What the Roman's did for us - a free online talk
In partnership with the Roman Baths, St John's Foundation has organised four free online talks by Laura Nicholls, about the history of the Roman Baths and Romans.
Come along and find out about your local area.
Fridays, April 16, 23, 30, and May 7, 10-11am.
We will be creating booking links shortly, in the meantime if you would like to attend please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about the Baths at the Roman Baths Blog.
Bath World Heritage Art Club
Together the Roman Baths, Fashion Museum, Victoria Art Gallery and Bath Record Office have joined to bring you a range of themed activity videos so you can get creative at home. All of the instructions and a list of materials you will need are included in the short videos.
Celebrate the city's stunning Georgian architecture by making your own Bath Building Card.
Celebrate World Heritage in the UK by making a Stonehenge Solstice Silhouette.
Celebrate international World Heritage by making a Stained Glass Window.
Discover something that happened in one of Bath's Georgian Pleasure Gardens and make a Colourful Balloon.
See Roman and Georgian faces found in Bath and make a Stone Mask Sculpture.
Visit a natural World Heritage Site and make a Beautiful Belize Barrier Reef Fish.
To keep up to date with the ever-changing activities, sign up to the Learning e-newsletter here.
Read about 24 inspiring women (you might not know of) who are changing the world.
To mark International Women’s Day, we’re shining a light on 24 inspiring women who may have escaped your radar. From food to foreign policy, and from electronics to economics, they’re all changing the world by working on solutions.
Sharmaine Lovegrove, publisher at Dialogue Books
“It’s an honour to be in my position.” Sharmaine Lovegrove is reflected on her role as publisher of Dialogue Books, which launched in 2017 with a focus on writers from under-represented backgrounds. “It’s such a rich area – to be looking for people whose voices haven’t been heard and to find those stories,” she said.
Socially distanced, but united: Covid has brought the UK closer together – report
Society is more united than it was before the pandemic, according to research, which cautions that the UK is ‘at a crossroads’
Hugs are banned, pubs closed, even church congregations prohibited. Yet despite having to keep physically apart for much of the past year, the UK has grown closer together during the pandemic.
10 ways to cope as the Covid crisis continues
While vaccines are bringing hope and school re-openings are on the horizon in the UK, the lack of a definitive end to the pandemic is dragging people down like never before. We bring together tips for staying afloat.
Arts, Craft, Hobbies
Get creative with activity ideas for cooking, craft, gifts, poetry, colouring, music, and more!
Whatever you're looking for, you'll find it here!
- Agricultural Festivals
- Artist Impressions
- Gift Ideas
- Hobby Clubs
- Short Stories
- Theme Days
Hannah from Mind confronts the PM about Mental Health opportunities
"I asked the PM to provide a Covid-19 mental health spokesperson"
Hannah blogs about how she spoke up for Mind at a televised coronavirus press briefing.
My question about mental health was chosen to be asked at Downing Street earlier this month. I was prompted to ask it by a newsletter from Mind. The charity was asking people to add their voice to the call for a mental health spokesperson at future coronavirus press briefings to set out how people could access mental health support. I thought this was a good cause, and sent off my question, which asked the government to commit to the presence of a mental health spokesman at the next briefing. The following day I was called by Downing Street Press Office and asked to appear on the next briefing with the Prime Minister.
I was called by Downing Street Press Office and asked to appear on the next briefing with the Prime Minister
The NAPA Wellbeing Walk 2021.
NAPA invites you to take part in the Wellbeing Walk 2021 on the 15th May (If this date doesn’t suit you then choose another!)
The NAPA Year of Moving and Grooving 2021 is a campaign to support the care sector to prioritise physical activity, with the aim of improving physical, psychological and social well-being. Physical activities are defined as those activities that increase your heart rate and cause you to breathe more deeply and can include walking, cycling, gardening or dancing, as well as other sport and exercise-based activities.
The NAPA Wellbeing Walk is a sponsored walk with a difference! And the difference is you! There are lots of ways you can make the walk fun and personal to you! You can…. walk round the garden, along the promenade, up a hill, down a valley, dress up, take the dog, dance and skip, hula hoop….. whatever you fancy! We hope the walk will encourage our members and supporters to bring people together, keep fit and raise funds to support NAPA’s work. Walking is good for you, it’s fun, free, boosts mood, exercises the heart, and provides the benefit of fresh air.
