I hope you are safe and well at this difficult time.
If you have tried to contact us by email over the last few days, you may have had your email bounced back to you. Apologies for this. We are improving our IT systems for the future. If you actually get this email, then something is working!
Diana on Facebook
Diana will be live on our Facebook page on Monday and Wednesday from next week.
- Monday: 11.00 to 11.30 am: Gentle Exercise / Seated and Standing (Starts Monday 6th July)
- Wednesday: 11.00 to 11.30 am: Pilates (starts Wednesday 8th July)
Many readers will know Diana from the Jubilee Centre, as she has been with us for many years, and is looking forward to connecting with old and new members, to prepare us for a time when we will meet again!
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/
Foot Care is back!
Dougie, our Foot Care Practitioner, will be at the Jubilee Centre from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm on Tuesday 14th July 2020.
Dougie offers a basic foot care service, which includes a health assessment of your feet to identify any potential problems, toenail cutting, and removal of hard skin to encourage and improve circulation and wellbeing of your feet.
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 this service.
Dougie Warrington is a Foot Health Practitioner, registered with the Alliance of Private Sector Practitioners (Reg No: MPSP33347).
The latest government guidance
New changes in government guidance take place from 4th July and, confusingly, 6th July.
The main points are:
- From 4th July, two households can meet in any location, indoors and outdoors. This includes homes, gardens, parks, pubs and restaurants – provided you can maintain social distance measures with anyone not in your household or support bubble. This includes staying overnight in your homes or away from your home for example in a holiday home. You can meet with different households at different times but should not meet up with more than one other household at a time in indoor settings. The rules about cars will not be changing and you should still not travel in a car with anyone who is outside of your household or support bubble, as it is not possible to socially distance in cars.
- You can continue to meet with up to 5 other people from different households in outdoor settings following social distancing guidelines
- Restaurants, pubs, cinemas, visitor attractions, hotels, campsites, hairdressers, libraries, community centres, places of worship, outdoor playgrounds and outdoor gyms amongst others will be able to be open provided they are able to operate safely.
From 6th July, the government will be advising that the clinically extremely vulnerable
- may meet in a group of up to 6 people outdoors, including people from different households, while maintaining strict social distancing
- no longer need to observe social distancing with other members in the same household
- may from 6th July, form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household. All those in a support bubble will be able to spend time together inside each other’s homes, including overnight, without needing to socially distance
For more information, visit the Age UK website on Coronavirus here: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/coronavirus/coronavirus-guidance/social-distancing-and-self-isolation/
And the UK Government website here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do-after-4-july#vulnerable-groups-shielding-70-year-olds-and-over-and-care-homes
Opening Up at the Jubilee Centre
We are aiming to open the Jubilee Centre Café in mid-August. It is difficult to open any earlier as we need to support staff and volunteers who are shielding themselves or caring for their families through this crisis. We have no clarification from the government as to when we can start activities again.
A firm date will be announced in this newsletter, on Twitter and on Facebook.
An enormous thank you to all who have delivered donations of goods to our Jubilee Centre. We are now at the point that we are unable to accept any more donations for now.
We plan to open our shops in August and re-start our collection service. For now, please help us by storing any donations until we can get our shops open. When we do, shopper will be pleased to hear that we have many lovely items.
An on-line book of remembrance for all those who have died as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK has been set up. Supported by Prince Charles, the website invites people to record the details of their loved ones.
For information, and to submit a memorial for a loved one, visit www.rememberme2020.uk
Answers to last week’s quiz on Football Teams are attached. Well done if you got all twenty answers! Take a bow and have an extra slice of cake!
This week’s quiz focuses on Homophones. Homophones are words that are spelt differently, with different meanings, but sound the same. I have left an example on the quiz sheet – good luck with the other questions. CLICK HERE
Again, there is no prize other than the honour of looking smug for the week! Good Luck!
…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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 and let’s hope for some proper sunshine next week!
Andy and all at Age UK Bury