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Covid-19 Information for the People we Support to Keep Well & Connected

Accessible Self-Help Booklets:
The Scottish Commission for Learning Disability has published a series of guided self-help booklets developed to support people with mild to moderate learning disabilities during the COVID-19 outbreak.  The series covers many topics including coping with feeling down, getting a good night’s sleep, being active & staying well and copying with anxiety.  The booklets are all online but printed copies can be ordered.

Activity Programme:
Connect in the North have pulled together a timetable of weekly activities that are being run by organisations across Leeds for people with a learning disability.   If you have any regular activities that you want adding, please contact let the team at CITN have the details.

Autism Information:
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT) have an autism information page on their website

Books Beyond Words:
Have an amazing series of books dealing with some of the more uncomfortable discussions that we may all need to have in respect of coronavirus.  These and many more of the books are free to download.

Connect in the North/Through the Maze:
Producing some great information and activities for people with learning disabilities in Leeds.  They have a timetable of weekly activities being offered by organisations across Leeds for people who are staying home.

Also, their summer newsletter is out now.

Connect in the North have 3 new training courses/events which are all on Zoom and for people with learning difficulties.  All the details are on the Through the Maze website:

Coronavirus/Covid-19 Easy Read:
Lots of documents are being produced in easy read format.  As these become available we’ll add them to the documents section of our website.

Digital Inclusion:
100% Digital Leeds have provided details of their free Digital Champion training webinar for people supporting adults with learning disabilities.  Called ‘How to be a Digital Champion: digital inclusion for people with learning disabilities’ the webinar will take place on Thursday, 4th June from 1-2pm.  This training will give practical hints and tips on how you can motivate and support people to build their digital skill and confidence.  The event is delivered by 100% Digital Leeds in partnership with CoSpace North and is part of the CoSpace North Online Lunch & Learning series.  More details and booking via Eventbrite.

Easy on the I:
Dean Milner-Bell has been very busy producing top quality coronavirus related easy read information which you can download from the documents section of this webpage (all the LYPFT ones).  He’s also setting a regular quiz using the vast number of pictures he has in the image bank, so keep checking for these.

Every Mind Matters:
Public Health England have some accessible information resources on their website, including BSL and audio versions, to support people with their mental health and wellbeing.

Exercise – guidance change:
The Government has changed its FAQs on what you can and cannot do during the coronavirus outbreak: Question 15 now makes it clear that exercise is permitted more than once per day where an individual has a “significant health condition”.  This “could include where individuals with learning disabilities or autism require specific exercise in an open space two or three times per day, ideally in line with a care plan agreed with a medical professional”.

Face Masks on Public Transport:
From 15th June 2020 new rules were brought in to say everyone must wear a face mask or face covering when travelling on public transport unless they have a ‘reasonable excuse’.  This easy read poster explains the new rules.  The Keep Safe website also has exemption cards for people who are unable to tolerate wearing masks.

Fitism 70 Live:
Michale Vaughan is promoting a free workout for the over 70s which can be accessed free via Facebook at 2:30pm every weekday.  It is called Fitism 70 Live and will be useful for all vulnerable people who are self-isolating and need to keep their bodies moving

Handwashing Rap:
This great handwashing rap has been produced by the St. Albans Purple All Stars to help people who have a learning disability follow the steps.

Haqooq:
The Haqooq team has shared their Facebook programme of lockdown activities.

Healthwatch Survey:
Healthwatch Leeds would like to know how lockdown is affecting people with a learning disability in Leeds.  They are sharing real-time experience with health and care decision makers on a weekly basis to inform their response to the coronavirus outbreak.  Please call them on 0113 898 0035, email them or follow the link.

Hospital Passport Add-on:
Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust has brought out a great addition to the hospital passport for anyone we support who may need to be admitted to hospital with symptoms of coronavirus.  You can download the Hospital Passport Covid-19 Add-on from the documents section of this page.  (Although it looks like a pdf, it is a word version, honest!)  NB. Please remember, this is an optional add-on, not a replacement for the usual hospital passport.

Intensive Interaction News:
Graham Firth has told us about the Leeds STARS team (Specialist Training in Autism and Raising Standards) which is part of Leeds City Council Children’s Services.  Their coronavirus resources webpage has links to various resources including social stories, symbols, talking mats, addressing worries and quick guides plus links to other external websites.

IT for Vulnerable People:
A government-backed company called AutonoMe is offering free technology to help vulnerable people during the coronavirus outbreak.

Keeping Safe Online:
This easy read guide for people with learning disabilities was developed by Jez during his time at CHANGE.  It covers things like how to keep safe online, spotting the warning signs that you are not safe and what to do if you have a problem.

