Ashton mum-of-two reaches out to support other parents affected by coronavirus

Posted on - 22nd March, 2020 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Health, Kid's stuff, People, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Kids from Enso Martial Arts Pic: The Digital Dojo/Facebook
Kids from Enso Martial Arts, a martial arts school that’s involved in the community Pic: The Digital Dojo/Facebook

A mum of two from Ashton has set up an online community to support parents who are facing lockdown with their children.

Lynsey Battle, who has previously helped Preston’s homeless community, has started the Keeping The Children Entertained Facebook group after starting to feel worried about the imminent closure of schools due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Lynsey said: “There’s so much uncertainty in the world right now. I suffer with anxiety and wanted to reach out to see if other parents were feeling worried like me about how we are going to help our children understand what is happening.

“It’s finding a way to not scare them, and keep them entertained and busy. One thing we’re doing is asking children to draw pictures and make stories and thank you cards to be shared with our teachers, shop workers and hospital staff.

“I’m hoping us parents can work together to help each other through this difficult time.”

Lynsey with her two children
Lynsey with her two children

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Lynsey wants the group to provide support for non-parents too. She is working with Lee Woodward from Digital Dojo, a new online resource from Lancashire martial arts school Enso Martial Arts.

Lee said: “Digital Dojo is open to anyone who may be isolated and looking for help, advice and a bit of community spirit, hence why we’ve teamed up with Lynsey.

“We’ll be sharing tips on how to look after your individual and family mental/physical health and hopefully create a conversation around the subject.

“It’s still in its infancy but my team are all excited to channel our enthusiasm into it. If we can help in any small way we will.”

To find out more, join the Keeping The Children Entertained Facebook group.

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What do you think of Lynsey’s efforts to help parents? Let us know in the comments.

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