Wildlife Trusts - Looking after yourself at home
Wildlife Trusts has some fantastic ideas for activities and projects that you can do from home:
- Make a bird feeder
- Build a hedgehog home
- Make a mini nature reserve
- Clean bird feeders
- Make your own compost
- Grow vegetables for wildlife
- Make a butterfly feeder
- Learn how to identify butterflies, bees, and moths
- Make beeswax wraps
- Make a nature mandala
- Tune into their Wildlife Watch YouTube channel
- Watch a webcam: peregrines, barn owls and kittiwakes are all putting on a show!
Click the link to see how to begin each project, or watch the webcams: https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/looking-after-yourself-and-nature
Gareth Malone's Great British Home Chorus
If you've been missing the opportunity to sing (with or without friends), then this is for you! Gareth Malone, the choirmaster who brought us The Choir and The Choir: Military Wives, has organised this fantastic initiative - singing together from home.
The Great British Home Chorus aims to give everyone the opportunity to contribute their voices and instruments to an ambitious digital music project.
To submit your video click here: https://www.greatbritishhomechorus.com/
Take a tour... of a 5,000-year-old Egyptian tomb!
Egypt’s classical wonders are off limits, but a royal tomb is one of four sites where 3D modelling gives us a fascinating glimpse of antiquity.
Use the links below to visit the Tomb of Queen Meresankh III, (G7530-7540), situated in Egypt.
For more information, follow this Guardian link: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/apr/15/egyptian-tomb-ancient-wonders-open-for-virtual-tour-in-lockdown?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Outlook
And this link to view the tombs themselves: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=d42fuVA21To
The RSPB have a great online resource of birds found in the UK, so why not make the most of this time at home and log the birds you see? You never know, you may see something rare or unusual in your own back garden!
Use this link for birds: https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/
And this one for all wildlife: https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/
Make your own Accordion Paper Flowers
Fold a few paper squares like an accordion to turn them into easy paper flowers. Arrange them on a vase for a lovely table decoration or use them to make wreaths, mobiles, and other craft projects.
What you'll need:
- Wooden dowels or sticks
- Buttons, plastic gems, brads, or other embellishments (optional)
Follow these instructions to make yours:
Zoom Tech Support
Shania Jones from Connecting Generations is pleased to announce that this Friday's call is featuring Surrinder Bains from Playlists For Life (https://www.playlistforlife.org.uk/).
Surrinder is going to be discussing and presenting how to create your own playlist and to reconnect with music. This is a brilliant way for people to get involved and have fun. The charity is all about helping individuals (especially with dementia) reconnect with family and friends.
To join this interactive session please follow the link to a scheduled Zoom meeting on Friday at 10am. Please also send the link to anyone you know who may find the session helpful.
Meeting ID: 181 481 673
Send in your videos to Gardeners' World
During these challenging times, The Gardeners’ World Team would love to know what you are doing to keep yourself and your family busy in the garden; what you are growing on your balcony or window sill? Something that will inspire the nation to also start gardening.
You might be proud as punch of your garden and would like to give us a virtual tour. Do you have a quirky way of growing veg or perhaps a greenhouse or cold frame that the curator of Kew Gardens would be envious of? We want you to share your top tips and fabulous borders and spaces with Gardeners’ World.
You can also catch up on the latest Gardener's World on Friday's on BBC, or through the iPlayer website and apps: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mw1h
NHS Health at Home
The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak means you should only leave your home if it's essential, but it's still easy to get NHS help using your smartphone, tablet or computer.
This page contains information to help you:
- 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/
It can be difficult and frustrating finding something to do at home, especially due to the current government restrictions limiting exercises and shopping trips.
Gardening has many benefits - reducing stress, improving your dexterity, saving money on buying foods, helping you sleep - the list goes on! We've been searching far and wide and have found a number of websites that you can order gardening supplies from. Whether growing your own vegetables, tidying up your patio, or livening up your living room, there are plenty of gardening choices.
