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ON THE HORIZON

  • Loneliness Awareness Week 14th -18th June hosted by the Marmalade Trust, We can feel lonely sometimes but we don’t all live with loneliness. This annual campaign aims to highlight loneliness and the impact it can have on our health & wellbeing and to get everyone talking about it.  Go to the Marmalade Trust website to find out more about Loneliness Awareness Week and how you can get involved.

    Marmalade Trust Loneliness Awareness Week 2021

  • Lets Talk about Loneliness & Young People Event Taking place as part of the Great Get Together 2021 there will be a Nationwide Virtual School Assembly which is open to all secondary schools on Friday 18th June at 9.30am.  The purpose is to find out and understand the experiences of young people with regards to loneliness and social isolation in order for them to be addressed by those in power to influence real change. For more information on how your school can take part go to the Great Get Together website

    Great Get Together 2021 Lets Talk About Loneliness and young people event

  • The Great Walk Together 2021 This national event is part of the Great Get Together weekend and is taking place on 20th June. Stay active and help boost your health and wellbeing by taking part and bringing people together. To find out more about this event go to the Great Get Together website where you can register your walk and download your pack. 

    The Great Walk Together 2021 Image

  • Suffolk Armed Forces Day This special event is taking place in Hadleigh on 24th June, and will be located at the Market Place from 5pm. It will feature the ‘Diamond Lite Majorettes’ ‘and Live’ music from local band ‘Less than perfect’ plus much more. Hadleigh will also be holding a fete to mark Armed Fores Day on Saturday 26th June from 10am-2pm located on Lower George Street. There will be ‘Live’ entertainment and refreshments as well as tombola and a tabletop craft sale. Find out how to get involved in ‘Armed Forces Day’ and details on other organised events.

    Hadleigh Suffolk Armed Forces Day 2021

  • Joyful June Find the good in life this June by discovering the little everyday things that bring you joy. Whether it’s a listening to birdsong, chatting to a friend or singing along to your favourite song, whatever brings you joy is worth sharing with others.

    Action for Happiness Joyful June

  • Cupcake Day – 17th June 2021 The Alzheimers Society are asking if you can help to raise funds to support people affected by Dementia by hosting your very own ‘Cupcake Day’ fundraiser, as there’s nothing like cake to bring people together.  Sign up today via the Alzheimers Society website and receive your free ‘Cupcake Day’ fundraising pack.

    Cupcake Day 2021 Altzheimers Society

  • The Great Get Together 2021 This wonderful initiative of connecting people from the Jo Cox Foundation is taking place from 18th to 20th June.              Why not host your own event? It is a great way to bring people in your community together so they can not only reconnect with friends & neighbours but also to meet and encourage new connections that can lead to lasting friendships. Sign up today by going to the Great Get Together website and clicking on the map and you will  receive your digital resource pack, which is full of everything you need to plan your event.

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  • The Great Nature Picnic 19 -21 June The WWF are asking if you can help them to raise vital funds by taking part in the Great Nature Picnic. Choose your favourite spot! local park, woodland area or even your own back garden and bring your family and friends together by hosting your own picnic with a difference. Register online at the WWF website to receive their digital fundraising guide, which includes, tips & ideas, recipes, games & activities and how you can have fun with fundraising to help WWF continue to protect nature.

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  • The wildlife Trust – 30 Days Wild Challenge 2021 Throughout the whole month of June The Wildlife Trust are asking you to take the challenge of doing one wild thing everyday. There are 4 options available: Taking part as A Family, a School or Youth Project, as a Care Home or Business. Sign up at the Wildlife Trust website and you will receive your free wildlife challenge pack.

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NEED A CHAT OR SOME COMPANY?

  • Independent Age – Regular Phone Calls. If you’re feeling in need of a good chat with someone who cares – perhaps because you’re living on your own or your health isn’t what it used to be – their volunteers can provide a regular chat over the phone. How it works: You sign up for as long or as short a time as you like; you’ll catch up with your volunteer at a regular time that suits you both. If you decide your volunteer isn’t working out, you can let them know and they’ll find you someone else. There is no charge – friendship is free! Call Independent Age‘s Helpline on 0800 319 6789 for more information.

    Independent Age Phone Calls

  • Boloh. Are you a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic child, young person, parent or carer, affected by Covid-19? Barnardo’s have launched a helpline to support Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic families affected by the Covid-19 pandemic; providing advice, signposting and emotional support. You can speak to Boloh about your worries, problems and stresses during this time, and they can provide emotional support, practical advice and signposting to other organisations who can provide further help. If you’re a professional, you can also contact us to discuss how to support a child or young person they are working with. In many languages, Boloh means speak. The helpline is available by phone on 0800 1512 605 or online by webchat via the Barnados website. They are available to talk Mon-Fri, from 10am-8pm, and Sat-Sun 10am-3pm.

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  • Reengage – Call Companions. Call Companions to help you stay connected through the remaining lockdown and beyond. In response to the Covid-19 crisis Reengage have suspended their regular social gatherings and, with the help of dedicated volunteers, have set up a UK-wide call companions service. Older people who are feeling alone can receive a regular friendly phone call throughout the crisis and beyond, for as long as they want it. Follow the links to their website for more info or email them to seek a call companion for yourself, or someone else.

    Reengage Call Companions

  • ‘Keep In Touch’ is a new service from The Suffolk Coalition of Disabled People – SCODP.  The project is funded by Disability Action and East Suffolk District Council. If you would like a regular friendly chat, or you know someone who would, or if you would like to have an online chat, then KIT (Keep in Touch) is a service which offers exactly that. In these times they understand that there isn’t the opportunity to have so much contact with the people who would normally make a difference to your day. So if you feel that this is for you or would like to make a referral, you can give them a call on 07708 473197. For an online chat about KIT please send an email to Brenda Joyce. Other enquiries about SCODP can be made to 01473 557577, or by  emailing their enquiries address.

    logo for scopd Suffolk Coalition of Disabled People

  • The Silver Line is a confidential, free helpline for older people across the UK that’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year. They also offer telephone friendship, matching volunteers with older people based on their interests,  plus facilitated group calls, and helping to connect people with local services in their area. Call Silver Line on 0800 4 70 80 90.

    The Silver Line helpline number

  • Home But Not Alone. On 24th March Suffolk County Council and its partners launched a new app and helpline to support Suffolk people. The ‘Home But Not Alone’ campaign aims to connect people and groups who want to volunteer in their communities with neighbours who are most in need. All details and offers of support can be logged and matched using a new app, Tribe Volunteer, and the freephone helpline 0800 876 6926 will be staffed from 9am to 5pm, seven days a week.. Click here for more information.

    Home But Not Alone Covid Ttribe Volunteer helpline phone number advert

  • Suffolk Night Owls is an emotional support service run by Suffolk Mind and available by telephone, text or email. Experienced staff will be there to listen and provide impartial support to you and any information needed. The telephone support line is open 7 nights a week from 7pm to 1am. Find out more about how you can register for this service on the Suffolk Mind website or call the enquiry line on 0300 111 6000. Once registered the Suffolk Night Owls contact number will be provided.

    Suffolk Mind Night Owls Helpline

  • MeetUpMondays™. If you find yourself on your own quite a bit and could do with some company and a chat, or you’re new to your local area and would like to get to know people, then why not give MeetUpMondays a go? Pubs and cafes across the county which are part of the network have a weekly warm welcome and a free cuppa waiting for anyone on their own. They don’t always take place on a Monday, and those which are currently operating are doing so with Covid-secure measurements in place, and following government guidance. Put your postcode into the MeetUpMondays map to find your nearest venue, and if there’s not one near enough, why not ask your local pub or cafe to get involved? It’s easy, and we can help at Rural Coffee Caravan/MeetUpMondays HQ! (NB * MeetUpMondays groups will have to pause meeting ‘in person’ during times of lockdown and in certain tier restrictions, but some are running remote/online social sessions.*)

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  • Connect with a friend or neighbour via a cuppa! We’ve created four new free card kit designs for you to print, make and share. It’s a great way to post a ‘hello’ or an introduction through a neighbour’s door, or send a kind thought to a friend you’re unable to spend time in person with at the moment. Just download the PDF file to your device (link below), print out your chosen designs and cut and assemble. Then pop a tea bag or coffee sachet into the cup ‘pocket’ and post or deliver to a friend, neighbour or loved one so you can ‘share’ a cuppa til you’re next able to get together. Share your cards to the Rural Coffee Caravan Facebook page, we’d love to see them!

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    Rural Coffee Caravan ‘Cuppa For a Friend’ – card kit pack 

  • Lets Get Talking! The Great Britain Talks Together is part of the Great Get Together 2021 and is taking place Saturday 19th June.  Why not start a conversation with someone new as making new connections can lead to lasting friendships. Find out more and sign up by going to the Great Get Together website 

    Great Britain Talks Together

  • Suffolk Libraries ‘Phone a Friend’ service launched in January 2021, to reach out to older or isolated library customers. It provides regular phone calls to anyone who would benefit from a friendly chat and someone to talk to. Older people may be missing the regular social interaction with staff and other people gained when visiting the libraries. Those who aren’t online will have also found lockdown particularly difficult. The Phone a Friend service is as simple as calling someone for a friendly chat on a regular basis to check they’re ok and to listen to them. ‘Phone a Friend’ builds on the successful ‘Suffolk Lifeline’ service that Suffolk Libraries launched during the first lockdown. This was delivered by library staff who called library customers to check on them and have a chat, focussing on older people and people who they know may be particularly lonely or vulnerable. If you know of a Suffolk Libraries user who might like the Phone A Friend service, email them at phoneafriend@suffolklibraries.co.uk.

    Suffolk Libraries are also looking for volunteers for their new Phone-A-Friend service, if you think you could offer 1-2 hours a week for a minimum of 6 months, click on the link to read more about what the role involves and how to apply.

    Suffolk Libraries Phone A Friend service

  • Need a chat? About anything and nothing in particular? hullo is a non-profit organisation, born out of the pandemic but here to stay; harnessing the help of volunteers to offer ‘a conversation for everyone.’ Their mission is to connect the nation through conversation fostering a welcoming, inclusive, and non-judgmental environment, which directly tackles loneliness and isolation, whilst promoting positive mental health. The hullo LINE is 0800 001 4455, and is open daily from 9am till 9pm. It is a place for anyone of any gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religion to come together and chat with friendly volunteers. A recent poll found that 69% of British adults feel happier and more relieved after having a conversation, so we encourage anyone to grab a brew and give them a call!

