Activities you can do at home

We have temporarily taken down our ‘What’s on in your area’ tab to share activities with you that are taking place either online or over the phone during lockdown and social distancing measures.

Monday

Build a personal playlist and connect with others though music – Available online and over the phone.

What? Playlist for Life specialises in harnessing the power of music to connect people. In these uncertain times Playlist is encouraging everyone to connect with their loved ones by creating a personal playlist of their life. Even if you don’t have access to a music player, this can still make a focus for pleasurable conversations. Playlist for Life has useful resources to help you start those conversations with your loved ones and connect through music. 

When? 2pm, telephone group. For carers and a loved one with dementia, in a small group, explore and enjoy music that’s special to you (a bit like Desert Island Discs …)

How do I join in? Contact Gill Roberts on 07712 273 947 or  email gill@playlistforlife.org.uk

Stay informed and entertained with the Babbers on Ujima 98FMAvailable on the radio and online.

What? The Babbers Show is a radio show created by and for older people. They have been going strong for a number of years now on Ujima 98FM. During the lockdown, the team has been working on getting interesting, useful and informative content tailored for over 50s. 

When? Mondays 12pm-2pm.  

How do I join in? You can tune into the show on 98FM from any radio within Bristol. You can also listen online on www.ujimaradio.com

Free Tai Chi Shibashi session with Mel on Mondays and Tuesdays – available online.

What? Mel Vowles has been guiding Tai Chi Shibashi sessions for FAB since she trained with the project last year. Tai Chi Shibashi is designed to help to improve mental health and physical wellbeing. This exercise can improve health and wellbeing and is a discipline that involves the mind, breath and movement. It can be done sitting or standing. 

When? Mondays 3pm and Tuesdays 10am 

How do I join in? To get the Zoom details, please email Mel on vowlesmel@gmail.com.  

Gym workout with The Clifton Exercise Club – available online.

What: This involves a full body workout, achievable by anyone, regardless of previous fitness levels and strengthens your arms, legs, back and core. The workout can be chair -based or standing depending on your ability level. This activity is free.

When: 12.00pm-12.30pm over zoom

How do I join? Contact Ross Campbell on  07587552653 or at enquiries@theexerciseclub.co.uk to join the session.

Tuesday

Shared Reading Telephone and Zoom Groupsavailable online and over the phone.

What? Shared Reading is run by the charity The Reader and brings people together to listen to stories and poems and talk about what they mean to us in free, weekly groups. These meet-ups can happen via computer or telephone call. There’s no pressure to read or to talk and you don’t need to be a keen reader to take part. A trained volunteer leads the sessions and helps everyone get the most pout of it.  

When? Tuesdays 11am (Zoom Meeting) and Thursdays 11am (Telephone Meeting) 

How do I join in? Contact Michael Prior on 07949 143 022 or email michaelprior@thereader.org.uk.  

Free Tai Chi Shibashi session with Mel on Mondays and Tuesdays – available online.

What? Mel Vowles has been guiding Tai Chi Shibashi sessions for FAB since she trained with the project last year. Tai Chi Shibashi is designed to help to improve mental health and physical wellbeing. This exercise can improve health and wellbeing and is a discipline that involves the mind, breath and movement. It can be done sitting or standing. 

When? Mondays 3pm and Tuesdays 10am 

How do I join in? To get the Zoom details, please email Mel on vowlesmel@gmail.com.  

Pedal yourself pink! An indoor cycling class with the Clifton Exercise Club – Available online.

What: This class is for people who want to gain aerobic fitness, but maybe can’t or don’t want to just go out and run, or ride a bike. Under normal circumstances, this class uses bicycles but in recent weeks we have been improvising and no personal equipment is required to join in.

The class involves some high intensity intervals of five 45 second workouts followed by 1-2 minute rest periods. The work intervals will be unique to yourself and be tailored to you, which will vary each visit. This activity is free.

When: 10.45am – 11.15am over zoom

How do I join? Contact Ross Campbell on  07587552653 or at enquiries@theexerciseclub.co.uk to join the session.

F.I.C.S.I.T (Frailty and Injuries Co-operative Studies and Intervention Techniques) with the Clifton Exercise Club – available online.

What: This class has been especially designed by the Clifton Exercise Club to support people in their 60s and over feel stronger through posture and weights exercises. This activity is free.

When:  11.30am-12.00pm over zoom

How do I join? Contact Ross Campbell on  07587552653 or at enquiries@theexerciseclub.co.uk to join the session.

Wednesday

Reminiscence and Chat with Alive Activities  – available online or over the phone.

What? Alive are leading reminiscence groups – talking about sport, home, jobs, holidays – all sorts of things and just loving hearing all the stories and laughter. They are also approaching existing memory cafes and local groups that are already set up to see if they would like them to lead them for free. They can also do Zoom sessions and incorporate exercise and gentle movement too. 

When? Reminiscence and Chat Wednesdays 11am (To set up a Zoom or Phone meeting for your group, please contact Alive directly) 

How do I join in? Please email info@aliveactivities.org or call 0117 377 4756 if you would like to join the Wednesday group or know of a group that would like to take part.  

Gym work out with the Clifton Exercise Club – available online.

What: This involves a full body workout, achievable by anyone, regardless of previous fitness levels and strengthens your arms, legs, back and core. The workout can be chair -based or standing depending on your ability level. This activity is free.

When: 10.00am- 10.30am over zoom.

How do I join? Contact Ross Campbell on  07587552653 or at enquiries@theexerciseclub.co.uk to join the session.

Thursday

Gym work out with the Clifton Exercise Club – available online.

