Arts & Literature
- Culture in Quarantine – content from across the BBC‘s TV, radio and digital platforms: https://www.bbc.co.uk/arts.
- 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.
- Derbyshire libraries have a host of online activities on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DerbyshireLibraries/ and Twitter: https://twitter.com/DerbyshireLibs. Including weekly Storytime and Rhyme Time for children and a Family Bookshare.
- 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 was a free online festival in May – the talks are still available to watch: 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 was a new online festival in May, that brought together British book festivals cancelled due to coronavirus – sessions still available to watch: https://bigbookweekend.com/.
- Willington Arts Festival is still going ahead despite COVID-19, but as a virtual festival this year. http://www.willingtonartsfestival.co.uk/.
- Writing East Midlands – support for local writers, including online Young Writer’s Groups: 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-during-coronavirus.
- Derbyshire School Games: The School Games Organiser Network and Active Derbyshire worked together to create and publish a weekly programme of activities to help keep children and young people whilst at home or school during April to July. Although the series is not currently being updated, the activities are still available to use. https://www.activederbyshire.org.uk/young-people-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/.
- Wildlife Wednesdays: Post your questions, ideas, wildlife sightings etc. any time during the week and South Derbyshire District Council’s Environmental Education Project will be on hand to answer them, 1-2pm on Wednesdays, alongside experts from the local wildlife and conservation groups. For more info visit the 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.