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Newsletter – w/c 27th September 2020

Greetings from Age UK Westminster

We hope you are keeping well.

Our newsletter contains details of activities we hope will interest you and make life more enjoyable during lockdown.

If you would like to attend any of our activities or need help to install ZOOM please do contact us.

If you would like to attend a book reading activity or a poetry reading activity on ZOOM please do contact us.

We continue to provide Advice and Information and Telephone Befriending if you would like a friendly chat.

Read our latest e-newsletter 

For details of other activities within the community see the rest of this page.

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Summer programme of activities 

We are in the process of organising a Summer programme of outdoor activities and events and intend to arrange exercise workouts outdoors in green spaces and Park walks. Walking through the rose gardens and by the lake and stopping for coffee in the sunshine. Hopefully we can arrange group visits to museums, galleries and London Zoo.

If you would like to join us please contact Souad Abdellaoui:

Email: souad.abdellaoui@ageukwestminster.org.uk

Tel: 07903 255384


Letter Writing

We are partnering with Wetherby Seniors School and the American School to provide ‘PENFRIENDS’. Converse by letter in the way we used to contact friends and relatives a technique that has since been replaced by email and text messages.

If you would like to be involved please contact Souad Abdellaoui:

Email: souad.abdellaoui@ageukwestminster.org.uk

Tel: 07903 255384


Mens’ Goup - Tuesday 29th September 2.00pm-4.00pm and every fortnight

Our first Mens’ Group was very successful providing a long list of ideas for activities that can be provided after Lockdown including Garden stations. Come along for chat and conversation on ZOOM and discuss what activities you would like to be organized as a group now and in the future. We will be holding a Mens’ Group every fortnight. 

This is your chance to make new friends and to be involved in social activities.  

If you would like to attend please contact Stephen Spavin:

Email: stephen.spavin@ageukwestminster.org.uk

Tel: 07969 302517


Favourite Song Request Session - Wednesday 30th September 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Our Music sessions have been extremely successful and they have been a big hit! We will be holding another 'Song Request' session on ZOOM from the 1950's to the present day hosted by DJ 'Silver Fox'. Let the memories flow and the nostalgia of the times be revisited once more.

Send your request for the playlist by Tuesday 29th September and listen to your favourite track on the day. Headphones attached to your mobile/laptop may give the best sound.

If you would like to attend please contact Ayesha Kashem:

Email: ayesha.kashem@ageukwestminster.org.uk

Tel: 07989 113 836


Group Chat Afternoon - Thursday 1st  October 2.00pm-4.00pm

We hold ZOOM Chat Afternoons every week for social chat and conversation to break the monotony of 'Lockdown'.

Come along unwind and make new friends. Why not bring your favourite recipe to the meeting and share it with everyone. 

This requires you to install ZOOM and once you have installed you will receive an email giving instructions on how to join the Chat Afternoon.

Instructions on the ZOOM video installation are attached How to use Zoom 

If you would like to attend please contact Ayesha Kashem

Email: ayesha.kashem@ageukwestminster.org.uk

Tel: 07989 113 836


Android versus Apple 2.00pm-4.00pm Friday 9th October

A presentation by Gareth Scott of 3Discovery.

Come along and learn the differences between Android and Apple appliances and find out more about iPads and Tablets.

This presentation will be via ZOOM.

If you would like to attend please contact Souad Abdellaoui:

Email:souad.abdellaoui@ageukwestminster.org.uk  

Tel: 07903 255384 


iTea Party 2.00pm-4.00pm Thursday 15th October 

Come along and receive assistance with your own digital device. Questions answered by one to one committed volunteers.

This session will be on ZOOM.

If you would like to attend please contact Souad Abdellaoui:

Email: souad.abdellaoui@ageukwestminster.org.uk

Tel: 07903 255384 

DanceWest of the Lyric Hammersmith are providing Community Dance Programmes for Age UK Westminster

These sessions will be by ZOOM.

Come along and enjoy the atmosphere and join in!

Wednesday 30th September

14.00-14.30

Seated to Standing dance class with Caroline

Wednesday 7th October

14.00-14.30

Contemporary class with Delene

Wednesday 14th October

14.00-14.30

Salsa class with Ryan

If you would like to attend please contact Souad Abdellaoui:

Email: souad.abdellaoui@ageukwestminster.org.uk

Tel: 07903 255384


Chair Yoga Exercise

Charlotte, our Chair Yoga Exercise teacher is creating a series of videos to help us all stay fit and active while at home.

1) Strengthening the Core - exercise routine with stretching and breathing exercise to relax the body.

To view the video go to YouTube logo https://youtu.be/Q8rAlLir5HM

2) Lower Back & Self Care - work into stretches to ease lower back pain and a visualisation at the end to relax the body and release tension.