What: This involves a full body workout, achievable by anyone, regardless of previous fitness levels and strengthens your arms, legs, back and core. The workout can be chair -based or standing depending on your ability level. This activity is free.

When: 9.00am- 9.30am over zoom.

How do I join? Contact Ross Campbell on  07587552653 or at enquiries@theexerciseclub.co.uk to join the session.

Short circuit with the Clifton Exercise Club – available online.

What: Short Circuit is a holistic approach to circuit training. It combines core conditioning exercises such as planks, bridges and curls with light aerobic exercises such as star jumps and bouncing. This activity is free.

When: 10.00am-10.30am over zoom

How do I join? Contact Ross Campbell on  07587552653 or at enquiries@theexerciseclub.co.uk to join the session.

Friends Ageing Better Telephone Catch-Up Caféavailable over the phone.

What? We all miss meeting up at our local cafes and sharing a cuppa, but thanks to technology we have opened up our first telephone catch-up café! During the call we read an interesting short piece on South Bristol local history, followed by a friendly chat where we can discuss the topic and share stories and anecdotes. You don’t need to live in South Bristol to join, everyone welcome! 

When? Thursdays at 3pm. 

How do I join? Call the Support Hub Helpline on 0117 929 7527 and we will let you know the details to join in. No special tech needed, just a telephone or mobile. 

Shared Reading Telephone and Zoom Groups  – available online and over the phone.

What? Shared Reading is run by the charity The Reader and brings people together to listen to stories and poems and talk about what they mean to us in free, weekly groups. These meet-ups can happen via computer or telephone call. There’s no pressure to read or to talk and you don’t need to be a keen reader to take part. A trained volunteer leads the sessions and helps everyone get the most pout of it.  

When? Tuesdays 11am (Zoom Meeting) and Thursdays 11am (Telephone Meeting) 

How do I join in? Contact Michael Prior on 07949 143 022 or email michaelprior@thereader.org.uk.  

Friday

Pedal yourself pink! An indoor cycling class with the Clifton Exercise Club – Available online.

What: This class is for people who want to gain aerobic fitness, but maybe can’t or don’t want to just go out and run, or ride a bike. Under normal circumstances, this class uses bicycles but in recent weeks we have been improvising and no personal equipment is required to join in.

The class involves some high intensity intervals of five 45 second workouts followed by 1-2 minute rest periods. The work intervals will be unique to yourself and be tailored to you, which will vary each visit. This activity is free.

When: 10.15am – 10.45am and again at 11.00am – 11.30am over zoom

How do I join? Contact Ross Campbell on  07587552653 or at enquiries@theexerciseclub.co.uk to join the session.

Gym workout with The Clifton Exercise Club – available online.

What: This involves a full body workout, achievable by anyone, regardless of previous fitness levels and strengthens your arms, legs, back and core. The workout can be chair -based or standing depending on your ability level. This activity is free.

When: 11.4500am-12.15pm over zoom

How do I join? Contact Ross Campbell on  07587552653 or at enquiries@theexerciseclub.co.uk to join the session.

F.I.C.S.I.T (Frailty and Injuries Co-operative Studies and Intervention Techniques) with the Clifton Exercise Club – available online.

What: This class has been especially designed by the Clifton Exercise Club to support people in their 60s and over feel stronger through posture and weights exercises. This activity is free.

When:  12.30pm-13.00pm over zoom

How do I join? Contact Ross Campbell on  07587552653 or at enquiries@theexerciseclub.co.uk to join the session.

Let’s Dance Zoom Sessions with Saba James – available online.

What? Learn some new moves to some great tunes from the comfort of your own home. Inspired by jazz and contemporary dance, Saba will take you through a series of warm-ups before we learn a rumba-jazz style sequence. The session is low impact, aimed at the over 50’s, for beginners and beyond. You can go at your own pace.  

When? Fridays 3pm – 4pm 

How do I join? To sign up and for more details contact Saba James on s.mckinnonjames@yahoo.co.uk or 07906596450. 

Any day

The ‘The Last of the Pelican Daughters’ Intergenerational Workshopavailable online and over the phone.

The Wardrobe Ensemble has developed a workshop to be done with someone of a different generation, via phone, email or on Skype/Zoom. It is a revised version of a practical workshop that they were planning to run alongside their production ‘The Last of the Pelican Daughters’. They hope that this new digital workshop will still go some way to enabling conversation, connection and comfort in these uncertain times 

When? Any time that suits you, you will have to arrange a time with the person you will be sharing this activity with.  

How do I join? If you are not online, please text or call Emily on 07965451103 who will be able to send you the materials and put you in touch with a partner if you need one. If you are online, please email Emily at emily@thewardrobeensemble.com . 

Keep fit every morning on BBC Radio Bristol – available on the radio.

 What? At 9.30am every weekday, BBC Radio Bristol’s Breakfast Show with Emma Britton is calling on everyone to have a little dance and stay active. The section is called ‘Joe’s Daily Dance’ and is led by traffic news presenter Joe Lima. Joe guides the listeners by describing the movements for you to follow at home.  

When? Every weekday at 9.30am  
 
How do I join in? Tune in to BBC Radio Bristol 94.9FM. 

SS Great Britain: Virtual Archive in Five – available online.

What? Would you like to have a look at archival material from the SS Great Britain from the comfort of your own home? As the SS Great Britain Museum can’t receive visitors, curators can’t share the collection in person. Instead, they’ll be bringing historical objects to you at home with these pre-filmed videos from the team! 

When? Any time that suits you.  

How do I access it?  Please visit the website http://www.ssgreatbritain.org/brunel-institute/learning/stuff-do-home