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Welcome to Queen’s Park Community Council’s e-bulletin

How quickly things are changing! This email is to tell you that although you are at home, you are not alone!  We will get through these strange times together as a community, we will look out for our neighbours and support our families and friends.

We are looking for ways to help, and stay safe. We are working out ways to keep in touch. We are all learning and adapting and taking care of our community. If you have concerns or ideas please feel free to email us . We are not in the office, and so we are unable to answer the phone at this time.
Residents can sign up to these email bulletins through our website and on our Facebook – please spread the word!

There will be an extraordinary meeting of the Council in the park on Monday 23rd March at 6pm to pass emergency measures. Please keep a safe distance from the Councillors. You can view the agenda here

The one most important thing you can do to help

STAY AT HOME! 

This means you are helping! It is the right thing to do.
It was never so easy to do your part!
The slower the virus spreads, the better for everyone.
Avoid all physical contact with other people, even friends and family. Make sure you stay in touch by phone, or online.
If you have to go out please keep much further away from others and
WASH YOUR HANDS carefully for 20 seconds with soap and water
before and after.

Volunteering opportunities
“Keeping everyone safe while helping our community”
If you would like to volunteer to help, please first contact
One Westminster1. If you want to help in your community, please contact One Westminster first for guidance and support on how to volunteer safely and to register your interest.2. Please minimise face-to-face contact and opt for telephone support instead.3. If you are planning to volunteer or set-up volunteering or a group in your neighbourhood, please do so as close to home as possible, avoiding travel and limiting your contact to people in your own street, block etc.
Useful Information 
Advice from the NHS on how to protect yourself or how to access medical help can be obtained by clicking here.

The government’s response to the Coronavirus COVID-19 includes advice on staying at home, social distancing, travel and guidance for employers and businesses. Click here 

Click here for guidance about coronavirus (COVID-19) for health professionals and organisations.

You can find advice on social distancing throughout the UK and also how older and vulnerable people can be protected by clicking here.

Donating to the community 
The North Paddington Foodbank can help when you are unable to afford your own food, or you cannot get hold of anything and have no one to help.
Contact them here
They are on the frontline helping more people than ever before in a very difficult situation. Please donate hereAnother organisation in desperate need of help to safely provide essential meals for children is the Queen’s Park Community Hub  please donate as much as you can.
Home Schooling
The best advice I have heard from a local headteacher is to take it easy at first. We are all stressed and adapting to a different way of life. This will be as difficult for your children as it is for you. Focus on the positive and enjoy some fun. Find a way to work learning into everyday life. Remember that they will be missing playtime, exercise and friends as much as school work.
One of the Queen’s Park Community councillors, Alfrena has shared this helpful list of online resources:“considering the news about school closures earlier here is a list complied by home educators of free resource that your child/ren can acess please feel free to share. Stuff for the kid in the house to do whilst your all on self isolating”FREE online education resourcesA non-exhaustive list that might help those affected by school closures due to coronavirus, compiled by home educators.Feel free to share.

Khan Academy
https://www.khanacademy.org
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it’s mostly common material.

Futurelearn
https://www.futurelearn.com
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).

Seneca
https://www.senecalearning.com
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.

Openlearn
https://www.open.edu/openlearn/
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.

Twinkl
https://www.twinkl.co.uk
This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.

Blockly
https://blockly.games
Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.

Scratch
https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/
Creative computer programming

Ted Ed
https://ed.ted.com
All sorts of engaging educational videos

National Geographic Kids
https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

Duolingo
https://www.duolingo.com
Learn languages for free. Web or app.

Mystery Science
https://mysteryscience.com
Free science lessons

The Kids Should See This
https://thekidshouldseethis.com
Wide range of cool educational videos

Crash Course
https://thecrashcourse.com
You Tube videos on many subjects

Crash Course Kids
https://m.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids
As above for a younger audience

Crest Awards
https://www.crestawards.org
Science awards you can complete from home.

iDEA Awards
https://idea.org.uk
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

Paw Print Badges
https://www.pawprintbadges.co.uk
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

Tinkercad
https://www.tinkercad.com
All kinds of making.

Prodigy Maths
https://www.prodigygame.com
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.

Cbeebies Radio
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio
Listening activities for the younger ones.

Nature Detectives
https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetect…/
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

British Council
https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/find
Resources for English language learning

Oxford Owl for Home
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/
Lots of free resources for Primary age

Big History Project
https://www.bighistoryproject.com/home
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.

Geography Games
https://world-geography-games.com/world.html
Geography gaming!

Blue Peter Badges
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/about-blue-peter-badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.

The Artful Parent
https://www.facebook.com/artfulparent/
Good, free art activities linked to from this Facebook page

Red Ted Art
https://www.redtedart.com
Easy arts and crafts for little ones

The Imagination Tree
https://theimaginationtree.com
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

Toy Theater
https://toytheater.com/
Educational online games

DK Find Out
https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/…
Activities and quizzes

BBC Learning
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/coursesearch/
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.

Queen’s Park Voice
The next edition of Queen’s Park Voice is due to be delivered between 23 March and 5 April 2020.
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