Online Writing Group from Dorothy House
During the pandemic when many of us are feeling isolated and missing connection with others, we are inviting you to discover this new online writing space, a place where you can ‘drop in’ with paper and pen, your thoughts and a cuppa. Whether you've always kept a journal, and writing is a part of your life, or writing for wellbeing is entirely new for you and you're a little hesitant, we're excited to share this with you.
Friday mornings at 10.30am on Zoom.
After the success of the Writing Through Grief workshops, Tessa and Mike from the Bereavement Team at Dorothy House are looking forward to offering this to all within the community, welcoming everyone arriving with their differing and varied experiences of the last year and lockdown.
A writing theme will be offered each week in a relaxed, group setting, with time to chat and reflect. Please be reassured this is about the process of writing, not a ‘polished end product’, freely using your own words to explore as you wish. There will be opportunities, but no obligation, to share and please be reassured no previous writing experience is necessary.
- Witness your own thoughts and feelings through a variety of writing activities.
- Uncover surprises and memories, give clarity to thoughts and bring reassurance.
- Step back from the present, then return to it after writing.
- Hear other people’s stories of finding peace through writing.
In a time where many of us are feeling a sense of isolation and distance from others, we encourage you to join us and write your way towards springtime....
For further information please contact us on 01225 721496 / email@example.com
Bereavement Support from Dorothy House
Bereavement Online Peer Support (BOPS)
We recognise that during these restricted times, without the usual rituals and presence of family and friends for support, the process of healing can feel delayed, as the isolation and loneliness inherent in grief feels all the more acute and intense. Therefore connection with others who understand through similar experience, can feel valuable and reassuring.
Our BOPS groups provide an opportunity for that connection by feeling both supported by and supportive of, others in the group. Each BOPS meets weekly for 6 sessions and is facilitated by members of the Bereavement Team
Every Monday, 2.30 – 4.00pm by Zoom.
Virtual Information on Bereavement Evening (VIBE)
If you are recently bereaved, come and join the Bereavement Team at one of our Virtual Information on Bereavement Evenings. The evening is an opportunity to explore and debunk some of the myths around grief, the team will provide information and resources, and there will be an opportunity to ask questions. Being reassured that what we are experiencing, whilst unbearable at times, is the natural ‘ebb and flow’ of grief, so that we may feel less overwhelmed by thoughts and feelings.
Monthly at 7.00pm on Zoom.
These events are free and are open to everyone. There is no need to have had a previous connection to our organisation.
For further information and to book your place call us on 01225 721496 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Footsteps Festival 2021
Footsteps Festival 2021 is a year-long celebration of living well with pain. Developed by people who live with pain and professionals in pain management, Footsteps Festival takes a creative approach to living well with persistent pain.
It’s been a tough year for everyone, especially people living with pain, so Footsteps Festival aims to bring people together, with a eclectic and fun mix of free online events on everything from understanding your pain, to finding new and creative ways of living well despite it. Events are happening right across our Footsteps Festival site.
Check out our festival zones:
- Main Stage
- Wellbeing Tent
- The People Place
- Pain and the Brain
- Active Zone
- Creative Corner
- Street Kitchen
- Into the Wild
The festival team is working with artists, health practitioners and well-known arts companies such as Opera North and Balbir Singh Dance Company to create a festival full of inspiring events. Many of these will also be published later on this website. But don’t worry if you miss something – you can catch up with past festival events as they build into an online archive of creative resources for living well with pain.
Sir Antony Gormley announces 'UK's biggest art exhibition'
Museums and leading artists are inviting the British public to take part in what they hope will be the biggest art exhibition ever mounted.
The Great Big Art Exhibition is being launched by Sir Antony Gormley, who is asking people to make an artwork at home and put in their window or garden.
Details of how to take part, including a free activity pack, are available from arts organisation FirstSite.
He has suggested animals as the theme for the first two weeks of The Great Big Art Exhibition.
"We want to let the inner animal out," he said. "People will find their inner animal… it could be a whale or a dinosaur". Read more at the BBC here.
Isolated, not Lonely.
The National Activity Providers Association (NAPA) are running online support sessions open to everyone.
The topic for this session will be: Whole-Home Approach: Barriers and How to Overcome them
The overall focus will be:
- The importance of socially distance activities
- The difference that those activities make to staff, residents, friends, and families
- Barriers to making it happen
- How barriers have been removed to enable activities
- How staff are dealing with the emotional consequences of providing activities at this time.
