Activities Remotely #11 St John's Foundation Est. 1174

Welcome to our eleventh newsletter, packed full of activities and news for you to keep well at home.

There are plenty of activities to do online and at home, and if you have any suggestions or have been enjoying the newsletter and would like to share your thoughts, please do let us know.

This week, take a tour of Stonehenge and its skyscape, join the Meeting Centres community based blog, and find out how you can support George Harding as he kindly raises money for Macmillan Cancer Support and the Royal United Hospital. Plus, much more!

Starting soon, we'll also be offering online classes with all of your favourite tutors, entirely through Zoom. So, whether you want to splash out with painting, get strumming on the ukulele or get fitter with exercise, there's something for everyone. Find out more in next week's newsletter!

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


Take an interactive tour of Stonehenge with our 360 degree view from inside the monument.

Click here to view the interactive tour.

Or, switch to 'Skyscape' to relax and enjoy a live view from within the stone circle.

The Skyscape website has been created by English Heritage to enable people around the world to experience the skies above the iconic stone circle, to learn about the movements of the sun, moon and planets and to see the solar alignment at Stonehenge.

Click here to view the Skyscape.

LinkAge Network - Activities You Can Do At Home

The LinkAge Network has lots of fantastic activities you can do from the comfort of your own home. Whether it's joining an online Zoom session and taking part in free Tai Chi sessions, joining a Telephone Chat Cafe, or building your own playlist, there's plenty of ideas and activities for you to join in with!


UK Meeting Centres Support Programme Blog

Keep up to date with everything Meeting Centres – community based innovation supporting people living with dementia. Find out about the latest developments, including new Meeting Centres. Perhaps you will be inspired to set up a Centre in your community?

This page brings together a variety of resources used by Meeting Centres to support their members and family carers. While many are being used or were developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic when support was provided remotely, they may still be useful when support is provided face-to-face.

As well as being resources in their own right, they can provide inspiration for you to try with a group or suggestions for families and members to engage with together.


Image by Stephen Magrath
If you would like to contact Stephen, please email him at: stephenmagrath@hotmail.com

Morrisons 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.

Any order placed before 5pm will aim to be delivered the very next day. In order to use this service, you must live within 10 miles of a Morrisons store. There is a quantity limit of three per item while using this service.

Deliveries will adhere to the current social distancing rules, so to avoid contact, we strongly encourage contactless card payments only. If this isn't possible, chip and pin card payments are available but no cash payments can be accepted.

Please see Morrisons' website for the list of essential items available to order.


Creativity & Wellbeing

We are re-imagining Creativity & Wellbeing Week but keeping its core identity as a festival, celebrating the groundbreaking work happening around the country bringing together culture, creativity, health and wellbeing. Our theme remains Positive Futures.


Association for Dementia Studies Blog

Useful resources

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the ADS team have been working on resources to help in different situations. These resources will be shared here as and when they become available.

Click the links below to find out more information on each subject.

For more information click here.

Care homes

Providing person-centred support for residents living with dementia who need to be isolated in care homes during the COVID-19 crisis

Domiciliary care

Supporting people at home (domiciliary care) – COVID-19

Family and friends

Supporting people at home (informal care) – COVID-19

Community groups

Supporting people during COVID-19 (community groups)

Tips for running online support sessions

Sign Up for 30 Days Wild

This June, join thousands of people taking part in our annual nature challenge, 30 Days Wild! We want you to do one wild thing a day throughout the whole month: for your health, wellbeing and for the planet. That’s 30 simple, fun and exciting Random Acts of Wildness.

You’ll get a free, downloadable pack of goodies to help you plan your wild month, plus lots of ideas to inspire you to stay wild all throughout June (and beyond!). For extra ‘bonus’ items, keep an eye on your emails for additional, fun activities, from instructions for baking hedgehog cupcakes to a beginner’s guide to wildlife photography.

To get involved, just tell us who’s taking part. If you are a childminder and want to take part with your children - the schools pack will be best suited to you.


Discover Local Food

Local seasonal fresh food from local producers.

BigBarn is the UK’s no.1 local food website. We help people to find good, safe, accountable food from local sources.


George Harding is raising money for the RUH, Bath and Macmillan Cancer Support

You can help support the fundraiser using this link to donate to the NHS.

And this one to support Macmillan Cancer Support.

BBC Rewind & Reminiscence Archive


This platform provides access to a selection of footage from the BBC Archives, designed to support reminiscence therapy.

The principle of reminiscence therapy is to assist people who have dementia to interact and converse in a natural way, by stimulating their long-term memory with material from the past. It is often the case that long-term memory can still function when the person’s working (short-term) memory is degraded. Tapping into long-term memory can make it possible once again for them to enjoy interacting with others, through their stories.

A number of reminiscence systems have been developed for people with dementia, based on photographs, photo books, boxes of objects and materials and interactive computer applications. The BBC wants to contribute to this growing set of supports for people with dementia and their carers by drawing on the enormous amount of photos, videos, and sound clips in its archives.

