Bath duo to take on 48-mile challenge to raise vital funds for Julian House
A duo from Bath, known as The Hairy Handlebars, are set to take on a 48-mile running challenge in 48 hours in a bid to raise £2000 for homeless charity Julian House.
As a means to show support for the homeless community, Ben Cook and George Cullen will be taking on the feat this Friday, 16th April, through to Sunday.
Since arriving in Bath, Ben has built friendships with a number of the homeless community who call Bath their home, and explained his motivation to do more.
He said: “What surfaces most in our conversations, as well as the more practical struggles, is the profound marginalisation and dehumanisation they experience as a result of inequality, in all its facets.
“Too often I have paid witness to people who walk past without even acknowledging the presence of another human being. This, in my eyes, is unacceptable."
Safely welcoming people back to Bath and North East Somerset
Bath & North East Somerset Council has welcomed residents and visitors back to its city and town centres by supporting local businesses to reopen safely from Monday, 12 April.
Non-essential retail, hairdressers, indoor leisure and sports facilities, libraries and public buildings, are among the venues permitted to reopen as lockdown eases in Step 2 of the Government’s roadmap.
Outdoor hospitality venues including pubs and cafés can also reopen with table service only.
From today, visitors to Bath City centre will also be able to see the ‘Little Lost Robot’ window art installation at 17/18 Milsom Street, which combines visual art and sculpture and robotics and is a collaboration between local artists, Bath Spa University, Bath Carnival and the council. From May 17 the space will also become a temporary residency and pop-up exhibition space for Bath Spa University.
The council will also shortly be setting up a ‘High Street Hub’ at 15 Cheap Street to provide business support and advice and to provide a base for its High Street renewal activities in Bath City Centre.
Planting Sessions at Green Park
Join us in the park! This is your chance to get hands-on and practically involved in improving Green Park with the friendly Your Park team. Led by Mali, you will help prepare this wonderful park for spring by digging, clearing, planting, and identifying wildlife. This activity will involve physical activity, great to get you moving.
Please join the Your Park team to make Green Park a more enjoyable place to be:
Thursday 29th April – 10.30-12.30
Thursday 6th May - 10.30-12.30
Thursday 13th May - 10.30-12.30
Thursday 20th May – 10-1
Thursday 27th May - 10-1
All activities will be run with adhering to the rule of 6, until restrictions are lifted, in line with Bath and North East Somerset Council’s Covid-19 Group Volunteering Protocol. We will take every measure to ensure you are always safe.
Booking is essential. To reserve your place and for more information, please contact George at the Bristol and Bath Parks Foundation: firstname.lastname@example.org
Duchess of Cornwall's Reading Room: Season Two
Season Two starts tomorrow, Friday 16 April and Her Royal Highness has selected four very different books she thinks you might enjoy. They are:
The Secret Commonwealth from The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman
Girl by Edna O'Brien
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
The Red Notebook by Antoine Lauraine
Stay involved and find out more about the books and authors at @duchessofcornwallsreadingroom
Alice Park skatepark to open ahead of summer
Skaters are set to benefit from a new skatepark which is nearing completion at Alice Park in Bath.
Over the next few weeks, remaining works will be completed ahead of the skatepark opening in May.
A new internal gate between the skatepark and adjacent play park will provide improved pedestrian access, alongside new bench seating and perimeter fencing.
Bath & North East Somerset Council has been working with Alice Park Trust on the project.
Six tennis courts at the park are also being resurfaced as part of the council’s investment into tennis in Bath and North East Somerset and will be ready for use by July.
Covid lockdown projects: How you danced, wrote, ran and invented games
Transcribing my mum's diary
A tidy-up in the loft unearthed my mum's five diaries that she wrote during the war, living in Salford, as a teenager. I had seen them before, but the writing is so small, usually in pencil, that I didn't have the patience to read them all properly. My kids urged me to "do something with them", and I felt I had to, or all of those memories and intensely lived experiences would be forgotten forever. So I began to transcribe them.
I loved it when she added "good time". It made me feel so happy that she'd had these nights of fun, of dancing with mysterious boys - usually referred to as an initial: "danced with O" or "danced with F". All of a sudden I felt like I had this 17-year-old friend, who was my mum.
Wow, what they had to put up with. The day after the Manchester Blitz, she writes, "My 20th birthday."
But what struck me most was the joy - they didn't let the war get in the way. Despite Manchester getting really badly bombed, my mum went to the cinema 58 times in 1940. It resonated with what's going on now, that even in lockdown you can still get joy from doing things.
Alexandra Bowling Club Open Day
Where: Alexandra Park, Bath
When: Monday 31 May, 2021 at 10:00am until 4:00pm
At last! Restrictions are being lifted so that we can get out in the fresh air and play bowls! Try something different and come along - bring your friends. Wear comfy clothes, a flat soled pair of shoes if you have them – don’t worry if you haven’t. We have the bowls so that you can have a go. All are welcome but children should be accompanied by an adult.
