As the government's roadmap out of lockdown continues, we have begun work on a strategy to re-introduce face-to-face activities. For now, April's Social Club programme remains fully virtual and together with our #AloneTogether activities, we've lots of excitement in store!
All of our Virtual Social Clubs are free to join, but you do need to pre-book so please call us on 0207 118 0404 if you would like to attend. They are now more accessible than ever, with three different ways to join in the fun:
1. Take part using a computer, tablet or a smartphone with an internet connection (marked with a computer symbol in the list below). If you’ve got access to the internet at home, you just need to download Zoom to join, which we can support with if you get in touch.
2. Take part by dialling in using a phone (marked with a phone symbol in the list below). If you’ve got a landline or mobile phone, you can join some of our clubs by just calling in.
3. We can phone you directly from any of our phone accessible clubs. So, if you are worried about following the instructions, let us know and we’ll arrange to call you just before the club starts.
💻 📞 Thursday 1st April, 5:30-6:30pm: Desert Island Discs!
To celebrate a year of online social clubs we’ll be taking it back to where it all started and reigniting Desert Island Discs to mark the occasion. Come with a song in mind and an anecdote about why it’s meaningful to you. It seemed fitting for the theme to be: ‘Throwback Thursday’ - a song that reminds you of a Virtual Social Club we did in the past. Party dress code is encouraged but not required. Or feel free to just sit back and enjoy the tunes!
💻 📞 Tuesday 6th April, 2:30-3:30pm: Virtual Crossword Club
Join your neighbours and release your inner 'puzzle-person', engage your mind and have a pop at a crossword. No need to be a crossword connoisseur: everyone is welcome.
March's Crossword Club proved a hearty challenge but the neighbours cracked it in just over an hour!
💻 📞 Wednesday 7th April, 12-1pm: Virtual Technology Workshop
Want to improve your confidence with your phone, tablet or laptop? Join our Zoom chat with your gadgets and bring your technology-related questions with you.
📞 Thursday 8th April, 2:30-3:30pm: Virtual Coffee & Catch Up
Grab a cuppa, and dial in for an hour of chatting and sharing stories with your younger neighbours. This month we will be talking about our favourite stories and fictional icons from childhood.
💻 Sunday 11th April, 2-4:30pm: Virtual Film Club
Join us at Virtual Film Club to watch ‘Hop’, a light-hearted feel-good Easter story unfold. Fred, who’s never taken life seriously, has a collision while he’s driving and is shocked to discover he’s run over the Easter Bunny. The good news is that only the rabbit's leg is broken; the bad news is that he needs someone to take his place while he heals!
💻 Monday 12th April, 11:20am-12:30pm: Chair Yoga + Meditation
Uncrank that neck and join your neighbours for some gentle stretching and calming breathing, all from the comfort of your own home.
💻 Friday 16th April, 12-1pm: Virtual Break Dancing Class
Our city has enjoyed a rich breakdance culture since the early 80s. From the cobblestones of Covent Garden to Black Sheep bar in Croydon, there are memories and moments in every postcode! Join us as we learn how to connect to the beat of the music with some breakdance moves. It’s time to make our own memories in our own postcodes! All abilities welcome - no experience necessary.
Last week, neighbours took part in a Musical Theatre Workshop and were transported to the vibrant stage of the Copacabana!
💻 📞 Tuesday 20th April, 5:30-7pm: Virtual Quiz Club
Embrace the healing properties of mindless trivia and join your neighbours for our Virtual Quiz Club.
💻 Wednesday 21st April, 5:30-6:45pm: Virtual Script Reading
Join your neighbours and put on a new character to retell the legendary ‘Blood Brothers’ story. Written by Willy Russell, this captivating and moving story follows the lives of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences.
💻 Friday 23rd April, 12-1pm: Virtual Surfers Against Sewage
Have you ever heard of an ocean activist? Did you know that how we live in the cities can impact how much the seas around our British Isles thrive? Join us as we find out more from the charity Surfers Against Sewage and hear about their campaign for better water quality. Add your voice to the roar of the ocean, to make it heard within the climate crisis!
💻 Wednesday 28th April, 4:30-5:30pm: Virtual Sofa Singing
Spark some joy and join your neighbours for an evening of sing-song, straight from your sofa.
💻 Thursday 29th April, 6:30-7:30pm: The Cares Family Disco
Get on your party outfit and those dancing shoes and join your neighbours from across the UK at The Cares Family disco! Once a month, we’ll be joining forces with our sister charities in North London, East London, Manchester and Liverpool for a massive party and a good old boogie together.
April's #AloneTogether Activity Pack contains challenges that celebrate April Fools, International Dance Day, Stress Awareness Month, and more. It also includes neighbour contributions in the forms of poems and brain teasers!
You can download the pack here. Please do share with your friends, family, neighbours, tenants, patients, clients, grandparents, or whoever you think might enjoy a little bit of fun in 2021!
We’d love to include your ideas and completed tasks in our monthly pack, so please continue sending them to us at [email protected].
Should you have any questions about the clubs or would like to find out more about any of our programmes then please call us on 0207 118 0404.
If you would like to refer an older neighbour to our programmes then please complete our online referral form.
And, if you are a younger neighbour and would like to get involved in our programmes, please complete this online form.
We hope to see you soon!
Posted by Matt Scaysbrook on Thursday 25th March 2021
Matt manages our growing volunteer network and leads on reaching older south Londoners - introducing them to South London Cares and our programmes.