Below are some ways to pass the time. If you’re looking for tips on Home Schooling then visit my Working from Home page for educational resources and more details.
Keep it social
The importance of face to face
Now more than ever we need our families around us. Normally a text would suffice if you are seeing them at the weekend or sometime soon but we don’t know when we’ll see each other again. So consider face time with relatives and loved ones on a regular basis. My family are face timing every other day to chat and catch up on the latest events.
- Best for large groups – Zoom Conferencing
- Easy and popular – WhatsApp
- Another popular way – FaceTime (for iPhones only)
- Or use the new Facebook Portal
- And don’t forget Skype
As we go into lock down (we haven’t just yet) my calendar of events has gone from many to none. So I’ve created meet ups online with friends and family. My friends and I are starting to have Skype/Face time chats every Wednesday evening with a glass of wine. It’s a chance to catch up and see how we’re all coping.
Mass Monday, Thursday and Sunday on Facebook Live
Fr Gary at St Wilfrid’s is saying Mass Monday and Thursday evening and Sunday morning will be on Facebook Live. All you need to do is follow the church on Facebook and you will receive notifications each time there is a service.
Sewing to success
Just keep singing
The lovely Becky at BB Vocal Coaching is offering Skype/Facetime singing lessons to anyone self isolating and offering a 20% discount on the first session for anyone that can’t come out of their house. Email her on firstname.lastname@example.org
Pots to Go
DIY KITS available from Pots to Go in town for you to take home to paint at home. The Animal and Bear Making kits include everything you normally have on hand whilst painting or making bears in the studio is packaged up neatly into a box along with your chosen pottery or animal (45+ to choose from). Kits will be available throughout this period to book and can be delivered or left on your doorstep! We will collect and then glaze and fire for you. Please get in touch email@example.com or call the studio on 01423 524797 if you’d like to book a kit. If schools and workplaces end up closing then this is an ideal way to keep your children entertained indoors, quietly.
Ready Steady Cook
Follow the Culinary Bee on social media for store cupboard recipes that will put a smile on anyones face. Or why not buy a cook book and challenge yourself. Lear a new skill.
Early Bird Run Crew
The Early Bird Running Club are no longer meeting up but are encouraging you to run from your doorstep. Keep active and share your run or walk on social media using their hashtag #EARLYBIRDRUNCREW
Imagined Book Shop
Why not read a book. Imagined Things Book Shop are offering to post their books to those in isolation. Call on 01423 391301 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch Wind in the Willows the musical for FREE!
As theatres are forced to close their doors, one theatre has made The Wind in the Willows the Musical available to stream online for free. The film was recorded live at the London Palladium in 2017. Please note this is currently only available in the UK.
Suzie Fairy Enchantica will be kick starting online classes with Baby Beats Sing a Long learning adventures [sing a long adventures for 0-3yrs] and Rising Stars [drama|yoga|mindfulness classes] for you to enjoy from home with your families… more information will follow on its Facebook in the coming days. Also keep an eye out for …
- Online Children’s dance classes from Babyballet Harrogate
- Online Yoga with Jules Dragonfly Sound Therapy
- Positive intention setting online workshops with Creative Insight Journey with Whitney Vauvelle
Take a walk
The National Trust is closing its houses, shops and cafes but aims to keep its parks, gardens and open spaces in the countryside and coastal regions open free of charge for those who are not in isolation.
Many kids are painting, drawing and decorating rainbows and displaying them in their windows so other families who are out walking can count them. It’s a lovely way for children to feel connected.
Ripley Castle Gardens
Ripley Castle’s Gardens and grounds are open and free to all who wish to take a walk.
FIIT Together – online family fitness
FIIT have been creating a whole load of videos to help keep your family as active as possible during this time. They will go LIVE in a private group every day with a mixture of workouts, mindfulness activities and general aiming to make you kids feel positive and up beat.
This is FREE to current members who have signed up for March/April and May please use the link below. It’s £5 per month to be in the group.
E K Galaxy Cheer & Dance
Get ready for a DANCE BLAST workout! Completely FREE! Eleanor want as many people as possible to get on board, even if it’s for 20- 30mins a day. Please DM for more information and how to join. The class start next week, adults only, private group.
I hope you’ve found this useful and easy to read as it’s all in one place. Please do share this post as much as you can and comment below if you want me to add anything. Sending much love and #viralkindness
Let’s keep talking!