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  • Silversurfers is a website aimed at the over 50s, at the heart of Silversurfers community is a philosophy of Trust, Honesty, Friendship and Enjoyment. After registering on the site you can start an online chat & create a group chat with other members, You can also can voice your opinion in polls and current affairs, showcase your creativity and visit the forum to find posts to engage with.

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  • Have you thought about volunteering? You may be stuck at home but you can still be useful. Could you possibly be a telephone befriender for example? If you are a community group helping local people you can register this with Community Action Suffolk to that they can signpost people to you.

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  • Go old fashioned – write a letter!: Try writing letters sending handmade cards to people who are isolated. It’s a wonderful way to send cheer and keep in touch. Royal Mail have a section updating people about their services amidst the coronavirus outbreak.

    Royal Mail digital poster advising that they are still delivering despite unprecedented circumstances, Image shows post van driving on a road between a rocky landscape with a sea view in the background.

  • Get social: Look out for fun ways to get together with other people and do things, you could even start something yourself. It could be as simple as starting a book club with a handful of neighbours which meets online or over the phone (there are free online resources available: Project Gutenberg has a library of over 60,000 free eBooks, or Audible offers a free 30 day trial for audiobooks), join a singing group or take exercise classes online that are being organised for free.

  • Look out for people sitting in a window and smile & wave. Lots of older people like to sit by their window and watch the world go by. That connection will be so important for so many. You may even start a friendship in spite of the physical distance.

    Image of an older lady sitting looking out of a window

  • Share your WiFi during the coronavirus lockdown. TinsleyNET points out that as libraries and community hubs have been closed as part of the government’s attempts to manage the Covid-19 virus pandemic, some users who relied on their free internet access may have found themselves cut off from the internet. If you have elderly neighbours or neighbours who don’t have access to internet services, you could help them during the period of self isolation or social distancing, by sharing your guest access internet connection with them.

    Using the guest network segregates their devices from your own WiFi meaning there’s not chance of computer viruses crossing over from one side to the other. Follow the link above for more info. If you need help setting up your Guest WiFi they have a FREE IT Support Page.

  • Find creative ways to just have a chat: Whether it’s on the phone, via Skype, through FaceTime, having a Zoom call or through a window at a safe distance – we know the power of just having a chat. Give your video calls a makeover using a BBC TV set background! Chosen from a selection of over 100 empty sets from the BBC Archive, “who hasn’t wanted to host a pub quiz from the Queen Vic, conduct a job interview from the confines of Fletch’s cell, or catch up with friends and family from the bridge of the Liberator in Blake’s 7?” Strictly Come Dancing, Top of the Pops, Dad’s Army, Eastenders, Doctor Who, Match of the Day, Blue Peter – there are loads to choose from!

    4 images from the BBC set backgrounds archives: weather report, Strictlly Come Dancing, Match of the Day and Hancock's half hour, with BBC logo overlapping centre

  • Identify people’s communications needs and help those who aren’t digitally savvy get more confident: If you have neighbours who aren’t as digitally savvy as you but do have devices, help get them set up with video conferencing and help them to become more confident. You could even try and do this over a landline phone in order to keep a safe distance. Where people don’t have a device, a phone tree or similar tool could be used to communicate via landline.

  • Coordinate a phone tree which includes a handful of your neighbours. These are a useful way of passing messages around small social networks but could be vital social contact for those stuck at home in the weeks ahead. A 10 minute check in or friendly chat can make all the difference to help people feel less isolated. There are instructions online how to set these up, like this.

    Illustration of an example of a phone tree

ACTIVITIES TO DO FROM HOME

  • Take a Virtual Train Ride on railways around the world! UpgradedPoints.com and  Travel+Leisure.com have compiled links to train journeys through beautiful scenic views from countries across the globe including Japan, Norway, Switzerland, Montenegro, Peru, Bosnia, the U.S, England and Wales. You can even pass through the Welsh railway station of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch and take a virtual ride on the Orient Express!

    Image showing 3 photo snapshots from different train journeys around the world. Images of red train passing stone aquaduct, an image of a tran track passing through a sky scrapers, and a track heading toward a European mountain range.

  • Watch a ‘Live WebCam’ streaming somewhere in the world. Discover, explore or connect with places across the globe from the comfort of your sofa:  Panda-Cam at Edinburgh Zoo, or multiple animal-cams at San Diego Zoo. EarthCam.com is a site offering multiple webcam views of harbours, public gardens, city streets, skylines and sky cams.

    grid of nine animal photos representing San Diego zoo animal cams,showing baboons, penguins, panda, polar bear, apes, koala, giraffes, butterfly & elephant

  • Take a Yeoman Warder Tour of the Tower of London. Unable to visit our capital’s attractions just yet – let YW Scott Kelly walk you around this historical treasure and share some gruesome facts about the Bloody Tower, Traitor’s Gate and some of the famous and infamous inhabitants of its dungeons and chambers.

    screenshots of film from Yeoman Warder tour of the Tower of London from showing YW Scott Kelly and tower features

  • Take a virtual tour of beautiful Suffolk. On the new Bury and Beyond YouTube page, there are lots of fabulous videos of the lovely town, the surrounding area as well as mentions of things to do in the area. Fun to watch during lockdown and to help plan outings for later in the year (hopefully!)

    collage of photos of from films on the Bury & Beyond Youtube channel

  • 60 Daily Kindness Tasks. Students from Whitefield School, in Barnet, North West London have been enjoying engaging with these daily tasks by Cre8tiveResources, (who offer free teaching resources to students all over the world) to show that #KindnessMatters as part of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek. It’s as important to show kindness to ourselves as well as to others, and to look after our own wellbeing too. You could try these at home yourselves.

    chart of 30 daily kindness tasks to practise from Cre8tive Resourceschart of 30 daily kindness tasks to practise from Cre8tive Resources

  • Explore the sights and natural sounds of Japan with Rambalac‘s tranquil walking footage. From bamboo groves in Kyoto, to Kusatsu’s hot water streams or views of Mount Fuji. If you feel like ‘being amongst more people’ then how about the bustling streets of Tokyo or a walk through the backstreets of Japan in the rain? With some virtual walks around an hour long, it’s a calming and meditative way to ‘transport’ yourself whilst stuck at home. Almost like being there!

    4 snapshots from Rambalac's virtual walking footage of Japan: bamboo groves in Kyoto, view of Mount Fuji, Kusatsu's hot wter streams and Tokyo street at night

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

  • Joyful June Find the good in life this June by discovering the little everyday things that bring you joy. Whether it’s a listening to birdsong, chatting to a friend or singing along to your favourite song, whatever brings you joy is worth sharing with others.

    Action for Happiness Joyful June

  • Reconnect with Nature The Cheshire Wildlife Trust has produced a free ‘Wilder Wellbeing’ guide which has plenty of ideas to help you connect with nature at home or outdoors.  Nature can help to boost your health and wellbeing, whether it is listening to your garden birds or taking a walk.  You can download your free digital copy from their website today.

    Whildlife Trust Wilder Wellbeing

  • Have you been spending more time on your phone or laptop as a result of Covid-19? Phone usage is up by about 30% from pre pandemic levels. Whether it’s during a lockdown or as we adjust to new norms, you may have been spending more time on your device/s. Compare The Market: Guide to Screen Addictions and Responsible Digital Use offers insights into screen reliance, responsible digital device use, the impact of Covid-19 on our digital behaviours and suggestions of healthier ways to tackle any unhealthy cycles. Could screen-time habits be interfering with your life, or the wellbeing of yourself, your child or someone you know?

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    The page also offers useful links to other articles such as those by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health with helpful infographics and guides for parents & families, advice on ‘digital detoxing’, and using a device’s own reporting system to monitor ‘digital wellbeing’.

    infographic illustrating children's view on digital screen time

    For practical online safety advice, information and guidance to help reduce the risks of using the internet, take a look at Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership and e-safer suffolk. These sites offer great resources to help keep children, young people, families and vulnerable adults safe whilst online.

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  • Get Me Out The Four Walls was created to ensure that no mother, father or carer feels alone and isolated at home after the birth of their children. Via informal social meets Get Me Out the Four Walls aim to give as many people the opportunity to escape their house and meet others to help prevent the on-set of parental mental illnesses such as postnatal depression, and to help aid stabilisation of mental health.
    They strive to support parents that are struggling with a mental illness by offering peer support and postnatal depression-specific social meets delivered by our friendly non-judgemental ambassadors. Get Me Out The Four Walls was created to ensure that no mother, father or carer feels alone and isolated at home after the birth of their children. By creating informal social meets we aim to give as many people the opportunity to escape their house and meet others which we believe helps prevent the on-set of parental mental illnesses such as postnatal depression, and helps aid stabilisation of mental health. There are Facebook groups for events and support: Get Me Out The Four Walls Norfolk | Get Me Out The Four Walls Suffolk GMOTFW PND Group or you can make further enquiries by emailing them.

    Get Me Out The Four Walls web image and logo

  • Mental health support for young people If you are finding it tough at the moment and would find it helpful to speak to someone, there is help and support available for you by contacting the organisations below.

    Mental Health contact numbers for young people

  • Mental Health Helpline. First Response is a 24/7 freephone line for people of all ages in Norfolk and Suffolk, and is for anyone who feels their mental health is being adversely affected and needs urgent support. The line is staffed by trained mental health professionals from NSFT, to provide reassurance, self-help advice, support and signposting. You can telephone the helpline on 0808 196 3494.
    First Response ~ NSFT

  • Dedicated cancer helpline relaunches. Designed to support patients with a cancer diagnosis during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic the helpline has been relaunched by East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) and is available to anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer and has questions about their care. All calls will be answered by experienced staff, who will answer questions wherever possible. If patients call with a clinical query, the call handler will either signpost them to their own clinical team or ask the team to contact the patient directly. The helpline is available from 9am to 4pm on Monday to Friday. Ipswich patients should call 01473 703008, while Colchester patients can ring 01206 745330.

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  • Gentle exercises to do at home. Community Action Suffolk’s initiative This Community Can and instructor Rachel have put together these gentle exercises which can be done at home in the comfort of your living room, to keep you fit for life. Standing and seated, and using water filled plastic milk cartons for weights – take part and enjoy!

