#SurviveAndThrive – Useful Tools and Resources

By Jen Heil | March 26, 2020

As we navigate this strange new Covid-19 world, we want to do what we can to support individuals and businesses to #SurviveAndThrive. In this blog, we’re sharing useful links for everything from working at home to keeping the kids entertained.

People are sharing a wealth of resources all over social media, and there are a ton of tools out there to help you get the job done whether you’re working remotely, trying to get your kids to do some learning from home, or looking for opportunities to expand your own skill set. Here are a few of our favourites:

Tools for working from home

  • Video conferencing tools – we’re still deciding which is our favourite video conferencing tool but some that we’re trying out are Zoom, Free Conference Call and Google Hangouts.
  • Remote communication & collaboration – we love our Slack here at SG. It allows us space to work collaboratively on projects as well as being a great platform for general conversation and sharing random memes and Twitter posts! We also use both G-Suite and OneDrive for collaborating on files, proofing and giving feedback – both have been really useful.
  • Creative tools – it’s been great to see businesses big and small doing what they can to make this situation easier for people and we love Adobe’s gesture of waiving Creative Suite fees for the next two months.
  • Support for freelancers – it’s a tough time to be a freelancer. Site Inspire are hoping to offer some support and, whilst they haven’t outlined exactly what this will look like yet, they’re asking people to get in touch so it’s worth keeping an eye on what they’re doing. It’s also worth signing up for updates on the income loss calculator being worked on by Fronted, 11:FS and Credit Kudos which, if approved by the Government, will help freelancers demonstrate income loss and register as furloughed workers to qualify for wage relief.

Home learning resources (for kids and adults alike)

  • BBC Learning – The BBC have expanded the already comprehensive BiteSize and BBC Teach websites, and are also increasing the amount of educational programming available through BBC iPlayer and red button services.
  • Advice for homeschooling – There is also some advice about where to find resources on the Home Ed.
  • Science resources – Jodrell Bank observatory have launched a bran new science learning at home area on their website, full of fab resources.
  • Maths from a master – Carol Vorderman has made her maths learning platform freely accessible until schools reopen.
  • Creative writing prompts – Pobble 365 is a fantastic resource, sharing a picture a day along with various writing prompts and activities to keep the kids occupied or help you get creative whilst in lockdown. (And you can access their whole back catalogue too!)
  • Digital up-skilling – if you find yourself with some time and want to take the opportunity to develop your digital know-how, check out SuperHi’s courses, which they are kindly discounting by 30% for the foreseeable future.
  • Free courses with the OU – Check out OpenLearn from the Open University for a ton of free courses on a wide range of subjects and topics.
  • Tips from a real life teaching parent – Parent, teacher and blogger, Emma Bradley, wrote a guest post for MyTutor sharing her experiences of homeschooling and some tips to help others navigate this huge challenge.

Boredom busters

  • Free, online, boredom busting resources – the lovely folks over at Chatter Pack have pulled together a list of fun, free stuff to explore online.
  • Free creative courses for writers – Writer’s HQ have a whole bunch of free writing courses and resources, including their lates ‘14 Days of Self Write-solation‘ (and their emails are always good for chuckle!).
  • Music live in your living room – A list of music artists offering free online concerts to keep you entertained!
  • Classical  entertainment –The Royal Opera House are streaming some of their incredible ballet and opera performances for free.
  • Explore new places – Take a virtual tour of any of these 30 museums, galleries and zoos.
  • #StayHomeWriMo – The creators of National Novel Writing Month have introduced a new initiative – #StayHomeWriMo – during which they will be sharing prompts for mental, physical, social and creative well-being every week day. They’ve also got some awesome resources for kids.
  • Free audio stories for kids – David Walliams is releasing a free audio story every day for 30 days – perfect for family listening or to keep the kids entertained!
  • Never be bored again – This awesome collection of creative, educational and fun challenges will keep you occupied for hours, days, months! With everything from building a fort to learning the basics of sign language to listening to the entire works of Mozart, there’s something here for everyone.

Supporting wellbeing

  • Understanding & acknowledging feelings – This article on the Harvard Business Review takes an enlightening look at our collective grief in these uncertain times and offers some words of comfort.
  • Wellbeing resources from Mind UK – Mind are keeping a dedicated page on their website up to date with information and advice for looking after your wellbeing during Covd-19.
  • If you need to talk – Samaritans are doing everything in their power to keep their telephone and online support services running during this time. If you are really struggling and need to reach out to someone, you can find all their contact information and updates on their services here.
  • Make time for mindfulness – several mindfulness and meditation organisations are offering free services during this time, including Headspace.

We’ll keep adding to these lists as we discover more awesome stuff. Got a recommendation? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!

 

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