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We've put together information about shopping and getting set up online, as well as links to help with your mental health and fun virtual workouts to keep you fit and active. You will also find links to online games, music, cultural activities and learning opportunities.



Technology - stay connected with friends and family

Click here to set up and use Skype 

Click here to set up a Facebook account

Click here to set up a Twitter account 

Click here to set up an Instagram account 

Click here to set up a Zoom account 

Click here on how to use a video call on your phone

Click here for useful tech tips from BT on everything from downloading a podcast to using WhatsApp and ordering an online prescription.

Click here for a collection of 400 user-friendly how-to guides from Digital Unite on everything from grasping computer basics to getting to grips with your smartphone or tablet.

Click here for free factsheets from Ability Net on how digital technologies can help people with disabilities.

Mental health and bereavement

Click here for the Help Hub, an online therapy service which is offering free 20-minute sessions aimed at vulnerable older people and others who are self-isolating or struggling.

SilverLine Health is offering online CBT therapy for people suffering from anxiety, stress and sleep problems. Click here to sign up

For a friendly chat, day or night, call Silver Line on 0800 470 80 90

Headspace - a tool which offers guided meditation to help deal with stress. Click here for more

Mind is a charity that helps people struggling with mental health issues. Click here for  information and guidance on your wellbeing. Mind in Barnet IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) are offering counselling support. To find out more about this service, get in touch by calling 020 8343 5703 or emailing

If you are in a serious mental health crisis, please call the 24-hour Crisis Telephone Service (for people living in Barnet, Enfield & Haringey) on 0800 151 0023 or The Samaritans on 116 123

The Barnet Wellbeing Service website has a huge range of useful phone apps to help improve your mental health plus links to exercise and tips and food and diet. Click here for the links. To find out more call 03333 449088 or email:

NCL Support After Suicide Service - Amparo supports people bereaved by suicide who live, work or study in Barnet. Find out more here.

Good Thinking is an online mental health programme for Londoners supporting people with mild-moderate mental health problems.  

Government guidance has support for organisations assisting residents with mental health and wellbeing issues.

NHS Bedtime meditation video 



Love to dance online dance classes for over 50s from the Saracens Foundation. For a Monday to Friday timetable click here. For further information, please email 

Click here for our outdoor social walks for over 55s in various parks across Barnet. 

Let's Walk and Talk app - a walking programme for over 50s aiming to build confidence and resiliance - and all participats get together once a week on zoom. Click here to sign up.

One of our Tai Chi instructor's Dee has put her sessions online: Monday 2pm; Monday 4pm; Tuesday10 am; Tuesday 12 noon (Seated class); Thursday 10 am. For more information call Dee on 020 8445 6715  (Mob 078822816) or email her on All classes are £5 per hour 


Simple Home Exercises for Older People 

NHS 10 minute workouts 

Gym-free exercises 

Four workouts to do at home 

Age uk/ simple exercises for older adults 

Chair Based Exercise  

How to exercise at home if you're avoiding the Gym during the covid 19 outbreak 

NHS Aerobics video for beginners 

NHS Belly dancing exercise video  

NHS La Bomba dance exercise video 

NHS Wake-up workout video beginner 

NHS Pilates video for beginners 

NHS Chair-based pilates video workout 

NHS Back pain pilates video workout 

NHS Knee problems pilates video workout 

NHS Arthritis pilates video workout 

NHS Osteoporosis pilates video workout 

NHS MS and fibromyalgia pilates video workout

A big selection of free online workouts for older people for a wide range of abilities

Keep moving and dance video from Saracens Sports Foundation

Over 50s online ballet classes from Ballet Based Movement - click here for their YouTube workout.

Music, culture, art and learning


Pottery classes - the charity Maxability runs affordable and inclusive sessions for people with learning and physical disabilities as well as the general public. Based in Barnet, they also run classes online. Click here for more details.

Singing for lung health Join Starling Arts for a free weekly singing and mindfulness group for people living with lung conditions in Barnet. Experience the benefits of professionally-led physical and vocal exercises designed to support those with lung conditions to develop and sustain a healthy body and mind. Click here for more info and the sign up form.

Head Held High, which leads motivational and interactive activities for a variety of client groups,  is now launching a new weekly Zoom club for older people who may be suffering from isolation, depression or simply wish to have fun. For more information, please email Sandra on

Our dementia activities coordinator Stacey highly recommends Arts 4 Dementia, an organisation that supports people with dementia and their carers  through art, singing and dance. Click here to find out about their zoom activities

Rest Less - an online resource for leisure and lifestyle, learning, jobs, and money and pensions. Click here for the website.

BBC Music Memories - for people with dementia. Click here for the website which enables you to search and listen to music, theme tunes and a series of dementia friendly radio shows reflecting different eras and significant moments in recent history

Singing for better breathing - click here for useful instructional videos on YouTube.

Age UK Barnet and Barnet Connect are organising live music performances with some of our favourite musicians on our YouTube channel. Follow us on Facebook for the latest updates. Click on our YouTube channel for videos of our concerts.

Age UK Barnet's Seniors Choir on Zoom led by the brilliant Jenny La Touche every Tuesday (11am-12noon) on Zoom. Click here for more details and our other online activities.

The charity Golden Oldies has launched Goldies Live - an online singalong for older people that takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11am on YouTube. Click here for more info.

Cirque de Soleil 60 minute special. Click here to view.

A helpful guide put together by music4dementia 2020 on how to use music during COVID. Click here for the guide.

Interactive live music activities on Facebook from Electric Umbrella - click here to find out more

An online creative space run by theatre company Chickenshed bringing people of different generations together - click here to find out more

National Trust art collections - click here to view.

The New York Met Opera is releasing a recording from their archives every day. Click here to view  

Archive of public domain feature films, including many silent and film noir greats. Click here to view

The Open Library project - click here to view

Berlin Philharmonics' Digital Concert Hall - click here to view 

Free online courses from The Open University - click here to view.

Online courses from top universities and institutions Click here for FutureLearn courses

Some books are now free on Audible - click here.

450 courses from Ivy League Universities - click here 

Video tutorials on art, macrame, knitting and baking. Click here 

Natasha and Pierre, King Lear with Anthony Hopkins and Much Ado About Nothing with Tennant and Catherine Tate. Click here 

Live streams from Monterey Bay aquarium. Click here 

Learn ancient languages click here 

Virtual tours of museums around the world  click here

Chatterpack - a list of online resources to keep people entertained when you are stuck at home click here


Age UK Barnet is runnning online cookalongs on Zoom on a Thursday evening and Monday morning. Email for more information. Age UK Barnet cookery demos will be added to our YouTube channel. Click here for the link.

BBC Food - For Budget dinners click here

BBC Goodfood - Five ingredients or less recipes click here 

BBC Goodfood - Storecupboard Recipes click here 

BBC Goodfood - Easy Recipes click here 

BBC Goodfood - Healthy click here 


Online games

Chess - click here for 

Learn a language - click here for 

Bridge -click here for 

Quizzes - fun quizzes on all kinds of subjects - click here for

Countdown - - click here for the popular TV quiz show game on