Classes from Creativity Works
Creativity Works provides creative courses and activities, which inspire and empower people to explore, develop and grow. Through our work we draw communities together and enable more people to access the arts, with a particular focus on those living with mental health challenges or facing difficulties in their lives.
We aim to help you stay creative, connected, learning new skills and be inspired by the world around you.
Peer led groups:
- Get Creative peer led art group - Tuesdays 1.30pm – 3pm - face to face sessions
- Writing Space peer led group - Tuesdays 2pm – 3.30pm - online / face to face
- Keynsham Snap & Stroll at home Facebook page for residents of Keynsham
New online Zoom projects:
- Journaling for Wellbeing, 6 week course - 27th January – 3rd March 10.30am – 12noon
- Writing for Wellbeing Taster session - 22nd Feb 2pm – 3.30pm
- Writing for Wellbeing, 5 week course - 1st – 29th March, Mondays 2pm – 3.30pm
The Duchess of Cornwall starts online bookclub
St John's Foundation's patron HRH The Duchess of Cornwall has started an online bookclub, The Reading Room, in which she recommends books to read during the lockdown. The bookclub started after the success of sharing her reading lists through the pandemic. The Instagram page (@duchessofcornwallsreadingroom) currently features her two most recently recommended books 'The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse' by Charlie Mackesy, and 'The Mirror & the Light' by Hilary Mantel, as well as speaking with the authors and providing thoughts for discussion.
‘To me, reading is a great adventure. I’ve loved it since I was very small and I’d love everybody else to enjoy it as much as I do. You can escape, and you can travel, and you can laugh and you can cry. There’s every kind of emotion humans experience in a book.’
HRH Duchess of Cornwall pictured here in 2017 with St John's Foundation's over 55s Swans Ballet class, led by tutor Kim Jones.
Over the next eight weeks the featured books include:
- The Mirror & The Light - Hilary Mantel
- Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens
- Restless - William Boyd
- The Architect's Apprentice - Elif Shafak
Every Tuesday and Thursday at 11am Rachel and Cheryl are running fun, free, online singalongs. To join in all you need to do is visit the Golden-Oldies website www.goldieslive.com or YouTube and Facebook Page. The sessions are recorded and go 'live' on YouTube so you can watch as many times as you like - free of charge. The song words are on the screen so you can join in and Sing&Smile in your own homes.
You can also email Goldies with song requests for special occasions like birthdays or anniversaries, or just because you like it: email@example.com
The online archive helping elderly people beat lockdown isolation
As millions of elderly and vulnerable people in the UK face yet more time stuck inside with limited social contact, a new online service is offering them a valuable lockdown lifeline.
The Living Memories Online portal, a not-for-profit community interest company, contains more than 2,000 archive films and newsreels from the 1930s to the 1970s. As well as capturing important world events, the clippings cover everyday life at home and work. The idea is that the films help spark memories and encourage older people, including those with dementia, to reminisce with families, friends and carers.
Shopping & Paying Online Safely
With more of us shopping online than ever before, MoneyAdviceService has put together an essential list on to how stay safe online. Whether you're doing grocery shopping, online banking, buying a book or DVD there's advice for everyone here.
How to use Zoom
Use the following videos and links to get started on Zoom. There are lots of useful tips and information about making an account, joining a class, and setting up your own meetings with friends/ famil
Use this link to find out how to get started on Windows and Mac.
From Zoom.us how to join a meeting
Morrisons Food Boxes
Essentials Boxes We've made stocking up the cupboard easier with our range of Essentials Food Boxes. You can choose from mixed essentials, meat, fish, vegetarian and gluten free boxes – with more being added every week.
Occasions Boxes Food is often at the heart of a traditional get-together. Celebrating those special occasions with our friends and family has become more of a challenge under the current circumstances. Whether you order a themed box to enjoy with your household, team up with friends and family who've ordered a box too, or send a box as a surprise and share the celebration via social media our Occasions Food Boxes are a way of sharing a meal together – whilst apart.
B&NES Community Wellbeing Hub
B&NES Hub have combined resources to ensure that, as a service, we are able to provide sustainable and appropriate responses to meet community needs. This includes access to over 2,500 volunteers recruited, checked and trained by Banes 3SG.
