A big thank you to all those who made the amazingly creative scarecrows, which were very much enjoyed by everyone who followed the harvest trail. Look out for an article in the Rutland Mercury this weekend and we hope to do it all again at some point in the future. For those who missed the event or would like to enjoy them again, here are all the scarecrows. I’ll be in touch shortly with the children who entered the quiz.
Click on the photos to see them in all their glory.
We work throughout Rutland with people over 50 and their carers, providing support, information and activities.
This work would not be possible without the support of our volunteers, partners and funders.
There is a lot of planning going on at the moment as to how best to manage the current situation and things are changing on a daily basis, this newsletter covers our current situation.
If you need help or support or just not sure who can help you, either contact Yvonne or Penny; both are working from home, but are able to pick up messages left on their office landline.
Unfortunately for the time being all our social and wellbeing groups including Men in Sheds and Daycare have had to stop for the time being.
We are now supporting those who attend all our Age UK social groups via regular telephone calls, we are very grateful to all the volunteers who are helping us with this.
This is currently now operating as a telephone based scheme.
If you have a few hours a week to give, we are in need of more people to be able to offer a friendly call to those who are isolated or lonely, we give support and training. Contact Yvonne if you are able to help
Age UK /Macmillan service
Still open for phone calls on 07711 325517. Call if you need information, support or just a chat if you have been affected by cancer.
Hearing Aid Batteries
As you are probably aware, the Age UK Uppingham shop had to close last week, we’ve been in contact with UHL Hearing Services and for those people who have NHS hearing aids, they can get their batteries by ringing 0116 2586230 or they can send a stamped addressed envelope to Hearing Services, LRI Leicester LE1 5WW.
Struggling with your Laptop, Tablet or Mobile Phone?
If you need help using a computer, laptop, tablet, iPad or mobile phone, we are now offering support by phone or by Skype, anyone needing help should contact either Yvonne or Penny.
Age UK Leicester Shire and Rutland
Have set up a dedicated Corona virus helpline between the hours of 9.00 -5.00pm Monday to Friday for practical and emotional help – 0116 299 2239.
A new national Age UK publication is attached and there is information on our local Age UK website
Rutland County Council: on their websitethere is information on what is being provided by the council and others including details of all the village and community groups providing shopping support throughout Rutland. There is also information on scam awareness and a crisis helpline.
The Rutland Wellbeing Service remains open but has changed to a telephone service, see the websitefor more details or contact Yvonne or Penny
For anyone who is experiencing hardship, the Rutland Food bank is operating.
Ideas of things you can do whilst staying safe at home
Knitting, Crochet, Sewing, Embroidery, Mending, Jewellery Making, Painting, Drawing or try some mindfulness colouring
Spring cleaning, organise a cupboard or drawer—anything thing you no longer want save for charity, our Uppingham Shop will be happy to receive donations once it re-opens
Gardening or if you don’t have a garden you could grow herbs or salads in a pot on a windowsill, many garden centres are now offering a delivery service
Cooking, vary your recipes to the ingredients you have, Jamie Oliver has an inspiring programme on Channel 4
Play an instrument, sing or listen to music
Play board or card games, do a jigsaw, sudoku or crosswords
Exercise when you can, chair exercise and moving regularly, try mediation or relaxation
Keep in contact with family, friends and neighbours by phoning, writing a letter or emailing, if you have internet you can Skype, use Zoom, Facetime or Messenger video call. Through video messaging you can have virtual a coffee morning, afternoon tea or party
Watch a film or comedy on TV, for older films try “Talk TV” channel 81, “Dave” channel 19 is good for comedies.
Rutland Libraries have access online to audio books, eBooks you can read on an tablet, magazines and newspapers see theirwebsiteand Family history research
Mind mental health charity info line 0300 123 3393
SANE mental health charity operating a leave a message line 07984 967 708
Lets Talk local NHS mental health service 01509 561 100
Age UK Local Contact Details
Oakham and North Rutland -Yvonne Rawlings 077388 20910 or 01572 770 324 (answer phone– checked daily –weekdays)
Uppingham and South Rutland -Penny Stimpson 07715 960167 or 01572 822 171 (answer phone– checked daily—weekdays)
Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland Advice Line free, confidential and independent which can help with anything that affects yourquality of later life. It is open from 9am to 1pm on weekdays on 0116 299 2278