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ONLINE IDEAS FOR INTERESTS & ACTIVITIES

This information section aims to offer something for everyone. It covers a variety of topics that we feel will be useful to our members focusing, in particular, on helping to maintain a healthy body through diet and exercise, and a positive, active mind through relaxing hobbies and learning activities. 




HEALTHY MEALS & TASTY TREATS

Here, you will find some ideas for quick and easy, healthy meals for breakfast, lunch or supper. For those in need of some 'comfort' food from time to time, we have also provided some tried and tested tasty treats! Includes Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Vegetarian options.
 
EXERCISE
  
Seated and more energetic work-out videos for beginners and the more experienced, including Tai Chi and Yoga. Some are supported by British Sign Language and Subtitles. Be sure to read the disclaimers and guidance for those with medical conditions. Optional donation to NHS charities.
 
BOOKS & LITERATURE

A number of websites offer free books to read on-line or to download, One of the most useful is your local library which enables you, through on-line services, to join the library, borrow books and audio books, as well as read current newspapers and a wide range of magazines.
 
MUSIC, FILMS & THEATRE

A range of links to enjoy musical solos and duets at worldwide venues, concerts and theatre productions from classical to contemporary. Links are also provided to sites that stream a good range of entertaining documentary and fiction films.  
 
CRAFTS

Easy crafts for adults are a fun way to relieve stresses, aid relaxation and rediscover your creative spark. Whether you love to knit, crochet, sew, create jewellery, work with wood, or engage in other crafts, we hope you will find new ideas or obtain support with existing projects.
 
GARDENING

A perfect activity to unwind - taking in the fresh air and enjoying the beauty of nature! Some useful links for gardening enthusiasts including lots of hints and tips for healthy plants, elimination of pests and diseases, ideas for creating beautiful gardens, as well as Virtual Tours.
 
GAMES & PUZZLES

A great way to keep the brain active is to engage in on-line puzzles or crosswords. Why not start the day with the perfect brain teaser or share a game of Trivia or a quiz with family or friends. Test out the links providing a wide range of games and puzzles. 
 
LEARNING ONLINE

Research shows that keeping our minds occupied and stimulated helps to ward off many of the challenges of ageing. How about dipping into a new subject or improving your existing knowledge by trying one or two FREE courses from the wide variety offered here.
 
AROUND THE WORLD

If you are interested in travel, geography or history, this is the place to come. Links to videos present information about historical events and virtual tours of magnificent locations including a selection of the best 2019 videos on 'Amazing Places on Our Planet' - breathtaking!
 
MUSEUMS & GALLERIES

Enjoy the many exhibitions and virtual tours offered by various galleries and museums from the comfort of your own home, some of which are not normally open to public view. The Museum of London, for example, presents the history of London in eight fascinating galleries.
 
COMPUTERS & IT

The purchase of a new computer or tablet with an unfamliar operating system, or getting to grips with newly obtained  software, can be a daunting prospect. Here, you will find a number of links to videos that we feel will be useful in helping you to navigate your way!
 
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Are you curious about why things are, how things work, and interested in research and development on the Science and Technology of tomorrow? We aim to develop this section over time, taking account of exciting new projects, and welcome contributions from our members.