Support for the community of Badger Farm & Oliver’s Battery during the Covid-19 crisis.

Winchester Radio 94.7FM
During this difficult time, we would like to be a source for information about Covid-19. We know that not everyone is on social media, or is in a position to easily find valid information. Our aim is to provide you with relevant, curated information on all aspects of Covid-19 and the measures that are being taken to combat it. We continue to update this page occasionally so do check back for new advice.

If you have anything you would like to see added to this page please email us at {This email is obscured. Your must have javascript enabled to see it}. We have a Community section dedicated to bringing a little joy to you from the community. If you have any pictures, drawings or stories you want to share please send them to the same address.

We appreciate that not everyone is able to easily access our website so we are sharing as much information as possible here. Where it is available, we have given offline contact details, but much of the information out there is only accessible online. We’d like to ask for your help in getting this to those who most need it so if you see anything that may be of use to a family member, friend or neighbour who struggles to get online, please do consider passing it on to them.

Winchester Support

There are a number of support groups in the area who are here to give help if you need it.

Winchester Local Response Centre

Winchester Local Response Centre is part of a county-wide network. Winchester City Council and Hampshire County Council are working with voluntary organisations to make sure support, services and supplies reach everyone that needs them. The county council has set up a helpline for vulnerable residents to discuss support such as access to food and essential supplies as well as be someone people can chat with (remotely) to combat loneliness during the COVID-19 outbreak.

You can contact the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hampshire Helpline – Hantshelp4vulnerable – on 0333 370 4000.

Olivers Battery Community Group

A local community support group. Their telephone number is 07796 473804 and their email address, {This email is obscured. Your must have javascript enabled to see it}.

Mutual Aid Winchester

Mutual Aid is a Facebook group to organise community support and help for those isolated. The forum is for requesting or providing help to those in need as a result of Covid-19. It is a community forum to share information on how to access essential food, medication, supplies and services. Each area of Winchester has its own thread.

Community First

In response to Covid-19, Community First is working with the local voluntary and community sector to support as many people as possible. Their helpline number is 0300 500 8085 or you can email them on {This email is obscured. Your must have javascript enabled to see it}.

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General Covid-19 advice

Avoiding infection

You are most likely to catch the SARS-CoV-2 virus by spending a long time near an infected person in an enclosed space. As the lockdown is eased, New Scientist has advice on At work, school and seeing friends: How to lower your coronavirus risk.

George Gershwin's Summertime Handwashing


Respiratory viruses like coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spread when mucus or droplets containing the virus get into your body through your eyes, nose or throat. Most often, this happens through your hands. Hands are also one of the most common ways that the virus spreads from one person to the next. During a global pandemic, one of the cheapest, easiest, and most important ways to prevent the spread of a virus is to wash your hands frequently with soap and water. A recent study found that moderate-frequency handwashing was associated with a 36 per cent reduction in the risk of becoming infected with coronavirus compared to those who wash their hands fewer than five times a day. Unicef shares everything you need to know about how to wash your hands the right way.

If you’re bored of singing Happy Birthday, try some other Coronavirus hand-washing songs. You can even create your own hand-washing poster like this one courtesy of Wash Your Lyrics.

Face Coverings

Woman wearing a face coveringIt is now mandatory to wear face coverings in most enclosed spaces and other places where social distancing is difficult. For the most up-to-date information on where they are required, look at the Government’s advice on Face coverings: when to wear one and how to make your own. Face coverings can help us protect each other and reduce the spread of the disease if you are suffering from coronavirus but not showing symptoms. The Government is strongly urging the public not to purchase surgical masks or respirators. These are prioritised for healthcare workers working in more high-risk environments where the risk is greatest. Instead, you can make face coverings at home. When choosing fabric for a face covering, carry out the light test: ‘“Hold it up to a bright light,” said Dr. Scott Segal, chairman of anesthesiology at Wake Forest Baptist Health who recently studied homemade masks. “If light passes really easily through the fibers and you can almost see the fibers, it’s not a good fabric. If it’s a denser weave of thicker material and light doesn’t pass through it as much, that’s the material you want to use.”’ (New York Times). Find out about the different types of face mask, what to know before buying one or making your own and – most importantly – how to use one properly in Coronavirus: where to buy face masks and how to make your own from Which? If you wear glasses and find they constantly fog up when wearing a mask, find out How to Keep Your Glasses From Fogging Up While Wearing a Mask.

