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Welcome to our fifth Activities Remotely newsletter!

We are so proud to share these exciting games, videos, projects, exercises and more, that you can do from your own home.

Since the unfortunate outbreak of Coronavirus, St John’s has had no choice but to suspend all activities in line with government advice.

We are very saddened that we have had to do this and are conscious that many of you will be missing the benefits that come from attending our activities - be them social, creative or physical; as such, we have put together some information that we hope will be a great help to you during this difficult time.

Please also stay up to date with the latest news from St John’s by visiting our website and social media.

This week we have a very special video from Luke Concannon, lead singer of the band Nizlopi, who had a number one hit with the JCB song. Luke wishes everyone well, saying "Hi, St John's people and staff. Sending you all the love in the world, we'll help each other get through this" and performing Help Each Other, a song he wrote especially for us.

NHS Health at Home

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak means you should only leave your home if it's essential, but it's still easy to get NHS help using your smartphone, tablet or computer.

This page contains information to help you:

  1. contact your GP
  2. order repeat prescriptions
  3. manage long-term conditions
  4. maintain your mental and physical wellbeing

If you need an NHS service, try to do it online first. If you cannot access what you need this way or do not have internet access, try asking a friend or family member to help you, or speak to your GP surgery on the phone.

Visit the Health at Home website by using this link: https://www.nhs.uk/health-at-home/

Gardening Ideas

It can be difficult and frustrating finding something to do at home, especially due to the current government restrictions limiting exercises and shopping trips.

Gardening has many benefits - reducing stress, improving your dexterity, saving money on buying foods, helping you sleep - the list goes on! We've been searching far and wide and have found a number of websites that you can order gardening supplies from. Whether growing your own vegetables, tidying up your patio, or livening up your living room, there are plenty of gardening choices.

Gardening Express https://www.gardeningexpress.co.uk/

Webbs Direct https://www.webbsdirect.co.uk/garden-tools-garden-supplies/

B & M Gardening Supplies https://www.bmgardenbuildings.co.uk/

Aldi Special Buys https://www.aldi.co.uk/c/specialbuys/garden-shop/

Wickes https://www.wickes.co.uk/cart

Search Google for more ideas here.

Recipes from The Supper Club tutor, Louise Griffin

A delicious recipe for Cheese, Onion & Potato Pasties. You can cheat by buying ready-made shortcrust pastry (we won't tell!).

We would love to see what you're getting up to at home, so send us your pictures once you've made this tasty meal!

Tech Support

'Connecting Generations' is planning Friday morning sessions on Zoom (a video chat application) where you can learn new technological skills, and offer a place where you can just have a friendly chat. There will be a short demonstration by one of the volunteers on a particular topic e.g. WhatsApp for beginners, which will help to give everyone a quick overview of the app - from how to download it, to sending pictures.

This will then be followed by the opportunity to have one-to-one sessions where you can ask your own questions on a topic. This session can be held when it best suits you!

For more information please visit the Connection Generations website at https://www.connecting-generations.org.uk/help

Meals at Home

If you're struggling to get meals, both AgeUK and Bath City Farm are offering home deliveries for those in need.

BaNES Council is offering a meals-on-wheels service, information can be found here: https://www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/care-and-support-and-you/staying-your-own-home/help-meals

View AgeUK's menus here: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/bp-assets/globalassets/wiltshire/aukw-community-meals-menus-2020.pdf

To place an order with AgeUK please contact: communitymeals@ageukwiltshire.org.uk or phone 01793 687017 (Age UK Wiltshire)

To contact Bath City Farm - please email them at mealsonwheels@bathcityfarm.org.uk 

Something a bit different...

Although you may be confined to your home at the moment, this doesn't mean you have to be stuck at home.

Random Street View is a fun website that will drop you in a random place, anywhere in the world. Using GoogleMaps, you can explore the area and then click 'Next' to visit somewhere completely different!

Our first attempt put us in Guernsey, and then Greece! You could find yourself anywhere in the world. Give it a go here: https://randomstreetview.com/ and let us know where you wind up!

Video Conferencing

Below, we have included a number of live videos that you can watch and engage with from home. You’ll see that they are all linked by the free video chat application 'Zoom', which can be downloaded here. You can also use Zoom to stay in contact with family and friends, with video chats online for free!

Exercise Classes with Liz Coleman

Join Liz every Monday from 12-1pm live on Zoom for her weekly session. Click here to take part in a fun, friendly exercise class that you can do straight from your own home.

Staying in touch

For more information on using social media and other forms of staying in touch with friends and family, visit this BBC article.

Mah-jong Online

Free, fun games of mah-jong can be found online at: https://themahjong.com/mahjong/turtle-free-mahjong

Stay Safe From Scams

Unfortunately, during this trying time, there are a number of scams circulating regarding the Coronavirus. Advice from Trading Standards can be found here.

Please stay safe online!

St Mungo's Wellbeing Guide

Online resources and ideas to support positive mental health and wellbeing during the Covid-19 outbreak.

In the Wellbeing Guide, you will find useful online resources and ideas to support positive mental health and wellbeing whilst at home during Covid-19. Each resource is based around one of the 5 ways to wellbeing, which may help to maintain your positivity, gain a fresh perspective and give you a different focus during this difficult time.

Find all of the links here.

Free News Platforms

Somerset Live – stay up to date with local news and how it affects you.

Bath Chronicle – stay up to date with local news and how it affects you.

BBC – for national and local news.

Free access to exercise at home

In addition to the many online exercise videos on the internet right now (see below), we are also able to offer tailored exercises from 2 of our fantastic tutors:

Here is the brilliant Jules with some short mindfulness and yoga videos:

Visit Jules Yoga Wellbeing page on Facebook for online yoga tutorials.

Liz Lees Yoga programme is available upon request - please email community.outreach@stjohnsbath.org.uk.

By using YouTube (see Entertainment section below), you can stay healthy by following a number of online videos. We’ve got the following suggestions (just remember, they’re not for everyone, and only do what you can!):

BBC Exercising at Home – the BBC are offering tips on exercising at home, and The Green Goddess – “the original keep-fit queen of the 80s - is making a comeback on BBC Breakfast. Eighty-year-old Diana Moran will be doing exercises three times a week from self-isolation so viewers can follow along at home”.

Chair Yoga – for beginners and anyone wanting seated chair yoga.

General Work Out – aimed at older persons, can be done seated or 

The Open University (FREE) offer varying online courses covering everything from arts, sciences, health, wellbeing and much more.

Free Books Online (FREE) – a resource of fifteen websites where you can read books for free.

Netflix – an online video streaming platform to watch TV, films and documentaries.

YouTube (FREE) – videos covering everything from arts to education and more.

Crosswords and puzzles – lots of options to choose from here.

Please be aware and protect yourself from scams. People and organisations are being targeted with emails, texts and phone calls offering advice and treatment for the coronavirus, as well as setting up fake websites selling products and offering “cures”. You can find information on how to recognise and avoid these scams here: https://www.itv.com/news/wales/2020-03-23/how-to-protect-yourself-from-the-surge-of-coronavirus-scams/

wikiHow – online instructions you can trust. Want to learn a new skill or how to set up a new email address? wikiHow has it all covered.

Hobbycraft – for all of your creative and craft needs.

Great Art – offering delivery of all art supplies.

We hope you will find this useful while our activities are temporarily suspended. Please forward this information pack on to anyone who you feel would benefit.

We would also love to hear from you – how are you managing? Do you have useful tips to share? Get in touch and we could feature you and your advice in the next newsletter!

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Sam Norris