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FAB Newsletter 20/01/2021

Published on 20 January 2021 09:44 AM

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As you may know, in December last year the Support Hub sent out a printed winter newsletter (you can read an online copy here), which shared useful information on accessing support, and a few pages of activities that can be done from home.

The Support Hub is now considering a second edition for the spring and would like you to be a part of creating the content. Could you share your experience of lockdown life? Are you new to using the internet, what has your experience of that been? Could you write a poem? The newsletter is an opportunity for you to share your thoughts. Please email with your ideas and questions about the newsletter.

Warm wishes,

Vibeke and Clare


Volunteering opportunity.

If you would like to volunteer with Age UK Bristol we are recruiting for three roles:

  • Helpline Call Handler
  • Telephone Group Facilitator
  • Telephone Befriender

To find out more and apply, email (preferred) or call Clare on 0117 440 4303 for more details. Closing date Tuesday 26th January.

Join an online art session

Every Wednesday from 10.30am - 12.00pm - £7/week (£3/week if you are on pension credit)

"I am really enjoying the art on zoom classes. The inspiration from the web links, especially ArtUK, give me something to bite into and improvise from the material at hand. I dug up an old slide taken in Greece 49 years ago which gave another angle on 'Acropolis at sunrise' on the ArtUK site. It was faded to shades of purple but the concept was there. With acrylics, I 'rescued' that faded image to canvas. Not a JMW Turner, but a big boost to self-confidence. May it continue! Previous efforts were less encouraging, but practice makes perfect." - Rod, art on zoom participant.

To book, please email, leaving your name and phone number, or call 0117 929 7537.


Attend an online workshop on challenging ageism

Multiple dates, free via Zoom.

Bristol Older People's Forum and Bristol Ageing Better are running workshops which will discuss ageism. You will have the opportunity to explore your own experiences and look at ways of building new approaches to tackling ageism as an inequality. The workshop will also focus on how ageist beliefs and actions affect both older and younger people.

The workshops also explore how the COVID-19 Crisis has highlighted ageist policy decisions and look at ways we can use in working towards a strategic approach to eradicating structural ageism.

“I loved the mix of ages in the workshop. It felt the right number of people in order for everyone to contribute.”

Book your place for 4th February
Book your place for 11th February 


Attend a webinar on Anglo-Saxons and Bristol

25th January 1.30pm - 2.15pm, free via Zoom.

Did you know Bristol started out as an Anglo-Saxon settlement called Brycgstow?

In this free webinar delivered by Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, discover how we know what life was like for Anglo-Saxon people, including what they ate and what they did for fun.

Book your place 


Join an author's talk

10th February, 7pm - 8pm, free via Zoom.

Bristol Libraries are delighted to be hosting this online talk and Q&A with Sunday Times bestselling crime author Elly Griffiths, who will be discussing her new novel The Night Hawks in conversation with bestselling Bristol novelist Jane Shemilt.

Bestselling crime author Elly Griffiths worked in publishing before becoming a full-time writer. Her series of Dr Ruth Galloway novels, featuring a forensic archaeologist, are set in Norfolk and regularly hit the Sunday Times top ten in hardback and paperback. The series has won the CWA Dagger in the Library and has been shortlisted three times for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. There are twelve books in the series so far with number thirteen to be published in February 2021.

Book your place 


Join a virtual tour of Underfall Yard

Multiple dates, free via Zoom.

"A survivor from a time when Bristol was a busy industrial port, Underfall Yard is a working boatyard and docks maintenance facility that has been in continual use since the 1880s.

Join us for a free virtual tour of the site to explore the yard’s unique collection of Victorian buildings set in a stunning location on Bristol’s Harbourside. We will discover the elegant Georgian engineering that created the Floating Harbour and continues to perform an essential (and largely hidden) role in water management and flood prevention. A highlight of the tour is experiencing the yard’s Victorian machines in action to see how things were done in the days before computers and 3D printing and experience the heavy engineering that once powered Bristol Docks."

Book your place 


Bristol Festival of Ideas: Spring Coleridge series

January - March, online, prices vary

Bristol Festival of Ideas aims to stimulate people’s minds and passions with an inspiring programme of discussion and debate throughout the year. It started as an annual festival taking place each May but now runs throughout the year delivering over 100 events across the city. It is produced by the Bristol Cultural Development Partnership.

Find out more here.

You can also watch and listen to past events.


Boredom buster ...

As we are in a third lockdown, now is a good time to dig out a hobby or begin a new project. Read more here about the hobbies people have been practising in the last year.

One idea could be to learn origami. Toni, who works in HR at Age UK Bristol, has been practising origami for a number of years. Her tips for beginners are to go slowly and be patient, accepting that you'll get it wrong sometimes. When Toni first started she would use the edge of a ruler or something similar to go over the fold, but now she just presses down firmly with the side of her thumb. Good luck!

We've added a 'boredom buster' section to the FAB newsletter. Let us know if you'd like to contribute an activity, a book recommendation, fun facts etc to include in the next issue.


Due to Brexit, EU citizens must apply for the EU Settlement Scheme if they want to continue living in the UK after June 2021. Even if they have lived in the UK most of their lives.

We have been asked to raise awareness of the EU Settlement Scheme as there have been low respondance rates from people over 50 in Bristol. Without settled or pre-settled status, EU citizens will not have the same rights in the UK after Brexit so it is extremely important to complete an application.

Find out more:

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