Covid-19 symptoms

The main symptoms of Covid-19 (coronavirus) are:

  • high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Use the 111 online coronavirus service if you have any symptoms and follow the Government’s Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

If you have symptoms of Covid-19, you should ask for a test to check if you have the virus. The test usually involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud; see How to take a coronavirus self-test swab. If you are, or live with, an essential worker you should apply on the Government’s website: Apply for a coronavirus test if you’re an essential worker. Everyone else should use the NHS page: Ask for a test to check if you have coronavirus.  You can ask for a test for yourself if you have coronavirus symptoms now or for someone you live with if they have coronavirus symptoms. You need to get the test done in the first 5 days of having symptoms. Do not wait. Ask for the test as soon as you have symptoms.

If you test positive

From 28 September 2020, people in England will be required by law to self-isolate if they test positive or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

If you or another member of your household has symptoms of coronavirus, you should isolate immediately. If you receive a positive test result, you are required by law to self-isolate for the period ending 10 days after displaying symptoms or after the date of the test, if you did not have symptoms. Other members of your household must self-isolate for the period ending 14 days after symptom onset, or after the date of the initial person’s positive test. The Government has issued Guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. You can also follow the NHS guidance on How to avoid spreading coronavirus to people you live with. The BBC video Coronavirus: How do you look after someone with Covid-19? gives some helpful tips for the whole household.

Test and Trace

People who’ve been in close contact with someone found to have Covid-19 are now being traced. You will be contacted by an NHS contact tracer who will ask you to self-isolate for 14 days. The BBC article Coronavirus: How will contact tracing work in England? explains how Covid-19 test and trace works. If you have been in close contact with, but do not live with, a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, the Government has issues Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person.

The new NHS COVID-19 app (available for Android and Apple) is the official NHS contact tracing app for England and Wales. “It is the fastest way of knowing when you’re at risk from Coronavirus. The quicker you know, the quicker you can alert your loved ones, and your community.”

Health organisations


You can find both general medical advice and the latest NHS information and advice about coronavirus (Covid-19) on the NHS website.

In the current pandemic, it can be hard to know what to do if you’re unwell.

  • For help from a GP – use your GP surgery’s website, use an online service or app, or call the surgery.
  • For urgent medical help – use the NHS 111 online service, or call 111 if you’re unable to get help online.
  • For life-threatening emergencies – call 999 for an ambulance.

If you’re advised to go to hospital, it’s important to go.

A blood pressure monitor and some pillsFriarsgate Practice

The practice has had to make some major changes in the way things are being done. They have done this to minimise face to face contact between patients and staff, limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus and keep the practice team and patients as well as possible. For full details, read their Coronovirus post. Get their most recent information on their website or their Facebook page.

World Health Organization

For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic page on the WHO website.

Mental Health


You may be feeling more worried or unsettled by what’s going on in the world. It might feel like things are changing, and there is a lot that’s outside of our control. Because of coronavirus, there are a lot of unknowns about the immediate and long-term future, and it’s becoming clearer that we are going to have to do things a little differently, particularly in the way we live our day-to-day lives. It’s natural that this uncertainty and change will affect people’s mental wellbeing. At Samaritans, we’re committed to helping those who are struggling, however we can.

If you’re wondering how to adjust to this new way of living, the Samaritans page If you’re worried about your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak has advice to help you cope. Looking after your mental health, tips to deal with remote working and social media and getting help for someone you’re worried about are all covered here.


Mind’s information hub provides advice on how to support your mental wellbeing during this period. This includes practical advice on coping with staying at home, tips for employers on supporting yourself and your team, and updates on how the new coronavirus laws could affect your rights. If you’re a young person struggling at this time, they’ve also got some information for you.


Supported by the NHS and Liverpool City Council, NeuroLove was created to support young people who are between 8 and 25 years old, to stay emotionally and physically well. The site has six areas to help you Create, Relax, Active, Fitness, Self-Care, Self-Help and Fitness. They host live workshops and classes and can also offer live chat with a social therapist between 9am and 8pm each day.


Twelve years ago, New Economics Foundation reviewed more than 400 scientific papers to identify key things that contribute to our wellbeing. Echoing the familiar ​‘five a day’ message for fruit and veg, they came up with a simple set of postcards aimed at helping individuals to understand and incorporate wellbeing into their everyday lives. They have now developed these into the Five ways to wellbeing at a time of social distancing. Forbes has gone further with 9 Practices To Help Maintain Mental Health During The Coronavirus Lockdown.

Children’s Mental Health

Hampshire & IOW Children and Young People Crisis Line

Hampshire IOW Crisis Line

Havant and East Hants (HEH) Mind has launched a Freephone Crisis Line for 11–17 year-olds living in Hampshire & Isle of Wight. The crisis line provides immediate access to safe and confidential support for young people experiencing difficulty with their mental health.