Further information on 0117 986 4866 where you can book a slot so that we do not become overcrowded. Also, see our website www.alexandrabowlsbath.co.uk/
Club night is 6:00pm Monday. Come along for a game followed by a drink and food.
Join us and have fun!
Libraries offer browsing again
...and mobile library heads back on the road
Bath and North East Somerset’s libraries will offer Covid-safe browsing again from Monday 12 April, with the mobile library resuming a limited service from April 20.
Following the easing of Government restrictions residents will be able to browse the resources available at Bath, Keynsham and Midsomer Norton libraries. The libraries will continue to operate their collection service from 10am – 4pm weekdays with residents able to borrow up to twenty books at a time
The mobile library timetable will be available to view on Friday 9 April here.
You can find out more about Bath & North East Somerset Council’s libraries and information services here.
How opera singers are helping people with ‘long Covid’
People suffering from lingering Covid symptoms are being referred to an unlikely place: the English National Opera
English National Opera (ENO) has launched an online programme to help people suffering from lingering and debilitating Covid symptoms, specifically shortness of breath.
Designed by the ENO and medical experts, participants in the six-week ENO Breathe programme are taught exercises to improve posture and breath control.
“I know that my breath control is better now,” said participant Colette-Elizabeth. “My posture is better. I can go into meetings and get my point across without suffocating on each breath.”
Read the full Positive.News article here.
It’s a hit: how classic songs are uniting children and care home residents online
A project to combat loneliness in lockdown is using classic songs to bring generations together over the internet
From the catchy chorus of Cecelia by Simon and Garfunkel, to the soaring yearning captured in Over the Rainbow, songs have been helping to bring people together during lockdown.
Specifically, they have been uniting thousands of care home residents with young people over the internet as part of the Together with Music project.
“We’ve already seen more than 100 connections emerge and begin to flourish through the sharing of music, culture, hope and positivity,” said Charlotte Miller, IMM director. Miller hopes the scheme will help communities recover and rebuild after lockdown.
SIMPLICITY - meditation from Stephen
In previous writings we have explored solitude, silence, and stillness so here's another 's' word: simplicity.
Christian prayer is awakening to the reality that we are at home now in the Kingdom of God.
Jesus told us that the Kingdom of God is within us, and also that we must become simple like children if we are to enter this Kingdom. 'The Kingdom is not a place but an experience.' (John Main)
Being simple is not easy. We are constantly analysing ourselves, our feelings, our motives - or other people's - and our constant self-consciousness makes us very complex and confused.
But God is simple, love is simple. Meditation is simple. Being simple means being ourselves. It means passing beyond self-consciousness, self-analysis and self-rejection.
Meditation is a universal spiritual practice which guides us into this state of prayer, into the prayer of Christ. It brings us to silence, stillness and simplicity by means that is itself silent, still and simple.
Laurence Freeman OSB. Spiritual Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation.
We are called to 'seek first the Kingdom' before we act to love others as ourselves.
You are invited to become 'simple' and enjoy the 'Kingdom' with us Monday 11-11.30 am or when you can.
The peace of Easter to you, Stephen
How to save the planet: the virtual event offering solutions to the ecological crisis
Chris Packham, Liz Bonnin and Sir David Attenborough are among the solutions champions taking part in the open-to-all event, which shines a light on environmental fixes.
Given the crises facing nature, it is easy to give up hope. But as regular Positive News readers will know, around the world there are many examples of people winning the fight to protect the planet.
Celebrating those underreported conservation success stories is Earth Optimism, a free, open-to-all event that kicks off today. The virtual meeting of minds will feature talks by trailblazing conservationists and celebrity speakers such as Sir David Attenborough, Liz Bonnin and Chris Packham (pictured).
On the importance of celebrating solutions, Sir David Attenborough said: “We all know that there are great problems, but we don’t hear enough of some of the successes. Successes which can give us the courage, information and the inspiration which we need to continue.”
Keeping communities connected
Twelve months ago, the pandemic brought an abrupt and unexpected halt to St John’s over 55s activities programme. Turning what could have been a negative situation, into a golden opportunity, our team thought creatively about how they could continue offering those community outreach services that have the greatest impact on users. We spoke to the team 12 months on to find out how they’ve adapted and furthered their reach:
How has the pandemic affected the work you do for the community and how have you modified your way of working to meet the needs of your audience?
One of the primary aims of our service is to reduce levels of isolation and loneliness in over 55s – something the pandemic has inevitably caused an increase in. With the onset of lockdown and no immediate end in sight, we made the decision to offer online classes. While it took some time for the infrastructure to be implemented, as we were new to it too, in June 2020, we were in a position to offer a variety of online classes. These ranged from exercises like yoga, tai chi, dance; to watercolour art classes, stitch, and even a cook-along.
