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Hello everyone!

I just wanted to say THANK YOU for all of your messages, emails, and comments. It means the world to me to know how many people from all over the world are benefitting from this resource list.

ChatterPack is run on a voluntary basis in my *spare* (!) time to help share information and resources to those who need it. Have fun, explore the world from the safety of your home, and please stay safe.

Huge love to you all.

Claire Ryan 

P.s. You can find my book, ADHD and Me - a guide for children and young people, at the end of this list - please do share the link with others who might be interested, and/or get in touch if you have any questions :) 

 Alternative lists of free resources including support, advice, and information for families. Please do share the links for these with others/family/friends

    1. School closures: Resources, information, and activities for families to support Home Learning
    2. Support, advice, and resources for families of children with: speech, language, and communication needs & special educational needs and disabilities


        Virtual tours, and live webcams

        • Future Learn - Explore the architecture and history of Rome, walking around a 3D digital model of the ancient city, with this free online course.
            Museums and galleries


              Explore the oceans (underwater cameras)

                • Aquarium – Otters, sea lions, pirana, jellyfish, and many others. 


                  Online learning

                  • Open Culture - learn 48 different languages online - FREE
                  • University of Alabama - Free online archaeology and Egyptology Uni courses (create an account to log on)
                  • Open Learn - Free, online courses, Open university 
                  • Future Learn - Free, online courses including languages, health, coding, wellbeing, creative arts, etc. 
                  • Royal institute - Christmas lectures. A series of lectures presenting scientific subjects to a general audience in an entertaining manner.
                  • iDEA - An international programme that helps you develop/demonstrate your digital, enterprise and employability skills for free
                  • U3A - Online courses for mature students
                  • Blocky games - Games to help beginners learn computer programming skills
                  • Scratch - Beginners computer programming games/projects
                  • T.K.S.S.T - Smart videos for curious minds of all ages

                  Geography, nature, and history

                  • Tutorful - Top Geography websites, YouTube videos, and resources 
                  • Project Noah – Global site where you can view and share wildlife
                  • Seterra - Free world geography, online quizzes 
                  • UK parliament  - Politics, history, citizenship, etc. Written for children and young people, but lots of very interesting information, including how laws are made. 


                  *Check the location/time zones of live-streamed concerts to calculate the UK start time. Time Zone calculator

                  • Free Opera  - Dates confirmed until the end of March. Check the website via the link for future dates to be added

                  Arts and culture

                  • Parlia - The encyclopedia of opinion - mapping the worlds thinking
                  • Walter's Museum - houses the highest artistic achievements from nearly every corner of the world. View some of the past, present, and future exhibitions
                  • Teaching history - 100 objects from museums across the UK with resources, information and teaching ideas to inspire your students’ interest in history
                  • Black history - Telling the story of the black British experience

                   Literature online

                  • Gutenburg - Download free books, e.g. Shakespear, Edgar Allen Poe, Frankenstein, etc. 
                  • Listening - For people with Parkinson's Disease, visual impairment, fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, mental health difficulty or learning difficulty such as Dyslexia, which impacts the ability to read or hold a book
                  • Solomon Kingsnorth - Books in PDF, Word and audiobook format - Alice in Wonderland / Wind in the Willows / The Railway Children / The Jungle Book / Peter Pan / Black Beauty
                  • Audible - Free for this period - Available in 6 languages

                  Learn a new skill or develop a current one!

                  • A tutorial resource guide to photography and editing - Adobe
                  • Tai-Chi - the moves and the method - BrightEducation
                  • Craft projects - Sew, Knit, Crotchet, quilt, and fun for the family too!

                  Miscellaneous & entertainment

                  • BBC Sport - Shares the greatest sporting moments
                  • Radio 4 - Comedy podcast, 'Now Wash Your Hands' featuring guest comedians
                  • Zooniverse - Digital volunteering opportunities 
                  • Life Story Hub - Inspiring creative communication with the young and old using the arts
                  • Expeditions App- Free virtual Reality Augmentation app for all ages, to take virtual trips around the world to hundreds of destinations.
                  • Roll20 - Build your own game - or play games with others online
                  • Latest free stuff - UK site (if you are outside of the UK, google 'latest free stuff' and add your location)
                  • Staying Put: A guide to planning for, arranging and funding care in your own home in old age including how new technology can help improve your lifestyle (£2.99)

                  Anxiety/Mental health/loneliness

                  • WeMeditate - Live streamed, guided meditation sessions
                  • Get Sober - Free, online support for anyone struggling with alcohol addiction and staying sober during this period

                  Image with ideas to help with wellbeing - things I can and cannot control

                  CBT image about managing emotions

                  Board split into sections with activity ideas to cope with isolation

                  Prayer resources

                  *Check the location/time zones of live-streamed masses to calculate the UK start time. Time Zone calculator

                    ADHD and Me, by Claire Ryan, ChatterPack. Find out More

                    A handbook designed to help children and young people figure out what ADHD means to them as a unique individual.

