Closure of schools due to the COVID-19 virus

Corona Virus - We are still here to help as much as we can

These are very difficult times for us all and you maybe feeling  anxious, confused, frustrated, angry or just wondering what your going to do with yourselves if you are in isolation. Treads are here to help you as much as we can, we are about to launch Skype and Zoom so we can have online meetings so you can talk to us and other young people so  you won't feel on your own. Please bear with us, in the next few days we will tell you all how you can touch base.  In the meantime, stay positive and stay safe.

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Stand Up To Bullying

These are some of the wonderful art work produced by the youth that attended our Stand Up To Bullying Workshop.

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Helping your mind stay healthy

Ways to make you relax

Ways to help you relax and unclutter a restless mind

Relaxation Drawing

What you will need.

A quiet place to sit and draw

A place that is at a nice temperature (you can’t relax if you are cold)

Paper or card

Coloured pencil or pen

Draw a large shape the size of your paper or card.

The shape could be a circle, square or simply a big blob.

Without lifting the pen or pencil off the paper continue to draw over the shape or inside the

shape, you could draw patterns inside the shape or circles and more shapes. It doesn't matter

What the finish result will look like. Just keep your mind focused on the shapes or patterns

you are creating and the sound of your breathing. If it helps you to relax play relaxing

background music. Continue to do this exercise for a few minutes, thinking of the sensations

Of the movement of drawing to help quieten your mind. On completion you

could start the exercise again using different colours, different shapes or patterns.

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During this difficult time, lots of you will be anxious and may have lots of questions you want answering. Here are some tips and suggestions to help you. 

This information is from 


Stress management While you might have to keep your distance from other people you can still go outside and keep a physical distance from others. Go for a walk, run or cycle and explore a local park – phone a friend or listen to a podcast as you wander. Exercise, meditate, and keep to a daily routine as much as you can. If the 24-hour news is making you anxious, think about only reading a few headlines a day and limiting how much you see. 


If you have access to it, use technology to stay in touch. If you have a smartphone, schedule video hangouts with your friends! Check in with your friends, family, and neighbours regularly. Wherever you can, assist people in your life who may be more vulnerable (e.g. those with no access to the internet or who cannot easily use the internet to shop online). Spend the time connecting with the people you are living with. If you are in a lockdown situation, use this time to improve your existing relationships. Eat well.


If your food shopping looks a bit different, use the opportunity to learn to cook a new meal with ingredients you might not usually buy. YouTube has loads of videos you can cook along with. 


Work out at home! Working out can reduce stress levels and release chemicals in your brain that make you happy and there’s lot of exercise classes you can follow on YouTube. 



Coronaviruses are a large group of different viruses. Each one is slightly different, but they all cause issues to your respiratory system, which is what helps you breathe. This can range from something like the common cold, to more serious infections or diseases. 


Quarantine involves people staying at home or another location to make sure that disease isn't spread. You don't need to have symptoms of the disease to be quarantined, it may be that you have travelled from a country that has a lot of cases of coronavirus and they need to make sure you aren't carrying it. Social distancing involves staying further away from people to make sure that people don't become unwell. It can mean simply standing further away from people in a queue, or avoiding going to busy places such as concerts or restaurants. 

Social Isolation

Social isolation is when someone stays away from other people to make sure they don't spread infections to others. This normally means staying at home and not going outside or having visitors to your house. 

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Useful Resources To Access During Isolation

Here are some useful websites we have researched to help during isolation. These are fun and educational. Also we have put together a list of keep fit apps and mental health outside agencies that can be reached during this difficult time

Treads have tried to compile a list of useful sites for you to visit to help during this period of isolation. Some are educational and a bit of fun while others are there to help your physical and mental well being while in isolation. 


For those that love science and space, this site offers activities and fund things to do at home,

Image of day, NASA TV, ebooks, topic to study such as humans in space and NASA audiences



This is a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games and animations.


Khan Academy

A free education site for any one

How Stuff Works

HowStuffWorks explains thousands of topics, ranging from the flu to black holes to conspiracy theories, with video and illustrations so you learn stuff. Please be aware that this site may have advertisements with adult content!


BrainPOP - Animated Educational Site for Kids - Science, Social Studies, English, Math, Arts & Music, Health, and Technology. Note: this is more for younger children but may be worth having a look at as it has facilities to make animated movies

National Geographic

A world leader in geography, cartography and exploration. Has lots of educational resources free of charge for all age groups.

Professional Photographers Of America

Professional photographers of America has opened up its entire catalogue of online photography courses to everyone free of charge.


A digital library of academic journals, books and primary sources for those young people that are in advance study.

