Staying home and keeping safe
We have been listening very carefully to all of the information from the Prime Minister and his team, which helps us to understand how to keep our members, staff and volunteers safe, while Doctors, Nurses and healthcare workers take care of the people who are unwell with the Covid-19 Coronavirus. The most recent update from the Prime Minister told us that we all need to continue to stay at home. This means that all of our groups will stay closed, for now.
I feel sad that we are not able to see each other, but we know that it is very important for us to stay safe and to make sure that we all feel well when we do see each other again. We will keep updating you every month in the Newsflash, or sooner if we have an important update to share. We are still here for you and can be contacted by telephone or email if you need us, or you want to ask any questions about this update.
To get in touch via email, you can use my new email address email@example.com (Gina Rouse is my new last name – I got married a few weeks ago!) Stay safe and keep washing your hands!
Retiring but strangely, still here!
Gina has taken over my role as senior member of staff. As she has not met most of you yet, I will continue to be in the office (023 8048 3471), on email and on my mobile for texting. I am not planning or managing anything anymore.
I am happy to talk to you in office hours if you just want to ask a question, have a catch up or a chat. I am always pleased to hear from you.
Our friend, Bill, was inspired to decorate the driveway of his home with this cheerful message for his neighbourhood! Thanks to Bill for letting us share it with you all.
Just because we can’t be together, doesn’t mean we can’t see each other!
We would like to make group chats available to our members, using a secure Zoom meeting. We would set a regular meeting time for each of our groups to get together virtually, once a week or fortnight. Zoom can be accessed from any PC, laptop, tablet or phone with an internet connection and it is very easy to set up and use, with minimal help. We will provide a meeting ID, with a password that will not be shared outside of the group that is invited to join in. Full instructions will be provided.
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join in or receive some more information.
Art Work from the Flagship Art Club
The Flagship Art Club has a closed Facebook group and each week their art tutor sets some artistic challenges for them. Some members post their weekly work on the online page for others to see. This is just one example of their beautiful work.
Ideas for Art Work
If you want to look at some great art, find an artist for inspiration and try out using your own materials to make something similar, go to the Mall Galleries website.
Competitions...and the Winner is...!
Eastleigh Borough & Romsey Mencap People Wordsearch
(Committee, staff and club volunteers)
Thank you to everyone who entered our wordsearch competition and who sent their entries in by email and post. All the entries were correct – well done everyone. But the winner is…MATTHEW F.
A large Lindor Easter Egg is waiting for you, Matthew!
Who is this? Competition
Look at this old photo – how many humans can you see? You may know some of these people…
Text, email or phone to let us know the number of humans in the picture?
Our thanks to Stephen, our volunteer driver from the Chill Out Club, who took this photo and gave permission for its use. (People who were present on this day out on March 17 are not eligible to enter the competition.)
Friday Night is Quiz Night – 7.45pm
There is a weekly quiz online each week which you might like to join. It is called Cliff’s Chase (complied by Pauline’s husband, Cliff). There are 21 questions and the whole event lasts about half an hour.
Here is the link, register in advance and log in at 7.35pm for the count down to the start of the quiz. Good luck!
Please tell us what you have been doing during the lockdown. Maybe you are a champion jigsaw puzzle maker, have been keeping a diary, have grown some plants or re-decorated your room.
Whatever you have done – we are interested!
Please send in photos or pictures of your art work if you have been creative (by post or email). We will share some in our next newsletter.
Royal MENCAP suggests…
MENCAP TV – this is a Royal MENCAP resource on YouTube. There are exercises and short films made by people with learning disabilities.
The themes include:
Looking after your mental health
The NHS gives us ten tips to help our mental health.
This is a brief resume for people who cannot go online.
REMEMBER, WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.
If you receive a paper copy of the newsletter that comes through the post, make sure you keep the special envelope. It is one that commemorates the effort of Capt Tom Moore, who set out to raise £1,000 for NHS charities by walking up and down his garden but raised over £28 million.
It was his one hundredth birthday on Thursday, April 30 and the Post Office has commemorated his effort with this special post mark for use this week only. This is a good souvenir of this strange time. Who knows, one day it may be valuable!
Andy Skinner, the education officer at Sea City Museum, who has hosted many visits for us, has recorded a guided tour of the museum with lots of additional stories that we might not know. This could be of interest if you like Titanic stories. There are also some colouring sheets if you have a printer at home, as well as an online quiz and a crossword.
Other local and national museums and galleries are also offering different activities to keep people involved, have a look around their websites.
The Active Citizens' list of... Stuff to do at home!
It is important to get some gently exercise – 15 minutes of guided Pilates each day can be found on Facebook.
(If you go out, try to avoid close contact with other people)
Try to do something active at least once a day, or more…
Plan to have an entry in our Art Competition
All entries welcome
My house, my garden
Entries on a postcard to show what you do in your house or garden, how your house or garden looks, or produce a picture of the place where you would like to live. This is a perfect activity for lockdown.
We are looking for brilliant original artwork, all postcards submitted will be displayed at the Flagship Art Exhibition in the autumn. There will be prizes.
More creative ideas...
The beauty is you can do some of these things at the same time!
Where to get stuff...
We don’t like to endorse one company above another but THE WORKS (TheWorks.co.uk) on Market Street in Eastleigh has a huge range of quite cheap puzzle books and blank Easter cards to make. Hobbycraft (www.hobbycraft.co.uk/southampton) at West End has many things to buy that can occupy your time.
Please tell us if you have found other things to do that you want to share with your friends. We will add these to the list and if you send in pictures we will showcase them.
Printable list of Stuff to Do...
Links to more information about Covid-19
Our contact details...
Eastleigh Borough & Romsey MENCAP
Give us a call if you have any queries. 023 8048 3471
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