    3 screenshots from video of of instructor Rachel from This Community Can performing gentle exercises to do at home

  • Dance Exercise Classes. Want to get moving at home? There are a variety of Live Dance Exercise Classes online. Our wonderful friends at DanceEast have light dance exercises that are great for raising morale, and reducing the negative effects of inactivity and inevitable boredom! There are classes for tots under 4 years, children, teens, over 16s and chair based exercises, spanning creative dance, ballet, contemporary, pilates and yoga, so why not take a look at the classes via their YouTube Channel.

    Dance East logo. Move. Be moved.

    If you’d like more of Strictly Come Dancing feel to your exercise, why not tune in and dance along with FitSteps – Ballroom and Latin dance fitness class devised by Strictly Come Dancing Professionals Ian Waite & Natalie Lowe & World Champion Swimmer Mark Foster. Or Strictly champion Oti Mabuse has a Youtube playlist of her previous online Dance Classes – each one with a different theme, so you can dance along when it suits you.

  • Lift your spirits with a bird table and hanging bird feeders in your garden. Friends/family/neighbours having to isolate? Keep their bird feed stocked. They are a great way to bring wildlife to your doorstep and a joy to watch if mobility can be an issue, particularly coming into spring with young fledglings about! The RSPB have activities to take part in such as RSPB Birdwatch and have online resources to help identify different birds.

  • Keep fit and active indoors even if the gym is closed or your walking or running group has had to suspend activities. If you have a Smart TV and Broadband you can access apps on there to practise a new daily exercise. How about a form of yoga that suits you?

    Try these home fitness workout videos from NHS Fitness Studio. Take your pick from 24 instructor-led videos across aerobics exercise, strength and resistance, and pilates and yoga categories.

  • Health and Happiness. We can take a look at what makes us happy and how we can promote happiness in ourselves and others. Action for Happiness suggests this article with top tips from positive psychology expert, Vanessa King.

    Article advising top tips for health and happiness by Vanessa King

  • For older people who might not be online. Not all older people have access to  digital resources. Manchester University‘s Keeping Well At Home booklet offers information and advice on physical and mental wellbeing during Covid 19. Share, download & print for those who cannot.

    Manchester University Keeping Well at Home booklet

  • The Great Walk Together 2021 This national event is part of the Great Get Together weekend and is taking place on 20th June. Stay active and help boost your health and wellbeing by taking part and bringing people together. To find out more about this event go to the Great Get Together website where you can register your walk and download your pack. 

    The Great Walk Together 2021 Image

  • SPOT Wellbeing offers support to adults over 50 in Suffolk to improve and maintain mental and physical wellbeing through occupational therapy, physiotherapy and wellbeing interventions. This non-profit organisation offers all sessions for FREE, and these range from exercise plans, walks, gardening, relaxation sessions, to healthy living plans and more. There are a number of ways you can self-refer to SPOT Wellbeing:

    • Tel: 07598 678505
    • Email: Spotwellbeing@gmail.com
    •  Via their Website
    • Direct message on their Facebook page 
    • Referral from your GP, social worker, social prescriber or health professional.

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  • NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme Type 2 diabetes is a condition where your blood glucose (sugar) level is higher than it should be and many people don’t know enough about the condition or how to prevent it. If you are at risk there are lots of small changes you can make to your lifestyle to prevent diabetes from developing.  If you are in the high risk category you can join the free NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme to help you reduce your chances of developing the condition.  Across Suffolk, the local Diabetes Prevention Programme provider is Xyla Health & Wellbeing and there are 3 different way to access the programme:

    • The first is via a direct referral from your GP following a blood test which indicates pre-diabetes.
    • You can refer yourself onto the programme following an eligible blood test from your GP taken within the last 24 months via the NHS website You will need your NHS number, GP surgery name, blood test result & date in order to register.
    • You can take the short questionnaire called  Know Your Risk  on the NHS website and if your score is moderate to high risk you will be automatically be redirected to the NHS website where you can sign up for the programme However this option is only available until 30th September 2021.

    For more information:  Email: info@preventing-diabetes.co.uk  or go to the the NHS Preventing Diabetes website

    NHS Diabetes referral sheet

  • Suffolk Walking Trails Walking is a great way to exercise and is good for the mind & body. Suffolk is filled with natural beauty, glorious coastline to enjoy while you walk. It has plenty of great trails to discover, whether you prefer the countryside, the coast or a route which takes in historic houses, pretty villages or observing birds & wildlife.  If you would like some guidance on where you can go All Trails has some good ideas from easy circular walks to longer routes. TheSuffolkCoast.co.uk has a advice for the county’s best coastal walks.  walkingbritain.co.uk has produced a walking map of Suffolk that is free to download and print at home.

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  • Peer Support for Teachers. For many teachers and other education staff in the UK the pandemic has been one of the most challenging times in their professional career. The newspapers report on anxiety, stress and the overwhelming fear faced by teachers who are working on the frontline. Wellbeing Suffolk are there to support you if you are feeling the strain. They have produced a 27 page PDF e-newsletter ‘Wellbeing For Teachers’  which includes a plethora of advice, support and useful information to help you live lockdown well. The Wellbeing Service also runs a peer support webinar for teachers every Wednesday afternoon at 4pm. To get the access code to join in and chat with other teachers, email SuffolkSocials@nsft.nhs.uk

    Wellbeing for teachers PDF

    Wellbeing Suffolk Community Team Teacher's peer support poster

  • Free virtual family club  Starting from January One Life Suffolk are running a family club via Zoom with  fun interactive sessions including activity challenges , cookery demonstrations & recipes and physical exercises.   To join call 01473 718193 or visit the One Life Suffolk websire

    One Life Suffolk Family Club

  • How about writing a journal to record your experiences during the coronavirus outbreak? Day to day life for everyone has altered for a period of time; you could write down your observations of the differences you notice; the kindnesses you’ve been shown; your reflections during isolation; the things you are most looking forward to once life returns to normal again. There are some great ones available to buy online, or just use a notebook or sketchbook to write, draw & collage in, to make your own.

  • Another idea is to treat yourself to a seasonal Almanac. Charting nature as the months change, following the sea, moon cycles, sky at night, flowers & plants and fruit & vegetables – with seasonal recipes, folklore and natural history.

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  • Guidance on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (Covid-19).  Gov.UK have produced documents offering guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus, and an easy to read guide to looking after your feelings and your body throughout the pandemic.

    Suffolk County Council are posting regular ‘Coronavirus in Suffolk’ updates on their Twitter page, on the latest Government guidance as it is released, and other news and guidance which affects our county.

  • YOPD Monthly Meet Up Support Group There is a Young onset friendly Parkinson’s pub support group in Martlesham Suffolk. Whilst the group are not able to meet up face to face at the usual Black Tiles venue due to the current government guidelines, they are still meeting up via Zoom.  For more information on how you can join the group contact Becky Penso

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SCAMS

  • Beware of a dangerous scam regarding Covid vaccine notification, in the form of a very convincing looking, but FAKE, text message or email.  The NHS website does advise to wait to be contacted by the NHS regarding your turn to receive the vaccine, but they will NEVER ask you for payment or to enter your personal details. Your vaccination invitation could arrive by letter, phonecall, email or text. If you have received an email which you believe to be fraudulent, forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk.  Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to 7726, which is free. Genuine information on how you will be contacted for your vaccine is on the NHS website and we have added more info on what to expect regarding your vaccination in our Covid-19 section on this page.  If you think you have been a victim of fraud or identify theft, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or go online to www.actionfraud.police.uk. It’s worth checking their website regularly as it is updated with all the most current scam information.

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    Neighbourhood Watch - Beware of fake Covid text regarding vaccinations

  • Beware of SCAMS and SCAMMERS taking advantage of people during the crisis. The National Trading Standards website has a section warning people of the current Covid-19 Scams which are circulating. Visit the site for more information on scams which include doorstep criminals offering to do shopping, online email and fake resource scams, refund scams, counterfeit goods, telephone scams, donation scams and illegal money lenders.

    National Trading Standards postcard advertising warnings of covid-19 scams

    If you receive a phone call from someone purporting to be from your bank or similar, advising that you can have a holiday period from your mortgage, or credit cards, or loan, and asking for all of your details to check this for you DO NOT GIVE OUT your details in this way. Always contact your bank, lender or mortgage provider directly on the trusted numbers or email addresses you have for them, if you need to confirm your current situation.

  • If you receive a cosmetically correct text or email which you think might be a scam, a place to check these out is fullfact.org. It is the UK’s independent fact checking charity and they have added a coronavirus section. People are currently receiving texts purporting to be from GOV.UK with the promise of a Covid-19 Relief payment which goes on to harvest personal data. Never engage with suspicious texts or emails. Never hand over your personal information to someone contacting you by phone or text or email in this way. Always approach the organisation/company/business the message purports to be from by contacting them yourself via their official contact number.

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  • WARNING over Covid-19 home testing and vaccine scams. The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) is warning the public not to open their doors to bogus healthcare workers claiming to be offering ‘home-testing’ for the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Suspicious callers are said to have been knocking on doors of elderly and vulnerable residents in various parts of the UK, saying that they are health officials doing door-to-door testing. The CTSI’s message is “not to open the door to anyone you don’t know or anyone calling ‘out of the blue’.” Coronavirus related fraud reports have increased 400% in March. Visit Action Fraud for information & advice on dealing with the latest scams, and to report one you have experienced or witnessed.

    Suffolk Trading Standard door step Vaccine Warning

  • Message from Inspector Becky Kidd-Stanton of the Neighbourhood Partnership Team at Suffolk Police: “We are aware of the wider impact of the Coronavirus on our communities. From a policing perspective, please be assured that our role remains the same. Our police officers and police staff will continue to protect the public, investigate crime and bring offenders to justice. Our control room staff will continue to assess every incident reported to the police and will deploy our resources accordingly. As you would expect, priority will be given to incidents where the public are at imminent risk of harm. We would like to reassure the community that we will continue to have measures in place to ensure we protect the most vulnerable people in our community.

    Like other organisations, we are experiencing increased demand on our services. We would encourage the public to use online reporting wherever possible for non-urgent reports.  If this is not possible, please use 101. However, if an incident is taking place at the time this should be reported immediately on 999. Although our community engagement officers are not currently able to carry out their normal role with face to face public engagements, they will still be undertaking their work on the telephone and on social media. [They can be contacted here.]  Our Diverse communities coordinator, Ginny Shoesmith is also still available for you to contact.

