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Welcome Welcome to the June edition of the e-bulletin which has a focus on COVID-19 Recovery Contents Click the heading to go to the page and Increasing Physical Activity. With the easing of restrictions and summer approaching, now is a great opportunity COVID-19 Information 4 for people to motivate each other into being more physically active. Initiatives that aim to encourage people to be more physically active and engage socially in a safe Headlines 6 way, particularly those population groups who are the most sedentary now have a role to play. Podcasts 18 We also have a webinar planned for Wednesday 30th July discussing how COVID-19 has affected our children and will be delivered by Dr Claire Thomas, Public Health Videos 19 Wales. The Grapevine 20 Further information and the recordings of both webinars can be found on our website. List of PHNC Topics 22 Next Issue 23 Contact us We would love to hear about any additional information, case studies You can contact Public Health or tips to share with the wider public Network Cymru in a variety of ways health community in Wales in future e-bulletins and our website so please Email us get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Write to us Public Health Network Cymru, Public Health Wales, Floor 5, Number 2 Capital Quarter, Tyndall Street, Cardiff, CF10 4BZ Social media Twitter: @PHNetworkCymru
COVID-19 Latest information on Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Public Health Wales is working closely with the Welsh Government and the other UK public health agencies to carefully monitor the situation and implement our planned response, with measures INFORMATION in place to protect the health of the public. The guidance on the measures needed in response to Coronavirus changes rapidly. It’s worth always checking the latest information from Public Health Wales. The pages include a wide range FOR of comprehensive information for public and professionals. You can find links to a wide range of sources on Public Health Network Cymru’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) page here. PROFESSIONALS Public Health Network Cymru welcomes feedback on this selection, and suggestions for additional sources that may be of interest to the public health community in Wales.
Headlines Bridgend Inclusive Network Group (BING) Bridgend Inclusive Network Group (BING) We promote community activity opportunities is a new and exciting social enterprise that and provide a voice for differently able supports the Bridgend Inclusive Community. people and their families, so that All our volunteers have a variety of personal everyone can take part in physical activities experiences, expertise, and in-depth that improve their health and wellbeing. Conwy Youth Service knowledge of the voluntary sector such as charities, community groups, sports clubs For more information you can find us on: and not for profit organisations in which we www.altogetherbridgend.co.uk/bing Early studies show that children and young • A bubble sports project takes place on a want to share. BING come together with an bridgendinclusivenetworkgroup@outlook. people are amongst the worst affected by Friday night in Llanrwst and allows young interest in promoting ability and com the COVID 19 pandemic, and the vulnerable people to utilise our brand new bubble amongst them even more so. Stress, sports equipment! inclusivity. loneliness, depression and anxiety are set • Our 'StrideAway' Facebook group to be the biggest challenges facing the encourages and motivates young Our aim is to provide support for other mental wellbeing of young people, and it people to take part in monthly distance organisations who are providing or want to is possible that the psychological effect of challenges! provide inclusive activities, through delivering the pandemic will outlast the virus itself. The • 'Picnic in the park' in Colwyn Bay allows free training, activity days and taster sessions. support young people and children will have young people to come and sit (socially We also provide an opportunity for those received since March last year, and continue distanced), chat with their peers and take working within groups in our community to to receive today can not only improve their part in small non-contact activities. come together and share information. wellbeing now, but also reduce the long • Our high school based non-traditional term effects of the pandemic on their mental sports and review group project enables wellbeing. For Conwy Youth Service, the COVID 19 restrictions meant that we had young people to take part in a selection of different sports activities each week, while Feel Good for Life - Leisure opportunities to adapt our way of working in order to continue supporting the young people who • also achieving an Agored qualification. We take our mobile buses to some for people living with dementia, feeling use and need our service. Since the easing of restrictions, Conwy Youth Service have areas of Conwy and handing out well being bags to young people, which also lonely or low to be active and to socialise now been able to offer these young people includes some fitness equipment to help Halo's Feel Good for Life programme aims to with outdoor sessions to help improve their keep them active. provide people living with dementia, isolation physical and mental health. We work with • A project in Kinmel Bay on a Friday night & depression, as well as carers in Bridgend children young people aged 11-25 within the aims at helping to encourage young County Borough, with opportunities to be whole county of Conwy and our activities people to engage in different activities physically active and to socialise. Weekly and programmes include the following: socially and have fun with their friends in a safe and expressive