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Support & Home Activities During COVID

We were pleased to announce that BOSP re-opened face-to-face services Monday 27th July 2020 following the initial lock-down. Please see 'Re-Starting sessions during COVID-19' for details of what to expect.

We understand that life has been very difficult for all of our BOSP families and their children/young people.  Lock-down and then transitioning your child back into respite or school can be very tricky, so if you are feeling anxious, stressed or feeling that you cannot cope, please do pick up the phone and call The BOSP Office on 01268 553117 or the BOSP mobile on 07901 858457.

We will listen and try to help, and if necessary help you get support via the community hubs and Essex Welfare Service which have been set up during the COVID-19 crisis to provide a variety of support, from help walking dogs, collecting medication or shopping to referrals for young people with mental ill-health.

We also are delivering Counselling services for individuals, couples, siblings and if appropriate the young person with the additional need. Please see below or our Parent/Carer Services page for more details.

Easy Read Guides - Corona Resources

If you have a disability or supporting someone who has during the pandemic, you can find easy read guides from Inclusive Communication Essex by clicking here  

Essex Welfare Service

If BOSP's lines are busy and your need is urgent or you would like to seek support directly from the Essex Welfare Service, or refer someone,  their details are as follows:

Essex Welfare Service Contact details (Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat-Sun 10am-2pm)

Support Requests via Phone 0300 303 9988 or https://www.essexwelfareservice.org.uk/support-request

Information on Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/essexcoronavirusactionsupport/

Useful Information if your child/young person becomes unwell or is injured during the COVID19 Pandemic

RCPCH Advice for Parents File Uploaded: 16 April 2020 266.8 KB

Counselling  - support in the comfort of your own home!

BOSP is able to offer Family Counselling to BOSP families, thanks to the Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership. 

This being our 30th year of supporting families,  BOSP truly understands the challenges of caring for a child or young person with a 
disability or life-limiting illness, the effects it can have on the entire family and the impact having a disability can have on an 
individual’s self-esteem and well-being. 

BOSP is now able to offer counselling sessions with a qualified Psychological Therapist/Integrative Counsellor. Sessions are available for parents or carers who have a child or young person with a disability, siblings (young carers), grandparents or the child/ young person with the disability or life-limiting illness.

Sessions take place via Zoom from the comfort of your own home or office or sometimes your car (please be assured that sessions via Zoom will not be recorded). Sessions are greatly subsidised at £10 per session, thanks to funding from the Angus Lawson Memorial Trust and Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership. If you would like to register your interest in this service, please call The BOSP Office on 01268 553117 or email [email protected] for more information.
 
- Our counselling can support:

- parent carers

- couples

- siblings

- the child or young person with the disability/life-limiting illness

If you would like to be added to BOSP's Interested list, please call The BOSP Office on 01268 553117 and speak to Sharon our Family Liaison Worker who can give you more information.