    Lastly, I would  like to take this opportunity to share a useful government  document with you.  We are aware that some people are having to stay at home and self-isolate. This document contains some  important information about how to stay safe whilst accepting help from others.”

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  • Lockdown Government Grant Scam Beware if you receive a text messages advising that you are entitled to a lockdown grant.  Criminals have created a fake websites that the text links to and they have been designed with similar branding and layout to the official government website. WARNING! DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK.    If you receive what you think is a fake message, forward the text message, including the phone number or company name, to 7726. It won’t cost you anything and it means your phone provider can investigate the sender.  Report all scams to Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133

    Lockdown Government Grant Scam

  • Pet Fraud Warning Suffolk  A warning from Suffolk Trading Standards regarding the rise in reports of fake pet sales, especially puppies and kittens which are being advertised via social media and other online pet platforms. The advert will often claim that the pet is being held somewhere less accessible or overseas and are using lockdown as a way of preventing buyers from visiting to view the animal.  Fraudsters will usually request an advance payment to secure the sale. You may also be asked to pay a further payment to cover courier charges, shipping fees and additional transportation costs. However, the pet does not materialise and is likely to not exist.

    There have been 3 reported cases in Suffolk with residents losing substantial sums of money. One resident responded to a rehoming advert on Facebook and received fake documentation stating the pet had been vaccinated by a Suffolk Veterinary Practice. The details were used fraudulently and the facebook page fake, set up to steal money from unsuspecting buyers.  Another resident responded to an online pet selling platform and was asked to pay £750 deposit and provide copies of their driving license as proof of identity. Once payment was received all communications stopped. A Suffolk resident drove to Liverpool to buy a dog they had seen available online. Returning home took the puppy to the vets and soon discovered passport for the puppy was fake and the puppy was younger than stated.  If you have been affected this scam , please report it to Suffolk Trading Standard on 0808 223 1133.

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  • Another scam is a text like this appearing to be from HMRC informing people of a supposed ‘goodwill payment of £258. DO NOT click the link if you receive it and please warn those in your life who may be susceptible. ALWAYS be suspicious when receiving such texts or emails and if need be contact the organisation the message purports to be from directly, using their official contact details.

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  • Home insulation scam  Beware of telephone calls and home visits from a company claiming to be working on behalf of Trading Standards to investigate unsafe insulation in your home that needs to be removed and replaced.  They are advising they can carry out the work for a specified fee which has been reported to be between £5000-£9000 which they say you can claim back through the Martin Lewis Green Scheme. No such scheme exists!  Always check the credentials and Identification of any company that contacts you by phone or in person. Never provide any personal or financial information or agree to any work done without getting a second opinion. If you have any concerns about a company that has contacted you, call  Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133.

    Insulation Scam Warning by Suffolk Trading Standards

  • Automated Telephone Message Scam Suffolk Trading Standards are advising everyone to be aware of the latest automated telephone message scam. Criminals claiming to be from the National Crime Agency and Inland Revenue have created the message which states that your National Insurance Number has been used in criminal activity and failure to contact them will result in the suspension of the number.

    They will provide a number to call to ‘resolve’ the issue or ask you to press 1 to speak directly to an adviser. THIS IS A SCAM! They are attempting to obtain your personal and financial information. If you receive a call contact 0808 223 1133 or Email: report@phishing.gov.uk

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  • TV Licence Email Scam A warning from Suffolk Trading Standards for everyone to beware if you receive an email which states that your TV Licence is about to expire. The email will advise you to click on the link that they will provide. DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK! This is a scam designed to steal your personal information and bank details. Tips on how to spot the fake ‘TV Licence’ email: 

    • Real emails will only come from this email address: donotreply@tvlicensing.co.uk.
    • Check the grammar and spelling.
    • TV Licensing will address you by your name and scammers will use a general term like ‘customer’.
    • The real website for TV Licensing is tvlicensing.co.uk. Scammers will create their fake website to look as genuine-looking as possible by using similar branding & fonts and will replicate the link with something missing or with a small addition designed to make you think it is real.

    If you receive this email or one similar contact Suffolk Trading Standards on 0808 223 1133 or  Email: report it report@phishing.gov.uk
    Suffolk Trading Standards TV License Scam Image

  • Netflix Email Scam Action fraud have advised they have received over 400 reports regarding Fake Netflix emails that are being circulated. The email states that the recipient needs to finish ‘signing up’ and to click on the link provided in order to start watching.

    DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK! It goes to a Fake but genuine-looking website designed to steal login details and personal financial details. If you receive a suspicious email contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or Email: report@phising.gov.uk

    Action Fraud Netflix Scam

  • Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft Suffolk Trading Standard are advising everyone to be more aware of the personal information that they throw away or give out to others to prevent becoming a victim ofIdentity theft. Criminals will gather information about you over time until they know enough about you to use it to steal your identity and apply for credit cards, loans, driving licence or passport in your name.  Please #TakeFive to think before discarding documents such as old bank statements and be careful of the personal information that you share on social media.

    Follow the 3 steps to protect yourself:

    1 Destroy unwanted documents including bills, bank statements or post that’s in your name, preferably by using a shedder.
    2 Request copies of your personal credit report from a credit reference agency on a regular basis to check for any entries you don’t recognise.
    3 Provide as little personal information about yourself on social media as possible and only accept invitations from people you know.

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  • Fake Apple iTunes Email Scam Action Fraud have advised they have received over 300 reports that relate to scam emails claiming to be from Apple. The emails state that the recipients iTunes account has been used to make purchases.  A link is provided which takes you to a fake but genuine-looking website where there is a form that is supposed to allow you to cancel the transaction.

    DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK it has been designed to steal your login details and any personal financial information. If you receive one of these emails contact Action fraud on 0300 123 2040 or email: report@phishing.gov.uk  

    Action Fraud Apple iTunes email scam

  • Protect against hackers Which? are advising you to check your router in order to protect your home against hackers. Weak passwords or lack of network updates can make your home vulnerable. There is some very useful information available on the Which? website to help you.

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  • Fake Supermarket Texts Scam A warning by Suffolk Trading Standards regarding fake text messages being circulated by criminals stating your supermarket order is being delivered and to click on the link provided to track the delivery.

    DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK! It goes to a fake but genuine-looking websites asking you for personal and financial information. If you receive a suspicious text, forward the message to 7726 and include phone number/company name so your phone provider can investigate.

    Suffolk Trading Standards Supermarket Scam

  • Parcel Text Scam Suffolk Trading Standards have advised that criminals are sending out texts claiming to be from DHL or Hermes stating that they have attempted to deliver a parcel to you. The texts also including a link which will take you to fake websites which have been designed to look similar to the genuine websites as they have copied the branding, layout and font choices.

    DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK! IT IS A SCAM asking you for personal & financial information. If you think you have been a victim of a scammer contact your bank immediately or if you receive what you think is a fake text message, forward it to 7726. You can also report all scams to Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133.

    Courier Scam Image Suffolk Trading Standards
  • Beware Whatsapp message scam alert! Which? have advised there is a new whatsapp message scam that is now circulating.

    How it works!  First you will receive a text followed by a WhatsApp message that appears t from friend who asks you for the code. DO NOT SEND! 

    Your friend’s WhatsApp has been hacked and you will become their target.            If you share the code, the scammers will hack yours too.

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  • Fake DVLA email Scam Action Fraud are advising they have received hundred of reports regarding fake emails claiming to be from the DVLA.  The emails state that the recipients car is no longer taxed and provides a link where payment can be made. Do Not click on the link as it is a scam .

    The DVLA will never ask for bank details over email. The only place to access official information on the DVLA and its services is GOV.UK  If you receive a suspicious email, you can report it by forwarding the email to report@phishing.gov.uk. or you can call Action Fraud on 0808 223 1133.

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  • Can you spot the difference? A Genuine request or a scam? Criminals posing as your bank can trick you into updating your personal details through links provided in the text messages. They can be embedded into genuine message threads making it increasingly difficult to spot.  Stop and think #TakeFive and log into your account directly to update your personal information.  If you are worried you may have fallen for a scam, contact your bank straight away and report it to Action Fraud by forwarding any scam texts to 7726 or by calling 0808 223 1133.

    Suffolk Trading Standards Action Fraud Bank text scams

  • Beware Of Phishing Emails There have been reports of phishing emails being sent out claiming to be from Currys PC World, offering the chance to win a Nespresso or MacBook Pro.  These emails are FAKE and are designed to obtain your personal details.   If you have received an email which you’re not quite sure about, forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) at report@phishing.gov.uk.  Contact your bank immediately if you are worried you have may have compromised the safety of your bank details and/or have lost money due to fraudulent misuse of your cards.

    Phishing Email Scam Curry's PC World Macbook Nespresso

  • Royal Mail Text Scam. Beware if your receive text message claiming to be from the Royal Mail advising you have a parcel awaiting delivery and asking you to confirm settlement delivery by clicking on the link provide. These texts are a scam so DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK! Criminals have created a fake website that the texts link to and they have been designed with similar branding and layout to the official Royal Mail website.  If you receive what you think is a fake message, forward the text message, including the phone number or company name, to 7726. It won’t cost you anything and it means your phone provider can investigate the sender.  Report all scams to Suffolk Trading Standards  on 0808 223 1133

    Suffolk Trading Standard Royal mail text Scam

  • Computer virus fraud. Beware of telephone calls claiming to be from a legitimate company advising you of a virus issue with your computer or internet connection.  Fraudsters will advise they can fix the problem for you by giving them remote access to your computer and asking for your financial details as payment for their service.  If you do receive a call like this, hang up & report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or online at actionfraud.police.uk

    Suffolk Trading Standards Computer Fraud Warning Informaito

GET CREATIVE

  • Suffolk glass artist Arabella Marshall has set up a Just Giving page to raise funds to support Suffolk Artlink. A charity that works with people of all ages as they recognise the value and benefit that creative activity can bring to their health & wellbeing and how important it is to have the connection with others.  Arabella is inviting everyone to join her in making a donation to the Just Giving page, who will let know how your money will be used. The target is to reach £2k by 22nd May.  Watch the film about a young man called Andreas Johnson who talks about his experience from the Suffolk Artlink Brave Art project. Go to the Suffolk Artlink website to find out more about the amazing work they do. Find out more about Arabella’s project at the Wing and a Prayer website

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  • Make, Do & Friends Project Suffolk Artlink have created a series of activities for you to enjoy. Poet, Arji Manuelpillai has written a poem called ‘Ode to Stradbroke Swimming Pool’, and is inviting local residents to choose an image from the  Stradbroke Village Archive and create their own poem. If you like to take part in his remote poetry residency contact mdf@suffolkartlink.org.uk  There is also Easy Poetry with Kennings – figures of speech in which two words are combined in order to form a poetic expression. Download the activity guide and email mdf@suffolkartlink.org.uk to receive an  activity pack by post.