The service opened on Monday 4th May 2020, and is available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 3pm – 8:30pm. Freephone: 0300 303 1590. For more information, download the HIOW CYP Crisis Line Leaflet.

ChatHealth  Messaging Service

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust runs ChatHealth, a text messaging service to support young people in Hampshire.  The ChatHealth text service is an easy way for young people 11-19 to confidentially ask for help with a range of issues. The service is manned by qualified school nurses who have a wealth of experience of working with young people. Download their ChatHealth Messaging Service poster for more details.

Talking with your children

Talking to our children about anxieties and worries is important. Watching Newsround or clips, such as this from BrainPOP, together and exploring afterwards can be a great way to dismiss myths and focus on the facts. Follow these tips to guide your children:

  • Don’t bottle up worries – talk to a trusted adult
  • If you’re worried about elderly neighbours, find different ways to keep in touch
  • Get your information from trusted sources
  • Don’t worry about what you can’t control, but do what you can to help, for example washing your hands regularly or offering support to others
  • Do things that you enjoy to keep yourself busy.
  • Sometimes children are more forthcoming when they are playing a game, making something or sharing a story.

If you would like further advice on this, these websites give some really useful advice:


If you’re feeling low or struggling to cope, if you’re lonely, if you feel under threat please reach out. There are plenty of people out there who want to help.

A telephone

  • Mind: 0300 123 3393 ~ Text: 86463 ~ Email: {This email is obscured. Your must have javascript enabled to see it}
  • Samaritans: 116 123 ~ Email: {This email is obscured. Your must have javascript enabled to see it}
  • The Silver Line (advice and friendship for the elderly): 0800 470 80 90 ~
  • Age UK (telephone friendship service for over 60s): 0800 678 1602 ~
  • Hampshire Domestic Abuse Service: 03300 165112
  • National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247
  • Childline: 0800 1111
  • Respect Phoneline: 0808 8024040

Government advice

UK Government

The UK Government’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) page has information about what you need to do. On the same page, you’ll find the Government’s Covid-19 guidelines for all sections of society, as well as a link to view the daily press conferences.

Our MP, Steve Brine, has a dedicated Covid-19 page which lists the community response across the whole constituency for those who need help or want to help.

Hampshire County Council

Hampshire County Council has created a dedicated section on their website for service updates regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Guidance includes:

  • How Coronavirus (COVID-19) affects the way we deliver some services
  • The Hampshire response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Latest information from the Government
  • Health advice from the NHS

Managed on behalf of Hampshire County Council, Connect to Support Hampshire is a website for adults in Hampshire. Its aim is to help you stay independent and to manage your own care.  You can find local groups, activities and services within your community as well as formal care services. Its regularly updated Coronavirus resource page contains useful links and information to assist older and vulnerable Hampshire residents during the current pandemic.

Citizens Advice

Coronavirus (Covid-19) is affecting all aspects of our lives, Do you need free, confidential, independent advice? Citizens Advice can help, here for you whoever you are, whatever the problem. Citizens Advice can give you up-to-date, high-quality advice on a range of issues including Government support packages relating to  Covid-19; managing money, debt, accessing benefits; employment concerns; housing and much more. Although they have had to temporarily suspend all face-to-face advice in the community, they continue to deliver a full advice service from their homes. You can get in touch through:

  • Local Call Back Service: 01962 848003 or 01489 890940
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  • Regional Advice Line: 03444 111 306 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm, and Saturday 10am to 12pm.)
  • Online:

Financial help

Money Advice Service

The coronavirus outbreak means this is going to be an incredibly stressful period, because although this is a health-based emergency, it’s also a financial-based emergency too. The more you can do now to plan ahead will save you time and energy – and importantly, money– when you might not be feeling at your best. The Coronavirus and your money guide, from the government’s Money Advice Service, looks at how you can best manage your money, what help is available from your account providers and what to think about if you might need to borrow money.

Money Saving Expert

With many businesses closed during the Covid-19 lockdown, people will be worried about their finances at the moment. Martin Lewis’ MoneySavingExpert site has an excellent, and frequently updated, page on Coronavirus Finance & Bills Help which answers many of the questions you may have.