To view the video go to YouTube logo https://youtu.be/0bO3Gy4P1vY

3) Deep Breathing - practicing deep breathing is important to oxygenate the blood and nourish the body. It also works to calm the mind and alleviate anxiety:

To view the video go to YouTube logo https://youtu.be/yWv3QJ98UBU

4) Being in the present moment - this week Charlotte is helping us to stay in the present moment. Accept the past, make the most of the present and allow the best to occur in the future.

To view the video go to YouTube logo https://youtu.be/SF-gRKre92o

5) Doing things differently - You will need two chairs.

Charlotte has us doing things a little differently this week, come and see!

To view the video go to YouTube logo https://youtu.be/7G4sry_pR04

6) Awareness of your body - In the final video in the series Charlotte helps us to increase awareness of our body, experimenting with position but never working into any pain.

To view the video go to YouTube logohttps://youtu.be/TBP9l1ZY4Ro


Workout with Sharon and Re-energise

We’ve all been less active since the beginning of the ‘Lockdown’ and now is the time to try some gentle exercise with Sharon to get you fit and active.

1) Gentle exercise to Re energize with Sharron

To view the video go to YouTube logo https://youtu.be/9ON2rj3d-Mc

2) Gentle exercise for a 'Total Body Workout'.

To view the video go to YouTube logo https://youtu.be/Mg-XL5cCYSo

3) Balance Workout with Sharon and Age UK Westminster

YouTube logo To view the video go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BP0-Kmcj5Qg

4) Move your body workout

YouTube logo To view the video go to https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CeKa_YGMWKk


Dance West of the Lyric Hammersmith are providing Community Dance Programmes

Unfortunately, due to a low registration for the Dance classes on ZOOM we have had to reschedule these classes to September.

If you would like to experience a flavour of the classes DanceWest are streaming ‘Bolder not Older’ classes during the week:

http://www.dancewest.co.uk/dwonline-bolder-not-older-class

Dance West in the Park- Take a trip to Ravenscourt Park - Friday 28th August - Saturday 19th September 2020 where DanceWest are leading classes in the park. Many are aimed at adults 55+.

Take part in free pop-up dance classes led by the award winning team of teachers from DanceWest - West London's Community Dance Organisation. Take part in Hip-Hop, Salsa, Contemporary, Jive and vintage themed dance classes. We have dance classes for children and classes for adults 55+. Supported by Hammersmith and Fulham, sports development.

http://www.dancewest.co.uk/dance-in-the-park


Hymns of the Day

For those of you who are missing Church Services there are Hymns on-line whereby you can sing along to the music provided by the Royal School of Church Music. Please follow the link:
https://www.rscm.org.uk/hymn-of-the-day/


Virtual Tours with Annamaria:

Friday 2nd October from 2.00pm Shakespeare's London

Friday 30th October from 2.00pm Roman London

Annamaria works as a Blue-badge guide of London, where she conducts private tours to show domestic and international clients both the most iconic landmarks and the hidden gems of the British capital. Prior to settling in Britain, she lived in over a dozen countries over four continents, where she had the opportunity to develop her passion for the arts, history and foreign languages.

In the virtual tour of Shakespeare’s ‘London’ we will discover the places where the Bard lived and worked, including the Blackfriars Playhouse and the Globe Theatre. We will also get a taste of what going to the theatre and living in the British capital was like in his time.

The Roman London tour shows the 2000-year-old history that lies beneath the skyscrapers of the City of London by presenting the amphitheatre, the excavations at N1 Poultry, the fort and wall, and the Mithraeum. Annamaria tells the story of the discovery of each of these sites, explaining their importance for the people of ‘Londinium’, and gives some contextual information on the Roman presence in Britain.

This Virtual Tour requires you to install ZOOM and once you have installed you will receive an email giving instructions on how to join the Chat Afternoon.

Instructions on the ZOOM video installation are attached How to use Zoom 

If you would like to attend please contact Souad Abdellaoui:

Email: souad.abdellaoui@ageukwestminster.org.uk

Tel: 07903 255384


National Gallery Virtual Tours

View the amazing galleries of the National Gallery Virtual Tours:

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/visiting/virtual-tours


Keep Fit and Active

It is important to keep fit and active at this time and the following link to the NHS Aerobics for beginners may be useful:

Find out more


Telephone Befriending 

Telephone Befriending which is extremely popular is available and we are also launching one to one Befriending by ZOOM/Whatsapp/Facetime video linking. If you would like to see who you are talking to rather than chat over the telephone.

To download our Befreinding Referral Form Click Here

contact:

email: stephen.spavin@ageukwestminster

Tel: 07969 302517


Regular activities

Bridge Players

If there are any Bridge Players out there or those who would be interested in learning and participating in ‘Bridge’ we have been attempting to arrange a regular Bridge Club. If you would like to take part please do contact me:

Stephen Spavin:

Email: stephen.spavin@ageukwestminster.org.uk

Tel:07969 302517