way. sessions consist of an hour of tailored • Well-being walks in different areas of physical activity, including swimming, curling, Conwy are really benefitting the young A project in Kinmel Bay on a Friday night aims table-tennis, keep-fit, followed by one hour people. As well as the time spent with at helping to encourage young people to of social activities, such as scrapbooking Youth Workers outdoors in the fresh air, engage in different activities socially and have memorabilia collecting, reminiscence and young people are improving their physical fun with their friends in a safe and expressive music. Creating this scheme, firstly required for 'Community Impact through Physical and mental health. way. the organisations with an interest to come Activity'. The programme has now supported • A gardening project took place in together in collaboration. This included, Halo over 120 people affected by Dementia, Llandudno over May half term where one For more information please contact and Bridgend County Borough Council, as Anxiety, Depression, Isolation and Age of our community youth clubs are based. firstname.lastname@example.org well as the Alzheimers Society, BAVO and related impairments, inc. mobility and Here young people were able to help Awen Libraries working together, with input sensory impairments. Self-reported health improve the outside area. from the Local Health Board, then removing improvements after three months indicate • Fitness sessions are taking place at the barriers to physical activity. that 80% had increased levels of activity, Abergele leisure centre. Here young 78% had reduced feelings of loneliness and people are able to take part in different The difference that the programme makes isolation and 73% had improved mental & sports and fitness sessions on a Monday to people's lives has been recognised as the physical wellbeing. The following quotes evening in a safe and structured Feel Good for Life programme was awarded also help to demonstrate the impact of the environment. the prestigious Community Leisure UK award programme:
- "He is always in such good spirits after the sessions which makes my job as a carer a the way in which this successfully engaged vulnerable people in the more remote parts COVID-19: Recovery and Increasing Physical Activity - Sport Cardiff Initiatives lot easier, it makes me so happy to see him of the county borough and who had been happy." - Linda (Unpaid Carer) sedentary and digitally excluded, Halo will be working to be able to continue the on- 'Healthy & Active at Home' project This new provision will run in partnership - "Talking to the staff and other carers that line provision as part of a blended approach Following the recent success of the ‘Active with Better (GLL), within five leisure centres are going through similar difficulties to me, to the Feel Good for Life programme. An at Home’ project, Sport Cardiff have throughout the city. These centres are Eastern gives me a great deal of support" - Frances overview of the programmes digital element partnered with the Vale of Glamorgan Leisure Centre, Fairwater Leisure Centre, (Unpaid Carer) has been captured in the following digi-story Council’s ‘Healthy Living Team’ and Western Leisure Centre, Maindy Leisure (Welsh Subtitled version) Newydd Housing Association, via the HAPI Centre and Star Hub. Each centre offers a During the Covid pandemic, the programme project, to provide residents living across range of activities including walking football, was adapted and sustained by moving to Further details and contact information can Cardiff & The Vale of Glamorgan with the Yoga, 'Rise', body conditioning, table tennis an interactive, on-line format, and providing be found here: https://haloleisure.org.uk/ opportunity to apply for a ‘Healthy & Active and much more. internet enabled i-pads free of charge. Given feelgoodforlife/ at Home’ pack. The program runs for 8 weeks and places Let’s Move with Versus Arthritis The project aims to provide over 300 households across Cardiff & Vale with can be booked right now via the landing page below, with the sessions beginning healthy food hampers and activity packs from Monday 14th June. Versus Arthritis is the UK's largest charity In your area activities - Wales | Versus to encourage children, young people and dedicated to supporting people with arthritis. Arthritis adults to become more physically active and The below landing page links, will enable Cymru Versus Arthritis is here to make sure that people with arthritis in Wales have all of Blogs - eat healthily. people to identify what activities are taking the support and information they need to How can strengthening and stretching help place at each centre and to book onto live well with their condition and to ensure your arthritis? (versusarthritis.org) The packs are designed to be inclusive sessions, by firstly registering for a booking that the needs of people with arthritis are a How to stay motivated to exercise? and people can apply for physical activity card or via the Better UK app (both of which priority with policymakers in Wales. Cymru (versusarthritis.org) equipment and/or healthy food packs. There are accessible at the bottom of the landing Versus Arthritis runs a number of different Keeping yourself healthy when working from is a separate child & family pack and teenage page): services for people of all ages with arthritis, home (versusarthritis.org) & adult packs for households that are most in ranging from activity sessions for young Tips for gardening with arthritis | Versus need of support to become more physically English - https://leisureoffers.co.uk/sport- people to practical support and information Arthritis active and eat more healthily. cardiff/60plus-project/ for those with arthritis. Why is swimming good for people with Cymraeg - https://leisureoffers.co.uk/sport- arthritis? (versusarthritis.org) Residents of Cardiff & Vale are able to apply cardiff/60mwy-o-brosiect/ Let's Move is a programme for people with Living with arthritis: 6 steps to better mornings on-line or via telephone until Sunday 4th July For further information regarding the 60 arthritis and related musculoskeletal (MSK) (versusarthritis.org) 2021. Plus Active Leisure Scheme in Cardiff please conditions who want more movement in Exercising with arthritis | Top tips, specific contact Kyle McCarthy (Move More Co- their lives. Created by Versus Arthritis the exercises (versusarthritis.org) For further information regarding the Healthy ordinator) via e-mail: programme is designed to support people to & Active at Home project please contact Ben email@example.com get active through a variety of digital content Animations – Williams (Move More Manager) via e-mail: including tailor-made movement sessions, What happens when you exercise? - YouTube firstname.lastname@example.org expert tips and advice and the sharing of How to get started with exercise - YouTube personal stories. All content is designed to Guidelines for Physical Activity - YouTube 60 Plus Active Leisure Scheme (Cardiff) help people find the level of movement that Peer support We are excited to launch another programme is right for them and to help build confidence Let's Move Versus Arthritis | Facebook which forms part of our ongoing 60+ project, both in their own body and the day-to-day Cymru Versus Arthritis - Home | Facebook providing accessible opportunities to those management of their condition. who sit within this age demographic, at local For more information please contact Rhian venues across Cardiff! Our website hosts a variety of expert Horlock email@example.com information on exercise, including exercises for arthritis and related conditions as well as a chatbot which can answer questions on physical activity.
MonLife MonLife Background indicates the usage of the digital ecosystem MonLife is a service group delivering within linking outdoor and virtual activity to the Monmouthshire County Council including; member's progress. leisure, youth, sport development, outdoor adventure, green infrastructure and Next Steps countryside access, play, learning, destination Moving forwards the membership has management, arts, museums, attractions and extended to join in the MonLife classes on site active travel. as well as attending virtual classes, creating a Our mission at MonLife is to promote wider offer. healthier lives and inspirational experiences This membership offer is 1 month free and and promote the vibrancy of Monmouthshire £16.00 thereafter and for the first 120 people as a great place to be. MonLife is a one- that sign up to this programme, as well as stop-shop vehicle for health, wellbeing and being given the equipment packs. This allows creating diverse opportunities for all of our for options to exercise at home and at the communities. leisure centre, providing greater flexibility when Leisure restrictions are eased. Why The Active 60+ Programme? In October 2020, MonLife applied for the How The Programme Helped One scheme with Sport Wales (funded by Welsh Customer Government) to facilitate the Active 60+ “I have taken part in quite a few of your Programme. The aim was to target those virtual classes and thoroughly enjoyed them over the age of 60, tackle loneliness, improve all; Stretch and Tone, Gentle Exercise and condition and to improve fitness / wellbeing Tai Chi. The classes are excellent and I’m as a result of the pandemic. Monmouthshire amazed how well you can guide and monitor has a very high demographic over the age of our individual progress throughout the 60, for many the pandemic limited access to sessions. They are all very well-planned, timed exercise and this had an impact on wellbeing. and focused on a particular aspect of our The Active 60+ programme provided a virtual developing fitness with a clear explanation of app with live and on demand classes, as well how these exercises will benefit us. They have as providing much needed social interaction. definitely made a difference to my health; I Those that took part received a home feel stronger and fitter, my flexibility is much workout kit of dumbbells, bands and exercise improved and my back is less painful. I feel mats. The classes provided were a mixture of supported, encouraged and have a sense gentle exercise, Tai Chi, Pilates and Yoga. The of achievement. I feel proud when I tell my Active 60 plus scheme launched in January grown up children, who live so far away, that 2021 with a target of engaging 85 members I have engaged in a session and I know that by March 2021, a target that was reached. As they are delighted. part of the scheme participants were given Apart from a fairly regular walk, I was taking a month’s free membership to the Leisure no other exercise. Going forward, it will be Centre to support continued physical activity difficult for me to find an opportunity to leave and sustainability of the project. my husband who has dementia and attend a Leisure Centre. As it is, my husband sits in the Using Digital Systems To Track Progress room, happy to see me and hear it all going Members have their progress recorded on in the background. It certainly helps me to through the means of digital reviews with feel less isolated. fitness professionals and their activity I have recommended 60+ to others and will recorded through the My Wellness App. The continue to do so. app records outdoor activity like walking, In truth, it has been a godsend and I cycling, running and Live / On Demand congratulate and thank everyone who has classes. This a great way for MonLife to record put the scheme together.” progress of each active member. This also