Learning Disability Information:
There’s information on LYPFT’s Get Checked Out page, including more of Dean’s great posters.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT) have a learning disability information page on their website.

Learning Disability Timetable:
Madeline and the Through the Maze team are maintaining a weekly timetable of online activities available for people with a learning disability.

Leeds Autism Aim:
Has some really useful and practical Covid-19 resources on their webpage.

Leeds Rhinos Foundation:
Have published a Wake up, Shake up video

Leep 1:
Are putting on virtual activities – see their timetable in the documents section of this page.  Also:

Tuesday Yoga

Friday Yoga (10am) and Friday Yoga (11:30am)

Saturday Yoga

Library Digital Inclusion Team:
is collating useful digital resources for people and workers supporting socially isolated people to make the most of digital to find accurate information, stay connected, and stay healthy.  If you have anything you think might be useful to share, please pass it to Amy.Hearn@leeds.gov.uk or tag her on twitter with the handle @amy_hearn and/or #DigiConnectedLeeds

Mental Health & Well-being:
Some good advice on keeping well during the crisis can be found on the Mindwell site.  Also the government has issued guidance about how to cope during the current crisis.  It’s also worth noting that Carers Leeds are working tirelessly to support family carers.  Find details on how to contact them on the ‘Information for Family Carers’ section of our website.

NAPA:
Is a website with online and downloadable activities as well as some fab ideas

National Autism Society:
World Autism Awareness Week (30 March to 5 April) has fallen within these difficult times.  However, NAS has provided some information and resources to support autistic people and their families during the Covid-19 crisis.

Nose and Throat Swab:
This easy read document explains what is involved in having a nose and throat swab for a suspected case of covid-19.

Open Country:
Do some amazing projects in Leeds, Harrogate, Wakefield and beyond.  Their April newsletter is out now.

Patient Information Leaflets:
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT) have lots of very useful
patient information leaflets in easy read format.

People in Action:
If you want to keep fit and connected, why not sign up to the fab sessions being run by People in Action?  They are running 3 one-hour Zoom sessions on most days:

  • 11am – an activity specific session
  • 2pm – Keep Active sport and physical activity sessions
  • 4pm – social get together

The sessions are open to anyone with a learning disability.  Details are on the People in Action Facebook page and on their Twitter feed.  NB. the sessions are password protected so anyone wanting to join in just needs to contact the PiA team on 0113 244 3729 to get the password.

People Matters:
Have produced a weekly workshop timetable of the great things they have going on.

Police Powers:
West Yorkshire Police have produced a great easy read document explaining how they are making sure that people are staying safe during the coronavirus pandemic.  You can find this in the documents section of this page called ‘Coronavirus: Policing Powers Easy Read’.

Purple Patch Arts:
Putting up activities on their facebook  and website pages to keep connected with people.  They have an updated programme, with lots of resources and activities for people to get engaged with whilst at home, and are putting ujp new things each day.  You can also follow them on their Instagram and Twitter accounts.

They have also uploaded their Warm Up and Cool Down videos for you to boogie along with!

Pyramid of Arts:
Most of Pyramid of Art’s groups are now running weekly via Zoom  If you support someone who would like to join or rejoin the groups, please contact info@pyramid.org.uk.  Pyramid have posted up some really good suggestions for arts activities, singing and sensory environments that are easy to do at home.

Skype:
A lot of people want to use Skype to make video calls, so we’ve added two easy read guides for how to do this:

Through the Maze:
The have updated their website which now includes a new page with information about coronavirus.  There’s also loads of ideas and activities for people to keep active and connected whilst they are being supported to stay at home.

Through the Maze/Connect in the North also post a weekly timetable of activities from a range of organisations.

Track and Trace Diary:
An accessible Track and Trace Diary created by our friends at LYPFT.

UK Government’s Recovery Strategy:
On 10th May the government published it’s recovery strategy, including an Easy Read version.

WhatsApp:
A lot of you have been asking about help to support people with learning disabilities to use WhatsApp so we’ve added an easy read guide to the documents section of this page.

Zoo Live Stream:
If you google ‘zoo live stream’ you can watch some very cute (and not so cute!) animals living in zoos around the world via their web cams

Zoom:
A lot of you have been asking about help to support people with learning disabilities to use Zoom so we’ve added an easy read guide to the documents section of this page.