    Suffolk Art Link Poetry activities Make do and friends

  • ‘Make, Do & Friends’ Project. Suffolk Artlink have a fantastic blog site for their programme of creative social events for adults (55+) in rural Suffolk. They post a creative activity each week, inviting you to join in and be part of a welcoming and friendly community to share ‘what your village is made of.’ Lose yourself in one of their Create activities; find out what Connects the people in your village, or meet up with others in one of their creative Community Zoom sessions. You can also send images in of the fruits of your labour to be a part of their online gallery!

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    Make Do and Friends Workshops from Suffolk Artlink

  • Meet Me At The Museum. The Art Fund podcasts feature well-known faces taking someone they love to a favourite museum or gallery, to explore what’s on offer, have a chat about what they find, and generally muse on life. Listen to the musings of the likes of Anneka Rice, Miles Jupp, Lucy Porter, Lloyd Langford, Mawaan Rizwan, Kirsty Wark and Mel Giedroyc as they walk you around museums and galleries such as the Barbara Hepworth Museum, Osbourne House, The Mary Rose, The Tate Liverpool and the Freud Museum.

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  • Harry Potter – A History of Magic (and other online exhibitions). Explore the wonders of the British Library with their Online Exhibitions. Alongside exclusive Q&As and insights into the artistry of the Harry Potter books, explore the British Library’s weird and wonderful collection of magical historical facts and witchcraft and magic artefacts, with curator Julian Harrison. All on this Google Arts dedicated page: Harry Potter – A History of Magic.

    image promoting Harry Potter online exhibition from the British Library

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  • Let’s Get Cultural and Creative web directory is a new online resource hosted by Suffolk Libraries with the content coordinated by Suffolk County Council and local arts partner organisations. It has been launched to make it easy for people to find quality online arts and culture experiences during the current lockdown. The directory includes a wide choice of links to local and national activities to enjoy. Help make Suffolk’s history by letting Ipswich Musuem record your experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic,  Join the Unscene Singers singing workshops, take a tour of the John Skelton exhibition at Snape, and much more!

  • Together in Isolation – Postcard Project. Babylon ARTS in Ely invited people to get creative and come together for their postcard project during 2020’s lockdown. The theme was ‘Together in Isolation’ and the invitation was to design or write a postcard for a future exhibition at Babylon Gallery and an online exhibition now. Postcards could be inspired by people’s time in isolation, on how they feel, thoughts, memories or ideas or what people were looking forward to on the other side! Though the gallery will be closed during lockdowns, you can check out their website to view the exhibition and for more online events and workshops.

    image of postcard promoting Babylon Arts isolation postcard project

  • Leiston Yarn Bombing Project This special project is aiming to decorate the town of Leiston to bring a warm welcome back to residents and visitors. If your community group, school or business would like to create a piece of work for the community to enjoy there are lots of shops that would like a window display. If you are you an artist or doing any creative work and would like to be involved in the project, they would love to hear from you. Contact Joanne.Thain@eastsuffolk.gov.uk

    Leiston Yarn Bombing Project East Suffolk Council

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    Free and interactive CREATIVE CHANGE Workshops with artist Hannah Aria. These workshops will run for 16 weeks launching at the beginning of March 2021. The Creative Change Art for Wellbeing Workshops are a series of 16 creative, fun and informal online workshops that will empower you to use visual art as a platform to provoke wider discussions around important social justice topics whilst also improving personal well-being. The four social justice topics are Mental Health, Homelessness, Domestic Violence and The Environment, and each topic will contain four artistic instructional videos, four live and interactive ‘Show and Tell’ sessions and an information video delivered through Facebook and YouTube. Aimed at helping Ipswich and Suffolk residents improve their wellbeing, mental health and self-confidence through the pandemic via artistic and creativity activities, the 16 creative workshops will be free of charge and accessible to all levels of creative confidence, from complete beginners to confident crafters.
    For further information (and if you wish to subscribe to e-mail updates) please e-mail Hannah Aria: hannah.aria@hotmail.com

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    Make thrifty, upcycled jewellery with this ‘Magazine Beads’ video tutorial from Red Ted Art. Originating in Africa where people make them for a living, they are fun, easy, frugal and colourful. There are more paper crafts and recycled crafts for children on the Red Ted Art website so take a look for more inspiration. 

  • Take part in a ‘Sketch a Day challenge or create an individual or family sketchbook journal of your isolation experience. The Brooklyn Art Library is home to over 41,000 sketchbooks from 130 countries. Over 25,000 of these have been scanned and can be viewed for free, and their Sketchbook Project invites you to participate and contribute your own sketchbook.

  • Visit a virtual museum or art gallery. The V&A, British Musuem, Guggenheim Musuem, National Gallery of Art Washington, The Louvre, Van Gogh Museum and more, all offer ways to access their collections online.

  • Learn to knit or crochet, or discover origami, or even learn a new language? If you have access to Youtube there are tutorials for practically everything! Learn a language with an app like Duolingo? Not sure how to access apps, ask a techy person to guide you over the phone. Once you’ve done it once it’s a breeze but beware of charges. There are many excellent free apps.

  • Watch a Play, Broadway or West End Musical Theatre Show, Opera, Ballet or Contemporary Dance from home.  ClassicFM  has an updating list of all the major Broadway, London West End and other shows being streamed online. With Broadway and London’s West End shows cancelled or postponed for the time being as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, fans of all-singing-all-dancing stage entertainment can now can get their musical theatre fix online via live streaming.  Other sources to check out live theatre events and recordings are National Theatre At Home, FilmedOnStage.com and BroadwayHD. You can also pre-order online Theatre performances from  The Original Theatre Company and Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Opera and Theatre are also available on demand from Marquee TV via subsrciption, but they have extended their FREE trial to 30 days in light of the world coronavirus pandemic.

    NB. Some of these online performances will be streamed free, and some require payment or subscription so always read the sign up details thoroughly and remember to cancel any free trial before it ends so as not to incur unwanted charges. If you can’t get out to see a show due to current world situations, then consider buying a ticket to an online performance, or a subscription to a theatre, as a way to support the arts through this difficult time.

  • The Royal Albert Hall has put together their Royal Albert Home series, presenting exclusive live streamed sessions from some of the world’s most talented artists, from their home to yours. Browse the free streaming programme of performances on their website, or search ‘Royal Albert Home’ on our Events Calendar . There are many more acts still to be announced – we’ll aim to add them to our calendar as they are listed.

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COMMUNITY MAKES US

  • Independent Age Anxiety Guide Are you feeling anxious about mixing with other people again as we come out of lockdown? Independent Age has produced a handy guide helping people to recognise the signs of anxiety and to learn where to get support. It is natural to feel worried about the relaxation of restrictions and there are some really useful tips and helpful advice available. The guide can be downloaded from their website, or printed copies can be ordered for those who would prefer them. You can contact their helpline on 0800 319  6789.

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  • Local news and information for Suffolk Villages. Suffolk Village Info is a great, clearly presented Local News website offering countywide info, news, job listings, property news (including new home developments), charity activities and local restaurant reviews. Their homepage includes beautiful snapshots of Suffolk villages and info on population, local facilities and history of the village name.

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  • Paint a rock or pebble with kind words to leave on a neighbours doorstep. A lovely way to connect with your neighbours and spread a bit of cheer to folk, particularly those who may be isolating on their own, giving them a reason to pop outside and interact. Here’s some examples from The Kindness Rocks Project. Paint your own ideas or look at the Kindness Rocks Facebook page if you need some tips and inspiration. There are other Kindness resources and free downloads on their website.

    image showing three photos of painted rocks each with a positive message hand painted onto them: plant smiles, grow laughter, harvest love; we are all in this together; stay positive

  • Spread a little kindness by displaying a ‘Community Kindness’ Poster. Jack Arts, in partnership with sister agencies Jack and Diabolical, have created a ‘Community is Kindness’ poster campaign which they have rolled out across 10 UK cities. They have made the artwork downloadable so that it can be printed out at home and displayed in any window! Click on the images for the link to the PDF file of the posters. If you would like to make a donation, they would love for you to support their charity partner End Youth Homelessness. For many, self-isolation can mean a time of discomfort, but for Britain’s homeless young people, it can mean much worse. Please make your donation to their COVID-19 appeal here.

    Jack Arts Community is Kindness posters in 4 versions in red and pink colouring with wording: Community is Kindness. Be Kind, Let's Look Out For One Another

  • Backyard Buddies. Why not suggest this to folk in your community? If neighbours are able to lower their hedges or remove part of their fence panelling to open a ‘window’ to chat to a neighbour through, then it’s a great way to keep people socially connected. Remember the 6ft / 2 metre distancing rule of course! Please encourage people to share their photos of this to Rural Coffee Caravan Cascade of Kindness Facebook or RCC Twitter pages and let’s get a gallery of #friendshipnotfences together! Don’t forget to tag #backyardbuddies when sharing your photos!
    The full stories behind these photos can be found at EADT & Ipswich Star.

    collection of 5 images showing #backyard buddies - people who have removed fence panels to give neighbours social access to each other during the lockdown, with text explaining each situation

  • The Great Get Together 2021 This wonderful initiative of connecting people from the Jo Cox Foundation is taking place from 18th to 20th June.              Why not host your own event? It is a great way to bring people in your community together so they can not only reconnect with friends & neighbours but also to meet and encourage new connections that can lead to lasting friendships. Sign up today by going to the Great Get Together website and clicking on the map and you will  receive your digital resource pack, which is full of everything you need to plan your event.

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  • The Friendly Bench is a safe, easily accessible mini-community garden with integrated seating and sensory planting, situated within communities for people to meet, chat, connect with nature, and build friendships and a sense of belonging. It is an active social hub in your community, managed, funded and run by its own voluntary group, where free community led activities are held. The Friendly Bench CIC aims to tackle loneliness, social isolation and build community cohesion using their innovative, purposely designed outdoor social spaces that reconnect people back to their own community. Find out how to bring The Friendly Bench to your neighbourhood by following the link.

