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FAB Newsletter 09/10/2020

Published on 09 October 2020 09:44 AM

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How has lockdown affected you?

Age UK national are interested in finding out how lockdown affected your lives and are asking you to record yourself answering the question, how has lockdown affected your mental health? You could your response on a mobile, or ask someone else to film you talking about your experience, positive or negative of the last 6 months.

The recordings you make would be used on Age UK's websites and social media, helping other people to have open conversations about mental health. If you would like to share a video with us, please email it to

As always, if there is something you'd like to share in the FAB newsletter, please get in touch and we would be delighted to include it in the next one.

Best wishes,

Vibeke and Clare

Go al fresco: Bristol bars with outdoor seating

From the picnic benches of cobbled King Street to the many waterside venues around the harbour, restaurants and bars with outdoor seating have always been easy to find in Bristol. Recently, even more have introduced al fresco seats as part of their plans to reopen responsibly with social distancing in place.

To help you find a spot for a pint and bite to eat, hopefully in the sunshine, here’s a little round-up of a few city centre bars with outdoor seating put together by Visit Bristol.

Read the round up of outdoor seated bars and restaurants in Bristol


Join a worldwide virtual choir

Set up by vocal leader James Sills as a response to global self isolation during the Coronavirus outbreak, The Sofa Singers brings together hundreds of people in real time for 45 minutes of simultaneous singing, learning a classic song with some optional harmonies/backing parts.

Afterwards, there's a virtual tea break followed by some open floor slots where individuals can say hello and share a song, a poem or a story.

Find out more and join the next session


Join a walking theatre trip in Bristol

Show of Strength Theatre Company have been running outdoor walking theatre tours of Bristol since 2015. During lockdown they paused their performances but are now ready to launch a new series of walks for October and December taking place across the city.

Crimes and Crinolines in Clifton - 6pm every Wednesday.
Blood and Butchery in Bedminster - 6pm every Thursday
Treasure Island Story Walk every Saturday and Sunday 12pm and 2pm


Join weekly online gym classes

These classes are run by the Clifton Exercise Club and involves a full body workout, achievable by anyone, regardless of previous fitness levels and strengthens your arms, legs, back and core. The workout can be chair -based or standing depending on your ability level. This activity is free.

(The Clifton Exercise club also runs face to face, socially distanced activities for people to join.)

Contact Ross Campbell on 07587552653 or at to join the session.

Find out more


October is Black History month and there is lots going on...

Black History month has been celebrated since the 1980s and was originally founded to recognise the contributions that people of African and Caribbean backgrounds have made to the UK over many generations. Since then, Black History Month has expanded to include the history of not just African and Caribbean people but black people in general.

We're sharing a couple of ways that you can get involved.


Take part in the Bristol quality of life survey

Black, Asian and minority ethnic residents needed for Bristol’s Quality of Life survey 2020.

The survey was sent to a random sample of 33,000 Bristol households, but so far response rates have been low from BAME residents so the council are particularly keen to hear your views.

The questions are designed to give a fully representative picture of life in Bristol, from the issues that are important in your neighbourhood, like crime and transport, housing and education, to the way your health and wellbeing is supported.

The survey is anonymous, though your age, sex and postcode is required to match results to different areas of the city. You are welcome to skip any questions you don't want to answer. The deadline to complete the survey is 19th October.

Find out more and complete the survey


Support Hub was set up for older people and their families to cope with the impact of the coronavirus, COVID-19 in Bristol. This includes: Practical Support via the Helpline, Emotional Support and Virtual Activities.

The Support Hub is staffed 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday. If you call outside of these hours please leave a message and someone will respond to you as soon as possible.

Helpline: 0117 929 7537

Friends Ageing Better is a project by Age UK Bristol, funded by Bristol Ageing Better and delivered in partnership with Bristol Older People's Forum.

Age UK Bristol Registered Charity Number: 1042548