Documents :



Information about Coronavirus

Easy read information about coronavirus from Inclusion North covering what it is, how people get it, symptoms to look out for and what to do if someone becomes ill.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) – March 2020

Easy read information about coronavirus from Public Health England covering what it is, how people get it, what the government is doing, hand washing, staying home and support from the NHS

Aspire Family Visitor Protocol

Easy read version of Aspire’s protocol (C028) for family carers wishing to visit their loved ones who live within our supported living services.

Image Bank Quiz – 31st March

First of a weekly quiz from our friend, Dean Milner-Bell at LYPFT, testing your knowledge of the Easy on the I image bank.

Leep 1 Activities Timetable

Timetable of activities the Leep 1 Facebook group has planned.

Resources to Use with People with a Learning Disability

Produced by the Learning Disability Professional Senate, this is resources to use with people with a learning disability through the coronavirus restrictions

Hospital Passport Covid-19 Add-On

A word version of the covid-19 add-on which can be used to supplement the main hospital passport for people who are symptomatic, produced by Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust.

Staying Safe Poster & Staying at Home Poster

Two easy read posters produced by LYPFT

Social Distancing Poster

Easy read poster explaining how to reduce contact with others created by LYPFT

Coronavirus Key Points

An LYPFT easy ready poster explaining the key points of coronavirus covering what it is, what you can do to stay well and active

Stay at Home Symbolised Timetable – Template

Easy read timetable template ready to drop image bank symbols into for people who are staying at home during the pandemic (produced by LYPFT)

Stay at Home Symbolised Timetable – Completed Example

A worked example of LYPFT’s easy read timetable with images from the easy on the i image bank

Coronavirus Policing Powers

West Yorkshire Police have produced this easy read explanation of how the police are making sure that people are staying safe during the coronavirus

Image Bank Quiz – 14th April

Easy on the I image bank quiz sheet for this week.

Image Bank Quiz – 21st April

Easy on the I image bank quiz sheet for this week.

How to Use Zoom

An easy read guide produced by Learning Disability Wales.  This tells you how to use Zoom to join a meeting on your smartphone, tablet or computer.

Quick Guide to Using WhatsApp

An easy read guide to using WhatsApp produced by Learning Disability England.

Image Bank Quiz – 28th April

Easy on the I image bank quiz sheet for this week.

About Coronavirus (Video)

An accessible guide to Coronavirus (COVID-19) designed by HFT to help people with learning disabilities understand what the virus is, what steps they will need to take to stay safe, and what to do if they think they have contracted Coronavirus.

(If you want to see this video in full screen, simply click on the little square in the bottom right-hand corner.)

 

Image Bank Quiz – 5th May

Easy on the I image bank quiz sheet for this week.

Image Bank Quiz – 11th May

Easy on the I image bank quiz sheet for this week.

Image Bank Quiz – 19th May

Easy on the I image bank quiz sheet for this week.

Image Bank Quiz – 26th May

Easy on the I image bank quiz sheet for this week.

Image Bank Quiz – 2nd June

Easy on the I image bank quiz sheet for this week.

Stay Safe Rules (New)

This poster reminds us how to stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic after the government updated the rules on social distancing in June for people in England.

Shielding Update

New poster for people who are shielding during the coronavirus pandemic following the government’s updated guidance on 1st June.

How to Use Skype On Your Mobile Phone

Easy read guide for joining a Skype for Business meeting on your mobile phone.

How to Use Skype from Your Laptop or PC

Easy read guide for joining a Skype for Business meeting from your laptop or PC.

Our Plan to Rebuild

Easy read version of the government’s recovery strategy issued on 10th June – Our Plan to Rebuild: the UK Government’s plan to get back to normal

Face Masks on Public Transport

Easy read poster explaining the new rules (June 2020) on wearing a face mask or face covering on public transport.

Having a Nose & Throat Swab for Covid-19

Easy read poster explaining what is involved in having a nose and throat swab undertaken for suspected cases of covid-19.

Leep 1 – Tuesday Yoga

Leep 1 – Friday Yoga 1

Leep 1 – Friday Yoga 2

Leep 1 – Saturday Yoga

Direct Payments During Coronavirus

Easy read guide about money to pay for care and support.

Keeping Your Workers Safe

Easy read version of: Covid-19 Adult Social Care Risk Reduction Framework: Assessing and Reducing the Risk to Your Workforce.

Image Bank Quiz – 15th June

Easy on the I image bank quiz sheet for this week.

Image Bank Quiz – 23rd June

Easy on the I image bank quiz sheet for this week.

Image Bank Quiz – 29th June

Easy on the I image bank quiz sheet for this week.

Image Bank Quiz – 14th July

Easy on the I image bank quiz sheet for this week.