    The Friendly Bench

  • Rural Coffee Caravan #RandomActsOfKindness printouts. A “Thank You!” poster – display it in your window, tape it to your bins, give it to your local delivery driver or the person behind the counter at your local store. Print one for the volunteer, carer, friend or family member who helps you out. A little thanks can go a long way to lifting people up and acknowledging the difference they’re making.

    Rural Coffee Caravan Thank You printout

    Rural Coffee Caravan Thank You! Poster/printout PDF

    We’ve also created a ‘Cuppa For a Friend’ printable card kit which you can make at home. Tuck a tea or coffee sachet into the pocket and ‘share’ it with a friend or neighbour, ’til you can next have one together in person.

    image showing three greetings card designs of teacups with tea/brew related greetings for Rural Coffee Caravan Cascade of Kindness initiative

    Rural Coffee Caravan ‘Cuppa For a Friend’ – card kit pack PDF 

    And here are a couple of ‘Word Hug’ posters to display in your windows and raise the spirits of anyone walking by! You never know how isolated or alone someone might be feeling, and offering a little motivation to keep going could make all the difference.

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    Keep going, we’re nearly there! ‘Word Hug’ Poster/printouts PDF

    Do share photos or mentions of the #RandomActsOfKindness you’ve spread, to our Rural Coffee Caravan Facebook page, we’d love to see and hear about them!

  • Frontyard Pen Pals. When out for your walk, post messages to your neighbours by hanging them on a tree or shrub in their garden. Use it as an introduction if you don’t know them. It’s fun but also a useful way of giving folk a reason to go outside and interact. We are already hearing some people say their confidence is diminishing. They could post messages back and it’s something that children could do. Maybe use a jar with wire so that you can hang and even post little gifts in! Definitely an idea to play with…

    photo showing labels with messages of kindness written on them and hung in a bush or tree

AGEING WELL

  • Later Life Community Connect. Thanks to the support of Suffolk Community Foundation, Later Life Community are launching a new support service for older people in Suffolk on Monday 8th February 2021.  Later Life Community Connect is a single point of access telephone support line offering a “real” person at the end of the phone, between 10am – 2pm, seven days a week to speak to any older person or anyone worried about issues around later life. They’ll offer regular and agreed follow-up calls from Later Life Community to the individual to check how they are getting on and regular welfare calls for older people, with trained volunteers, can be arranged. Often the issue or concern that is the initial prompt for a call, is not necessarily the only (or main) reason for the call. This service will be about working collaboratively with many of the amazing organisations in the county that provide vital support for older people, to ensure that the caller gets all the support that is needed. Later Life Community hopes to become the advocate for older people in Suffolk. The Later Life Community Connect phone number is 01284 334516 and we’ll post updates about the service as we receive them.

    Later Life Community Connect Logo with phone number

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  • Independent Age – are a national charity that help, support and advise older people, as well as offering befriending services. You can call Independent Age‘s free Helpline on 0800 319 6789 if you would like advice on a range of issues from care and support, money and benefits, and health and mobility; if you would like to order one of their guides or leaflets, or if you would like to discuss receiving regular friendship calls. There’s also a great online quiz on their website you can take, to test to see if you are ‘Scam-wise’, posing examples of fake and genuine messages you might receive to see if you can tell the difference. Take a look at the full list of free advice guides and fact sheets they have available by clicking on the picture below, many of which we have been glad to take along on our Rural Coffee Caravan village visits.

    Our local, Suffolk, Independent Age representative is Simon Sinclair who can be contacted via email.

    Independent Age - leaflets advert

  • Positive Ageing – Christine Webber writes a fortnightly column for East Anglian newspapers all about positive ageing: a positive guide about ageing and how to stay as young as possible for as long as possible. Too Young to Get Old is her series of video podcasts on the subject.

    Screengrab from Christine Webber Positive Ageing podcast video, Ep 2 Too Young to get old

  • Silversurfers Community. A website aimed at the over 50s, at the heart of Silversurfers community is a philosophy of Trust, Honesty, Friendship and Enjoyment. After registering on the site you can start a chat & create a group chat with other members; you can voice your opinion in polls and current affairs; showcase your creativity in their exhibition section; visit the forum to find posts to engage with. Elsewhere on the site are a variety of articles such as food, lifestyle, culture, books, technology and nostalgia; advice on health issues, finance, insurance and more, and a dating section.

    Silver Surfers Community banner

  • The Silver Line is a confidential, free helpline for older people across the UK that’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year. They also offer telephone friendship, matching volunteers with older people based on their interests,  plus facilitated group calls, and helping to connect people with local services in their area. Call Silver Line on 0800 4 70 80 90.

    The Silver Line helpline number

COVID-19

  • Suffolk County Council Covid-19 Message Cascaders. At a time when there’s so much advice and guidance made available about COVID-19 it’s important to share information that’s accurate and easy to understand. Help out by sharing this information with family, friends, colleagues and community groups. Become a Message Cascader! Whether you pass information on to family, friends, work colleagues, community groups or to your other networks – every share helps. There are Easy Read Guides and Infographic posters on a range of topics concerning Covid-19. We’ve shared some below – just click on the images below to open each PDF. For the full list, go to the Suffolk County Council website Message Cascaders page. The files can be shared digitally, or printed and displayed, so do share them with your community.

     A guide to your vaccination - Covid-19 Easy read Guide Self Isolation Financial Support - Covid-19 Easy read Guideid-19 Easy read Guide

    About the vaccination - Covid-19 Easy read GuideA guide for women - Covid-19 Easy read Guide

    Community Testing - Covid-19 Easy read Guide  Vaccinations - Covid-19 Easy read Guide

      Community Testing Covid-19 Infographic poster

    How to get Tested Message CascadersMessage Cascaders Covid 19 Home Testing Image

    Am I Eligible For Tovid 19 Testing ImageVaccinations Covid-19 Infographic poster

    Self Isolation Financial Support Covid-19 Infographic posterSelf Isolation Covid-19 Infographic poster

     Keep Suffolk Safe Covid-19 Infographic poster Keep Moving Suffolk Covid-19 Infographic poster

     

  • Covid-19 vaccinations. Invitations are continuing being sent to people to attend a vaccination centre to receive one of three UK approved vaccines. To get an idea of what to expect from a Covid-19 vaccination, information can be found on the NHS website Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine page. Information about the different vaccines, who can receive them, how you will be contacted, and what will happen at your appointment is detailed on there. Additional local information can be found on the following sites:

    Suffolk.gov.uk/Message Cascaders

    Suffolk and North East EssexCOVID-19 Vaccination Service
    Norfolk & Waveney Vaccination Programme
    Suffolk GP Federation
     

    Do remain vigilant as criminals are taking advantage of the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine to commit fraud, via fake emails, texts and phonecalls attempting to defraud people of their bank & payment details. The vaccine is FREE and the NHS will never contact you to ask for your bank account or payment details. This government poster warns of the type of thing to look out for: Covid-19 Vaccine Fraud.

    photos from Covid-19 vaccinations taking place at Beccles Medical Centre January 2021

  • The World Health Organisation has a messaging service with partners WhatsApp and Facebook to keep people safe from coronavirus. This easy-to-use messaging service enables WHO to get information directly into the hands of the people that need it. The messaging service aims to provide the latest news and information on coronavirus including details on symptoms and how people can protect themselves and others. It also provides the latest situation reports and numbers in real time to help government decision-makers protect the health of their populations. The service can be accessed through a link that opens a conversation on WhatsApp. Users can simply type “hi” to activate the conversation, prompting a menu of options that can help answer their questions about COVID-19.

    World Health Organisation info post advertising their Whatsapp Covid-19 service

  • Help support the NHS by becoming a volunteer responder. Members of the public can sign up quickly and easily at goodsamapp.org/NHS to become NHS Volunteer Responders, and can be called on to do simple but vital tasks such as:

    • delivering medicines from pharmacies;
    • driving patients to appointments;
    • bringing them home from hospital;
    • or making regular phone calls to check on people isolating at home.

    More information at NHS England.

    NHS Volunteer Responders banner

  • Coronavirus: how to clean your home effectively. Get tips from Which? on what to focus on when cleaning, what cleaning products are effective, and why you don’t need to splurge on specialist antibacterial products. Channel 4’s ‘How Clean Is Your House?’ programme put out a coronavirus edition on 9th April which can be watched on demand, showing how the virus uses its behaviour to get into our homes, and what action we can take to help prevent it.

    photo of blue, surgical gloved hand holding a door handle with a cleaning wipe

  • Suggest or co-ordinate a paper ‘traffic light’ system to vulnerable, isolated neighbours. They can display a green piece of paper in the window to let people know that they are ok, or a red piece to express the need for assistance with shopping, medication or anything else. It would be a good idea to ask them to put a second piece of paper which displays the date or day of the week next to the coloured one. This would help ensure that people know that the colour code is current for that day, to guard against situations where the neighbour has been unable to change the paper from green to red for reasons such as becoming unwell or immobile, and so that it doesn’t appear that help is not needed when it actually might be.

    image showing window with green piece of paper displayed in it

  • Suffolk Coalition Of Disabled People are offering a telephone contact service – for people who are disabled, carers or anyone in isolation that wants someone to chat to.  They can be contacted on: 07718 563751  enquiries@scodp.org.uk or via their website. They’ll able to call people back if they a name and telephone number – they do not need other details. They are also happy to accept referrals if they have the permission to pass on the above details. They are available Monday – Saturday 8 am – 8pm

  • Join a CovidAidUK group. This amazing volunteer run network has a really useful step by step guide to help people start getting organised street-by-street as well as links to local groups which are being added to every hour. More resources and information on their website and Twitter page.

    Covid19 Mutual Aid UK logo

  • Self Isolation posters which could be useful to display to potential visitors & couriers of how exposure to Covid-19 could be detrimental to your health, and advising where to leave deliveries at your property. Chronically Awesome Tribe have produced a set of free downloads via their website/Facebook page, or those without printing facilities can buy the posters online.

    Self Isolation Posters

  • Suffolk Refugee Support are offering a telephone service on 01473 400785 on a Monday, Tuesday and Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm (their normal drop in hours) for Refugees and Asylum seekers. Clients will be asked to provide their name, number and a reason for calling and then a designated member of the advice team will call them back. They are also regularly calling those clients believed to be most vulnerable and they are thinking and working towards remote ways to continue to engage those clients who had been attending the groups.