While we expected some of our regular participants to join, we hadn’t foreseen how popular the classes would be with the wider community. Demand meant we had to add additional classes and our reach spread throughout BaNES into the surrounding areas, and even as far as Yorkshire!
We Hear You (WHY) Outdoors
2021 course dates at Chesterblade Hills (nr. Shepton Mallet)
Thursdays from 22nd April to 22nd May
Autumn course - venue tbc
Thursdays from 23rd September to 27th October
2021 course dates at Combe Grove, Bath
Wednesdays from 21st April to 26th May - FULLY BOOKED
Wednesdays from 16th June to 21st July
Wednesdays from 15th September to 20th October
2021 taster days at Combe Grove (book via Eventbrite, link to follow)
Saturday 15th May
Wednesday 18th August
WHYoutdoors is a course exploring the benefits of nature connection for wellbeing, designed for those living with and beyond cancer. Participants meet in a beautiful natural setting and undertake a mixture of solo and group activities. The approach helps people coping with the challenges of a life-threatening diagnosis to increase their emotional and physical wellbeing through time spent in nature, guided by specialist group leaders, who are also professional counsellors. There is shelter at both sites so sessions will go ahead in most weather. Participants need to have a reasonable level of mobility as the woodland site is uneven.
To book a place, please call 01373 455255 or email email@example.com.
The Heritage Collection
Join the National Garden Scheme for talks in April and May which focus on a group of gardens with illustrious heritages of their own, which have also played an important part in the National Garden Scheme’s history. The series opens with a talk on the story of the National Garden Scheme.
Somerset Skills & Learning Courses
Pattern Making: Leaves in Nature
Starting 01/04/2021, Thursdays, 10:00 - 12:00
Patterns in nature are amazing! The infinite designs, shapes, colours and forms within leaves and plants provide the inspiration for this 4-week online art course.
Over four Zoom sessions, students will discover varying leaf forms, drawing different styles eventually creating their own repeat leaf pattern motif.
Working from collected (or imagined!) leaves, together we will look at the various leaf shapes, colours and details – and use this to inspire our own artwork through a simple grid system. You are encouraged to begin collecting leaves on your lockdown walks for inspiration!
Our talented tutor will also guide students through the use of a colour wheel, helping them to decide on their individual colour palette – from warm, lush green tones to the burnt oranges and browns of autumn.
Get Crafty: Greetings Cards Workshop
Starting 16/04/2021, Friday 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!
Our friendly tutor will show you how to make creative cards at home using different and fun techniques.
Bath named as one of the best places to live and do business in
Bath has been named as one of the top places in the country to live and do business in, according to a new study.
It follows two separate reports published last year which named Bath as the most progressive city in the UK and the second-best location in the country to work from home.
Councillor Dine Romero, Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “I’m proud that Bath has been recognised as one of the best places in the UK to live and do businesses in. As a council environmental and social issues are top of our agenda and we’ve shown commitment and leadership in tackling the threats to our planet by declaring both a Climate and Ecological Emergency, ensuring they are at the heart of our local decision-making process.
“Our communities have proved time and again that they are socially aware and forward thinking from recycling huge amounts during lockdown to embracing the need to transform the way we travel to cut carbon emissions.
Vehicle charging scheme to cut air pollution launches in Bath
From Monday 15 March the UK’s first charging clean air zone (CAZ) outside of London launches in Bath to drive down harmful pollution and protect public health.
From midnight, polluting vehicles will be charged £9 or £100 a day to drive in the centre of Bath. Private cars and motorbikes will not be charged.
The scheme is designed to tackle Bath’s air pollution problem which is chiefly caused by vehicle emissions. Several areas in the city regularly exceed the legal limits for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution – even during lockdown.
Daily charges will apply seven days a week, midnight to midnight, all year round for chargeable vehicles with a pre euro 6 diesel or pre euro 4 petrol engine.
Bath is the first of several charging clean air zones to be introduced across England over the next few years. Funding for the clean air zone has come from central government. A similar scheme already operates in London, known as the Low Emission Zone.
Businesses to receive £4m in grant support
More than 1500 businesses across Bath and North East Somerset financially affected by the latest national lockdown will receive more than £4m in grant support next week.
The latest payments which cover the period up to the 31 March will be transferred to businesses which submitted claims on Monday.
Bath & North East Somerset Council is now urging all businesses to review whether they are eligible for financial support as the deadline for applications to a number of the grant schemes is fast approaching.
Councillor Richard Samuel, deputy leader and cabinet member for Resources, said: “Since the start of the pandemic we have processed more than 9,000 applications and awarded around £50m in financial support to local businesses through the national schemes and local discretionary grants scheme. Without this support many businesses would have struggled to survive.
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
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 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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.
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
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
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.
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