Activities Remotely #18 St John's Foundation Est. 1174

Hello and welcome to our eighteenth Activities Remotely Newsletter. We began these newsletters with the aim of keeping you entertained and informed during lockdown - little did we know that some five months later they’d still be a regular feature! In addition to all the practical advice contained in each edition, we have also enjoyed sharing feel-good stories and uplifting news. We are especially pleased at how popular our online programme, At Home with St John's, has been. Thanks to all of you for your support so far.

In this edition, you’ll find articles about BBC Radio Bristol's Make a Difference Superstars recognition scheme; an inspiring seven-year-old litter picker; free bike repair vouchers; a guide to the Government's Eat Out to Help Out scheme; more handy tips on making and wearing face masks and access to all 17 back-copies of previous Activities Remotely Guides.

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

Make a Difference Superstars

Join the BBC for a celebration of everyone who has been going above and beyond during the coronavirus pandemic in the South and South West of England.

Since the start of the pandemic, local BBC radio stations have been highlighting stories of people making a difference in our special Make a Difference broadcasts. Now it’s your chance to recognise and reward the superstars up your street and in your neighbourhood.

It could be someone who has been looking after their parents or neighbours; a budding cook who has been baking for the community; a key worker who has been a special help to your family. We want to hear about them all – their big efforts and their small contributions.

Tell us a story of someone who has made a difference to you, your friends, family or community.

We could be rewarding them by recognising their hard work and sacrifice in a special radio programme plus GWR Trains have agreed to rename some of their high speed trains across the South of England after some of our Make a Difference Superstars.

You can recognise someone by following the steps here.

Your Gardening

Mevissa has kindly been keeping us up to date with her gardening. She has lots of fruit and veg growing, but is especially proud of this artichoke plant (pictured).

I have eight artichokes on this one plant . It’s the first time I’ve grown it in the vegetable garden.

Well done Mevissa!

Have you been spending lots of time in the garden, or completed a project you're proud of? Why not get in touch and we'll feature it in a future newsletter!

Uplifting News

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.

Lucas was handed a medal by his local litter picking team after he spent most of the lockdown clearing up rubbish in Castlefields.

He said he wanted to "protect the environment and make the world a better place".

Watch the full BBC video here.

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.

It’s part of a £2bn active travel strategy to get people walking and cycling. Other plans include the creation of a new national standard for cycle infrastructure, which will aim to ensure bike lanes offer adequate protection for cyclists.

The move has been welcomed by campaigners,

“The government has laid out a truly comprehensive and far-reaching set of measures to improve cycling and walking in England, that will help would-be cyclists on their journey as well as the regular riders,”

You can read more from Positive.News here.

Prosopagnosia: The artist in search of her face

From this BBC article: Carlotta has never been able to recognise faces, neither the faces of other people, nor her own. Her condition, face blindness, has had a major effect on her life but has also given her a sense of purpose as an artist - to make self-portraits of the face she cannot picture in her mind.

Connecting Generations - can you help by volunteering?

Eat out to help out, Bath

The hospitality industry is struggling now more than ever due to lockdown, but you can help remedy this with the 'Eat Out to Help Out' scheme in Bath. Now that restaurants, pubs and cafes are back open, you can at last enjoy eating at your favourite restaurant!

The hospitality industry needs a massive boost to recover from the effects of lockdown, so the government has created the 'Eat Out to Help Out' scheme.

All day on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from the 3rd of August until the 31st August 2020, you will be able to get a discount of up to 50% off (up to a value of £10 per person) when eating in any restaurant that is participating within the new government scheme.

Take a look below to see which restaurants, cafes or pubs near you are participating within the 'Eat Out to Help Out' scheme...

For more information, visit Total Guide to Bath here.

Making & Wearing Face Masks

Sam expertly modelling his very own homemade face mask
To prove it's not difficult to make a mask, I've created my own. Hand stitched with left over fabric and using hairbands instead of elastic (following the BBC's Stitch Mask Guide below). If I can do it, there's no excuse for anyone else!
From BBC News
From BBC News

Previous Newsletters

Click on the links below to access previous newsletters, each week full of different and fun things to do:

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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 at community.outreach@stjohnsbath.org.uk and we could feature you and your advice in the next newsletter!

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Sam Norris


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