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.
Baker Street - Baking Competition
Baker Street is inviting you and your residents to compete against care homes across the UK to create a sensational show stopping dessert, using our delicious, quick and easy-to-use sponge cake layers as a base.
Whilst we can’t taste your culinary creations in person we’ll be judging on appearance, so be sure to snap a photo before you get stuck in!
How to enter: To enter, simply complete the entry form here and upload photos of your Baker Street sponge layer creation, along with your winning recipe idea by 5pm on 31st March 2021.
Isolated, not Lonely.
The National Activity Providers Association (NAPA) are running online support sessions are 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.
Meditation from Stephen
We live by the light of divine love ...and the light of others.
Whilst looking at Physics in home-schooling this week I had an insight which might be helpful: In contemplative prayer we resemble a prism receiving Divine Light and refracting it out to the world as unconditional love. We also receive and benefit from this same light refracted from others.
If this visualisation appeals, then please use the image above as you sit comfortably breathing in Divine Light and breathing out a rainbow of love to all that surrounds you (including yourself).
In time this practice can evolve into an unconscious process of 'unceasing prayer' or continual flow of 'light' and love.
Join us Mondays at 11am to share this practice or whenever you need to recharge your spiritual batteries!
Best wishes, Stephen.
Free Online Courses from Somerset Skills & Learning
Introduction to Women’s History
6 sessions starting Monday 3 March 2021, 10:00-12:00
Are you interested in history and historical debate about what brings about change? Do you enjoy learning things about the past and how it has impacted our lives today?
This 6 week course will look at the women’s suffrage movement, the different campaigns and techniques used by activists, and the role of the First World War. It will also explore how and why women achieved the vote.
The course will start on International Women’s Day. You could do this course for your own interest or use it as a stepping stone to further study. Book your place here.
Improve Your Memory
Tuesday 9 March 2021, 12:00-15:00
Are you worried that your memory is not very good and that you keep forgetting things? Do you go into a room and forget why? Has lockdown made it worse or is it your age?
Don’t worry, you are not alone! This 3-hour workshop will explore different memory techniques and show you how to use them in your life or when studying.
Join our friendly tutor to find out more about keeping your brain and memory healthy with just a few key exercises. Book your place here.
Dignity in Action Day
"Dignity, in general, is hard to define, but what is clear is that people know when they have not been treated with dignity and respect. Dignity covers all aspects of daily life, including respect, privacy, and autonomy, and is a basic human right. Dignity is about interpersonal behaviours, as well as systems and processes, and I believe that when people are treated with dignity and respect they become empowered, giving them a sense of self-worth and fulfilment in their everyday lives.
I was asked to be a Dignity Champion by my Manager and after visiting the Dignity in Care website and reading their mission statement, I knew that taking on this role was right for me. As care workers, every member of the Independent Living Assistant (ILA) team has previously worked in stressful environments; including understaffed dementia homes or on busy hospital wards, where we have witnessed a lack of dignity and respect, resulting in poor quality of care. This isn’t always intentional and even the best of us can be caught up with systematic poor practice when in these environments.
It was only when I joined the ILA team at St Johns Foundation that I realised that there was a different way to show care. Along with our values of trust, courage, and kindness, dignity and person-centered care are at the heart of our service. This means we provide an outstanding service that is second to none.
This is why on the 1st of February, we celebrate Dignity in Action day and continue to be the Beacon for other local care services in celebrating and promoting dignity in care."
Becky Tutton - Independent Living Assistant at St John's Foundation
Free Creative Writing Workshops (NEW CLASSES)
Expressive Creative Writing
Monday 22 February 2021 at 10:00-12:00
This short online workshop will provide you with the skills and knowledge to be able to practice expressive creative writing and apply it to your daily life.
Expressive creative writing shows imagination and creativity, rather than fact based technical writing and is a form of therapy to express something. Book here.
Wild Writing: Nature-Based Expressive Creative Writing for Wellbeing
5 week course starting Monday 1 March 2021 at 10:00-12:00.
You will learn what Nature-based Expressive Creative Writing (ECW) is, the tools and techniques it involves, and how it can be used for personal wellbeing, growth and connection with others, as well as a celebration of the natural world and a means of sharing knowledge and awareness of the environment and current threats to it. Book your place here.
Craft Your Own Concertina Keepsake Book
Fridays 5 & 12 March 2021 at 10:00-12:00
Learn how to make a unique concertina keepsake book. Get crafty with our two-part workshop and create your own memory book full of secret pockets, compartments and pages to fill with something special.
Concertina books are simple to make and beautiful to look at, making them a great gift for loved ones. Custom design special pull-out pages with frames, pockets and spaces to fill with precious memories. Book here.
Get Crafty: Greetings Cards Workshop
Friday 16 April 2021 at 09:30-12:30
Fancy getting crafty at home? Want to put a smile on your loved ones’ faces? Join our online greetings card craft club and learn how to make three gorgeous gift cards to send to friends and family! Book here.
