Greetings from the Jubilee Centre!
Happy April. Coronavirus infections in Bury are coming down, the number of people being vaccinated is going up, some people have already received their second vaccination, many others are getting a date for their second jab, people are meeting in their gardens, and the sun plans to come out for the Easter Weekend. Whilst I am keeping my fingers crossed, there are many reasons to start feeling positive again.
Part One: Coronavirus in Bury
In Bury, on Wednesday 31sth March, 72.8 people per 100,000 were tested positive for coronavirus – that is a decrease of 25% from last Wednesday’s week’s figure. On the same day, the England average was 53.9 people testing positive per 100,000 – a fall of 3% from the previous week’s figure.
Bury residents are living under the regulations of the National Lockdown, which are outlined on our webpage https://www.ageuk.org.uk/bury/our-services/coronavirus/ Some changes have been introduced in March and today, and I have updated the page to reflect that.
The government has announced that shielding has ended today. Everyone on the shielding list should have received a letter about this but if your letter is missing in the post or was eaten by the dog, go to https://tinyurl.com/sheildingguidance
The Bury Council website has a page about the vaccine at https://www.bury.gov.uk/coronavirus-vaccine
Second dose vaccinations
The second dose of the vaccine is given at 11 weeks after the first dose, and you will be contacted by letter, phone or text message to book an appointment when the time is right. If you haven't been contacted by week 10 after your first dose, please contact your GP Practice.
I talked to one person who had received their second jab and he paraphrased an old Meatloaf song, saying "I’m all jabbed up but no place to go!”
Part two: Our support to you
Our office will be closed on Friday 2nd April and will reopen on Tuesday 6th April – call us on 0161 763 9030 from 10 am to 2 pm, Monday to Friday.
Sue’s online Tai Chi class on Good Friday is cancelled but will return on 9th April.
Diana’s will be live on Facebook on Easter Monday. Her classes next week are:
- Monday: 11.00 to 11.45 am: Gentle Exercise
- Monday: 11.50 to 12.35 Chair Based Exercise
- Tuesday: 10.00 to 10.45: DanceFit
- Wednesday: 11.00 to 12.00 am: Pilates
The link to Facebook is https://www.facebook.com/ageukbury/
Tea and Chat with Sue on Zoom will take place on Tuesday 6th April. Send an email to Sue at email@example.com for an access code and link.
Diana is leading the Nordic Walking session on Wednesday 7th April from 2.00 pm till 3.00 pm. The classes are £5, payable by cash or cheque, on the day. We will supply the poles and Diana will give full instructions. You can just turn up on the day.
Our Handyperson Service will return on Tuesday 13th April.
Dougie’s next Footcare session at the Jubilee will be on Tuesday 13th April.
The Age UK Advice Line is 0800 678 1602 from 8 am to 7 pm, every day of the year.
If you would just like to have a friendly natter with another person, please call The Silver Line 24 hours a day on 0800 470 80 90.
The answers to last week’s General Knowledge Quiz (26th March) is in the link.
This week’s quiz brings you questions and pictures to test your on our closest neighbours – Ireland. Click this link for the questions.
There is no point cheating as there are no prizes on offer but you will be over the moon if you get all the answers before next Friday! Good Luck!
If you have any news to share, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org
All the best for the Easter Weekend.
Andy and all at Age UK Bury