                    Written in an ADHD-friendly format, the book includes tips and strategies to help children, young people and the adults in their lives to better understand their ADHD.

                    ADHD and Me is now available as a digital download! Find out more

                      Alternative lists of free resources, support, advice, and information for families - please do share the links for these with others/family/friends

                        Written by ChatterPack


                        Wow, this is a brilliant list!
                        Thanks so much :-)

                        Eleanor Bishop on Apr 30, 2020

                        Wow! I’m a secondary school teacher with an Autistic 12 yr old and active 4 yr old. This is an AMAZING resource, I’m truly astonished by the range and depth of activities and interests you’ve collated here. Truly inspiring and immensely helpful,not just in times of corona.
                        Thank you so very much.

                        Kirsty Thomas on Apr 30, 2020

                        Amazing list It will give me some things to do with my grandchildren via Zoom and screen sharing
                        Thank you

                        Howard Shaw on Apr 30, 2020

                        A great resource

                        Kieran Austin on Apr 30, 2020

                        Thank u for your amazing list of things to do so helpful

                        Linda Cohen on Apr 30, 2020

                        Excellent. You deserve praise for this work alone without your brilliant work as part of NHS. Take it easy and stay safe. I will forwarding this to my grandchildren now about 10am. They will love it. Pity it was not more widespread around.

                        Vivian on Apr 30, 2020

                        An amazing resource .
                        Thank you so much for sharing this.

                        Klaus on Apr 30, 2020

                        Thanks for sharing this information!

                        Laura on Apr 30, 2020

                        Thanks so much for sharing these! There is something for everyone and I will enjoy so much every time I come back for a visit.

                        fran hannah on Apr 30, 2020

                        Just WOW!!!
                        Thank you so so much!!!

                        Vicky on Apr 30, 2020

                        Hello form Denmark 😀

                        Kurt on Apr 30, 2020

                        Thank you!

                        Azzees Dee Minott on Apr 30, 2020

                        Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful list. It will mean a lot to so many people.

                        Pat Allin on Apr 30, 2020

                        Thank you. What a wonderful list.

                        Sue French on Apr 30, 2020

                        What a brilliant and comprehensive list, very supportive, thank you so much

                        Janet Hardman on Apr 14, 2020

                        Thanks! An absolute Godsend!
                        Highly appreciated.

                        Geda on Apr 14, 2020

                        thank you so much for compiling and sharing this, all my friends have found it so helpful!

                        tracy rendel on Apr 14, 2020

                        Thanks for making it available and FREE to all.

                        Maria on Apr 10, 2020

                        FREE math resources for Prek-6th grade at :) I didn’t see that you had a list for math so thought I would help out! Thank you for this list of resources that you put together!

                        Lilia on Apr 10, 2020

                        How do you find the time to do this? It’s a fantastic and comprehensive list that you update regularly. And at 8pm I’ll be leaning out of my window clapping you!

                        Ruth Taylor on Apr 10, 2020

                        Thank you so much! What a wonderful resource, so much to learn and enjoy. Best wishes, Maxine.

                        Maxine Oliver on Apr 10, 2020

                        This is a fantastic link which I have shared with family in Singapore and USA plus friends and family in the UK

                        Caroline white on Apr 10, 2020

                        This is just fantastic I have shared with many people. Just brilliant at a time like this . THANK YOU SO MUCH

                        Lesley on Apr 10, 2020

                        Absolutely blummin’ amazing resource.

                        Claire Cannings on Apr 10, 2020

                        This is amazing. The resource I have been looking for for a long time. x

                        Cherrylexie on Apr 10, 2020

                        i didn’t realise we could thank you directly. Thank you so much for putting this together. you are a star.

                        Valentina Giovanni on Apr 10, 2020

                        Amazing selection on offer…will make Lockdown a real challenge as there won’t be enough hours in the day to dip into a fraction of these stimulating treats. Thank you for your great effort to help during this stressful time.

                        Angela de Villiers on Apr 10, 2020

                        These are truly wonderful! So grateful to you for compiling this list, and for the great work you do.

                        Christine Guido on Apr 10, 2020

                        Thank you so much for all these resources. I have shared them around the world!

                        clare on Apr 06, 2020

                        Thank you so much for this resource, have shared with work colleagues and friends and family and they are all saying fantastic. This plus your work with the NHS says you are an amazing person. Much love to you and your family.

                        My sister when I told her about the live stream links from zoos was that of a 5yr old – very excited :)

                        Simi on Apr 06, 2020

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