Here's how the community hub can help:
- Delivery of urgent supplies
- A friendly phone call
- Collection of medication
- Money matters and work
- Mental wellbeing (including loneliness, low mood, anxiety)
- Advice on keeping active
- Advice and support on achieving a healthy weight
- Housing issues
- Housing Advice
- Food and cooking
- Advice and support on stopping smoking
- Understanding public health advice
BaNES 3SG - Here, you can find a list of places across Bath and surrounding areas who are delivering groceries, food, takeaways and even medicines. Check out the full list with contact details for each place offering services.
Milk & More – basics including milk, cheeses, breads and more, all delivered to your door.
Hello Fresh – fresh food items delivered to your door.
Morrison's Doorstep Delivery - The Morrisons Doorstep delivery service is available to vulnerable and elderly members of the community, unable to go shopping in-store. Call 0345 611 6111 and select option 5 to place your order.
You Want 2 Cook
Meals on Wheels
If you're struggling to get the meals you need AgeUK, B&NES Council and Bath City Farm are all offering home deliveries for those in need. For more information from these providers follow the links below.
BaNES Council meals-on-wheels service, information can be found here.
AGEUK offer a range of meals delivered to your door, to view the meals available click here. To place an order with AgeUK please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01793 687017 (Age UK Wiltshire covers the B&NES Meals on Wheels area) or use the online booking form.
To contact Bath City Farm - please email them at email@example.com
Wiltshire Farm Foods – visit their website or phone 0800 077 3100. Ready-made meals which can be microwaved or oven cooked at home.
Mindfulness from Mind.org
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a technique you can learn which involves making a special effort to notice what's happening in the present moment (in your mind, body and surroundings) – without judging anything. It has roots in Buddhism and meditation, but you don't have to be spiritual, or have any particular beliefs, to try it.
It aims to help you:
- become more self-aware
- feel calmer and less stressed
- feel more able to choose how to respond to your thoughts and feelings
- cope with difficult or unhelpful thoughts
- be kinder towards yourself.
Wellbeing Packs Delivered to your door
Compassionate Community is offering to deliver a bi-monthly wellbeing pack, either for yourself or on behalf of someone who would benefit.
Anyone is welcome to download and print-off back-dated packs by clicking on the links below:
- Wellbeing Pack 1
- Wellbeing Pack 2
- Wellbeing Pack 3
- Wellbeing Pack 4
- Wellbeing Pack 5
- Wellbeing Pack 6
The Help Hub
The Help Hub are a "group of qualified therapists who are here to listen and support individuals who find themselves with limited contact due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus."
Available to anyone in the UK, the HelpHub is helping those suffering from anxiety, loneliness and isolation. Some are fearful, worried about their health or their loved ones.
The HelpHub enables people to speak to someone who knows how to listen to their fears. Through the website, people book a twenty-minute appointment to speak to one of over 800 therapists, all of whom are volunteering their time and expertise to ensure the HelpHub can provide a free service.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has meant only leaving 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:
- contact your GP
- order repeat prescriptions
- manage long-term conditions
- 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/
Somerset Skills & Learning
Offeering a wide range of courses and a supportive learning environment, with friendly tutors to help you achieve your goals. SSL provides nationally recognised qualifications, traineeships, apprenticeships, training and career development courses, maths and English, digital skills and a range of distance learning courses.
ArtSeen is giving away free lantern kits to all St John's patrons
ArtSeen is a new organisation in Bath delivering community arts. We would have been coordinating a BIG community Bath Lantern Procession this year, if not for Covid-19.
Instead, we are coordinating the Light Fantastic Lantern Project https://www.artseen.info/lanterns-2020
The Open University offer a variety of free online courses covering everything from arts, sciences, health, wellbeing and much more.
Gardening Tips from the National Trust - lots of good advice from beginners to seasoned growers.
RSPB Bird Watching - an A to Z of birds.
RSPB Wildlife Guide - identify all wildlife around you.
Greyson Perry's Art Club - Greyson Perry, one of Britain's leading artists, brings the nation together through art, making new works and hosting masterclasses set to unleash our collective creativity during lockdown.
Learn to Draw - a free online tutorial covering sketching basics and materials.
Oil Painting for Beginners - basic techniques with a step by step demonstration for all abilities.