Fact checking

There’s a lot of information out there about the new coronavirus, but not all of it is right.  This false or misleading information can come in many forms: from viral posts on social media, to comments made by public figures, to statements printed or broadcast by journalists. It’s vital that everyone receives clear, factual information about Covid-19. Bad information ruins lives. In situations like this, it can cause unnecessary fear and—most importantly—may lead people to ignore important advice about symptoms or avoiding infection. The UK’s independent fact-checking charity Full Fact and the BBC’s Reality Check are working to fact check and correct misinformation on Covid-19.

Keeping in touch


Winchester Radio

Winchester Radio is the official community radio station serving the city of Winchester and the immediately-surrounding villages. Tune-in now on 94.7FM across the city and surrounding villages, or click the “Listen Live” logo on their website.


Re-engage’s Call Companions

Many people say that it is so nice to have the chance to chat to more than one or two people in a week, to help break up the days. This is true in normal times and really exacerbated at the moment. You may have heard of Re-engage (formerly Contact the Elderly) for its monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties, where volunteers of all ages use their own cars to collect older guests, and meet in volunteer hosts homes, for tea, cake and companionship. The groups are small and friendly and most people are part of the same group for many years. As these tea parties are suspended due to Coronavirus, Re-engage have developed and launched Call Companions, a telephone befriending scheme.

A volunteer call companion will call the same older person between two and four times a month at a mutually agreed time for an informal chat. Calls will last for around 30 minutes. The calls are about friendship and friendliness not about ‘care and support’. The volunteers love it because they have someone to chat to about last night’s TV or other interests. It really is a fun chat about anything and everything. If you’re living alone or in sheltered housing and have difficulty getting out in normal times. and would like a call companion, you can apply here.

Anyone can introduce an older person to the service, including family, friends, social and health care professionals, day centres, churches and other charities. If you know of anyone over 75 who would benefit, you can refer them on the Re-engage website.

If you’d like to make a real difference to the lives of older, isolated people in your local community, you can volunteer to be a call companion. Find out more here.

Just Call

The Campaign to End Loneliness has launched a new campaign, Just Call, as part of their Be More Us movement, to encourage all of us to pick up the phone and take the time to check in, catch up and connect.

Be More Us is about making connections. And now more than ever, those connections matter. But for many people who don’t have access to the internet or smartphones, this can be difficult. For a lot of older people the phone is the easiest, most accessible way to keep in touch. While the number of older people using digital technology continues to grow, only 1 in 5 older people own a smartphone, meaning video call and messaging apps might not be available to them. There is a huge digital divide, and many older people can feel left out. That’s why we’re launching a new campaign, Just Call, encouraging all of us to continue to pick up the phone to help the people we care about feel less isolated, even as the lockdown eases.


Video chatting

Smiling woman talking via laptop in kitchenKeep in touch with loved ones while keeping your distance using a video chat app. There are lots out there and the one you choose will depend on the setup of everyone you want to chat with. Zoom is very popular; if you share some of the recent concerns about its privacy settings, you can keep up-to-date on the latest Zoom news on Tom’s Guide. If you’d rather use an alternative, c|net has some good suggestions on 10 free Zoom alternative apps for video chats. is another option for small groups that is very simple to use. In May, Google updated the service that they built for secure business meetings, Google Meet, to make it free and available for all. Google Meet allows for up to 100 friends or family at any time and, unlike Zoom which limits free accounts to 40-minutes at a time, it won’t enforce any limit for the time being.

Some apps, notably Zoom,  allow you to display an image or video as your background during a meeting. Give your video calls a makeover with this selection of over 100 empty sets from the BBC Archive or this selection of Zoom backgrounds from Pexels.

With its easy accessibility and fun, casual, atmosphere, Houseparty is a popular choice among teens to connect with their friends. If you’re a parent who doesn’t use it yourself and would like to know more, take a look at What parents need to know.

If your elderly relative doesn’t have a suitable computer or smartphone, Facebook Portal may be the answer. These are essentially video-calling devices that use Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp to call or message friends, family and colleagues. Styled to look like digital photo frames, they sit nicely in your home as a beautiful and intelligent display until the time comes to place or receive a call. Read more on What is Facebook Portal and how can you use it to call on WhatsApp or Messenger?

Remote access

If a family member needs some help with their computer and you can’t pop round to sort things out for them, what can you do? Use remote access software. One of the best is TeamViewer, which is free for personal use. You do have to download and install the software on both computers; wikihow has some great instructions here. But if even that is too much for the person you’re helping, use the built-in Windows 10 app Quick Assist by following the instructions here. Once you have access through Quick Assist, use that to install TeamViewer!

Tech advice

BT Tech Tips

BT and ITV have created Top Tips on Tech – a series of videos and guides to help you, your family and friends learn about different technologies and how to get the most out of them. The tech tips are available here to watch now or to download as simple guides for later.