Cambridge University Press

For those young people that are in advance study this site gives advanced knowledge, learning and world wide research. The Cambridge University press has made some of their academic text and reference books accessible online free of charge

These are some of the workout apps that have been voted the most popular


Fitbit Coach

Asana Rebel

Adidas Training & Running by Runtastic

Nike Training Club


Tel: 03001233393 (weekdays 9.00-17.00)

Text 86463


Tel 08088025544 (weekdays 9.30 – 16.00)


Tel 08001111

The Mix

Tel 08088084994

Students Against Depression


Anxiety UK

Tel 0844775774 (weekdays 9.30-17.30)

Text 07537416905

No Panic

Tel 08449674848 (10-22.00)

Youthline 03306061174 (weekdays 15.00 – 18.00)


If you decide you want to join and of these sites please read all their Terms & Conditions before registering

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Helpful Resources for Mental Health & Suicide support organisations

List of services for mental health and suicide support

Helpful Resources: Mental Health & Suicide support organisations


Telelphone 116 123 (any time)


Samaritans is a confidential emotional supportive service for anyone in the UK & Ireland. The service is available 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that may lead to suicide.

Charlie Walker Memorial Trust

Telephone: 01635 869754

Awareness, information and resources for those who are depressed.

Stamp Out Suicide

Points of contact for those feeling suicidal, bereaved by suicide or concerned about suicide.

Student Against Depression

Information and help for anyone feeling depressed


Telephone: 03001233393 (weekdays 9.00-17.00)

Text 86463

National mental health charity

Young minds Parents Helpline

Telephone: 08088025544 (weekdays 9.30-16.00)


ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)


Calm (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

Telephone: 0800585858 (17.00-00.00)

Calm is dedicated to preventing male suicide

Youth Health Talk/Health Talk

A website with video interviews  of young people’s real life experiences of health and lifestyle. There is a section on depression and eating disorders.

Cruse – Bereavement Care

Telephone: 08088081677 (weekdays 9.00 – 17.00)


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Useful apps to help with mental health

List of useful apps and websites to help with mental health

With help from MHFA Treads have up together a list of useful Apps that may help you during this difficult time

Dragon in the Attic (for children)

This app, developed by GPs and a group of year 6 children in Wakefiled NHS Trust, aims to teach 8-12 year olds how to make healthy choices for their inds and body. It uses a game where children are given a pet dragon to look after to build confidence and educate children about issues such as mental health and bullying

Feeling Good app

This is a free app with NHS approval, free audio courses available

Emoodji(for university students)

Emoodjj by Mind is a free app for the ups and downs of university life, from exam stress and homesickness to the joys of the last exams done

For Me


This app created by ChildLine with the infut of four teenagers, includes all of childlines services in an app:direct 121 access to a counsellor, videos, advice and chat on a range of issues that affect young people. It is safe and discreet, available on iphone only with an android app


This App teaches mindfulness mediation principles to improve wellbeing


Developed by 2 Gether NHS Foundation Trust, and approved by NHS Choices, this app is an interactive mood diary for monitoring and understanding emotional wellbeing. It includes tips and guidance on how to influence mood.


Mood panda is an app based platform allowing people to track their moods.

Moodscope (age 14 and over)

Web based mood tracking and management platform


Developed by youth charity The Mix and approved by NHS Choices website, this app aims to help 16-25 year olds identify and cope with stress. It includes games to help young people from immediate stress and monitor causes of stress

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Here to support you during the second lockdown and thereafter

Here to support you during the second lockdown and thereafter

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Treads Blandford have continued to work with young people by providing virtual, online support alongside one-to-one sessions and weekly check-ins. As we lockdown once again, we are determined to continue to support young people.● Treads’ aims to help young people cope with the impact of COVID-19 and the second lockdown, so that they adjust, adapt and continue to thrive in these difficult times. We are a source of support, providing accessible youth work,information, advice, guidance and giving young people the opportunity to voice their concerns.● We provide group and individual support sessions for young people led by trained youth support workers and liaise closely with other support agencies,such as Victim Support.● Treads uses its years of expertise and local knowledge to help young people to discover and access other relevant agencies and specialists.● Young people don’t need to be referred to us from outside agencies, they can simply request a chat and we’ll organise a phone or video call with a youthworker.● Spread the word, our online support sessions run on a Tuesday and Thursday from 4.00 – 4.45pm. Along with joint sessions with Victim Support,focusing on Self Help, Anti Bullying & Wellbeing every Wednesday evening from 4.00 – 4.45 – Safe and confidential ‘break out rooms’ are also available through Zoom support sessionsTreads want to provide online support for young people the best way we can.Young people can sign up to be contacted and we will arrange a support session either as individuals or by groups.Treads can be reached by Email: 07552724840 Facebook Treads BlandfordInstagram   youthsupport2018

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Girls Against Bullying Workshop

Girls Against Bullying Workshop

Our girls attending our online Girls Against Bullying workshop funded by the Dorset Community Funding (Tampon Tax) have produce wonder posters to help stop girl bullying please look at our gallery section.

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Raising funds for laptops for disadvantaged students

Raising funds for laptops for disadvantaged students

During the pandemic lots of young people have not got access to laptops and are been deprived of vital education. We are raising funds through crowdfunding to help buy new or renovated second hand laptops. Please see our donation page or get in touch with us if you could help us reach our goal. Thank You!

Fundraising for laptops for disadvantage children

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