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Wellbeing

Now more than ever, connecting with others is so important for us all, which is why we are excited to tell you we have been creating ways to continue to support you and the St Christopher’s community at this difficult time.

We have put together a timetable of activities, from art and music sessions to quizzes and exercise classes as well as time to share experiences and chat to others. Whatever you need to help you through this time, we hope there is something for you. For further information email wellbeingonline@stchristophers.org.uk

All our online sessions are free to join. If you are able to, please consider a small donation to our emergency appeal.

Timetable

This timetable will be updated regularly with links to each session. If you would like to join one of these sessions, please click on the link in the timetable. If you need any help accessing Zoom, please download our Zoom instructions.

These activities will be live streamed at a set day and time each week. You can tune in at that time and know that the person running the group on screen is doing so at that moment. You can also comment and ask questions.

Start timeMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
10am     
11amQuiz and puzzle games
(1 hour)
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Art group
(1 hour)
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11.30amNeurological Support and Social Group
(1 hour 30 mins)
Email us to sign up
  Neurological Support and Social Group
(1 hour 30 mins)
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Creative writing group
(1 hour)
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1.30pm   Healthy Walks
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2pmRelaxation group 
(30-45 mins)
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Art for All
(30 mins)
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Time to Talk
(1 hour)
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Relaxation group
(1 hour)
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Time to Talk
(1 hour)
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2.30pmDeath Café
(1 hour 30 mins)
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3pmCarers group (1 hour)
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3.15pmQuiz
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5pmBereavement Café
(1 hour 30 mins)
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7pmThe untold stories of loss (2 hours)
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Patient timetable

We have organised online video groups facilitated by members of staff and volunteers for patients, carers and current group members.

If you already belong to one of these groups, you will receive an email containing the password needed to view our full timetable of activities and access the Zoom links for each session.

If you are not already part of one of these groups, please contact wellbeingonline@stchirstophers.org.uk with your name and contact number.

Day: Wednesday
Time: 2pm
Duration: Up to 1 hour
How to access: Via Zoom (link in patient timetable)

Do you want to talk to other people, have a chat and share some experiences? You can find the link to the Zoom in the patient timetable.

Day: Wednesday
Time: 3pm
How to access: Via Zoom (link in patient timetable)

A place to come and chat with other carers, build relationships and share your stories.

Day: Thursday
Time:
11am
How to access: Via Zoom (link in patient timetable)

Come and meet some people through Zoom in a group completing quizzes and games together and having fun. The group is run by our Wellbeing Team. If you missed the Quiz why not have a go at some of the previous ones here. The answers are released the following week. You can find the link to the Zoom in the patient timetable.

Day: Friday
Time: 3pm
How to access: Via Zoom (link in patient timetable)

Join the music group to share, listen to, learn and perform new music with other group members.

All levels of musical ability welcome, from beginners to pros!

We have an archive of videos covering everything from art to exercise and relaxation.

This section will be updated regularly over the coming weeks.

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Fit for Life: Course summary

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Part of the Fit for Life programme


Worry

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Session 9 of the Fit for Life programme

If you have any questions about this session please email fitforlife@stchristophers.org.uk

Once you’ve watched this video, why not try out one of our short exercise videos?


Thinking ahead – planning for the future

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Session 8 of the Fit for Life programme

If you have any questions about this session please email fitforlife@stchristophers.org.uk

Once you’ve watched this video, why not try out one of our short exercise videos?


Depression and low mood

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Session 7 of the Fit for Life Programme

Low mood is common and maybe even more prevalent at this time. Lauren will talk you though the common things you may feel and how to identify if you need more support as well as strategies that might help you.

If you have any questions about this session please email fitforlife@stchristophers.org.uk

Once you’ve watched this video, why not try out one of our short exercise videos?


Meaning

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Session 6 of the Fit for Life programme

If you have any questions about this session please email fitforlife@stchristophers.org.uk

Once you’ve watched this video, why not try out one of our short exercise videos?


Sleep

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Session 5 of the Fit for Life programme

Do you have difficulty getting to sleep or difficulty staying asleep? Maybe you want to find out more about how you can improve your sleep routine. Sarah will take you through some of the difficulties many people face and the things that you can do to overcome them.

If you have any questions about this session, please email the team at fitforlife@stchristophers.org.uk

Once you’ve watched this video, why not try one of our short exercise videos?


Staying connected

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Session 4 of the Fit for Life programme

Sometimes we struggled to feel part of our community and this can be even more difficult at the present time. In this video Vincent explores the importance of staying connected and how we can support ourselves. He also covers how we can encourage other to help us to achieve our goals.