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
Ginger & Polenta Cake Recipe
Learn how to make this mouth-watering ginger polenta cake. The ginger in this recipe gives this gorgeous gluten-free cake a delicious kick. This delicious bake takes only 15 mins to prep and then you can let the oven do all the hard work for you. The tangy ginger flavour and the softness of the polenta sponge work wonders together. This recipe makes around 15 slices. Enjoy it over a cuppa! Find the recipe here.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
What went right in 2020: the top 20 good news stories of the year
It’s been a year like no other. As challenging as 2020 has been, the past 12 months have also seen big wins for the environment, society and culture, human rights – and even health. Read on for 20 stories of progress that got hidden behind the headlines in 2020.
Scam alert - residents need to be vigilant as criminals offer COVID-19 vaccine
Residents across Bath and North East Somerset are being warned about coronavirus scams and fraudsters who are claiming to be from the NHS.
Across the UK, members of the public have received fraudulent text messages claiming to be from the NHS offering them the opportunity to sign up for the Covid-19 vaccine.
The texts ask the recipient to click on a link which takes them to an online form where they are prompted to input personal and financial details. In some cases the online form looks very similar to the real NHS website.
In the UK, coronavirus vaccines are only available via the NHS. Individuals may be contacted by the NHS, their employer, a GP surgery or a local pharmacy to book an appointment for the vaccine. At no point will payment be requested, the vaccine is always free of charge.
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.
Grayson’s Art Club returns, inviting submissions on six new themes
“Art is good for you, whoever you are,” says Grayson Perry in the tagline for his popular TV series Grayson’s Art Club; and so it returns for a second dose.
The artist and his co-star/wife, psychotherapist and author Philippa Perry, have announced that series two will air on Channel 4 in February, and that anyone can submit their artworks to be considered to feature in one of the six episodes based on different themes. These themes are family, nature, food, dreams, work and travel.
Celebrating 50 years of decimal currency.
On 15 February 1971 Britain changed over from the centuries old system of pounds, shillings and pence to a new currency based on 100 pennies to the pound. This change effected the entire nation, bringing people together as they learnt to master a new way of valuing everything. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Decimal Day in February 2021, we will be hosting a national programme of activities with the aim of connecting generations and getting people talking about their memories of the changeover. Explore here to find out more and get involved.
Mindfulness Meditation with Sandhya
From Monday 18 January 2021 @ 10am.
Take a moment to pause, slow down, and breathe. Learn how to bring mindfulness into our every day activities. No previous experience necessary.
Sandhya will share with you relaxation exercises and stress busting techniques. They will incorporate Mindfulness meditation, movement, deep relaxation, breathing techniques and lots more.
‘This meditation course fulfilled my expectations and more’
Please bring a bottle of water, a cushion and a blanket for deep relaxation. Teaching us how to bring mindfulness into our every day activities.
Breathe and Begin with Jacky Wise
Monday to Thursday morning 8.30am - 8.50am
A unique time of deep breathing and mindfulness, with a motivational thought and prayer to help you through the day.
Led by Rev Jacky Wise.
Drawing & Painting in Watercolours with Sarah
From Tuesday 19 January 2021 @ 10am.
Enjoy learning and developing different watercolour techniques in Sarah's step-by-step sessions. With your fellow painters, you will create a watercolour sketch and come away with ideas to develop further. Suitable for beginners through to the more creatively experienced.
Gentle Yoga with Jules
From Tuesday 19 January @ 2pm.
Great for beginners or people returning to exercise, recovering from injury, illness, living with fibromyalgia, a disability, arthritis, health issues, long term illness, chronic pain or chronic fatigue, an elder, or in need of stress relief! Classes are fun, informal and everyone is made to feel welcome.
You will be practice Breath exercises, Meditation, Mindfulness, Gentle Yoga Postures and Relaxation (Yoga Nidra) Exercises will be mainly be chair based, but you can also practice on a mat, in a bed, standing, whatever works best for you
Chair Yoga with Liz
From Wednesday 20 January 2021 @ 10am.
This class is for anyone who would like to improve their mobility, balance and co-ordination. The exercises are a mix of gentle yoga-based stretching, strengthening and breathing - all done either sitting or standing (no lying down on mats).
Tai Chi Movements for Wellbeing with Betsan
From Thursday 21 January 2021 @ 10am
During this gentle and relaxing class, you will learn 'Tai Chi Movements for Wellbeing' (TMW) - an easy-to-learn sequence of twelve movements designed to promote physical and emotional wellbeing.
Free Fun Monthly Quiz with Ricky
On Friday 22 January, Friday 26 February and Friday 26 March @ 10am.
Taking place on the 4th Friday of each month at 10am, join Ricky for a free, fun, online quiz.
Lots of fun prizes to be won!
We look forward to seeing you there.
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: email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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,