Barclays Digital Eagles

Barclays Digital Eagles help everyone get the most out of digital. No matter where you are on your journey, they can help keep you up to date and stay safe online.

COVID-19 scams

Unscrupulous criminals are exploiting fears about COVID-19 to prey on members of the public, particularly older and vulnerable people who are isolated from family and friends. National Trading Standards is warning people to remain vigilant following a rise in coronavirus-related scams that seek to benefit from the public’s concern and uncertainty over COVID-19.

Keep your child safe online

There is support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:

The following links also provide excellent resources to support you in talking about e-safety with your primary-school aged child:


Please remember to wear a face covering and to follow any social distancing measures put in place by supermarkets when shopping in store. Note that the opening hours below may change on Bank Holiday weekends – check the store’s website for details.


Opening hours

Badger Farm Sainsbury’s is now open as usual Monday – Sunday. Between 8am and 9am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the store will be prioritising access to serving elderly and disabled customers. Between 7.30am and 8.00am Monday to Saturday, the store will prioritise access to NHS and Social Care workers with a relevant pass or ID.

Shopping for others

Sainsbury’s knows a number of their customers who have been advised to self-isolate have to rely on friends, family and local communities to collect their groceries for them. To help with this they have launched a Volunteer Shopping Card to enable people to shop for others easily in-store. Simply choose how much money you want to add, who you’d like to send it to and any personal message you’d like to include and pay using the link below.  Your recipient will receive an E-Gift Card via email that they can redeem in store.

Purchase a Volunteer Shopping Card here.


Tesco Extra at Winnall is open from 6am–midnight Monday to Saturday and 10am–4pm on Sunday, with priority time for elderly and vulnerable customers on Sunday and Wednesday from 9am to 10am. Opening hours vary for some facilities and services. See their website for more information.

Local shops

Hampshire Fare

Hampshire Fare exists to support local food, drink and craft producers. They are a not-for-profit organisation working closely with over 400 businesses involved in rearing, growing and making an array of produce including cheese, wine, beer, meat, charcuterie, pies, spirits, cider and more. Some of their members provide a home delivery service. See their Where to buy page to find out more.

Winchester Local has details of food and grocery suppliers – as well as local coffee shops, pubs and others – who are offering food delivery services. You can also find out which of our local restaurants are now offering takeaway or deliveries.

Food support

Winchester City Council is in contact with several support groups across the city. The latest information can be found on their website and updates are published as soon they’re available. They are currently showing the support being provided by Winchester Basics Bank ({This email is obscured. Your must have javascript enabled to see it}, 01962 855774 or 07581 370 020) and Winchester Fareshare (01962 863217). If you would like to help Fareshare get food to vulnerable people you can donate here.

If there is no local support available you can contact Winchester City Council via the Hampshire helpline on 0333 370 4000 between 9am and 5pm, seven days a week.

Tiny tots

Tiny Happy People from the BBC and the Government’s Hungry Little Minds have simple, fun activities for kids from newborn to five. There are also some great tips on other ways to help young children on Help children aged 2 to 4 to learn at home during coronavirus.


Coping with home-schooling: advice from local schools

Kings’ Winchester

Kings’ School has a useful Powerpoint presentation to help pupils adjust to learning at home. To download it, click on the View Now button on

Peter Symonds College

Peter Symonds shares some ways students can make the most of this time and still continue to improve academically if they make the effort.

Maintain a routine

At the beginning of the week, make a list of challenging but achievable goals. Your priority is to complete the tasks set by your teachers but you could also include a topic to  revise, an exam question to attempt or simply a commitment to spend more time on a subject you tend to neglect. Share your goals with someone and review them at the end of the week.

Organise a comfortable and quiet workspace
  • Do you have all the equipment you need? electronic devices, pens, paper, files etc.
  • Do you need music?
  • Be aware of distractions that hold you up and remove them e.g. social media.
  • Turn your distractions into a reward at the end of a productive study session.
Get enough sleep, but not too much!

Try to stick to your usual routine: go to bed and wake up as early as you would on a normal College day. It will make it easier for you to adjust when you get back to College.

Ask for Support
  • Contact your teachers and ask them about anything you are unsure of.
  • Use all the online resources available to you e.g. the intranet, google classroom.
Be social whilst social distancing

Video call your friends or play a game together online during your free time. Why not set some goals together and discuss your progress. It is important to remind ourselves that this time will pass. Be proactive and get ahead of the situation by staying on top of your work, and don’t forget to take some time to focus on self-care by doing something you enjoy.

