It’s Good to Talk
AgeNI are now offering a free check-in-and-chat telephone service for the over 60s in Northern Ireland who feel isolated during this time.
Tel: 0808 808 7575
If you live, work or study in Northern Ireland you can download a range of popular eBooks and eMagazines to your mobile phone or tablet for FREE from Libraries NI and they are available on the same day as the shops.
If you’re not a member you can join here https://www.librariesni.org.uk/Pages/LNIeBooksandeMagazines.aspx
Check out some great Podcasts for book lovers too
Get up and Get Moving
This is hugely important and whilst our sofas might be comfy and our houses nice and warm we also need to remember to get up and stretch our legs. If you are fit and able, go for a walk around your local area while practicing social distancing. Have a walk around your garden if you have one to get your blood pumping or even do an exercise class at home.
Davina McCall is offering her online classes free for 30 days
There are plenty of free exercise classes online - check out the following websites:
The Body Coach workout with Joe Wicks
“But I’m bored Mum!”
MumsNI Blog - Make sure to check out the blog for a list of all the FREE Kids classes to keep the wee ones entertained during the Covid19 Lockdown.
Backyard Biodiversity Campaign
Fermanagh & Omagh Council have launched an innovative new campaign to encourage everyone to learn more about the wildlife in our gardens and it is an opportune time as we spend more time at home. The resources can be used wherever you live.
For more info & activity sheets click on the following link
Appreciate the Simple Things
Have you noticed how quiet it has been lately? Less cars on the road, less people on the street and in the shops. Use this quietness as a time to listen; listen to the birds singing, listen to the sound of the wind whistling through the trees, enjoy the peace and quiet as this may never happen again. We are always surrounded by so much noise that now is the time to sit, reflect and enjoy the quietness and beauty of nature.
Action for Happiness have created a wonderful Coping Calendar to help us look after ourselves through this difficult and unsettling time. Sometimes the smallest of actions can make a huge difference.
During this period of uncertainty and heightened anxiety it is vitally important that we look after our own health and that of our families. However if you are not self isolating and you feel well enough, is it possible to check in on a neighbour? Maybe someone in your street/community has just had a baby and needs something? Maybe an older couple would love some help or even just a phone call? These are amazing ways to also take notice, to learn, to be active, as well as to give.
For information and volunteering opportunities visit the Volunteer Now website:
Food Parcel Service
Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey MLA has announced that in the coming days a new weekly service will see 10,000 food boxes being delivered to the most vulnerable in society during the COVID-19 lockdown.
A weekly box of mainly non-perishable goods will be delivered directly to the door of vulnerable people who have been notified to shield by their GPs and who do not have access to local support networks.
If you would like to avail of this service or recommend someone else for it please contact Advice NI
T: 0808 802 0020 (Open 9am – 5pm, 7 days a week)
Furloughing - What does it mean?
Furloughing is designed to support firms that have been badly hit by coronavirus and to prevent mass unemployment. Being furloughed means employees are kept on the payroll, even though they aren't working. Businesses can claim 80% of their employees' wages from the government, up to a maximum of £2,500 per person, per month before tax.
The Government has updated the furlough rules to include those who have caring responsibilities resulting from Coronavirus (COVID-19); for example employees that need to look after children can be furloughed.
For more information follow this link:
No Better Time to Get Online
Learn how to keep in touch online using social media apps with free internet texting, phoning and video call services whether you're new to the internet or wish to improve your basic digital skills. These step by step training guides make it easy for you.
Go ON NI highlights the benefits of being online. It brings together all the wonderful initiatives, places and tools to help and encourage off-liners to become internet beginners.