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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


                        Thank you so much for this brilliant list!
                        I just wanted to mention that you could add in a free meditation site I have found very useful
                        They have daily Live sessions and sessions of different lengths that you can access whenever you feel like it

                        Lyn O on Apr 10, 2020

                        A fabulous list and great ideas. Thank you

                        Emma Mercer on Apr 06, 2020

                        Thanks so much for this list. That is such a lot of work but will be really useful for children and adults alike.
                        Fiona Collins

                        Rans Talk to Learn Team on Apr 06, 2020

                        Please keep me updated. I am from Navi Mumbai, India.

                        Dilipkumar Mathapati on Apr 06, 2020

                        WOW ! Where do I start ! This is fantastic ! Thank you x

                        Sue Smith on Apr 06, 2020

                        Thank you for sharing this amazing list. My mentor shared it with me and I have shared it with my networks which they have found useful!

                        Cartèlea Howell on Apr 06, 2020

                        Thank you so much for a well thought out comprehensive list. It will be of enormous help
                        to me as I’m retired and alone. Excellent! Well done you and may you help the rest of the NHS to weather the storm and come out of it without harm

                        JayneGilbert on Apr 04, 2020

                        This is quite an amazing list of resources. I have shared with all of our staff today and I am really grateful for your hard work in curating this list of informed links – especially at this time, Thank you!

                        Sean ODonnell on Apr 04, 2020

                        Thanks for these Claire – great resources for children and adults that I will be sending out to our parents. I enjoyed watching the penguin cam at Edinburgh Zoo! Keep up the good work!

                        Emma Cox on Apr 04, 2020

                        Thank you

                        Karen on Apr 04, 2020

                        Please add the Pray As You Go app and the Time to Pray app to your prayer resources. Thanks.

                        Michele Simms on Apr 04, 2020

                        Thank you so much for the links I really appreciate it I am going to make full use of it

                        Anita Anthony on Apr 04, 2020

                        Thank you so much for this invaluable resource.
                        I’m a SENDCo at a secondary school and I’ve sent details of this site to our parents/carers of students with ASD. These students are getting overwhelmed with the amount of work being sent to them and are having major meltdowns. Your recommended sites are allowing them to access learning that they enjoy and they are so much happier.

                        bryony allen on Mar 31, 2020

                        Great resources especially at this time. Thank you ☺️. I’m going to have ab good look and definitely use these links to my advantage. Living alone is no fun so it will be a great help. I’ll tell others about it too. Take care stay safe and cat on 🤝

                        Liz sevil on Mar 31, 2020

                        Hi. Great list of resources with loads of fantastic ideas for people to engage with. I represent the WEA, an adult education charity and we have a range of free online resources for people to sign up for. Can we add them to this list please? Thank you.

                        Dr. Baylie Hart Clarida on Mar 31, 2020

                        Thank you!

                        Caroline on Mar 31, 2020

                        Can u pls find me a free Chinese learning online course

                        Kathryn Chi on Mar 31, 2020

                        Would you be able to add our project clan- kind to you list of art courses?

                        Karen Evans on Mar 30, 2020

                        Wonderful resource! Thanks!

                        Susan Jolliffe on Mar 30, 2020

                        Remarkable! Thank you SO much for putting this together. :-)

                        Stephen Sargent on Mar 30, 2020

                        Amazing resources and ideas thank you so much for sharing! Already visited Lapland seen the Northern Lights, an aquarium in Georgia and a few national parks and shared with my class family and friends!

                        Ges Riley on Mar 30, 2020

                        This is a wonderful list of resources thankyou…best wishes

                        Julie berry on Mar 30, 2020

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

                        Maxine Oliver on Mar 30, 2020

                        Thank-you so much. There are so many wonderful resources to check out here .Looking forward to it!! Sincerely, Cheryl

                        cheryl Rivard on Mar 30, 2020

                        This is a stunning resource. Well done.

                        Simon Le Plastrier on Mar 30, 2020

                        Such a generous gift. Best to you and yours xx

                        Zara Lund on Mar 30, 2020

                        Hello! Thank you for this list! In regards to the Anxiety/Mental health/loneliness section, I would like to offer an additional resource – DinnerTalk. It is a video chat group, with the goal of providing pleasant conversation. Conversations are one hour in duration, free, and participants are from all over the world. Here are the links for more information:
                        Take care! Skye

                        Skye on Mar 30, 2020

                        Hello, would you like to add my daily Football Coaching to this? My group is called ‘Home Football Coaching’ and it’s totally free to watch – each weekday at 2.30pm for 20 minutes! Enjoy :)

                        James on Mar 30, 2020

                        I have been sharing this with our community online while our community cafe & hub is closed – thank you so much for compiling such a fab list to help get people through while in isolation x Stay safe Claire, stay well and thank you for your NHS work x

                        aimie ryan on Mar 30, 2020

                        This is a wonderful lists of resources. Thank you.

                        Francesca on Mar 29, 2020

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