Last updated 19 February
No doubt you will have your closer friends and neighbours who can help out should the need arise. But, if you find yourself needing additional help, it’s not daft, silly, or being a nuisance to shout out. It’s just being part of the community. 🙂
So, if you have any concerns, need support with shopping, prescriptions or just someone to talk to please get in touch with:
- The following (who have agreed to their phone numbers being shared).
Great Asby – Bill Kerr – 07816 987806
Little Asby – Carole Cozens – 01539 623112
- A local Priest, or one of the Church Wardens.
(Details on church notice boards, or “Asby Matters”.)
Community representatives are all here to help you with your day to day needs through this very difficult time.
…or, Here is another way to ask for assistance:
Online Support sessions with public health nurses
Cumbria’s public health nurses are holding online support sessions to offer health advice for those caring for children and young people aged between 5 – 19 years old.
The sessions run each Tuesday and Thursday via a live video link that is private and secure. During the consultation the nurse will assess the health query presented and provide support and advice. Full details here.
Local Food & Drink
The Three Greyhounds
The pub is currently closed until the Covid situation improves.
Entertainment & Education
Mirthy.co.uk is a new online platform for professional public speakers, often retirees themselves, to provide online talks to older adults in the comfort of their homes. (Though anyone can attend, no matter how young!)
You can join a free talk each Thursday. The next scheduled talk is entitled ’50 Years in TV’ by Jim Whelan on 17 December at 4pm. (Described as ‘’Entertaining and informative, delivered with wit and panache.”)
You need to register to join a talk but that is easily done – just visit the Murthy website. Whilst there why not sign up to receive regular updates on future talks.
Cumbria County Council’s library teams have put together a handy guide with some of the best websites and online resources.
Whether you are home schooling your children, you enjoy books and reading, you love a spot of culture, or you are looking for reliable health information, you will find something of interest in our selection of quality websites, which have all been checked and assessed by the library staff.
Listen to some of the world’s best Classical orchestras live-streaming, or that have made their concert archives available online. Click here.
The Aurora are a British chamber orchestra who give virtuoso performances that verge on theatre. For a start, they play entirely from memory, and standing up! “Aurora Play” is a new digital series showcasing the best of their orchestral adventures online.
Check out their Youtube channel. There you can also experience their ways of making classical music more fun and accessible, especially to children.
Click here and subscribe to the National Theatre Home channel.
Their website contains a ever changing example sof their work.
Museums & Galleries
The British Museum is just one of the many world renowned organisations that allow you to view their treasures online. As a starting point, check out this list of a dozen virtual tours. Click here.
The 75 Best Virtual Museum Tours Around the World
A list of 75 world-class museums that offer virtual tours that you can visit from the comfort of your own home. The list is divided into four sections: art galleries, natural history, science and technology, and history museums.
This article has details on each one as well as information on how to do the tour.
…or Why Not Learn Something New!
There’s probably some topic you’ve been dying to learn about for ages; well now’s your chance! The Open University have a wide range of free short courses on all manner of things, including the Arts. Click here.
You may have been lucky enough to have been able to take a summer holiday, but random Covid outbreaks and the threat on quarantine have rather taken the gloss of travel right now. So, why not lose yourself in a bit of ‘virtual travel’?
20 Amazing Places You Can Visit Without Leaving Home
Join a Live Safari in South Africa, or a 360 degree deep dive with sea lions.
Walk the Great Wall of China, tour the Palace of Versailles, or the Sistine Chapel.
Spend a few minutes (or hours) anticipating the arrival of the Northern Lights, and wondering at their awesome spectacle, via a Live fed from Manitoba, Canada. …and all without getting cold!
Learn how COVID-19 is spread, and how you can protect yourself
from its spread.
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to be told how to do it. Right??
What happens if someone in your family gets COVID symptoms?
You & your family need to isolate:
The COVID-19 outbreak means that life is changing for all of us for a while. It may cause you to feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, bored, lonely or frustrated.
It’s important to remember it is OK to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently. Remember, this situation is temporary and, for most of us, these difficult feelings will pass.
Here are 10 ways you can help improve your mental health and wellbeing if you are worried or anxious about the coronavirus outbreak.
Currently we are all having to get used to the new way of living, personally and in our working lives. For many of us this can be a difficult thing. If you experience anxiety this can be a particularly tricky time.
But there is help out there, so please do reach out.
During the course of the Covid pandemic a whole range of financial support schemes have been made available.
For an update on the current situation on grants, loans, furlough, and other financial support check out this updated document (8 January). Thanks, as ever to Cecilia Fry of Patterdale for continuing to track all the relevant detail and produce this Information Sheet.
Due to the impact of Coronavirus over 5.5 million people are claiming Universal Credit.
Many of them are new to claiming Universal Credit having been negatively impacted by Coronavirus.
If you need to apply, possibly for the first time, then this guide should help.
The Farmer Network have launched a support line for coronavirus. They can offer farmers advice and support on topics including support schemes, sourcing supplies, preparing contingency plans and finding emergency labour. The helpline number is 01768 818865.
Support Cumbria is an official collaboration of partners across Cumbria who are working together to provide community support to residents who are struggling to access basic or essential services during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please go to their website to volunteer your services.
It is also liaising with our local NHS to urgently provide volunteers for their COVID-19 Recovery Centres. Click here for details.