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FAB Newsletter 05/08/2020

Published on 05 August 2020 09:44 AM

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We've been sharing suggestions from Action for Happiness on coping with daily life during the pandemic on our social media accounts. The latest calendar Action for Happiness have put together is called 'Altruistic August' and takes inspiration from the positive impact kindness has not just for others, but for those doing kind things as well.

I'd love to know which ideas you liked!

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Best wishes,

Vibeke Joy
Age UK Bristol Communications Officer


Visit Bristol have created a guide to enjoying the city during lockdown easing

As Bristol begins to re-open and accommodation, attractions, shops, restaurants and bars start to welcome visitors once again, 'Visit Bristol' have created a guide with some FAQs about what you might need to know before you go, along with the latest official coronavirus UK guidance.

Read the guide online


Eat Out to Help Out 50% off deal

From 3 to 31 August, get a 50% discount when you eat in at restaurants that are registered with the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.

Use the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme at a participating establishment:

  • to get a 50% discount on food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in (up to a maximum of £10 discount per diner)
  • every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 3 and 31 August
  • as many times as you like

Find out more about participating food outlets in your area


Lockdown Loos!

With many facilities like toilets and changing rooms still closed it can be difficult to feel confident about leaving the house, especially for those living with chronic conditions.

Lockdown Loo is a website sharing information on where public toilets are available. It features a map of open 'loo-cations' around the UK, based on the creators’ research and user submissions.

Find where your nearest loo is


Virtual activities continue to be available

Through the LinkAge service, the Support Hub are continuing to provide online and telephone activities. There is a wide range on offer from shared reading, online Tai-Chi and dance classes, and catch up cafes.

“It’s good to do something normal, so that I’m not cut off from everyone. The classes give my week some shape. I look forward to them”. - Feedback from virtual activities.

Find out more


Have you been affacted by cancer or know someone who has?

MacMillan Cancer Support are looking at how they can improve the support available for people living with cancer in South Bristol. To help us do they want to speak to people about their experiences, to find out how they get support, what works and where support is missing.

If cancer has affected you in any way while you were living in South Bristol, either personally or through supporting or caring for someone, MacMillan would be keen to speak to you. They are interested in everyone’s experience good or bad, from any point in the last six to eight years.

Find out more


The University of Bristol are running a study on diabetes 

The University of Bristol are looking for adults with Type 2 diabetes - or those who live with them - for online interviews to give feedback on an information document.

The university is working on a research project to put sensors in the home for health and well-being - which will help support people with Type 2 diabetes in the future.

What will happen?

  • You will be posted a document with information about how this technology will work in the home.
  • You will then be asked to take part in a video call with a researcher (up to 1.5 hours) to go through the document and give your feedback.
  • As a thank you for your time you will receive a £15 shopping voucher.

For more information contact Rachel Eardley: or call 0117 428 4259.


Did you see the Bristol Balloon Fiesta Flypast on Monday morning? Click here to watch footage by Bristol 24/7.

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