Stay Active

Do any physical activity you find enjoyable.

Manage stress

Try the Keep–Stop–Start process to identify what works for you:

  • Keep doing things that make you feel ‘okay’. It could be as simple as having a shower.
  • Stop bad habits e.g. sleeping till midday or spending the day on social media!
  • Start SMART targets e.g. I will set out my study timetable.
    • S – specific
    • M – measurable
    • A – achievable
    • R – realistic
    • T – timely

Resources and ideas for home-schooling

Boy studying at homeGovernment resources

The Government has published Coronavirus (COVID 19): list of online education resources for home education,  a list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home. It covers English, maths, science and PE at both primary and secondary levels. It also has resources for wellbeing and special educational needs and disabilities. They also have specific advice for primary school children. For wider advice on home-schooling while schools are closed read What parents and carers need to know about schools and education during the coronavirus outbreak which is regularly updated.


BBC Bitesize bring three new lessons every weekday, with videos, activities and more. They’re also creating weekly timetables for all years from 1 to 10 to help you structure your lessons.

Oak National Academy

Oak National Academy is a new collection of high-quality lessons and online resources. Backed by the Government, it has been created in response to the coronavirus lockdown. In their online classroom, you can find lessons for all year groups from Reception to Year 10 in all the major subjects.  Alternatively. their scheduled timetable takes the stress out of planning your children’s day by offering four or five lessons a day, along with a weekly assembly featuring a talk from some inspirational guest speakers.

Red Cross Power of Kindness CalendarRed Cross

“As the UK faces a global coronavirus pandemic, things can feel a little uncertain and even overwhelming. But, during these difficult times, one thing is clear: small acts of kindness make a big difference.”  To encourage children and young people to carry out kind acts every day, Red Cross has put together resources including a Kindness Calendar and a learning sheet. You can also download information sheets for learners aged 7-11 and 11-18 to help you support your child in this activity.

Youth Sport Trust

Following the announcement of school closures due to COVID-19, the Youth Sport Trust developed new ways to support children and families to stay active during lockdown. When schools reopened, but after-school sports clubs didn’t, they launched an online After School Sport Club to fill void created by lockdown. Every weekday at 5pm until the end of term (18 December), they’re running a 30-minute online club for all children and young people to do some sport, develop skills and, most importantly, have fun!


Stuck for fun ways for your kids to learn from home? SkintDad has suggestions for Free Online Daily Classes for Kids to Help While Schools are Closed.

Writing projects

Gillian Cross is the author of children’s books including the Demon Headmaster series. During the first eight weeks of the coronavirus lockdown she shared daily story starters, encouraging children to practice their writing skills. You can find the whole collection in her storystarters.pdf. If you need any more ideas, you can find dozens here, from lots of authors and illustrators: Booktrust Fun at home with authors and illustrators.

General information

Google Classroom

Some schools are using Google Classroom to continue teaching remotely. Google’s free-to-schools platform makes it easy for students to keep all their schoolwork in one place, but it invites privacy and safety risks that parents should keep an eye on. Read Common Sense Media’s Parents’ Ultimate Guide to Google Classroom to find out more.

Activities for kids

Courtesy of Kings’ School, with additions of our own, here are some ideas of things to do at home when you’re not home-schooling.

Outdoors > indoors



STEM activities

Arts and Crafts

Activities for all

Here are just a few suggestions if you find you have time on your hands.

Virtual visits

Learn something new

  • Learn a languageThe 6 Best Free Language Learning Apps of 2020
  • Trace your family tree: Genealogy was transformed by the internet. Information that once took cross-country trips to record offices or churches to find can now be accessed with a few clicks. It’s probably why genealogy is now one of the most popular online activities. If you want to give it a go, you can start by reading Planting the seeds of your family tree by Winchester Computer Tutor.
  • Take an online course: OpenLearn and FutureLearn, both from the Open University “a new way to explore subjects you’re passionate about.” Coursera, among others, offers free courses from leading universities and companies around the world that will introduce you to new subjects or give you a chance to sharpen your skills in subjects you already know.
  • Contribute to a research project: Participate in research of all kinds, from classifying galaxies to counting penguins to transcribing manuscripts. Whatever your interest, there’s a Zooniverse project for you.
  • Explore the arts: Google Arts & Culture is your daily dose of arts and culture. Use their tools to explore by time and colour, zoom to view artworks in amazing detail, tour famous sites and landmarks, and more.
  • Improve your tech skills: Take a free technology tutorial with They also offer courses in the core skills such as maths, reading, writing and personal finance.
  • Learn to touch type: If you want to learn how to touch type instead of hunt and peck, or if you simply want to improve your typing speed and accuracy, ReviewGeek has a list of websites can help you learn to type with lessons, practices, and games.
  • Read a book:
    • Hampshire Library Service has been gradually building its online offering over the last few years and use of the digital service has steadily grown. To access the free digital resources (audio and e-book for adults and children) on offer, visit the Hampshire Libraries eBooks and eAudiobooks page where you can find a host of resources, and instructions on how to join.
    • Find cheap, or even free, ebooks from Amazon, Apple and others through bookbub.
    • If classics are more to your taste, Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world’s great literature here, with a focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired.

