October 2020 NEWSLETTER No 7

Hello everyone!

We have just had another of our virtual committee meetings and want to bring you up-to-date with the news of the Café.  We have had to take the sad decision that we will be unlikely to open before Easter next year.  As the virus is now spreading again, and with the onset of the winter we feel it would not be responsible to consider opening the Café at this time.  We are really sorry that this is what we have had to decide but feel it is the only option given the current situation.  However we are not ruling out the possibility that we might be able to re-start before Easter.  It will all depend on what the winter brings and how soon a vaccine becomes available.

In the mean time we will continue to keep in touch with as many of you as we can in different ways.

Volunteers

We were lucky to be able to have a virtual social catch up with some of our volunteers during September.  I think we all enjoyed seeing each other, particularly some faces we hadn’t seen for many months!  We are planning to hold Christmas Coffee morning via Zoom on Friday 11th December at 11am.  Do put the date in your diaries and more information will be given nearer the time.  If any volunteer would like to have the chance to join but doesn’t know how to use Zoom, please do speak to me or Cath as we’d both be happy to see if we can help you.

Carers’ Group

The Carers’ group continues to meet via Zoom on the 1st Friday and 3rd Tuesday of the month.  Peer support and sharing with others in similar situations is often helpful.  If anyone would like to join but hasn’t yet, or wants to have a chat about it, please contact Chris 07850 026155.

Newsletters

We will be continuing with the monthly newsletters and a different member of the committee will be writing it each month to ring the changes.  If you have any suggestions for things we might include in the newsletter, please let us know.

And now for more news………

Flu jabs

We just want to remind everyone that the doctors’ practices are contacting people now for your annual flu jabs.  If you haven’t heard from your practice yet and you are over 65, you should get in touch with them for an appointment.

British Red Cross – Tackling  Loneliness Digitally

As part of their response to the Coronavirus crisis, they have partnered with the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on “Tacking Loneliness Digitally”.

A core element of this programme focuses on creating online resources to help empower people who may be feeling lonely, and provide them with tools to build confidence, coping skills, and connections.  All of their resources are free and can be found at www.redcross.org.uk/loneliness-resources.

Love Music Lock Down session ( Arts uplift)

On Tuesday 20th October 2.45-3.45 live via Zoom.  Tristan Pate will be playing his guitar and singing songs from the 49s, 50s, 60s and 70s.  It is free and if you are interested call 07946 585978 to book

Save the planet

Autumn is the time when all the seeds are falling from the trees:  acorns, beech nuts, sycamore keys, conkers and more!  We can all do our little bit to help save plants from extinction by planting a few of these seeds in plant pots and nurturing them over the winter.  Hopefully next year these will grow into saplings which can eventually be planted out in gardens or open spaces.  It is fun to watch things grow too!

Take care and stay safe!

Lots of love

Kirsty x

Alcester Café Committee