Arts & Literature
- Culture in Quarantine – content from across the BBC‘s TV, radio and digital platforms: https://www.bbc.co.uk/arts.
- Expressive Writing Workshops for Carers: Arranged by Derbyshire Carers Association and facilitated by Derby based writer Sophie Sparham, who will guide you through different writing exercises to help you experience the benefits of expressive writing. Online via Zoom – Thursdays 1:00–2:30pm on 2nd, 16th, 30th July & 13th, 27th August 2020.
- Free Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook: The Wellness Society aims to bridge the gap for people who find long-term private therapy unaffordable yet are reluctant (or unable) to get help from overstretched mental health services. They have put together a workbook which some might find useful as a tool to build resilience during the current pandemic: https://thewellnesssociety.org/free-coronavirus-anxiety-workbook/.
- Free downloadable eBooks, eMagazines eNewspapers and eAudiobooks from Derbyshire County Council‘s libraries service: https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/leisure/libraries/ebooks/ebooks-emagazines-and-eaudiobooks.aspx. Existing borrowers can use their library borrower number plus password, which is their birth day and year, to access online resources. New users can join online.
- Online writing workshops are available from the Nottingham Writers’ Studio, including Editing Poetry, World Building for Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Writing for Magazines: https://www.nottinghamwritersstudio.co.uk/.
- Story time with Derbyshire libraries: Derbyshire Libraries will be posting a regular pre-recorded storytime every week for children at 10am on Mondays which they share on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DerbyshireLibraries/ and Twitter: https://twitter.com/DerbyshireLibs. From 10am on April 15, they’re launching a weekly rhyme time and, from April 12, there’ll be a weekly Lego Club at 1pm asking children to “block out the boredom” with a different Lego challenge every week.
- Shopkeep Arty: Live drawings from artists that people can join in with. You can see examples of the past works and also re-watch them. Please note some are paid for and others are free of charge: https://www.shopkeeparty.com/.
- Sustainable(ish) Online Festival: Free online festival in May for all to watch and join in: https://www.asustainablelife.co.uk/the-sustainableish-online-festival/.
- The 52 Weeks Festival will run from May 2022 – May 2023 and aims to bring Derbyshire together through: Celebrating heritage and culture; Supporting individuals and organisations to develop their activities and impact; Bringing in new arts, culture and entertainment; Inspiring people of all ages to take part; Bringing communities together; Improving individual well-being. Festival organisers would like to develop a clear picture of existing arts and culture activity across all parts of Derbyshire and would be grateful if individuals and organisations could take 5 minutes to complete an online survey. Click here to complete the survey.
- The Big Book Weekend is a new online festival happening in May, that brings together British book festivals cancelled due to coronavirus: https://bigbookweekend.com/.
- Willington Arts Festival is still going ahead despite COVID-19, but as a virtual festival this year. They are looking for artists of all categories – mixed media, painting, photography, poetry etc. who would like to display their work: http://www.willingtonartsfestival.co.uk/.
- Writing East Midlands – support for local writers, including online Young Writer’s Groups and The Aurora Prize for Writing 2020: http://www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk/.
- Active at Home webpage from Active Derbyshire to help provide individuals with tools and ideas about what they can be doing to stay active whilst at home: https://www.activederbyshire.org.uk/active-at-home.
Food & Nutrition
- A free downloadable booklet – Catering for the Covid-19 Crisis, containing easy recipes to make with staples in the cupboard has been produced by Wise About Food CIC: https://www.wiseaboutfood.co.uk/.
Our Other Support page also has contact details for local organisations offering Mental Health & Emotional Support: https://strongersouthderbyshire.org/other-support/.
- Tips and advice to help you manage and maintain good mental health such as 10 tips to help if you are worried about coronavirus. Aimed at adults aged 18 and over, from Every Mind Matters: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/.
- WHO (World Health Organisation) has published some advice on protecting your mental health at this time, which is summarised in this BBC article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51873799.
- Virtual gardening for wellbeing group on Facebook from Grow Outside CIC – keep active and keep in touch by sharing what you’re up to in your garden as the growing season starts: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3343368909029785/.
- Online garden wildlife sessions for children that you can try at home, via South Derbyshire District Council’s Environmental Education Project Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EnvironmentalEducationProject/.
- Connecting People, Connecting Support is an online space where people with dementia, family members and care staff can access research-informed resources that promote quality of life: https://dementiatogether.online/.
- The Royal Voluntary Service has launched a Virtual Village Hall with 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 it suits you: https://www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/our-services/virtual-village-hall.
- The WEA (Workers’ Educational Association) has compiled a selection of free online courses and taster sessions in a variety of subjects: https://www.wea.org.uk/liveonlinelearning.