    Suffolk Refugee Support logo

  • Get to know neighbours’ names: Post notes through neighbours’ doors and get to know one another’s names where you don’t already. If you are in a village we visit and would like to offer an extra layer of trust, you could use our Rural Coffee Caravan template for this. Email us and we’ll send you the file. Relationships move at the speed of trust so it might take a while to build rapport particularly in disconnected communities. Keep going!

    RCC neighbour postcard

CHILDREN OF ALL AGES

  • Race For Life For Schools Hold your school’s very own Race For Life event and help to support Cancer Research UK. It can be as part of a PE lesson or an all day event. Its free to take part and easy to organise, simply choose the date, location and distance.  Sign up today at the Cancer Research UK Website and receive your free event kit, which includes everything you will need for your event, including posters, fundraising tips, medals and much more. Suitable for all Primary and Secondary schools.

    Race for Life for Schools Cancer Research Uk

  • Faye’s Feelings Rainbow Talking about feelings can be difficult and recently our team member Becky’s 6 year old daughter created a new way for children and parents to start a conversation.  The ‘Feelings Rainbow’ is a spectrum of coloured rings which radiates out from the centre and indicates feeling ‘Happy,’ through to ‘Sad, Worried, Annoyed and Angry’.  

    If you know someone else who might like to make their own Feelings Rainbow, then we’ve created a printable file from Faye’s original designs to inspire them to give it a go. You can download or print it here: Faye’s Feeling Rainbows

    Read here: Becky’s blog to find out how the feelings rainbow has helped them.

    A Feelings Rainbow is a useful tool when it's hard to talk about how we feel.

  • Sharing Storytime with loved ones. Suffolk Libraries in partnership with Featherbed Tales have launched a new digital story sharing service. Children can record a story and share it with grandparents and loved ones as it is a wonderful way to stay connected with family members. Find out more at the Suffolk Libraries website.

    Feartherbed Tales Suffolk Libraries Storytime from anywhere image

  • Teaching through Nature is an educational resource from the Alderney Wildlife Trust and See Nature, to bring nature into he classroom. Follow the seabird season with LIVE streaming webcams from the heart of the bird colonies. Using multiple webcams which offer views of the puffins and gannets. You can get a real insight into the lives and habits of these amazing birds.

    Aldeney wildlife Trust Gannet Webcam Image

  • Indoor or Outdoor Scavenger Hunt. It’s wonderful in this time of separation that our communities are doing so much sharing, to try to keep everyone connected, and to help people they may not have met, who are dealing with the same circumstances. This idea was shared to a local community Facebook page, by a parent who’s teacher had offered it as an activity to their pupils. #passiton !

    image showing list of items to find for an indoor and an outdoor scavenger hunt

  • Free fun activities for children  The Book Trust Home Time has loads of fun puzzles, colouring sheets and lots of creative inspiration that you can download and print out for children to enjoy. View all the activities on the Book Trust website.

    Book Trust Home Time

  • Get young ones involved in RSPB Giving Nature a Home. Badges can be earned by completing an activity from 6 different categories. Some activities may only take an hour, but they all add up to make a big difference. You could be helping the RSPB to collect important data, or even end up being the warden of your own mini reserve.

  • Window Displays are a great idea to send a message of cheer to anyone on their daily exercise in fresh air. Some are placing teddy bears in windows to create a ‘bear hunt’. Perhaps your volunteers community group can co-ordinate a neighbourhood one? Neighbours could place displays based on a theme in their windows on certain days, and then parents with children on a walk could see how many they can find. On St Patrick’s Day a  Shamrock Trail was organised in Ottawa. There are also messages of positivity and support going up in windows and on fences, many thanking the NHS, so why not add your own to cheer someone up?

    collage of photos showing paintings of rainbows placed in windows and on fences

    Paintings of Rainbows in windows and on fences to raise a smile and show support. This fence painting found in Kesgrave Community Group, photo by Jennifer Pearson.

  • Free online project for children aged 9 – 11 who would like to get creative and learn new skills, including film, music, art, radio, photography and poetry.  The South Street Kids Online Project is broadcast via Zoom every Saturday morning from 9th January 2021.  For more information on the project and how you can take part, contact 01473 852552 or email laura@ipswichcm.org.uk 

    The South Street Kids Online Project Promo

  • The Scouts Association has pulled together some inspired indoor activity ideas. Whilst they normally love the great outdoors they are experts in developing skills and bringing adventure to young people, so offer these suggestions to keep your kids learning new skills and having fun (and avoid hearing ‘I’m bored’ every 30 seconds) all in #TheGreatIndoors.

    digital poster of illustration of childrens play/activity items to advertise the UK Scout Association's Great Indoors promotion

  • Maths and movement, educational play idea (from Suffolk residents Katie & Evie). When the sun is shining – why work indoors when you can play out in the garden! You just need chalk, a patio/path and an old bottle out of your recycling bin. A ketchup one or a shower gel one has a satisfying squirt!  The rules are simple, write numbers on the ground in chalk (right and wrong answers), give them the equation and they have to work it out, find and squirt the right answer away with water. Lots of fun, so much so that they ask for more questions! You’re also incorporating physical movement and building up the muscles in the hand by squeezing the bottle. Extend it and used it for literacy too, finding and squirting adjectives and nouns. Grab a bottle and go have some fun!

    four images of child playing outdoor maths game with squirty water bottle and chalked numbers on the ground

  • Lets Talk about Loneliness & Young People Event Taking place as part of the Great Get Together 2021 there will be a Nationwide Virtual School Assembly which is open to all secondary schools on Friday 18th June at 9.30am.  The purpose is to find out and understand the experiences of young people with regards to loneliness and social isolation in order for them to be addressed by those in power to influence real change. For more information on how your school can take part go to the Great Get Together website

    Great Get Together 2021 Lets Talk About Loneliness and young people event

  • World Book Day Rap written by MC Grammar who is award-winning teacher and rapper, Jacob Mitchell, well known for his videos of rapping to children’s books.  Although World Book Day has passed you can still listen to the song written to inspire children to have a love of books and reading and watch the accompanying video available to view on the World Book Day YouTube channel.

    World Book Day 2021 Song Image

  • J.K Rowling’s The Ickabog. Published for free on The Ickabog website and released in instalments, a few chapters at a time, the new children’s story from J.K Rowling isn’t Harry Potter, and doesn’t include magic! Visit the website to read already published chapters and catch the latest ones as they are released. To add to the excitement, Rowling is asking that children reading the story illustrate it for her! Every day, she’ll be making suggestions for what you might like to draw & you can enter the official competition for the chance to have your artwork included in a printed version of the book due out later this year. More info on The Ickabog Facebook Page and upload your artwork to Twitter using #TheIckabog so that J.K Rowling can see it!

    The Ickabog title. by J.K. Rowling

  • Family support resource pack from Suffolk Parent Careers Network. This regularly updated support pack will have advice on how to talk to children and young people about coronavirus as well as strategies to support their mental health and emotional wellbeing. There’s also an information pack with links to education, health and care services intended as a trusted source of information for parents and carers about Covid-19 (Coronavirus). The ‘packs’ are in PDF format so can be downloaded to your device, but printed copies can be requested.

  • Talking to your child about coronovirus. Children look to adults in their life for comfort when they are distressed, and will take a lead on how to view things from you. Remember, you don’t have to have all the answers, but it is better to have a gentle conversation to reassure your child that they can talk to you so they don’t feel like they’re on their own. YoungMinds.org.uk have some conversation starter suggestions and tips on how to contain any fears of anxieties your child may have about coronavirus. They have an A-Z Parents Guide to Support on their website, and a Parents Helpine if you need to chat to someone. More info and posts on their Facebook Page.

    poster from YoundMinds.org.uk with conversation starter suggestions on how to talk to children about coronavirus

  • Homeschooling without the stress. Happiful (as recommended by Wellbeing Norfolk and Suffolk) have compiled advice by leading experts on ways to keep children engaged and educated through fun, day-to-day activities, that will relieve some of the pressure during this difficult time. Also available is Starline, a Government backed helpline open 6 days a week, and website, providing home learning advice direct from qualified teachers and parenting and education experts

    image showing children engaged in board game with Happiful logo above and Starline logo below

  • Help with Home Schooling  The BBC have made a series of programmes and resources available to help parents and children of all ages with learning at home.  View the full list of Bitesize programmes available from the BBC.

    BBC Bitesize Lockdown Leaning

  • A FREE digital book explaining the coronavirus, for primary school aged children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler. The book can be read online or printed out, and explains all about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. Published by Nosy Crow, and written by staff within the company, the book has had expert input: Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine acted as a consultant, and the company also had advice from two head teachers and a child psychologist. The book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds.

    Front cover image of 'Coronavirus, A book for children' illustrated by Axel Scheffler

  • Set a 30 day Lego Challenge! Just two rules: use your imagination, and HAVE FUN!

    image listing 30 days worth of lego building ideas

  • Listening Books, is a small audiobook charity. It offers its Sound Learning library of audiobooks, supporting the National Curriculum from Key Stage 2 to A-Level, providing set texts and study guides. They also have a Downloadable audiobook library,  ideal for those who might struggle to read or hold a book due to illness, disability, learning or mental health difficulty, and a selection of Read-a-long titles for younger members: picture based e-books that appear with the audio narration, so younger members can follow the text as the story is read.

    Listening Books website image

  • 60 Daily Kindness Tasks. Students from Whitefield School, in Barnet, North West London have been enjoying engaging with these daily tasks by Cre8tiveResources, (who offer free teaching resources to students all over the world) to show that #KindnessMatters as part of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek. It’s as important to show kindness to ourselves as well as to others, and to look after our own wellbeing too. You could try these at home yourselves.

    chart of 30 daily kindness tasks to practise from Cre8tive Resourceschart of 30 daily kindness tasks to practise from Cre8tive Resources

NATURE & ENVIRONMENT

  • The Great Nature Picnic 19 -21 June The WWF are asking if you can help them to raise vital funds by taking part in the Great Nature Picnic. Choose your favourite spot! local park, woodland area or even your own back garden and bring your family and friends together by hosting your own picnic with a difference. Register online at the WWF website to receive their digital fundraising guide, which includes, tips & ideas, recipes, games & activities and how you can have fun with fundraising to help WWF continue to protect nature.