Get fit(ter)

Woman doing yoga on a beach

  • NHS Fitness Studio: Choose a workout from the NHS Fitness Studio‘s range of online exercise videos. Take your pick from 24 instructor-led videos across aerobics exercise, strength and resistance, and pilates and yoga categories.
  • Sport England: Join the Movement has tips, advice and guidance on how to keep or get active in and around your home. Join the Movement and share how you’re getting active during this time.
  • Couch to 5K: We’re still allowed to go outside for exercise so this may be the ideal time to take the Couch to 5K Challenge. Follow the program on the NHS website or download an app to guide you through it.
  • Body Coach: As well as offering daily PE sessions for kids, Joe Wicks has workouts for people of every age and fitness level. You don’t need a gym to get lean and most of the workouts can be done anywhere with no equipment.
  • FitnessBlender: FitnessBlender has 600 free full-length workout videos for all levels from a Low Impact Beginner Cardio Workout to a 1000 Calorie Workout – 90 Minute Total Body Strength, HIIT, Kickboxing, Pilates, and Core Workout. They also have some yummy looking recipes in their Eat Real Food playlist.


  • Free online books, movies, and games for you and your family: Tech site ReviewGeek has compiled The Best Resources for Free Books, Movies, and Games.
  • Play a game: California-based broadcaster KQED shares 10 Comfort Games That Encourage Kindness, Community and Well-Being. The BBC Click report on Lockdown gaming: How to pick family-friendly games will help you safely pick new games for your children.
  • Take a wine appreciation course:  Comprehensively updated for 2020, wine writer Tom Cannavan’s online wine appreciation course explains many aspects of wine, from its history, how it’s made, to how to serve it.
  • Nature watch: Watch the progress of the five baby peregrines that hatched on the roof of Winchester Cathedral this spring.
  • Enjoy a concert: Currently unable to deliver in person the weekly classical concert, head of keyboard at Peter Symonds College, Samantha Carrasco, has set up a YouTube channel where every Thursday lunchtime she performs a classical piano concert for students past, present and future, college staff and any members of the public who would like to tune in. Read more about the concerts in the Hampshire Chronicle and enjoy Samantha’s twelve concerts on the Thursday Lunchtime Concert YouTube channel.
  • Make history: Hampshire Archives and Local Studies and Wessex Film and Sound Archive hold material that tells the stories of Hampshire people going back many centuries. They are now inviting you to be a part of the archive of the future, to contribute to a contemporary legacy as they actively collect and preserve details of current events during the Covid-19 pandemic, to show its impact on people in Hampshire. Find out how you can contribute:  Collecting Covid-19 archives.

From our community

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Looking After Our Prickly Neighbours

A hedgehog on a leafy path

The sun is out and the spring warmth has reached the ground, so our spikey friends on Badger Farm and Oliver’s Battery are now active or waking up from hibernation. Hedgehogs are nocturnal animals and they mainly come out to forage at night or in the evenings. However, as the days get lighter and longer, you can now easily spot them in your garden during the light evenings.

Our area has a resident population of hogs, so you can support and look after them in many ways:

  • Leave water in a shallow dish (especially in dry weather).
  • Keep catproof feeding stations topped up with kitten biscuits, dry dog, or hedgehog food.
  • Offer them shelter in the form of hedgehog houses or igloos.
  • Leave some unkempt, overgrown areas with wood logs or twigs (creating bug houses and natural hog eateries).
  • Make cd-sized holes at the bottom of fences, walls or under gates (hedgehog highways).
  • Check the area before using electric mowers or strimmers; especially in long grass, flower borders or under shrubs and hedges.
  • Keep your dogs safely inside the house for the night (cats learn very quickly not to bother hedgehogs, but dogs tend to be more playful).
  • Look out for the hogs in your area and log them on the website.
  • Watch out for hogs when driving at dusk or overnight as they will not get out of your way.
  • Chat with your neighbours to make them aware of spikey visitors in their gardens, too.