Delivery Feedback from Monlife Active Account. This is a good measure to see trends Parkrun is a positive, welcoming and inclusive 60+ team of exercise so that members get the best experience where there is no time limit and no Since our Monlife Leisure Centres have experience and improve fitness, mobility and one finishes last. Set over a 5k marked route, re-opened, there has been a welcomed wellbeing. The instructors have also recorded everyone is welcome to participate, whether response from new Active 60+ members members pre-test and 8 week post-test for; they decide to walk, jog, run, volunteer or across all four leisure centres. There has been sit to stand, IPA and SWEB - the instructors spectate. Cardiff parkrun, the first to be set up a good increase in numbers over the last found improvements across all areas. in the capital city, is located in the beautiful month of 43 members; currently at a total of surroundings of Bute Park, situated on the 126 overall MonLife offers online 60 plus fitness package Taff trail and now has an impressive amount - Monlife of runners and volunteers taking part every These members have been using the MonLife Saturday morning. By including parkrun on digital eco system. This involves use of leisure our PAP pads, we are helping to facilitate the centre, our live and on demand classes on setup of more local parkrun events within the My Wellness App - recording walks, cycle communities across Cardiff and the Vale so /swims on our Monlife Strava group that that all residents have equal accessibility to connects to the member's My Wellness an event near to where they live. One of our most recent successes is Trelai Park parkrun, which was set up during March 2020 and run by volunteers from local GP practices If Physical Activity were a Pill … the across the South West cluster area. In the limited time it had to take place before the use of Physical Activity Prescription pandemic hit, it has seen a great success with 200 finishers and over 30 volunteers in Pads in Primary Care attendance. GPs in this cluster have played a huge part, helping to provide motivation and create a supportive environment. For the The many health benefits of physical activity patients they are seeing on a daily basis, this (PA) are well known and promoted by health is encouragement for them to try out their professionals, especially within primary first parkrun, and is an invaluable resource care. Brief interventions (i.e. discussion, which stems from a PAP pad conversation. Covid-19 pandemic, we hope that the negotiation or encouragement) and exercise referral schemes (i.e. patients being formally continued roll out and implementation of Elderfit is a Community Interest Company the PAP pads across Cardiff and Vale GP referred to a PA professional) are the two founded by friends Tom and Gareth, services will begin to gain momentum. We dominant approaches to promoting PA who between them have over 30 years’ have adapted a Covid-19 specific PAP for within primary care. These cost-effective experience in the fitness industry. Using their electronic use in the meantime, which GPs interventions can generate positive changes extensive health and fitness knowledge, they can access via the Cardiff and Vale Health in health outcomes and PA levels in inactive designed a session to improve strength and Pathways website. patients who are at increased risk for non- balance for individuals that need it the most. communicable diseases. Key enablers include The classes draw on a variety of techniques, Looking forward, we are hoping to build a motivational interviewing, social support and including mobility exercises, resistance series of case studies from patients whose multi-disciplinary approaches. (Lion et al., bands and hand/leg weights. All exercises physical activity participation has increased 2018). are adapted to suit individual’s needs, to as a result of having a conversation with their In Wales, social prescribing has been identified ensure that participants feel the full benefits GP. This would be a fantastic resource, and Cardiff and Vale local Public Health Team have in recent years as an important approach to of the classes. Although the main aim of the provide motivation for other practitioners to created a resource in support of this approach improving population health at a policy level session is to reduce the risk of falls, Elderfit utilise the idea of a PAP with their patients. in the form of a Physical Activity Prescription (Emmerson, 2021). Therefore, it was important also aims to strengthen upper body muscles Having a physical piece of paper with some (PAP) pad. Branded with our locality logos, this that we included our community partners as for participants, so if a fall does happen they information on about physical activity options, A5 piece of paper provides key motivational well as providing useful information about will be more able to pull themselves back up. paired with a MECC style initial discussion with style conversation prompts for conversations local walks, green spaces, leisure facilities and Creating independence is a key element to the their GP, may eventually replace some patient around PA. Paired with a Making Every community classes. Below are some example classes, therefore helping people re-discover prescriptions which may have otherwise Contact Count (MECC) conversational style partner activities that are included. their confidence and stability to allow them automatically been for medication, therefore approach, GPs can utilise this resource with more freedom to be more physically active in benefiting the NHS system as a whole and appropriately identified patients and easily their daily life. also the patient as an individual in the long provide local social prescribing information for different activities, which can be handed term. As we begin to start our recovery out of the to the patient after the conversation.
