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It's important to keep yourself active both physically and mentally when you are having to stay indoors, whether you are shielding or we are in lock down.

Emma from Age UK Sandwell has created some videos for gentle chair best exercises, which are hosted on the Age UK Birmingham and Age UK Sandwell YouTube Channel. 

The Youtube playlist is available here (click to access, opens in new tab/window)

Royal Voluntary Service Virtual Village Hall

The Virtual Village Hall is a programme of themed online activities designed to enjoy at home. Sessions are led by expert tutors, Royal Voluntary Service activity coordinators, volunteers and some well-known faces, and require very little space or equipment. You’ll find a wide range of sessions to take part in, like creative arts and crafts, music and singing, cooking and baking, dance and exercise, and technology skills. Join in with live sessions or catch up on demand when suits it you.  

Click here to visit the Virtual Village Hall (opens in new tab/window) 

A Message From Arthritis Action

We are all spending more time at home than we might like, so staying physically active and mentally well are now more important than ever.  Arthritis Action, are keen to ensure everyone living with arthritis sustains their healthy lifestyles, exercises regularly and maintains good mental health even if that means remaining at home.

Click to reveal a series of useful and informative weblinks:

For more information and to find out more about Arthritis Action and how they enable people to live better with their arthritis, please visit our website:

Arthritis Action have also been listed on the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy new webpage entitled ‘Managing your bone, joint or muscle pain’, encouraging patients to take practical steps to manage their condition at home during the Coronavirus outbreak. To view this webpage please click on the following link:

Exercise Videos

Many people living with a long-term health condition find it difficult to attend exercise classes. To help them, Arthritis Action recently launched a series of online chair based  exercises developed with the aim of helping those with hip, knee or spinal Osteoarthritis more mobile and active.

Exercise and Activity Directory

Many people living with a long-term health condition also find exercising challenging. To support them, we launched an Exercise and Activity Directory signposting webpage in January 2020 to help people find the help and support they may need within their county to get active.  

Mental Health Directory

Many people living with a long-term health condition also experience mental health difficulties, such as stress or anxiety. To enable people to find the help and support they may need we have listed mental health organisations by county. Many of the NHS IAPT teams across the UK are listed as well as local Mind hubs and an array of other charitable organisations and services offering help and support to people experiencing mental health difficulties.


Relieving Boredom

Other activities to do at home

Click to reveal links below for websites that have been verified and offer free to use services to help keep your mind active.

The Digital Concert Hall 

The Philharmonie Berlin is closed until 19 April to help contain the coronavirus. But the orchestra will continue to play for you – in the Digital Concert Hall.


The Metropolitan Opera 

The Metropolitan Opera will stream live operas for free in the wake of Coronavirus.


Free colouring books 

Open Culture is a free cultural & educational media on the web.


Virtual Museum Tours 

The world's most popular museums are now just a mouse click away thanks to incredible free virtual tours powered by Google Street View technology.


Online music classes 

Music is an art form made up of many coplex but beautiful elements, and with Alison's free online music courses you can lern them in no time at all.


Free eBooks 

Project Gutenburg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks.  Choose among free epub and kindle eBooks, dowload or read them online. 


Wild Earth

Wild Earth is a LIVE wildlife broadcaster that has built a community for nature lovers.