You can make a hog feeding station easily by upturning a long plastic plant pot and cutting a cd-sized hole in one end. Place some hog food in there and some water outside. Check it and restock every day, and you’ll soon find evidence of prickly visitors – droppings around and crumbs left in the feeding dish.

There are also a few things you should know to help the hogs stay safe:

  • Our spikey friends are lactose intolerant so please do not give milk – only water.
  • Mealworms, sunflower hearts or peanuts can cause metabolic bone disease, which is a fatal condition for hogs, so please avoid them, too.
  • If digging in your compost heap or lighting a fire, please check for spikey inhabitants first. Ideally, move the bonfire before you burn it.
  • Please avoid slug pellets as they are toxic for hogs, and you should not have a slug or bug problem if you look after your resident hogs. They love them!

Hedgehogs are great at getting into trouble so please don’t make it easy for them. Cover up any holes such as those for fence posts or unguarded drains. If you have a pond or a water feature, insert a ramp. Put it close to the edge, though. Hedgehogs are good swimmers, but as the name suggests – they hog the edges. So, they wouldn’t notice a ramp in the middle of a pond, they’d keep swimming right under it until they collapsed from exhaustion.

A hedgehog in a nest of newspaperIf you see a hog out in the daytime and it moves with purpose, it’s likely to be a mum on a mission to feed her young or spend some time away from them! She’s OK. However, if you see a hog laying out in the daylight, walking with a stagger, or one that just looks sick/thin, it needs your help. Please pick it up with a pair of gloves, place in a box lined with newspaper and take to a vet. Vets are obliged to treat wild animals for free. They will give first aid as required and decide whether to pass it on to a hedgehog rescue. If you cannot get to a vet, please keep it warm, provide a shallow dish of water and phone one of these numbers as soon as possible:

  • Hart Wildlife Rescue: 01420 562335 (10am – 5pm, 7 days a week)
  • Romsey Hedgehog Lady: 07957 252170
  • Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital: 01980 629470 (24 hours)
  • RSPCA: 0300 1234 999 (24 hours)

Hedgehogs are complex little creatures, but if you’re lucky enough to see one in your garden, you will definitely be touched by their magic. And you’ve got to admit it – they are cute little critters, if not too cuddly!

Find out more about our prickly friends from the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.

Enjoying nature

Sit back and enjoy nature with photos taken at Hinton Ampner, Mottisfont, The Garden of the Bannut and Spinners Garden, Lymington before the lockdown.

Tales of positivity from Badger Farm resident Simon Lever


Many will have no recollection of former pandemics spreading the globe with horror and suffering but ultimately releasing a level of kindness that helped heal unimaginable despair. What will guide us through this winding road to better times is our faith in human kindness, fortitude, perseverance and a strong determination that we owe to loved ones, friends and all those whom we sometimes take for granted.

The National Health service, always ‘there for people’, selfless, vocationally dedicated heroes; risking their lives to help others. The folk who deliver the post. Teams of refuse collectors; I have always greeted them to say ‘thank you’. And especially now; my appreciation. Look on the bright side; from loss comes generosity, empathy and kindness. Never to be taken for granted.


So strange, walking around an almost deserted Winchester town centre; surrounded by pristine countryside, rivers, hills, peace and serenity; the heart drifting above reality of what is happening around the world.  Passers-by are friendly and engaging; not just a nod ‘hello’ but words of empathy and togetherness; a smile, a grin. Kindness is taking an active part in bringing people together. Never has this gentle word been used and promoted so much. We will walk through the current period in time. We will look back in wonder at how we all managed together and reflect that the more kindness that developed, stronger we became.

One thing is for sure, we will never take another moment for granted. We will remember the time when the heart floated as is in a dream, then landed softly to find all was well in the world. Kindness matters. Spread the word.

Simon Lever
Championing Empathy, Positivity and Kindness

In our community

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A Covid-19 NHS rainbow made by the pupils of Stanmore School, Winchester

We’ve got this!

It’s lovely seeing all the rainbow paintings that have been put in so many windows in our area. Thank you to all the children who are giving us a message of hope, like this one from Stanmore School.

Going on a Bear Hunt

With playgrounds closed, little ones’ exercise is limited to walking around our neighbourhood with their parents. But you can help make it fun for them. Pop a stuffed toy in your window and they can join kiddies around the world who are Going on a Bear Hunt.

If you’re not familiar with the book that inspired this, here’s its author, Michael Rosen, performing it.

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