Important changes for us all...
There was some very good news in the latest update from the Prime Minister this week, when he told us that we will be able to meet our friends and relatives outside, from Monday 1st June.
We all have to remember to stay 2-metres apart from each other and keep washing our hands, but if we can remember to do those things, we will be allowed to meet with as many as 5 other people and sit in the park or a garden together. The weather has been so good; it will be nice to enjoy some of the sunshine with friends too.
We are not able to meet in our usual groups again yet, the Prime Minister and his team still want the number of people who are unwell to be much lower before that can happen. We will keep planning for the time when we are allowed to meet again. We all hope that will be soon.
You can still call Michelle if you need to talk, or email Michelle or Gina if you want to use email. We are always happy to hear from you. Please take care and remember to keep washing your hands.
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.
If you would like to join in with any of the Zoom social chats, please email email@example.com for the Zoom meeting number and secure password. If you would like some help setting up and getting access to Zoom please email Gina or Michelle.
The times for each Zoom chat are:
It will be wonderful to speak with you, if you can join us. Just because we can’t be together, doesn’t mean we can’t see each other!
Getting Active Outdoors
It is good news that we can go outside to meet our friends, but have you also been going outside in the garden, an outside space close to home, or for a walk?
Since the last Newsflash, the Prime Minister told us we are allowed out more than once a day. Now we can go out for longer walks more than once a day, to help us to stay active and healthy during the lockdown.
Do you have a favourite place for a walk? We would love to hear how you have been enjoying your time outdoors!
With this extra exercise in mind we have designed a Scavenger Hunt for you to try...
Scavenger Hunt Competition
Have some fun on one of your walks during the month of June and you could win a prize by finding the things on the scavenger hunt list:
Cross the items off your list as you find them. Try to get all ten.
To win a prize, send us your completed list with details of where you walked. First entry out of our hat will win a prize. Contact us by email or post...
Here’s a little poem to get you going:
If you take a walk outside,
you just might win a prize
Find all the things on this list,
while you stretch your legs and test your wits
Just tick them off as you go,
and tell us where you took your stroll.
SEASONAL FLOWERS WORDSEARCH
(These are flowering in Michelle’s garden right now)
Names can be read across, backwards, diagonally, up or down
No prize this time – do it for fun please.
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.
Cliff Spiers has been keeping many of us mentally active by setting a Quiz each Friday night. There is a different link each week, anyone who would like to participate should just request the link from Michelle. This week grateful quiz players donated £270 to the society. Many thanks to Cliff and friends!
What you have been doing...
We asked you how you were keeping busy. Here are three examples from our members of what they have done in the lockdown.
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 have received a paper copy of the newsletter that came through the post during the week 27-30 April, 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
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