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Due to the Covid-19 virus, EASTLEIGH BOROUGH & ROMSEY MENCAP are cancelling all our clubs for the time being...

 

We are sorry to have to take this action as we know how much our members enjoy the activities we provide but this is essential to keep people safe and well.

 

We will review the situation at the end of April and will be in touch with our club members at that time. 

 

For the moment there will be

  • No Flagship Art Club
  • No Basketball Club
  • No Chill Out Club for either Group – Skittles night postponed until the autumn
  • No Active Citizens
  • No Gardening Club
  • No Grantham Green Growers

If you are stuck at home, our ACTIVE CITIZENS Group have put together a list of things you might do. Watching the television is good for a while but you can keep your mind and body active too while you are at home. This is important for your health and well being.

 

See the links below for more information about coronavirus (Covid-19)...

 

See our News page for more about...

  • Michelle, who is retiring as Development Officer
  • Gina, our new Operations Manager
  • Review of community health - Decision whether to re-open some services Thursday, 30 April

Strange Times!

Normally I would be wishing you a Happy Easter and worrying about nothing more important than the supply of Easter Eggs and the times of Easter events. This year we have a great deal more to think about.

 

All our services are closed now until the end of April when we will review the health of our community. We will be in touch as soon as we can make the decision to re-open.

 

Our office is still staffed and you can call on the office number, leave your name and number if it is not answered at once. Our email is still active and you can send a message and expect a response the same day. I am not going anywhere!

 

It is hard for all of us to stay in. We have always encouraged everyone to go out and do things, to be active and participate, for now our message is to be active and participate at home.

 

Stuff to do at home...

The ACTIVE CITIZENS made a list of Stuff to Do at home, when they last met on March 17. This can be viewed below and there is something for everyone, including our Wordsearch and Who is This? competitions.

 

Stay Safe...

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.

Stay Safe - Bill's message April 2020 Stay Safe - Bill's message

Competitions!

EASTLEIGH BOROUGH & ROMSEY MENCAP - PEOPLE WORDSEARCH

(Committee, staff and club volunteers)

 

Gina Janice Wendy Maria
Pauline Matthew Michelle Elaine
Stephen Abbie Eric Heather
Terry Ben Stevan Beverley
Ashley Hayden Henry Megan
Alan John Jacqui  

 

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Wordsearch April 2020 - printable version
wordsearch.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [184.4 KB]

Send your completed entry with your name and address to our office  56 Oak Tree Road, Southampton SO18 1PH or email to us.

The first correct one out of the hat, wins a prize!

Who is this? Competition

This is a photo of two of our members hiding their identities

 

Do you know who these people are?

 

Answers by letter or email to our office – there is a prize for the first correct answer pulled out of the hat.

(Anyone who was present at this site on the day the photo was taken is not allowed to enter. You know who you are!)

 

The Active Citizens' list of... Stuff to do at home!

  • Talking to friends on the phone
  • Face timing your family
  • Using facebook 
  • Write letters to friends and post them

Being Active...

 

Pilates

It is important to get some gently exercise – 15 minutes of guided Pilates each day can be found on Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/thejoyfulmovementlife/

 

(If you go out, try to avoid close contact with other people)

Try to do something active at least once a day, or more…

  • Start a short daily keep- fit routine, you can do at home. Some stretches, bends, etc. Maybe do some home made circuits, use tins of beans as weights
  • Work out a dance routine you can do everyday to a favourite piece of music 
  • Cycling around the block or to the park and back
  • Gardening. Digging, planting, watering and weeding can all provide good exercise.
  • Yoga
  • Walking – walking with purpose. Not dawdling along but walking briskly, decide where you are going and move swiftly along to that place, swinging your arms and being energetic. Then walk back, time each way, see if you can walk faster. 
  • Nature walk – if there is a park near your home, walk there every few days and see what is changing. Are there bulbs coming up?
  • Playing on the Wii – particularly any sport or exercise
  • Spring cleaning your room
  • Spring cleaning your house
  • Decorating your room (house) 

Being Creative...

My house, my garden community art competition logo My house, my garden

Here is one suggestion!
Community Art Open Competition - anyone can enter

My house, my garden

 

Entries on a postcard (15 cm x 10cm), in any medium: paint, pastels, colouring pencils, chalk, collage. You can show what you do in your house or garden, how your house or garden looks, how you feel about these spaces or it may be a complete fantasy. We are just looking for brilliant original artwork, all postcards submitted will be displayed at the Flagship Art Exhibition in the autumn. Prizes will be awarded.

 

THIS IS THE ONE WE WANT EVERYONE TO DO!

 

More creative ideas...

  • Painting by numbers in a book or on your tablet
  • Colouring in an adult colouring book
  • Keeping a diary of all the things you did while staying at home
  • Learn a poem off by heart
  • Wordsearches
  • Dot to dot puzzles
  • Knitting
  • Making Easter Cards
  • Crocheting
  • Painting
  • Sketching
  • Drawing a self portrait using a mirror or photograph
  • Making a scrap book of the last year, or a recent holiday 
  • Making models with lego
  • Doing jigsaw puzzles easy ones first, then the really hard ones!
  • Baking
  • Planning new meals and making them
  • Making craft kits – cross stitch
  • Making models – planes, ships etc
  • Learning to do origami

Being Organised...

  • Sorting out all the pictures on your phone, deleting the terrible ones!
  • Decluttering your room – do you need this? Do you still like it? Make decisions!
  • Sorting out your spring clothes, summer clothes…! Does it still fit? Am I still comfortable in this?

Being Entertained...

  • Watching TV
  • Watching DVDs or box sets
  • Reading
  • Listening to music
  • Choose your Desert Island Discs – your favourite 8 songs. Think why they are important to you and how you would talk about them if asked
  • Play games on your phone
  • Listening to audio books
  • Listening to stories and plays on the radio
  • Bird watching from your window – can you identify the birds?
  • Counting the birds that come to your feeder, recording what you see.

 

The beauty is you can do some of these things at the same time!

Multi-task…!

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...

Active Citizens - list of stuff to do
AC11 - stuff to do v2.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [515.6 KB]
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