Gardening Express https://www.gardeningexpress.co.uk/
B & M Gardening Supplies https://www.bmgardenbuildings.co.uk/
Aldi Special Buys https://www.aldi.co.uk/c/specialbuys/garden-shop/
Search Google for more ideas here.
Meals at Home
BaNES Council is offering a meals-on-wheels service, information can be found here: https://www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/care-and-support-and-you/staying-your-own-home/help-meals
View AgeUK's menus here: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/bp-assets/globalassets/wiltshire/aukw-community-meals-menus-2020.pdf
To place an order with AgeUK please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01793 687017 (Age UK Wiltshire)
To contact Bath City Farm - please email them at email@example.com
Something a bit different...
Although you may be confined to your home at the moment, this doesn't mean you have to be stuck at home.
Random Street View is a fun website that will drop you in a random place, anywhere in the world. Using GoogleMaps, you can explore the area and then click 'Next' to visit somewhere completely different!
Our first attempt put us in Guernsey, and then Greece! You could find yourself anywhere in the world. Give it a go here: https://randomstreetview.com/ and let us know where you wind up!
Below, we have included a number of live videos that you can watch and engage with from home. You’ll see that they are all linked by the free video chat application 'Zoom', which can be downloaded here. You can also use Zoom to stay in contact with family and friends, with video chats online for free!
Exercise Classes with Liz Coleman
Join Liz every Monday from 12-1pm live on Zoom for her weekly session. Click here to take part in a fun, friendly exercise class that you can do straight from your own home.
Staying in touch
For more information on using social media and other forms of staying in touch with friends and family, visit this BBC article.
Stay Safe From Scams
Unfortunately, during this trying time, there are a number of scams circulating regarding the Coronavirus. Advice from Trading Standards can be found here.
Please stay safe online!
St Mungo's Wellbeing Guide
Online resources and ideas to support positive mental health and wellbeing during the Covid-19 outbreak.
In the Wellbeing Guide, you will find useful online resources and ideas to support positive mental health and wellbeing whilst at home during Covid-19. Each resource is based around one of the 5 ways to wellbeing, which may help to maintain your positivity, gain a fresh perspective and give you a different focus during this difficult time.
Free access to exercise at home
In addition to the many online exercise videos on the internet right now (see below), we are also able to offer tailored exercises from 2 of our fantastic tutors:
Here is the brilliant Jules with some short mindfulness and yoga videos:
Visit Jules Yoga Wellbeing page on Facebook for online yoga tutorials.
Liz Lees Yoga programme is available upon request - please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
By using YouTube (see Entertainment section below), you can stay healthy by following a number of online videos. We’ve got the following suggestions (just remember, they’re not for everyone, and only do what you can!):
BBC Exercising at Home – the BBC are offering tips on exercising at home, and The Green Goddess – “the original keep-fit queen of the 80s - is making a comeback on BBC Breakfast. Eighty-year-old Diana Moran will be doing exercises three times a week from self-isolation so viewers can follow along at home”.
Chair Yoga – for beginners and anyone wanting seated chair yoga.
General Work Out – aimed at older persons, can be done seated or
Free Books Online (FREE) – a resource of fifteen websites where you can read books for free.
Netflix – an online video streaming platform to watch TV, films and documentaries.
YouTube (FREE) – videos covering everything from arts to education and more.
Crosswords and puzzles – lots of options to choose from here.
Please be aware and protect yourself from scams. People and organisations are being targeted with emails, texts and phone calls offering advice and treatment for the coronavirus, as well as setting up fake websites selling products and offering “cures”. You can find information on how to recognise and avoid these scams here: https://www.itv.com/news/wales/2020-03-23/how-to-protect-yourself-from-the-surge-of-coronavirus-scams/
wikiHow – online instructions you can trust. Want to learn a new skill or how to set up a new email address? wikiHow has it all covered.
Hobbycraft – for all of your creative and craft needs.
Great Art – offering delivery of all art supplies.