Help in a crisis and visiting information during the COVID-19 pandemic

During this COVID-19 pandemic there may be changes in the way some of our services work. Contact the service directly to check how services are being delivered and follow their advice.

Some of our services now offer video consultations. You should speak to your clinician if this is something you would like them to consider. You can find out more about video consultation here.



Contact the ward you wish to visit in advance for guidance and instructions for a safe visit. 

If you need help in a mental health crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic outside office hours please contact our crisis team: Help in a crisis

For other medical advice and support contact your GP or visit NHS 111

Only visit your local Emergency Department for serious life-threatening conditions that need immediate medical attention including persistent severe chest pain, loss of consciousness, acute confused state, severe breathlessness, severe blood loss, serious burns or suspected stroke.

Talking Tuesdays

Talking Tuesdays is a monthly challenge. It is designed to give you fun ideas for practising language skills with your little one. Some are seasonal, but lots of them can be done at any time of year. Below you can find all of the Talking Tuesdays challenges from the year so far:


Make a journey stick [pdf] 90KB

Have fun mark making [pdf] 147KB

Talk about our day [pdf] 166KB

This box could be  [pdf] 167KB

This spoon could be [pdf] 154KB

What's in the bag [pdf] 158KB






Summer Challenge 2018

The Talking Tuesdays Summer Challenge was a weekly challenge designed to get you talking.


Challenge 1

Make a wand!

You can use ribbon, feathers, buttons and beads, glitter


Challenge 2

Make a den!You could use: towels, cushions, cardboard boxes, blankets, branches, duvet, chairs, tables. Get creative! Let's get talking: dark, soft, hide, hard, smooth, quietly, small, big, lift, whisper, sturdy, squeeze, strong, heavy, peek


Challenge 3

Teddy Bear's picnic.

Our 'Talking Tuesday' challenge this week is to have a teddy bear's picnic! find your teapot, cups and saucer and get talking. Don't forget to take a photo of your picnic for your challenge passport. Let's get talking! Pouring, stirring, yummy, teapot, apple, your turn, blanket, chopping, sipping, cup and saucer, rumbling tummy, chomping, hot, tasty, eating, nibbling


Challenge 4

Make up a story

Once upon a time...what happened? Where did it happen? Who is in the story? How does it end? The end! Don't forget to take a photo for your summer challenge passport!


Challenge 5

Let's get messy

Our Talking Tuesday Challenge this week is to play with a messy activity! Why not try cooked spaghetti, oats, playdough, shredded paper - the possibilities are endless. Painting, mid, shaving foam, cereals, cornflour and water, cooked spaghetti and food colouring. Describing words to try: rough, smooth, squelchy, squashy, tickly, lumpy, gritty, rubbery, prickly, fluffy, sticky, crunchy, slimy, bubbly, doughy, floppy


Challenge 6

Let's get creative

You might need: scissors, chalk, coloured paper, newspaper, shredded paper, cardboard boxes. This week we are challenging you to get creative - use old boxes, yoghurt pots, and toilet roll tubes to make a creation. What will you make?




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