The first case of COVID-19 was reported in the UK on 31st January 2020, an unfortunate anniversary that is rapidly approaching. While, rightly, the key focus at this time is the continued battle against the Coronavirus pandemic, there is another dangerous health crisis developing which has the potential to last for very much longer and to … Continue reading Looking After Mental Health During Lockdown
We’re back in lockdown again, schools are closed to most children again, many families of children and young people with additional needs are struggling again. It’s like we’re in a recurring lockdown ‘Groundhog Day’, but there are things that families as well as churches can do to help everyone to be able to cope better, … Continue reading Lost In Lockdown Again? How To Keep On Supporting Children With Additional Needs.
Happy New Year! Now there is a phrase filled with all sorts of questions, opportunities and possibilities this time around! Will it be happy? How can we tell? Do we say “Happy New Year!” with confidence that it will contain happiness, or out of hope that it might, or in defiance from a place where … Continue reading After Last Year, Will It Be A Positive Year Ahead? Never Give Up Trying!
Traditionally, the twelve days of Christmas start on Christmas Day and run on until January 6th which is ‘Epiphany’ or ‘Three Kings’ Day, the day that marks the arrival of the three wise men in the nativity story. It’s also usually the day when all the Christmas decorations come down.I thought it would be fun to … Continue reading 12 Days Of Additional Needs Christmas
This time of year, it’s hard to escape from the deluge of Christmas tunes; whether it’s on the radio, in shops, in TV adverts, the same old songs are everywhere. Probably the most recognisable is that 1970’s classic from Slade, ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’…Hearing it again for the millionth time today, the chorus of the song broke … Continue reading So Here It Is, ‘Merry Christmas’ Everybody’s Having Fun?
Through my role at Urban Saints I am proud to be part of the Disabled Children’s Partnership (DCP), a coalition of more than 80 organisations campaigning for better support for disabled children and their families. Earlier in 2020 the DCP published an influential 'Left In Lockdown' report on the impact of lockdown on disabled children and … Continue reading Back To School? Essential Services Restarting? How Has That Been Going For Disabled Children…
Everybody knows about Epilepsy, don’t they? Almost all of us have at some point seen someone collapse to the ground and start uncontrollably shaking and becoming unresponsive. Having a fit. Isn’t that what Epilepsy is all about? Surely, you’re born with it, so it’s something you, and your family get used to don’t you? Well, … Continue reading Epilepsy? We All Know About That, Don’t We?
The advertising and marketing around Halloween seems to ramp up to greater and greater heights every year, with major supermarkets dedicating whole isles, sometimes several of them, to their Halloween merchandise, even during the crisis that we are all enduring. Advertising supports this with lots of TV adverts featuring ghosts, ghouls, pumpkins and spiders’ webs. … Continue reading Happy ‘Alternative’ Halloween For Children With Special Needs
‘Hygge’ is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment. With a recent study showing that people living in the arctic circle are armed with a mindset linked to this that helps combat the long ‘polar night’, a bit of ‘hygge’ might come in … Continue reading What Can Special Needs Parents Learn From Scandinavian ‘Hygge’
It’s been over six-months since lockdown started, and although for some there is the beginning of a return to some kind of normality, schools going back, offices opening up, for others lockdown continues like some never-ending groundhog day. With the pandemic seemingly entering 'Phase 2' now, things look like they could get harder again.Even for … Continue reading Lost In Lockdown: Left Behind