To begin, simply select a Theme (such as Sport, Events etc.) or a Decade (1930s, 1940s etc.) and choose whether you wish to view image, audio or video content. The results are randomised, however items can be 'favourited' to return to later, if you wish.

For more information about dementia, please visit The Alzheimer’s Society or bbc.co.uk/dementia


Meals to your door

B&NES Council, AgeUK and Bath City Farm are offering home deliveries for those in need. Each service is offering daily meals at a reasonable cost, saving you time on shopping and cooking.

B&NES 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: communitymeals@ageukwiltshire.org.uk or phone 01793 687017 (Age UK Wiltshire)

To contact Bath City Farm - please email them at mealsonwheels@bathcityfarm.org.uk

A message from Surrinder Bains, Bath organiser for Playlist for Life

I am the local organiser based in Bath for Playlist for Life. We here at Playlist For Life understand how difficult it is to help people living with dementia and their families during this time and we would like to help in any way we can.
On our website, www.playlistforlife.org.uk we have a number of resources that can help you create a Music Playlist.
And don’t forget the 100 Years – A Century of Music Book – where each decade is available to download as a pdf. Go to https://www.playlistforlife.org.uk/the-100-years-book/
Please share with anyone you feel may find them helpful and if I can be of any help with any of these, please let me know.
Stay Safe, Surrinder Bains

How to make your own face mask

People in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland are now being advised to wear face coverings while at the shops or on public transport to help limit the spread of coronavirus.

While medical face masks and respirators are prioritised for health and care workers, you may wish to make an attempt of making your own face covering.

Here's our guide to different types and step-by-step instructions on how to make them.

Whether you're handy with a sewing machine, enjoy cutting up old t-shirts or just want a quick fix, the principles are the same: the more layers of material the better, and the mask needs to fit snugly around the face, and you should be able to breathe comfortably.


Volunteer Machinists

Bath Spa University and the University of Bath are working together to make hospital gowns for the Royal United Hospital, Bath.

They are looking for competent machinists, skilled in using either industrial or domestic machines. Overlocking experience will also appreciated.

Please contact Dave Tinkham to discuss your skills and availability: d.tinkham@bathspa.ac.uk

The Circus Restaurant & Bath Veg Box Project

​While temporarily closed, The Circus Restaurant has teamed up with the Bath Veg Box Project who are delivering their delicious assortments of fruit and veg for £16 per box, plus any other fresh produce you may need.

There are various ways to place your order:

Call 07843643112 to get your veg box and fresh produce delivered.

Order and pay for your next day delivery/next day store pickup with their online shop: https://www.thecircusrestaurant.co.uk/

The Circus Restaurant will be open between the hours of 10.00am – 12.00 midday, Monday to Saturday, for locals to buy/collect fruit and veg boxes and staple items.

Golden Oldies Sing & Smile

The Golden-Oldies Charity is well loved by hundreds of BANES residents, known for their regular Goldies Sing & Smile sessions. These are not choirs, but social groups where people come together to enjoy each other’s company and sing-a-long to the popular hits of the 50s onwards, from artists like Cliff Richard, Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones, Petula Clark and many more. You don’t need to have a good singing voice to join in, just a love of music and good company.

Whilst the monthly sessions are currently closed due to the pandemic, they are pleased to continue to be providing mini live online singing sessions that you can get involved with and sing-a-long from home. Why not tune in on one or every Thursday at 2.30pm to their Facebook or YouTube channel? Or, watch pre-recorded at your convenience, completely free of charge.

www.facebook.com/goldiesuk www.youtube.com/user/UKgoldies

Innovations in Dementia & Alzheimer's Society Useful Links

These links are provided by Innovations in Dementia and Alzheimer's Society who are working in partnership to support those who need help in this difficult time.

'Innovations in Dementia' guides and makes short films featuring people with dementia to help volunteers interact, with deliveries, befriending and transport.


Alzheimer’s Society’s toolkit for COVID-19 volunteers:


Daily Hope

We're pleased to share with you Daily Hope. Daily Hope is a response to the nearly 3 million older people living in the UK who cannot access the internet and who now find themselves even more isolated and cut off from those around them. Many are struggling with anxiety and fear.

If you know an older person with little or no access to online resources, please share the Daily Hope information with them. It’s a FREE phone line, so they can listen to hymns, prayers, daily reflections, and a choice of church services.

The phone number is 0800 804 8044.

Gardening from the Wellbeing College

Now is the perfect time to get out in the garden or on your allotment and start growing. Our gardening guru will be sharing her expertise and giving you tips and advice on gardening and food growing via an online video linked group. Starter kits with some veggie seeds may also be available.


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

Video Conferencing

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.

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 community.outreach@stjohnsbath.org.uk.

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 

Previous Newsletters

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

Activities Remotely 1

Activities Remotely 2

Activities Remotely 3

Activities Remotely 4

Activities Remotely 5

Activities Remotely 6

Activities Remotely 7

Activities Remotely 8

Activities Remotely 9

Activities Remotely 10

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