News & Blog News Your June 2020 Children and Young People newsletter We’re here to help! It’s a tough time for lots of people right now, so please don’t forget that Independent Lives are here to help as usual if you need us. We’ve set up a dedicated Coronavirus (COVID-19) page on our website with lots of really helpful information, including, but not limited to: How to obtain PPE if you need it PA COVID-19 testing guidance, and Employment information relating to COVID-19 To view our COVID-19 webpage, please click here Coffee & Chat With everything going on at the moment we felt it was important to take a step back, slow down, and bring everyone together for a coffee and a chat. Taking place online, we’re offering an opportunity for you to talk to us about how you're feeling and what you're going through, ask us any questions about how we are continuing to support you, and to just be kind. Receive updates about direct payments, ask questions about the impact of the pandemic on you and your PA, and share hints and tips about how you’re coping during the COVID-19 crisis. Whether you pop in for 15 minutes, or stay for the full hour discussion, we’d love to see you. There’s no pressure to stay for the duration, just come along and say hi. Most importantly, don’t forget your coffee! A link to the meeting will be emailed to you after you’ve registered, so keep an eye on your inbox and your junk email box as it may be sent there. To register for our next Coffee & Chat event, please click here. If you want to submit any questions beforehand, please email us at [email protected]. Reaching Families Telephone Counselling For any Parent-Carers within West Sussex that are struggling with Mental Health Issues, the Worthing based Charity, Reaching Families, are offering a telephone counselling service via referral. All counsellors on the service are registered with the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). You can apply for up to three sessions. The cost of each session is £10 or £5 if you receive JSA, ESA or Income Support. To self-refer for the service, please click here. Tips for managing stress While on the subject of Mental Health, the always excellent Independent Living has put together a great article on stress and how best to manage it. The article includes tips on the best ways to combat stress, how to better connect with people and make more time for your hobbies and interests, mindfulness and much more. To view the article, please click here.