ValePlus: More More in March Challenge In March 2021 we organised a small fundraiser lost an incredible amount of weight which for our Charity ValePlus. ValePlus supports we are all proud of her for. As a fundraiser, adults with additional learning needs, the Charity was blown away as we had so providing them with training opportunities much community support, we raised just and lifelong learning skills. under £10,000, which as you can imagine for Our fundraiser was called Move More in a small charity, hit by the pandemic was an March Challenge. Our initial intentions incredible amount of money. were to encourage people to exercise for 30 minutes each day in March, with the idea that From our experience to help increase physical starting the day with physical activity would activity, we have included some bullet points help with mental well-being and also have a that you might find helpful. positive impact on the rest of the day, and in • Be mindful of your own abilities turn if we could raise some money from the • Start out small, set your own targets challenge through sponsorship that would of • Challenge yourself, for a local cause course be a bonus for the Charity. • Have an exercise buddy or a walking pal. We ended up having 25 participants, including For further information contact Mark Mitchell: 2 members of staff that were supporting the MarkM@valeplus.co.uk fundraisers. We set up a What's App group and sent daily ideas of 30-minute workout to the group chat. We were very lucky that one of the staff members is a qualified Level 3 Personal Trainer and ex-gym owner. We were able to record a few 30 minutes work out, which included rolling a set of exercise dice, one with the exercise and one with the repetitions on. This was a lot of fun as our exercises were literally decided by the roll of a dice! Our participants loved these workouts and both staff have continued to record these in their spare time to share with students. The fundraiser had to be open to all abilities, so there were no restrictions as to what exercise people could do as long as it was for 30 minutes, many of our participants choose to walk, whereas some helped in the garden, trampolined, did online fitness work outs, some even have exercise bikes in their houses which they used. The WhatsApp group created a small community where people could post pictures of where they had walked, but also encouraged others, which was great to see. Our challengers thoroughly enjoyed themselves. One lady also took part purely to motivate herself, so she could help control her diabetes. From feedback we have received since the March Challenge many people are still keeping up with the 30-minute walks and exercise, and one of our students has also
Swansea Health Walk Leaders Health Walk Leaders often work with existing organisations. Many partnerships have been forged - charities, NHS support, Friends The benefits of walking to both physical and One day Health Walk Leader courses have of Parks, Social Prescribing, Local Area mental health are well reported. been delivered since the pandemic started, Coordination, Swansea Council for Voluntary with a total of 150 leaders now trained. Services, ParkLives, Actif Woods, and many Walkers are spoilt for choice in Swansea During the pandemic the course has been others. and Gower. There is everything from level delivered online, including practice walks promenades and parkland for an easy stroll from delegates’ homes. All of Swansea’s Sport and Health staff to more strenuous hikes over beaches, have been trained as Health Walk Leaders moorland and through ancient woods. Delegates are predominately volunteers, but and are incorporating health walks into their include sport and health care professionals. programmes. The Sport and Health team are The Health Walk Leader programme in Most are now involved in health walks assisting in mentoring new volunteer leaders Swansea is co-ordinated by Swansea around Swansea and Gower. Some of the as they start their own walks. Several new Council's Sport and Health team and funded walks are open to anyone in the community. health walks have started this year and more through Sport Wales. We are experiencing a Others are for specific groups including the are on the way. post lockdown boom in walking across the isolated and chronically sedentary, post- City. The Facebook group Swansea Walking health care, mental health, and local groups Walking Development Officer John Ashley Forum has increased membership sevenfold with a common interest in improving their commented, “Health and recreational in the last year. The Forum is key in identifying physical and mental wellbeing, inevitably, walking is almost entirely dependent on progression walks and other activities for some new walkers are overcoming their fear volunteers. The need to recruit and support health walkers who have achieved their initial of venturing out again into a Covid world. these volunteers was identified early. Without aims. them we could not have achieved what we have in Swansea.” Photo description – The Morriston Health Walk was started by the Friends of Morriston Park after attending Health Walk Leader training. For more information please contact: John Ashley Walking Development Officer, Swansea Council John.Ashley@Swansea.gov.uk www.swansea.gov.uk/walking Sport and Health Swansea - Home | Facebook
