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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

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.   Free

We can provide an opportunity for online weekly 'knit and chat' session if there is demand. If you are interested please email wellbeingservices@ageukrichmond.org.uk.

 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 - What is PayPal?

20th April at 10am.

Via Zoom.

Free

Book:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/age-uk-richmond-what-is-paypal-tickets-145245111037

This free Zoom talk explains how to use PayPal to shop safely over the internet. A PayPal account protects your bank card details from being shared with shops and online sellers. Find out more in this informative talk and Q&A, delivered by PayPal staff.

Age UK Richmond Talk - Brighton and South Downs Way Walk

20th May at 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Via Zoom

Free

Book:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/age-uk-richmond-talk-on-brighton-and-south-downs-way-walk-tickets-151076859955

Enjoy a day out at the seaside without leaving your home! Barry's Zoom talk will explore the many aspects of Brighton along with 100 miles of Southdowns Walk highlights, countryside, including villages, towns pubs, churches and their history.

How to create a Milk & More account online.

Thursday 20th May at 2pm

via Zoom.

Free

Book:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/age-uk-richmond-how-to-create-a-milk-more-account-online-tickets-150875381327

Further description:

It recently made national news that milk delivery service Milk & More are switching to online orders only. If you are concerned about losing this service, Age UK Richmond is here to help. This presentation and Q&A will show, step by step, how to sign up to Milk & More's website and create a recurring order. We will send you the presentation afterwards, so you have instructions to follow. This session is also appropriate for people who are not existing Milk & More customers but would like to learn how to order milk online.

Get Into Golf - 4 week course.

Runs for 4 weeks starting Tuesday 11th of May, 2pm to 3pm.

Location: Strawberry Hill Golf Club.

£40

Book:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/get-into-golf-4-week-course-for-age-uk-richmond-tickets-150715294503

Further description:

Get Into Golf is a 4 week course for beginners to the sport or people wishing to refresh their basic skills. 

Age UK Richmond and V&A Talk: Female Voices

Wednesday 26th of May, 2pm to 3pm.

Via Zoom

Free

Book:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/age-uk-richmond-and-va-female-voices-tickets-151777369197

Further description:

This free talk delivered by the V&A museum focuses on female voices and the stories behind the collections.

Hear about women who were leaders in the arts as designers, muses, partners, investors and more. Together we will uncover their stories, often neglected, sometimes forgotten.

Age UK Richmond - 6 week Building Strength After Lockdown course

Wednesday 2nd of June, 4pm to 5pm.

Location: Age UK Richmond Whitton Social Centre,
111 Kneller Rd
Whitton,
TW2 7DT .

£30

Book:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/age-uk-richmond-6-week-building-strength-after-lockdown-course-tickets-151933821149

Further description:

Do you feel like you need to regain a bit of strength after lockdown? Would you like to master some simple conditioning movements and exercises that you can continue with at home? We are running a 6 week "Building Strength After Lockdown" course which will look at regaining confidence and hopefully preventing future falls. This course is open to all and will be run by Naomi Rose, Exercise Tutor in Falls Prevention. 

Bowls for Beginners - 6 week course.

Runs for 6 weeks starting Tuesday 6th of July, 2pm to 4pm.

Location:

Hampton Bowling Club.

£30

Book:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bowls-for-beginners-tickets-150716642535

 

If this course is fully booked, please email wellbeingservices@ageukrichmond.org.uk as we might be able to run extra courses.

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

Age UK Richmond’s Winter Writing Challenge - Everyone Has a Story.

We were thrilled by the response to our Winter Writing Challenge – Everyone has a story.  Our Chair of Trustees, Charlotte Cornish, has made her choice. Discover the winning stories here.

Your memories made for truly riveting reading. So much so that, after gaining permissions from writers, we will be publishing the stories in a book. All entrants will receive a free copy of course!

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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