Greetings from the Jubilee!
I hope you and your loved ones are well and safe. This week’s newsletter includes information about the campaign to fix social care, our online activities and foot care service, the latest in government guidance and a clever app that will make communicating with people who are deaf a whole lot easier.
Boris Johnson promised to fix care a year ago when he became Prime Minister. This is more important than ever. He must keep his promise and rebuild a care system that works for everyone.
Our national partner, Age UK digitally handed in a petition today at No. 10 calling for care that is free, fair and available to everyone when they need it.
To find out more about our campaigns for older people, please go to https://www.ageuk.org.uk/our-impact/campaigning/care-in-crisis/
Face covering guidance
Face coverings are now compulsory on all public transport, and in Bury Interchange, tram stations, shops, supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, banks, building societies, and post offices.
As Chief Officer of a charity that runs two charity shops, I really welcome this. People like to come into our shops and touch clothing, browse through the books and flick through the CD & DVDs. Whilst we can provide hand sanitiser, I know that the greatest risk of infection is when people breath, cough or sneeze over items. Face coverings massively reduce the risk of infection, and it gives increased protection to staff and volunteers working in shops.
There is information available on the Government website about when and how to wear face coverings: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own
Click here for Age UK guidance on face coverings
Google Live Transcribe
A new app has been created to help people who are deaf or hard of hearing to have conservations in real time. With Google Live Transcribe, the words you speak appear on your Android phone in real time.
Google research scientist Dimitri Kanvesky and engineer Chet Gnegy created this and in this video, they explain how their application empowers people to communicate better. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLCwjIaPXwA&feature=youtu.be
Download free at Google Play.
The Government is now allowing one person per family to visit a loved one in a care home. However, this is only guidance and each care home has the final say about people visiting.
Please check with the care home before you turn up.
Foot Care Appointments
Dougie, our Foot Care Practitioner, will be at the Jubilee Centre from 11.00 am to 2.00 pm on Tuesday 4th August 2020. Each appointment costs £20. Please call in advance to make an appointment. Call 0161 763 9030, Monday to Friday, from 10.00 to 2.00.
We will ensure that the room and service follows Covid 19-Secure guidelines for your personal safety and wellbeing. Please note the cafe and Jubilee centre will still be closed – we are only opening up for the foot care service.
Diana will next be live on our Facebook page on Monday and Wednesday next week.
- Monday: 11.00 to 11.30 am: Gentle Exercise / Seated and Standing
- Wednesday: 11.00 to 11.30 am: Pilates
These sessions are free and many thanks to Diana for setting them up. Please tell your friends they are welcome to join us. If you can’t make these times, Facebook will let you watch at a later time. Join us at https://www.facebook.com/ageukbury/
Sue holds a Tai Chi class online on Fridays at 11.00 am. This class is aimed at those who attend the 12.15 Tuesday class and 11.00 Friday class at the Jubilee. (We are planning a class for beginners soon). Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or message Sue via Facebook at m.me/taichiandwildgooseqigongbury for the access code.
A big thank you to Diana and Sue for running these classes.
We are still on course to opening up the Jubilee Centre Café & our shops from mid–August.
We had some great news this week from our national partner, Age UK as they have awarded us a grant to purchase items to ensure the centre is Covid-19 secure and increase cleaning in all common areas. More details soon.
The Weekly Quiz
Answers to last week’s quiz on British Actors and Footballers is at this link. A big well done if you got all twenty answers!
This week’s quiz focuses on Sitcoms and Cocktails.
Good Luck! Again, there is no prize other than the honour of you knowing that you are sensationally clever!
…and finally the essential stuff
For help with getting food deliveries and prescriptions, please phone Bury Community Hubs on 0161 253 53 53, every day of the week.
Our Keeping in Touch telephone service offers older people in Bury a regular friendly phone call from one of our volunteers. For more information, call 0161 763 9030 (Monday to Friday 10.00 am to 2.00 pm) or email email@example.com to sign up. Alternatively, call Jane Lees, our Befriending Coordinator on 07541 741891.
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.
Our previous newsletters are online at https://www.ageuk.org.uk/bury/about-us/coronavirus/
For all those questions about Coronavirus, and how it affects your life, please check out the Age UK FAQ website: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/coronavirus/coronavirus-guidance/coronavirus-faqs/
We are in the office on Monday to Friday and our phone lines will be open from 10.00 to 2.00. Call us on 0161 763 9030.
Please share this newsletter with your friends. If you know someone who is not on the internet, please phone and tell them the news.
Keep Strong, Stay Safe.
Andy and all at Age UK Bury