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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 - Online classes

Please note while we are in Tier 4 and Tier 5 (lockdown) we are unable to run in person / face to face activities and our three Social Centres will be closed. Examples of the activities we usually provide are below, however while we are unable to run these activities as normal, we will continue offering free online access to a selection of classes.

Please see the below timetable for information on current online activities while restrictions are in place.

  • Hairdressing
  • Chiropody (please enquiry directly)
  • 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

Current Online Activities

The below online free of charge classes will continue during the duration of lockdown and/or until we are able to restart face to face activities again.

Activity Day/Times Cost Zoom Link
Body Strengthening with Victoria Monday, 12pm Free

Please note: Due to Victoria been unwell today,

there will be no class on Monday the 22nd

of February, we apologise for any inconvenience.

Link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9177053808

Pilates with Kate Monday, 2pm Free

Link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82865131633?pwd=YkM0alk3a2g4aXgrQkRDMXMvdGQxUT09

Meeting ID: 828 6513 1633
Passcode: Kate

Tai Chi with Robin Wednesday, 11am Free

Link:

https://zoom.us/j/91347876019?pwd=dG04MHdLQ3BnMWhaeHcvZHhaUHNUQT09

Meeting ID: 913 4787 6019
Passcode: 512038

Zumba Gold with Tara Thursday, 10am Free

Link:

https://zoom.us/j/96077095504?pwd=ZUhCZmd2NVJGcUZ2VVdGTVVrR3F6dz09

Meeting ID: 960 7709 5504
Passcode: 861149

'The Big Knit' - Knit and Chat weekly group. Every Wednesday at 2pm, starting 24th February. Free

Link:

https://zoom.us/j/99319681700?pwd=cEdSSXhpSTFPNXBhOENlSXVxeGtMUT09

Meeting ID: 993 1968 1700
Passcode: 054587

 If you need further support please contact our Wellbeing Services Team on 020 8744 1965 or wellbeingservices@ageukrichmond.org.uk

New Courses, Talks and Webinars

We will be updating the list below with courses and workshops available to book. You can also visit our YouTube channel at any time to access recordings of previous webinars.

If you sign up for a session but then find you are unable to make it, please let us know so that we can offer someone else your place. If you try to book a place and the session is already full, please email wellbeingservices@ageukrichmond.org.uk so that we can add you to our waiting list.

Course

Date/Location

Cost

Book

Age UK Richmond Talk  in collaboration with NatWest Bank: Keeping you safe from Frauds and Scams.

17th March, 2pm via Zoom

Free

Book:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/age-uk-richmond-scams-awareness-talk-tickets-138741005081

Further Description:

This Zoom talk for over 50s will cover current internet, telephone and text scams, particularly those which have sprung up during the pandemic delivered by NatWest Bank. The event is free but advance registration is essential.

Richmond Borough Mind Workshop - Counting our blessings and other resilience tools.

17th March, 10:30am to 12:30pm via Zoom.

Places are limited.

Free

Book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rb-mind-resilience-training-workshop-tickets-142079169621

Resilience is an ability that we are born with but, it is also a skill we can learn in order to thrive. This two-hour, friendly interactive workshop will take a look at what we mean by resilience and consider techniques for building our own resilience. A skill we all need in these challenging times.

Virtual Tour of Oxford by Barry Houlston.

23rd March, 10am to 11:30am via Zoom.

Places are limited.

Free

Book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/age-uk-richmond-zoom-oxford-tour-tickets-142090619869

Tour Guide Barry Houlston is going to host a Zoom talk about Oxford, its University, famous alumni, architecture, some history and sightseeing highlights. This fascinating virtual tour will take 1.5 hours and there will be a comfort break halfway through.

Age UK Richmond - Talk about Eel Pie Island by Celia Holman, resident and volunteer at the Eel Pie Island Museum in Twickenham.

 

1st April, 2pm via Zoom

Free

Book:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/age-uk-richmond-talk-about-eel-pie-island-tickets-143059226999

Celebrating all that has made this little island so famous - from its unique working boatyards to the part the Eel Pie Island Hotel played in the British blues explosion of the 1960s; and how it helped superstars such as the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Rod Stewart kick start their musical careers.

For more information about the above events please email carol.horne@ageukrichmond.org.uk.

Pre-recorded Videos - YouTube

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 (download guide here)

  • Using FaceTime

  • Using WhatsApp

  • Creating Skype accounts

  • Learning how to do online shopping (download guide here or watch our pre-recorded webinar here)
  • How to shop on Amazon (Due to the size of this file, this guide has been split into two parts, download part 1 and part 2)

But we can teach you other things like:

  • Synching devices

  • Freeing up memory

  • Passwords

  • Using Facebook

  • Resolving technical problems and many more

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 - Writing Challenges, SPARK and more

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

Age UK Richmond Writing Challenges

This summer, we received a super response to our first writing competition “Wish You Were Here”, you can read the six short listed winners here.

Now, we are providing you with another opportunity to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. For the 2020 Winter Writing Challenge, we’d like you to dip into your memory bank and make a withdrawal.

Inspired by a happening in your own life, we invite you to write it up. The prompt is “A memorable moment, event or day”. You might choose to write about your school days, your wedding day, a story from your working life or maybe an account from recent times will come to you.

The only restriction is the word count. We’ll accept anything up to 800 words. You might find you can tell your tale in 300 words and that is fine too. Hemingway is credited with writing the shortest story ever: “For sale, baby shoes, never worn”.

Prizes: There will be one overall winner – Trustee Chair’s Choice prize. The other prizes will be awarded randomly. Any entry we receive qualifies for a chance to win one of our prizes. We’d love to publish your writing on our website. All entries received will be considered for publication on our site so we can all enjoy reading your stories and not just the judges.

Prizes include: Afternoon tea at the Wharf, book tokens, entrance to Strawberry Hill House and Turner’s House.

Your submission: Entrants* must submit their writing by midnight on 14th of February 2021, either post to Marie Therese Keegan, Twickenham Wellbeing Centre, Arragon Road, TW1 3NH or email (in pdf or word format) mt.keegan@ageukrichmond.org.uk.

The winner will be announced on the 9th of March 2021. The winning entry (and shortlisted entries) will be published on our website with the overall winner receiving a prize.

*Eligibility: Entrants must be over 55 years of age and resident in the borough of Richmond Upon Thames.

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!).

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.

Your Turn with Turner

An Art Journaling Course with Rita Piglionica from Turner’s House delivered in collaboration with Age UK 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 and can participate in zoom tutorials and telephone conference calls. There are 8 sessions, delivered fortnightly. There is no cost to this course. Start date to be confirmed – likely to start in March or April.

Join our Diary Club

We are living through exceptional times. Write about them. Or how you pass your time. Or what you are grateful for today. We have so many ideas for you! Diaries and inspiration will be provided. When lockdown eases, there will be opportunities to meet up with other diarists.


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

Befriending Service

We offer free friendship services so you can enjoy chatting with someone over the phone or via video, all from the comfort of your own home. You might like to have a regular chat every week, have a pen pal or be involved in a group chat, we’re here to help.

As part of Age UK Richmond's Telephone Befriending Service we are offering a specific strand for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender older people because it's important to have someone to talk to who understands.

We can offer regular weekly calls and when life returns to normal we will be running LGBT+ get togethers.

You might also like to join the amazing organisation "Opening Doors" which is the biggest charity providing information and support specifically for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) older people. Visit Opening Door's website here.

Contact janet.eaton@ageukrichmond.org.uk or call 020 8876 2377.

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