Thousands of people have already logged on to the WV Virtual Squad website to find out about dozens of online activities and events which children, young people and families can enjoy at home during the coronavirus emergency.

The City of Wolverhampton Council's WV Holiday Squad has become WV Virtual Squad and is showcasing a wide variety of arts and crafts, cooking, learning, wellbeing, sport, entertainment and music opportunities being offered by local, national and international organisations.

Full details of the activities and events available can be found on the WV Virtual Squad website with more being added all the time. Organisations which have online activities or events which they would like adding to WV Virtual Squad are asked to do so via the website as soon as possible.

The WV Virtual Squad will be in operation throughout the coronavirus emergency, not only providing opportunities for children and young people throughout the Easter holidays, but also in the weeks afterwards.

Councillor John Reynolds, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "Even in these most challenging of times, we are determined to give our children and young people opportunities to be active, to learn and have fun.

“With many children having to take an extended break from school and their friends because of coronavirus, we've turned WV Holiday Squad into WV Virtual Squad. The website is packed with ideas about how you can keep your children active, entertained and amused over Easter and in the weeks ahead. 
“Please visit the website today where you’ll find plenty of 'virtual' online activities being offered by local organisations, as well as links to local and national educational resources which you can use to continue your child's learning journey while they are off school. 

"Already more than 5,000 unique users have visited the website, and we have over 60 different activities listed. More are being added all the time, so please check back regularly. I would also urge any local providers which are offering activities that children and young people could enjoy online to make sure they submit details of them as soon as possible so they can become part of the WV Virtual Squad."

Local organisations involved in WV Virtual Squad include WV Active, The Way Youth Zone, Wolverhampton Library Service, Wolverhampton Music Service, HeadStart Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton Wanderers, InPower Academy and the Babies’ Academy of Music. There are also activities provided by national and international organisations including the BBC, Edinburgh Zoo and even NASA.

For more details, please visit WV Virtual Squad

The latest information and guidance around coronavirus is available at GOV.UK and on the council’s own coronavirus pages at Coronavirus advice and information. There’s lots of advice on how people can protect themselves and their families from coronavirus from the NHS at Advice for everyone – Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The council’s Stay Safe, Be Kind campaign offers clear and simple advice about how people can help themselves, and how they can support others who may be particularly vulnerable at this time. For more information, please visit Stay Safe, Be Kind.