New advice about accessing green spaces safely

The Government has published a list of things you can do while out – the sorts of activities you can do, the sorts of places you can go.  

key points:

In England, you can leave your home to exercise and spend time outdoors for recreation with members of your household, or in groups of up to six people from outside your household. 

There are no restrictions on how far you can travel to get to the countryside.  But you can’t stay overnight. Campsites and caravan parks are still closed, and you can’t stay in a holiday or second home.

Where to go and what to do outside – outdoors activity advice from the Ordanance Survey

Outdoors activity advice

The Ordnance Survey has worked with Natural England to create a website that brings together current advice from government, councils and other outdoor organisations, so the public can decide where to go and what to do outside. The site allows visitors to search by activity and location for suggestions and ideas about how they can get outside safely.

Support for older people and those shielding to stay active and healthy at home

Public Health England has developed a booklet to support older people and those who are shielded to be active and healthy at home by helping them find ways to build activity into their day. 

You can download it and print them a copy then pop it in the post or if they use the internet just send them a link

Virtual Tour of some of Europe’s top museums and galleries

Some media outlets focusing on the brighter side of life right now

Some outlets that you can rely on for good news. Brighter stories focusing on the lighter side of life right now and providing you some fuel for positive thoughts and conversations in your homes.

Positive News

– ‘Positive News is a media organisation dedicated to reporting about what’s going right.’

Good News Network

‘A website with an archive of 21,000 positive news stories from around the glove.’

BBC Uplifting Stories

The human side to the pandemic, with uplifting stories from our communities.

Virtual Things to do – Connecting Communities Newletter 23 April 2020:

The Virtual Traveller : Galleries of Art No one can travel at the moment, but that doesn’t mean you can’t travel virtually. This week, we’ve complied a list of immersive virtual tours you can take in art galleries around the world. Warning: you can fall down a rabbit hole and lose hours of time doing this, which is the point; we all have time to kill during this pandemic. Plus viewing art virtually costs far less and is easier on the feet; no more museum fatigue.8th Apr 2020 – The Islander Online17 Famous Art Museums You Can Visit from Your Living RoomDid you know that most major art museums around the world offer virtual tours and resources for free? Why not take your students on virtual museum tours to the lavish Louvre in Paris? Or the majestic Metropolitan Museum of Art? Or any one of these historic art museums from around the world? Check out the list below to get started!22nd Apr 2020 – We Are TeachersTake A (Virtual) Tour Of The Tate’s Blockbuster Andy Warhol Exhibition, With Its CuratorsThe galleries are shut, the museums are closed. But worry not, art fans. We’ve tapped some of the art world’s leading curators, collectors and experts to talk us through the exhibitions none of us can attend in person. Here Gregor Muir, the director of Tate’s International Collection, and Fiontán Moran, assistant curator at Tate Modern, talk us through the gallery’s blockbuster Andy Warhol show.21st Apr 2020 – YAHOO!Around the world in 30 minutes: KAYAK launches virtual getaways for stay-at-home escapismWith travel plans on hold and social distancing in full force, would-be adventurers and travellers across the globe can only dream of their next getaway. To help keep the dream alive, KAYAK is launching its virtual travel hub featuring a selection of curated city guides so globetrotters can #TravelFromHome. Whether eager explorers need a 10-minute escape from #WFH life or to view a screen that isn’t hosting another conference call, KAYAK’s series of curated virtual city guides will provide some light relief to those suffering from cabin fever and offer a chance to be submerged in new surroundings.21st Apr 2020 – Travel Daily MediaLive-streamed safaris, sunsets and ‘virtual small group tours’ bring travel to stay-at-homersG Adventures’ first virtual small group tour “departs” at 5pm GMT. The destination is Italy, where local guide Stefano Paris will take 16 Zoom video callers through Venice, Tuscany and a football match in the space of an hour. The “travellers” will receive food/drink pairing recommendations in advance, `meet` other participants in a live Zoom room, and can interact with their guide in real time.22nd Apr 2020 – on MSN.comA 24-hour tour of Paris: experience the City of Light from homeParis, also known as the City of Light, was at the forefront of the Age of Enlightenment in the 18th century – not only because of its `enlightened` artists, poets, and philosophers, but also because it was one of the first European cities to illuminate its streets at night. If you’re looking to add some Parisian light to your life right about now, you’re in luck. With a little help from the internet, there’s no reason you can’t virtually experience the best food, museums, artwork, architecture, and entertainment that Paris has to offer, right from the comfort of your sofa. Here’s how to plan your perfect digital day.23rd Apr 2020 – Skyscanner

National Police Chiefs’ Council clarification what you can and cannot do outside National Police Chief’s Council clarification what you can and cannot do outside