Introduction to Acrylic Painting - how to paint with acrylics, a paint along art class.
Easy Watercolour Painting - painting ideas for beginners step by step.
Stitching & Crafting
Hand Embroidery for Beginners - covering how to prepare for hand embroidery. Learn how to use embroidery hook, and how to start stitching.
Kirstie Allsopp Keep Crafting & Carry On - in this episode she makes a cool light box, a beautiful spring garland and a fun painted pebble game.
Free Books Online – a resource of fifteen websites where you can read books for free.
Netflix – an online video streaming platform to watch TV, films and documentaries. From £5.99 per month.
BBC's Silver Screen Classics - all your favourite films online for free.
YouTube – videos covering everything from arts to education and more.
Crosswords & Puzzles
Crosswords and puzzles – lots of options to choose from here.
Virtual Tours & Events
Stonehenge virtual tour - take an interactive tour of Stonehenge with our 360 degree view from inside the monument.
BBC Rewind & Reminiscence Archive - this platform provides access to a selection of footage from the BBC Archives, designed to support reminiscence therapy.
Virtual Events in Bath - lots for culture vultures. With over 120 events spread out over ten days, the multi-arts Bath Festival is the perfect excuse for a longer stay in the city. The line-up features rock, classical and world music from a host of global performers, and for bookworms, there’s an encyclopaedic literature programme of talks and question and answer sessions from top writers.
Frome Open Art Trail - The Frome Open Art Trail celebrates local artists and makers, normally taking place alongside the Frome Festival in July. Now it will be online as a Virtual Art Trail.
How can we stay in virtual touch with our relatives?
As the government encourages "social distancing" in the fight against coronavirus, older adults are facing the prospect of being told to stay at home and isolate.
But what if a parent or older person in your life, doesn't already have access to video calling tech?
Integrated kit can be the easiest solution - and could be hundreds of pounds cheaper than buying a laptop, tablet, or a mid-range smartphone.
Amazon, Google, and Facebook all have smart devices with screens for video calls.
One problem with all these devices is their expense and another is their need to be on a stable, decent wi-fi connection at all times. Sometimes, a smartphone might be the better option.
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”.
Beginners Tai Chi – a good beginners Tai Chi class which can be done seated or standing.
Chair Yoga – for beginners and anyone wanting seated chair yoga.
General Work Out – aimed at older persons, can be done seated or standing.
Meditation – a 5 minute video on meditation that you can do anywhere.
Poetry in the pandemic - project aims to engage young people in creative writing
Man, 73, finishes 1,000-mile lockdown run - he completed his personal challenge of running 1,000 miles during the coronavirus lockdown.
Re-wilding Britain: the plan to restore an area the size of Manchester - a new nature network plans to re-wild 300,000 acres of land in the UK, in a bid to boost biodiversity and tackle climate change
Nurse hugs two-year-old son after 11 weeks apart - a self-isolating nurse has finally hugged her two-year-old son after 11 "heartbreaking" lockdown weeks apart.
Hundreds of socially-distanced hearts appear in Bristol parks - the 374 large white hearts are being applied to Queen’s Square, Castle Park and College Green in Bristol
Suffolk villagers club together to buy dog a wheelchair - a dog is a "happy chappy" again after villagers clubbed together to buy him a wheelchair so he can enjoy walks after losing the use of his back legs.
Free bike repair vouchers - there are an estimated 16.5m cycles gathering dust in England’s sheds and hallways, according to the charity Cycling UK. But that number could be about to fall with the introduction of the government’s ‘fix your bike’ scheme, which is giving away 50,000 bike repair vouchers worth £50 to people living in England.
Blue tit rescued from Ipswich garden may become 'a friend for life'- a blue tit found abandoned in a back garden seems to have adopted his human rescuer as his mother.
Medal for lockdown litter picking boy in Sleaford - a seven-year-old boy from Sleaford has been given an award for his tireless efforts to keep his local park tidy.
Rainbow of knitted flowers to mark the 72nd Birthday of the NHS - A rainbow made from more than 1,300 knitted or crocheted flowers has been put on display in tribute to the 72nd Birthday of the NHS.
In St Mungo's Wellbeing Guide, you'll 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.
Genesis Trust, Creativity Works, Goodfood, BBC, Positive.News, Mindful.org, Mind.org, Google, National Garden Scheme (NGS), Sam Norris,