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FAB Newsletter 26/05/2020

Published on 26 May 2020 03:44 PM

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Did you know that the LinkAge website has a dedicated section with advice and activities during lockdown? We would like to share with you a short extract of the kind of content if offers: 

Some tips on mental health and maintaining a sense of purpose

  • Create a daily routine – this helps to give structure and purpose to your day. Try to have a good mix of work (be it housework or paid work), rest and leisure activities.
  • What activities do you usually do? If they’re important to you, have a think about why they are important and see if you can adapt the activity so you can do it at home – eg.  If you can’t meet your friend for coffee, can you give them a call instead?
  • Create a ‘to do’ list.  Nothing gives a sense of achievement quite like ticking everything off.
  • Identify what might cause you to feel low and look for ways to manage this.
  • Keep up-to-date with government guidelines and advice through the media (choose trusted sources), but don’t spend too much time watching rolling news – it can be counterproductive.
  • Meditation apps Calm & Headspace have released some free content to help with anxiety or worry.

For more tips and information, please visit this link:

Best wishes, 

Silvia and Clare

Friends Ageing Better

Would you like a call companion?

If you’re over 75, living on your own and feeling lonely, we would like you to know about Re-Engage Call Companions. 

If you’d like a bit of extra company, Re-Engage can match you with one of their friendly call companions. They love a good chat and they’re great listeners too. 

To be eligible for a call companion, you need to be: aged 75 or older, living alone or in sheltered housing with little contact with family or friends, at a stage in your life when you struggle to leave the house. The calls last for half an hour or so and you can chat about anything that interests you. To find out more, call  0800 716543, email or visit

Radio 5 Live Extra Exercises

10 minutes stretching for older people broadcast on Radio 5 Live Extra every day:

Sport England’s Join the Movement campaign has seen a partnership between 10 Today and BBC Radio to provide 10-minute, audio workouts designed to get older people stretching and moving at home. The audio workouts are played on repeat from 5am to 10am daily on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra.

How can you listen to it? 

Bristol Bears Community Foundation - The #GoldenMemories LP

Just like bringing the dance hall and disco into your home by sitting back and enjoying a good long-playing record, #GoldenMemories LP (Lockdown Provision) is a way to bring the Bristol Bear's provision into your home also.

What #GoldenMemories LP gives you:
➢ Weekly physical activity cards – exercise and fun for you in your own home.
➢ Weekly quiz – test your general knowledge skills!
➢ Reminiscence Bingo cards – flashbacks to the past with pictures, information and even a chance to join with some socially-distanced bingo!
➢ Phone befriending and companionship – we will be signposting to a range of opportunities available across the city to make new friends, chat with others and join companion groups – all over the telephone.
➢ THE SUPPORT HUB – detailed and friendly information on how and where you can access further practical, emotional or social support if you need it.
➢ All delivered straight to your door or email inbox!

How to access more support and information: Phone: 07766446572 Email:

Summer stargazing from your window, We The Curious

“I was born in the summer, but my star sign is a winter constellation – how does that work?” This is just one of the many questions about astrology we’ve been asked by visitors to our Planetarium.

On Wednesday, Paul - one of the Bristol Planetarium presenters - will be bringing the Planetarium directly to you once again. With the free Planetarium software Stellarium he'll show you how to find the signs of the Zodiac and will explore the big part astrology has played in the history of astronomy. There will also be a chance to get your space questions answered live by Paul.  

When? Tune in Wednesday, May 27 11:00 am for the next episode.
How do I join in? Check out the We The Curious Facebook Page

Image Credit: Stellarium/ Johan Meuris

Could you spare a couple of minutes to help a fellow FAB member? 

Hello my name is Julie-Anne, I am a student at City of Bristol College, studying Community Development Level 2. This short questionnaire is part of my research for the qualification, and all responses are anonymous.

In 2020 the coronavirus pandemic crisis has impacted on activities in every aspect of life, including volunteering roles. This research aims to compare volunteering motivations before, during, and after lockdown. Please click on the link below to take you to my survey.

Survey:  What impact has the coronavirus pandemic crisis had on people's motivation to volunteer?


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