Help improve your wellbeing while meeting new friends, developing confidence and learning new skills with one of our activities/courses
COVID-19 NOTICE Due to the current situation and government advice on social distancing we will not be running any of the advertised sessions in this program until further notice. If in the meantime you require any further information regarding this, please contact Karen Griffith on 07776 452471 or Jacqueline Vaughan Thomas on 07711 438134. SEE BELOW FOR A LIST OF FREE ONLINE ACTIVITIES.
Below are some links to free and discounted online courses and activities for you to access during this difficult time:
THE ME TIME PROGRAMME has been set up as a result of carers sharing concerns about their mental health and emotional wellbeing. Their online sessions, funded by the Welsh Government, are a place where carers can get involved in a range of activities and explore new opportunities that they may not be able to do normally. The sessions will be run to March 2021, with at least two sessions every week, at various times during the day, evenings and at weekends. Find out more here.
ONLINE READING FRIENDS GROUP, SELECT & COLLECT AND COMMUNITY CARE CALL from Aura Leisure and Libraries. For up to date information regarding current services at this time please visit www.aura.wales or check out our Facebook page www.facebook.com/LlyfrgelloeddAuraLibraries for great book recommendations and online activities.
SING-A-LONG SESSIONS from GOLDIESLive. Weekly singalong session, also available via YouTube. More information here.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN LEARNING CYMRAEG? Do you want to study from the comfort of your own home? Beginners courses starting in the next few weeks. All enrolments are half price at £45. Some classes will return to classrooms when possible, but in the meantime, all courses will be online via Zoom or Google Meet. To enrol, contact Nia Williams on 01978 267596 or email LearnCymraeg@cambria.ac.uk for more information or further guidance. Enrolments can be completed over the phone if preferred.
WANT TO VOLUNTEER BUT DON’T FEEL READY? Level 1 Voluntary Work Skills Course from FLVC starting Tuesday 8th September 2020. Full details here (PDF).
SAFE Self-Advocacy for Empowerment Develop your confidence to express your views. Bring about positive changes in your life. Know your rights and where to get help and support. Choose as many courses that you think are helpful to you. All sessions are designed to make a positive difference. The SAFE programme is available to service users, carers and anyone with mental health concerns. Full details here (PDF).
NEWCIS is the largest provider of carer services in Wales delivering information, one to one support, training and counselling to carers who provide unpaid support to family or friends living in North East Wales. A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems. Carers can refer themselves to NEWCIS, register with NEWCIS on their website and also access their new newsletter which advertises events/training for carers to attend. All sessions are currently being held virtually on Zoom. Full details at www.newcis.org.uk.
CARER TRAINING FROM NEWCIS NEWCIS is the largest provider of carer services in Wales – delivering information, one to one support, training and counselling to carers who provide unpaid support to family or friends living in North East Wales. Definition of a carer: A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems. Carers can refer themselves to NEWCIS, register with NEWCIS on our website and also access our new newsletter advertising events/training for carer to attend. All sessions are currently being held virtually on zoom. www.newcis.org.uk
FREE 8 WEEK ONLINE MINDFULNESS COURSE – Mindfulness is a proven and effective intervention for those seeking to improve their mental health and wellbeing. The 8 week course will give you an understanding of, and a range of tools to manage stress, depression and anxiety. The course will introduce you to a range of mindfulness practices, and regular home practice will build upon taught skills and help you develop new coping mechanisms. To find out if this is an appropriate course for you, please contact: Parabl on 0300 777 2257 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Starts Tuesday 1st September 2020 6.00 – 8.00 pm
ADULT LEARNING WALES Wales’ largest Adult Community Learning provider, offering high-quality learning from Pre-entry Level learning to Level Four qualifications. Visit the website here. Important – you don’t need to enter any details, just click on ‘Login as a guest’.
VIRTUAL TOURS & LIVE WEBCAMS – There are some amazing venues offering online tours while we are in lockdown. Here’s a selection of our favourites:
- British Museum Online Collection
- Virtual tour of Smithsonian Washington
- Explore live animal and nature webcams (we LOVE this one!)
- Buckingham Palace Tour
- RHS Virtual Wisley
- WildEarth Live Stream Safari Every day at 5am or 2.30pm
Also many famous zoos, museums and galleries have virtual streaming availability during lockdown, so check out your favourites online to see what they are doing. You will also find lots of interesting daily live content on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.
THIS WEEK’S CRAFTY TASK – PAPER MARBLING! Check out the fantastic video above for an easy guide to creating traditional Japanese Suminagashi paper marbling at home.
LEARN NEW SKILLS WITH SHAW ACADEMY 30 day free online courses Shaw Academy – More information here
NORTH EAST WALES MIND ZOOM READING GROUP every other Friday 1.30pm – 2.30pm – starting 1 May at 1.30pm. Whether you enjoy crime, romance, short stories, poetry, cookery books or car manuals we want you to share what we are reading during the ‘lockdown’ or an old time favourite. Choose something and bring it to the session or just join in to see what others are reading. Look forward to seeing you there. Send me your email so I can invite you to the group – email@example.com
YOGA & RELAXATION BY ZOOM! Yoga & relaxation session tomorrow morning Friday 24th April at 10am. Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87603744556 (Meeting ID: 876 0374 4556) Reminder that you can play your own relaxing music in your background!
VIDEOS TO AID RELAXATION: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpi4LhSzn9E
GET CREATIVE! Just looking to do something creative over the weekend, maybe you’re a doodler, a crafts person or even a photographer? The staff at Double Click invite you to send over an image that you have created and we will put together a portfolio of images, this will be interesting to view as it develops over the next few weeks. Remember any doodle is good, were are not looking for a ‘Picasso’, we promise! Email your doodle or image to firstname.lastname@example.org.
KIM VIRTUAL HUB – KIM would like to welcome you to our Virtual Hub This is a space for all of us to meet up, chat and share ideas and keep in touch. We have an ever growing, full list of activities (and great company!) which we hope will keep us all busy until we can meet up in our communities again. Click here for more information.
LEARN MY WAY – A free, bilingual tool for people to learn more while they’re at home, and it covers topics including shopping, socialising and banking online. Click here for more information.
THE INSPIRING DIGITAL ENTERPRISE AWARD known as iDEA is an international programme that helps you develop digital, enterprise and employability skills for free. Click here for more information.
VIRTUAL COLLEGE A range of free e-learning courses in subjects such as Safeguarding Children, Health and Well-Being and Careers Advice. Click here for more information.
- Dance/exercise/fitness/meal planner/wellbeing 30 days, Free
- British sign language £3, normally £25
- Joe Wickes Kids Workout Every morning 9am for 30 min, Free
- Kids Audio Books with David Walliams 30 titles, Free
- Maths for 4-11 year olds with Carol Vorderman, Free
- Various drawing/lectures/photography from Udemy Free
- Techniquest’s Daily Science Demos Free
- Artists performing to cheer people up at home Free
- Virtual tours of museums, Space Centre and many others Free
- Open University Language, History, Science and lots more Free
- Learn languages with Babell and Duolingo Apps on Play/Apple Store, Free
- Yoga Online – Mind are trailing the session online 27th March 10am, with regular classes from Tuesdays 5pm, Wednesdays 6pm & Fridays 4pm, Free
- Guitar Lessons from Fender, Free
- Chester Zoo Live webcams to see the animals, Free
- Mindful Session – Search mbsr on site, click on £15 audio book, add to basket and use code FREEYOURMIND to receive it for free