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Under normal circumstances we run an extensive Wellbeing Services programme across the Borough, however during this challenging time, we have had to adapt or suspend some of our activities to keep everyone safe. We understand this could be very disappointing for our members, as it is for us. However at Age UK Richmond we are trying our hardest to provide a safe, fun activity programme to promote health and wellbeing. We continue to be here at this difficult time!

Weekly Activities

We are running the following Wellbeing Services activities at a reduced level and with restrictions in place at various locations across the Borough, including our three social centres:

  • Hairdressing

  • Chiropody

  • Art groups

  • Man with a Pan

  • Pilates

  • Zumba Gold

  • Tai Chi

  • Line Dancing

  • Falls prevention

  • Chair exercise

  • Fit for men circuit training

  • Fit for Life

  • Knitting group

  • Book club

  • Bingo

  • Coffee mornings

  • Allotment club

Numbers are limited for these activities and in some cases priority will be given to people who are already members of the groups. Booking is essential, for more information please call Wellbeing Services on 020 8744 1965 or one of our Social Centres.

New Courses

We have the following courses and workshops available to book:

Course

Date/Location

Cost

Book

Ukulele course for beginners.

6 week course starting Tuesday 6th of October at 10am.

Location: Twickenham Wellbeing Centre

£35

Fully Booked

Zoom lecture with St Mary's University on Genetics and DNA.

Wednesday 11th of November, 2pm.

Via Zoom

Free

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/age-uk-richmond-lecture-and-qa-introduction-to-genetics-tickets-122240611961 

YouTube Videos

The below online activities can be accessed through a computer, tablet or mobile phone at any time for free. These activities are available through our YouTube channel, they require no booking or app instalation.

Activity

Type

Description

Access by clicking the picture

Fit for men with Stephen

Exercise

Stephen's sessions are practical, effective and safe to do at home. Follow his 10 minute exercise routines.

Fit for Men - Stephen

Walking Football with Ash

Exercise

Try our taster session and keep moving. This is a quick but effective 8 minute session, you will need to use a sturdy chair.

Man with a Pan with Mary

Cooking

Take a break from exercise and engage in cooking a delicious healthy meal with Mary.

Ukulele sing-a-long with Tara

Music

Join Tara during Ukulele sing-a-long sessions.

Zumba Gold with Catherine

Exercise, Dance

Join Catherine with energetic Zumba Gold exercise sessions.

Tai Chi with Andi

Exercise

Tai Chi is a martial art from 13th-century China. Tai Chi is now practised around the world as a health-promoting exercise, it reduces stress, improves posture, balance and general mobility and increases muscle strength in the legs.

Seated Strength with Victoria

 

Exercise

Join Victoria in a series of seated strength exercise classes for a total body workout using a chair.

Low Impact Aerobic Exercise with Bryan

Exercise

Bryan takes you through a 20 minute exercise routine, starting with a warm up and mobilisation and then slowly building to a cardio workout by increasing your heart rate and moving around in simple movement patterns. Everyone can work at their own level.


 

IT Support

During the pandemic we are offering free IT lessons over the phone or via video conference call. We are not charging for this service, which is available for people over the age of 50 living in the Borough of Richmond.

Our IT tutors are DBS checked and very patient and experienced. We can help with all kinds of queries; the most common requests are:

  • Installing Zoom

  • Using FaceTime

  • Using WhatsApp

  • Creating Skype accounts

But we can teach you other things like:

  • Synching devices

  • Freeing up memory

  • Passwords

  • Using Facebook

  • Resolving technical problems and many more

We can also offer a one-hour face to face IT lesson for £10 at our Twickenham Wellbeing Centre or Barnes Green Centre. To keep everyone as safe as possible, clients must adhere to the Covid-19 guidance which will be sent out at the time of booking.

In exceptional circumstances, for example the client cannot leave the house due to mobility problems or if the IT query is too technical to be resolved over the phone, we can arrange a home visit. The cost is £15 for one hour and the lesson should ideally take place outdoors. Tutor availability for home visits is currently limited and there is likely to be a wait.

Please note in normal (non-pandemic) times, we run tablet and smart phone workshops, as well as friendly, informal computer drop in clubs around the Borough.

For more information about getting help with computers, tablets or smart phones please email carol.horne@ageukrichmond.org.uk or call 020 8744 1965.

You can also visit Age UK's website to learn how to do video calls here.

 

Isolation Activities

We are running a number of activities and courses that are ideal for people who are isolating or don't have IT access.

Together Apart Spark Wellbeing Course

Spark is a seven-week wellbeing course that aims to spark joy, connection and creativity in your life. Through weekly themes, selected readings and a choice of activities you'll discover (and often re-ignite) the things that bring you delight. The course is hand delivered to your door in a box and supported with a weekly group telephone conference call (optional but good fun!).

Art Journaling with Turner House

A three-week art journaling course from Turner's House created by Rita Piglionita, Activities & Interpretation Officer at the House and delivered in collaboration with Age UK Richmond Wellbeing Services. Participants learn about JMW Turner, local history and art while engaging in weekly activities aimed at enhancing wellbeing and feeding curiosity. Participants receive an art pack (with all the materials required) in advance.

Age UK Richmond Writing Challenges

After hosting a very successful summer writing competition 'Wish you were here', we will shortly be announcing a winter writing challenge. Sharpen your pencils and raid your memory banks. Details to follow.

If you would like to know more about these activities or would like to participate in the next round of Spark  email mt.keegan@ageukrichmond.org.uk or call 020 8744 1965.

 

Telephone Befriending

Our lines are open if you need someone to talk to. Our staff and volunteers are happy to keep in touch during this difficult time.

Taking care of your mind is very important during this difficult time. A few suggestions are:

1. Stay in Touch

2. Keep busy

3. Get active

4. Look after your physical/mental health

Find out more about how to keep well at home.