Message for carers and other people we support – January 2021

Carers’ Resource recognises that many of you will be feeling concerned and anxious after the announcement on 4 January that we are now in another lockdown.

Carers’ Resource will continue to deliver services and offer support in any way we can. The telephone lines remain open between 08:30 and 17:00 each day, and staff are available to talk to people either by phone or virtually using Google Meet or Zoom. Our website is being regularly updated and we will share information via our website and our social media pages.

Our staff will be following the government guidance to stay at home where they can, and only travel to work if they cannot perform their duties otherwise, therefore it is unlikely that you will see anyone face to face, although this can be arranged in certain circumstances. We are here to help. Please do not struggle on alone.

Using a PS4 or Xbox for remote learning

In October last year William, a school student in Wales, posted a guide on Twitter explaining how to use a PS4 or Xbox games console to connect to online learning services such as Google Classroom and BBC Bitesize. This can be very useful if you don’t have a laptop or other equipment to connect to the internet. Understandably William’s guide has been in much higher demand in recent days! Read more in this article from tes.com which links to William’s original post as well as summarising the instructions.

You can also connect standard usb mice and keyboards to an Xbox or PS4 which makes using them for this purpose much easier. You can also connect wireless bluetooth keyboards or mice to a PS4 and wireless devices that use a ‘dongle’ to either console, but check compatibility before you buy!. See:

https://support.xbox.com/en-GB/help/hardware-network/accessories/mouse-keyboard

https://www.psu.com/news/how-to-use-a-keyboard-and-mouse-on-ps4-and-which-games-are-compatible/