Things you and your family can do to stay active and happy during the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus support network

Found this really useful post on Facebook, From Oxfordshire MIND in regards to free online activities:-

If you’ve been asked to stay at home, avoid other people, or remotely work it might feel more difficult than usual to take care of your mental wellbeing.

We are going to share some free resources, which you might find useful:

1: The Open University have a variety of free online courses:


2: Lots of museums have great online virtual tours, discover the top ten online:


3: BBC Bitesize have online training and learning modules around a whole host of topics!


4: Mindful colouring, which can be done via the internet or through printed pages:


5: Online books, which are free to view and can be printed out as PDFs if you prefer to read a physical book:


6: Gentle, home workouts, which can be completed from the comfort of a chair via the


7: Free music courses which incorporate audio and visual learning:


8: The Ashmolean Museum website has a host of free case study and project videos which are free to download and listen to:


9: Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. We all know what it's like to struggle sometimes, but now there's a safe place to listen:


10: If you feel like you need more support, the Oxfordshire Mind Information Service can provide free support, guidance and signposting:

📱01865 247788



Deborah Longshaw · Wed 18 Mar 2020, 10:36 · See full thread

Coronavirus support network

Oxfordshire Mindfulness home meditation link

Liz Drake · Wed 18 Mar 2020, 00:02 · See full thread

For self-isolating music lovers

I hope this can be shared on the Activities area of the site. There are some musical organizations offering free performances online. I'm sure there are a bunch of them, but two great ones I know of are:

1. The Metropolitan Opera in New York are streaming one opera for free daily. These are from their archive of live performances. Explanation here: 

It's a bit tricky because it's time limited. Hint: At the moment, EDT is 4 hours behind us. So 3:30pm there is 7:30pm here -- will change to five hours when our clocks go forward. 

2. Easier is the Berlin Philharmonic, which has an archive of free live concerts to stream anytime. I saw/heard a lovely Mahler 6 the other night, but there's lots more to choose from:

As I say, I'm sure there are more of these. Musick has charms to soothe the savage breast...

Laura Macy · Wed 18 Mar 2020, 13:49 · See full thread

Remote guitar & bass lessons

Hi all,

I used to offer in-person guitar lessons in Charlbury but, owing to the current situation, I am now making myself available to anyone who wants to learn via Skype at £15 for 30 mins.

If you’re self isolating and finally have the time to dedicate to a new hobby or you suddenly have kids at home that would like to learn, I can help!


07525 045052

Alex Martin · Thu 19 Mar 2020, 21:53 · See full thread

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