan City Council closures, event postponements, and operating services.
Here is some information about COVID-19 in a range of languages.
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