If you have any questions about the content of this session, please contact fitforlife@stchristophers.org.uk

Once you’ve watched this video, why not try one of our short exercise videos?


Eating well

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Session 3 of the Fit for Life programme

In this session our Dietician, Lorna, will explore the principles of healthy eating and how you can put this into practice. You can also visit the British Dietetic Association website for more healthy eating resources. If you have any questions about the content please contact fitforlife@stchristophers.org.uk

You might also find this resource useful: https://www.bda.uk.com/resource/healthy-eating.html

Once you’ve watched this video, why not try one of our short exercise videos?


Exercise

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Session 2 of the Fit for Life programme

In this video we hope to give you an understanding of what exercise is, the different types of exercise, what you might want to exercise and how you can put this into practice. The guidance here is general and may not be appropriate to you.

It is important that you speak to your healthcare professional if you have any concerns about exercising and that you work at your own pace and level. If you haven’t exercised recently we would always recommend that you start with moderate exercise rather than vigorous exercise.

If you have any questions about this video please email fitforlife@stchristophers.org.uk

The links mentioned in the video are below:

Once you’ve watched this video, why not try out one of our short exercise videos?


Goal setting

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Session 1 of the Fit for Life programme

Knowing what you want to achieve and how to achieve it can be tricky. In this video we explore how and why we set goals as well as breaking down the process so that you can achieve your aims. The document in the video is available here and is thanks to Dr Sally Boa.

We recommended that you complete this document to support your goals. You can do this by pausing the video at any time. If you have any questions, please email fitforlife@stchristophers.org.uk

Once you’ve watched this video, why not try out one of our short exercise videos?


Fit for Life: Course introduction

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Part of the Fit for Life programme

The aim of Fit for Life is to support your physical and emotional wellbeing through video sessions on exercise, sleep, mood and eating well amongst others. With plenty of advice and support available via email, this free series of videos will give you food for thought and the tools that you need to take action.

This programme is for anyone! If you are thinking about what’s important in life and how you might take steps to make positive changes in yours, this is the programme for you. These videos can benefit you whatever stage of your life you’re at and are especially pertinent during these challenging time.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email the team at fitforlife@stchristophers.org.uk


Exercise Group – David’s Seated Exercises

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Exercise group – David’s sitting and standing exercises

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Art for All Online Session 2.6.20: A Room with a View

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We’ve all spent a lot of time inside recently, and probably quite a while looking out of the window. In this session we explore what it is that makes a view important to us.

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Art for All Online Session 25.5.20: We are the music makers

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Join us to learn about making art from music: Follow in the footsteps of Kandinsky and listen to your favourite music to find inspiration to make your own artwork.

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Art for All Online Session 18.5.20: Make a wish with 1000 cranes

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Join us to learn how to make an Origami crane at home, or even challenge yourself to complete Senbazuru!

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Gardening vlog week 3

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He’s back! Cliff, one of our volunteer gardeners at St Christopher’s Orpington, gives a tour of the beautiful gardens. With strict social distancing measures in place, he can show us how the garden has fared on its own for all those weeks!

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Art for All online Session 11.5.20: Get involved!

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Join us for a YouTube art group each Tuesday where we’ll present art activities, along with calls for contributions to large scale St Christopher’s-wide art projects.

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Meditation – More than you can handle?

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From the book Postcards from Heaven, words and pictures to help you hear from God, but Ellie Hart.

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Meditation – the art of firewalking

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Mindful breathing

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Take a break from your desk to enjoy this short video on mindful breathing led by Sarah.

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Seated Exercise with Story

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Exercise Group online session 06.05.20

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Art for All Online Session 4.5.20: “A page full of colour”

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Sometimes we all need a bit of colour in our lives. Watch how to make the perfect art piece to complement an NHS window rainbow, using materials that everyone has at home. And take part in an activity that encourages us all to look at colour differently within our own homes.

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Gardening vlog week 2

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Art for All online session 28.4.20: “Bring me sunshine”

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This ‘Art for All’ session focuses on light- sunlight to be specific! Learn about Cyanotype art printing and to have a go at making your own art, using shadows as a creative inspiration.

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Exercise at home

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A set of four videos designed to help people through exercise.

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Art for All online session 22.4.20

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All you need is a pencil and paper for this activity and you’re ready to go!

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Gardening vlog week 1

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Relaxation

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A short guided relaxation exercise.

Please note that all exercises demonstrated and repetitions suggested are a guide. Please start with whatever you can do and build up gradually over time. Remember to rest as needed between repetitions and between exercises. If you feel dizzy or have chest pains when exercising stop immediately and seek medical help. 

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Art for All online session 14.4.20

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All our online sessions are free to join. If you are able to, please consider a small donation to our emergency appeal.

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