    WWF Great Nature Picnic Image

  • Reconnect with Nature The Cheshire Wildlife Trust has produced a free ‘Wilder Wellbeing’ guide which has plenty of ideas to help you connect with nature at home or outdoors.  Nature can help to boost your health and wellbeing, whether it is listening to your garden birds or taking a walk.  You can download your free digital copy from their website today.

    Whildlife Trust Wilder Wellbeing

  • Make Your Own Compost & Compost Bin  Using compost is the most natural way to improve the structure, health and vitality of your soil.  Which? have produced a guide to making your own compost at home and a step by step guide to making your own compost bin for your garden.  Creating the right conditions is important and knowing what you can add to your compost bin and what you should avoid.  There is help and advice available from the Which? website to help you successfully create your own compost.

    Which 5 steps to make a compost heap image

  • 5 ways to connect to nature… Mayfields Nurseries have put together some ways to help your wellbeing journeys through horticulture and nature at home. Mayfields Nurseries is a plant nursery, social enterprise & part of @SolentMind providing horticultural therapy & a supportive community for people with mental health problems.info graphic from Mayfields Nurseries illustrating 5 ways to connect to nature with suggestions of ways to bring the outside in, ways to use indoor plants, creative ideas, urban gardening and outdoor mindfulness.

  • Growing your own herbs Fresh herbs are really tasty and flavoursome but it is not always easy to know which varieties can be grown on your windowsill or need to be planted outdoors. Which? Has a guide to help you grow your own herbs with plenty of advice on where to plant your herbs and tips on how to care for them to ensure they grow successfully. Find out more here!

    Which? guide to growing herbs image

  • Teaching through Nature is an educational resource from the Alderney Wildlife Trust and See Nature, to bring nature into he classroom. Follow the seabird season with LIVE streaming webcams from the heart of the bird colonies. Using multiple webcams which offer views of the puffins and gannets. You can get a real insight into the lives and habits of these amazing birds.

    Aldeney wildlife Trust Gannet Webcam Image

  • The wildlife Trust – 30 Days Wild Challenge 2021 Throughout the whole month of June The Wildlife Trust are asking you to take the challenge of doing one wild thing everyday. There are 4 options available: Taking part as A Family, a School or Youth Project, as a Care Home or Business. Sign up at the Wildlife Trust website and you will receive your free wildlife challenge pack.

    Wildlife Trust 30 days wild 2021 image

  •  Wildlife and nature activities  There are plenty of great ideas and resources available to do from home on the Wildlife Trust website  From colouring sheets & crafts to learning how to make a bird feeder or a wigwam for plants.  Wildlife Trust how to build a nest box

  • Seasonal Seed Planting Guide It is not always easy to know when to plant seeds, Thompson and Morgan have created a simple Sowing Calendar to help you plant your flowers, fruits & vegetable seeds at the right time of year. Simply click on each month and it will give you lots of useful advice to get the most of out your garden.

    Thompson and Morgan Seasonal Seed Calendar and logo image

  • Home Butterfly Farm Kit. Schooling at home? Here’s a great project to span a few weeks! Why not nurture some caterpillars and watch them grow into butterflies before letting them go, with this kit from Insect Lore ?

    photo of Insect Lore Butterfly Garden kit showing box and contents

  • 10 ways to regrow food in water! A great free activity for children, or a useful way to stretch the grocery budget! Don’t waste the crumbs has tips and advice on how to regrow foods such as celery, leeks, carrot greens, cabbage, lettuce & green onions.

    photo showing 3 stages of a lettuce regrowing from scraps, from Don't Waste The Crumbs.com

  • Grow spring and summer vegetables and flowers for cutting, in your garden or in pots, such as cut and come again lettuces, and pop them outside your door with a ‘help yourself’ sign.

  • Identifying birdsong activity. Lev Parikian, conductor, writer (and self confessed atrocious birdwatcher) has created a beginners British birdsong compilation from a series of ‘Tweets’ he posted on his Twitter account feed. They can be found at Twitter Birdsong Project. See if you can recognise the birds heard in your own garden; listen and learn the various British bird calls; if you’re isolated with others in your house, maybe play a game by testing each-other. or simply enjoy the sounds of our British birds if you’re stuck indoors. The resource is free, but Lev invites you to ‘buy him a coffee’ if you enjoy the project!

  • Join the Self Isolating Bird Club. A virtual space on Facebook for birdwatchers and enthusiasts alike to share their pictures and videos of wildlife across the world during the COVID-19 crisis. “Reconnecting with nature is important during this time & we should encourage relatives and friends whilst self-isolating to spend some time engaging with the natural world, whether it be from their window, or in their garden”.

    Self Isolating Bird Club FB banner image

WARM HOMES

  • Concerns about your Energy Supply & Pre-Payment Energy Meters during the pandemic: Important News for people with Pre-Payment Meters who are concerned they may not be able to add credit during the coronavirus pandemic can be found on the GOV.UK website: (link to the article here). New emergency measures with the energy industry have been agreed by the government to protect the domestic energy supply of those most in need during the disruption caused by COVID-19. Customers with pre-payment meters who may not be able to add credit can speak to their supplier about options to keep them supplied. Ofgem‘s Coronavirus (COVID-19) and your energy supply page also has advice on managing your energy supply during the outbreak, including what to do

    • if you have an energy problem (e.g. power cut, gas leak or energy meter problem)
    • if a supplier or network company needs to access your property and you are self-isolating
    • if you are struggling to pay your bills
    • regarding approaching your supplier about pre-payment concerns.
  • Rural Coffee Caravan Warm Homes initiative. Don’t forget, our friendly, trusted, Rural Energy Advisers are here to offer advice and guidance if you are struggling to pay your energy bills. Take a look at the ways in which we are able to help on the Warm Homes page of this website.

    RCC Warm Homes logo

FOOD AND RECIPES

  • Recipes from Le Rouzet This lovely cookbook by Cathy Gaynor, features all her favourite recipes for entertaining. Cathy is one of the founders of the charity Age Unlimited that cares for the disadvantaged elderly and young through these difficult times and is run entirely by volunteers. The book can be purchased via the Age Unlimited website and 100% of the book price is donated to the charity.

    Recipes from Le Rouzet cover.jpg

  • Cupcake Day – 17th June 2021 The Alzheimers Society are asking if you can help to raise funds to support people affected by Dementia by hosting your very own ‘Cupcake Day’ fundraiser, as there’s nothing like cake to bring people together.  Sign up today via the Alzheimers Society website and receive your free ‘Cupcake Day’ fundraising pack.

    Cupcake Day 2021 Altzheimers Society

  • Family Meals On A Budget  If you are looking for simple but tasty recipes for the whole family and are on a tight budget check out Jack Monroe recipes as they are designed with simple inexpensive ingredients in mind. Alternatively allrecipes have a large selection of budget friendly recipes to choose from and video demonstrations are available on their YouTube Channel. 

    Jack Monroe cooking on a bootstrap .com image

  • Seasonal Food Guide  The NFU has produced an interactive guide for British fruit and vegetables to help you find out what is in season and when they are in available to buy. With recipe suggestions to make the most of fresh British produce.

    Countryside Seasonal Fruit and veg guide

  • Understand food labels – Reduce food waste – Save money Do you really know what the labels on your packaging mean? understanding food labelling can help to reduce household food waste and save money. Which? have lots of good advice to help you avoid throwing away food items before you need to.  This will help to  prevent the additional build up of greenhouse gases which are damaging to the environment.

    Which Food Labels Guide Image

  • Get Friendly with your freezer Prevent foods from going to waste. Freezing food you haven’t had time to eat will keep to use another day. There is good advice available from Food Savvy Suffolk and Which to help you if you are not sure what foods can or can’t be frozen along with some essential facts and tips.

    Food Savvy Suffolk Freezing foods guide

  • Summer Food Festivals Across Suffolk this summer there are some great food festivals coming up which will be showcasing the very best of regional produce.  The Great British Food Festival at Helmingham Hall on the 24th July and will include great foraging walks and you can take part in the cake competition.

    The Ipswich Open Air Film & Street Food Festivalis taking place over 4 days from the 12 -15 August will include screening for children and adult late-night horror showings on Mansion lawn.

    Over the 29 – 30 August Bank holiday weekend, Bury St Edmunds will be holding their Food and Drink Festival and will include a cooking demonstration from celebrity chef, Paul Rankin.

    Located this year in the Jockey Club grounds the Newmarket Food and Drink Festival is on from 11 – 12 September and will include cooking demonstrations from celebrity chef, Rosemary Shrager.

    Taking place at Snape Maltings from 25 -26 September the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival will include a ‘Saturday Kitchen’ style demonstrations and a bookable pop-up restaurant.

    To find out more about all the exciting things happening at each event click on the links above which will take you to the individual festival websites.

    Suffolk Summer Food Festivals

  • Full Time Meals Footballer Marcus Rashford and chef Tom Kerridge have teamed up to launch the ‘Full Time’ campaign to call and end to child food poverty as no child should go to bed hungry. By helping children and families to learn new skills to cook good food with confidence using the equipment available to them. Tom has created 52, simple and easy to follow, pocket friendly recipes that the whole family can cook and enjoy.  With a new recipe available every Sunday morning and cook-along video on the @fulltimemeals Instagram page. 

    Full Time Campaign Meals campaign food poverty image

  • Fairtrade Foodie Tent Although the  Fairtrade Foundation Festival has now passed you can still access the Foodie Tent which has delicious recipes for you to try at home, from Fairtrade banana cake to Fairtrade vegan chocolate & tahini cake and many more.

    Fairtrade Fortnight Festival 2021 Food Image

  • Saving Food Means Saving Money Reducing food waste by using up every edible bit of the food you buy. If your fridge/larder has some odds and ends and you are not sure what do with them, why not put them to good use by turning them into a delicious meal. Using the leftover recipe search guide from food saving specialists Love Food Hate Waste, you can simply type in your ingredients and it will generate a recipe for you to make and eat the same day or stored in the freezer for another time. Alternatively you can find some tasty ideas that you can make from using up leftovers form Delicious.com .

    Love food hate waste leftover recipe image

  • 10 Ways To Reduce Food Waste At Home  Food waste is as damaging the environment so how can we all cut down the amount food that ends up in the bin?  Which? have come up with some simple ideas to try at home.  Live a reduced waste lifestyle by planning ahead, making practical swaps from disposal items to reusable ones and using creative ways to use up leftovers.  There is lots of help and advice available from the Which? website to help you reduce food waste in the home.

    Which Guide 10 steps to reduce food waste Image