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The Grapevine to learn where these impacts have been the conducted using a series of existing survey most profound and what has helped so far to data and published research studies, to mitigate these impacts. identify mental health challenges that young people experienced and some "Our young people have shown remarkable of the protective factors that helped to resilience and we will be examining what can safeguard their mental health and well-being Coping strategies made a difference to now be put in place to support their recovery, help them build a happy future, as well as throughout the pandemic young people’s mental well-being during ensuring that mental health and well-being are fully considered in future plans for public This report, along with evidence from talking to young people and teachers in Wales, will pandemic health emergencies." help inform a detailed Mental Well-being Impact Assessment (MWIA) Report, that will A new report, published today (08.06.21) by • Age was found to be one of the clearest Public Health Wales commissioned Alma provide recommendations and is due to be Public Health Wales, identifies a range of Determinants of mental well-being. Economics to review the research evidence published later this year. activities and behaviours that helped young Adolescents and young adults exhibit on the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic people deal with the difficult changes to their depression, anxiety, and other adverse and the associated government measures Children and young people’s mental well- lives during the pandemic. outcomes more so than older adults or on the mental well-being of babies, children, being during the COVID-19 pandemic younger peers and young people. Spending time outside, keeping physically • Evidence suggests young women and Children and young people’s mental well- active, engaging in creative activities and girls were more severely affected by the 'The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on being during the COVID-19 pandemic – hobbies, establishing routines, maintaining pandemic than their male counterparts the mental wellbeing of children and young Research Briefing contact with friends online and being aware • Increased calls to helplines indicate a people in Wales: literature review' was of the nature of Coronavirus and how to possible rise in children who experienced prevent its spread all helped reduce the abuse and violence at home during negative mental health impacts of the lockdown, which adversely impacted pandemic. mental health Key findings of the publication included: • Families on lower incomes and young people not in education or employment Recite Me experienced the adverse impact of the • The pandemic resulted in some positive pandemic much more severely impacts for some young people (for • Factors that served to mitigate some of To support people to have equal access to For more information on how to manage example, feeling relief from social the negative implications of the pandemic online health information, the NHS 111 Wales your symptoms, condition or for details of pressure and bullying, spending more included spending time outside, website now hosts ‘Recite me’, an easy to local health services including your nearest time with families, taking up new hobbies, establishing routines, and being aware of use toolbar that allows you to customise the Pharmacy, visit the NHS 111 Wales website and having the time to adopt healthier the nature of the virus and its spread website in a way that works best for you. and look out for the Recite me logo. behaviours) • The improvement in wellbeing measures • However, evidence overwhelmingly for all age groups at the end of summer It offers a number of features including text to points to a negative impact on all aspects 2020 (when restrictions were eased and speech, reading aids and translation of pages of mental well-being among children and schools fully reopened), may suggest that of over 100 languages. Recite me supports young people, including: some negative impacts of the pandemic visitors who may be visually impaired, have could be short lived. However, further learning disabilities or speak English as a - Parents struggling to cope, and feelings analysis of data from the most recent second language. of loneliness and isolation because of social lockdown period is needed to fully distancing were associated with worse understand the impacts. outcomes for young people. Nerys Edmonds, Principal Health Impact - Educational disruption, school closures, Assessment Practitioner at Public Health and lack of access to support at school were Wales, said: responsible for many of the worries and anxieties children and young people have "Although Coronavirus has undoubtedly had been experiencing far reaching negative impacts on our younger population, it is important for us
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