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This newsletter is to share and inform the community about what is happening in view of uncertain times and we will cover well-being and and other topics of interest relating to Edgbaston Community Centre. Please subscribe for more updates!
Ways to keep your mind healthy during the lockdown.
This is a mental health emergency – Coronavirus (COVID 19). An illness that affects your lungs and airways. The NHS Every Mind Matters website says ‘taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important while staying at home because of corona virus (COVID-19).’
During the lockdown you may experience feelings of boredom, frustration or loneliness. You may also be anxious about your health, others close to you and your finances. It is OK to feel this way as everyone reacts differently. The tips and advice on the websites below are things you can do now to help you keep on top of your mental wellbeing and cope with how you may feel during this time.
Please seek further support if you feel you need it. below are some organisation that can help with your well being : -
Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Mind campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Mind will not give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect. Mind Goals are: Staying Well, Empowering Choice, Improving support and services, Enabling social participation, Removing inequality of opportunity, Organisational excellence. Please visit: Mind for Mental Health www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/ Support helpline: 0300 123 3393.
The NHS website offers 5 steps to mental wellbeing;
Connect with other people
Be physically active
Learn new skills
Give to others
Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness)
The NHS website provides useful breathing and physical exercises that can be carried out at home. visit: www.nhs.uk for tips and advice on ways to stay well.
An A-Z of resilience in lockdown by: Justine Allain Chapman suggests practical ways with the mental-health challenges of the pandemic. www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2020/15-may/comment/opinion/an-a-z-of-resilience-in-lockdown
For physical well-being why not try some exercise
At a time like this it’s very important for people of all ages and abilities to be as active as possible. Regular physical activity benefits both the body and mind. Please take a look at the following websites for ideas to get moving. The NHS website has sitting, strengthening, balance and flexibility exercises. Visit www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/sitting-exercises/
The British Heart Foundation will get you moving more,visit www.bhf.org.uk/activity
Try 10 Today for daily 10-minute workouts www.10today.co.uk/
Other areas of support at Edgbaston Community Centre
Edgbaston Community Centre is providing a local food provision scheme for those who are struggling to get groceries, toiletries or cleaning products. We are supporting people particularly (but not exclusively) those who are vulnerable, shielding, self-isolating, or struggling financially to buy food during this time.
Look out for the flyers on what days and times we operate the ‘drop in and collect’ service. If you would like to donate food, cleaning products, household essentials or nappies to this scheme please contact us.
Local resident expresses her gratitude to ECC
“Hi Deyonne Thanks for the stuff this morning. My cupboard is topped up nicely now. Yvonne said thanks too. Just waiting for Judith to call me to get her stuff. .She was really grateful when I spoke to her that I thought of her and collected some stuff for her too as she needs it! Blessings.x”
Other Local Food Banks and local support
The Trussell Trust runs 15 food banks in Birmingham for people who find themselves struggling to buy food alongside paying bills. You can contact them on telephone: 0121 236 2997 or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Love thy Neighbour delivers a free weekly food parcel to your door for those who are self-isolating and struggling to access food & household essentials. They are currently able to support people living within Attwood Green, Lee Bank and Five Ways areas of Birmingham. Visit https://gasstreet.church
Birmingham City Council is giving support for households with vulnerable people. Visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerabe.
Livingwell Community Church - Food Parcels
Livingwell Church is working in conjunction with Edgbaston Community Centre providing food donations for the local food bank and delivering food parcels to the community.
People are at the heart of Livingwell Community Church and we passionately believe in working in the heart of our local community. Although, LCC is closed at this time due to the Covid-19 we are currently using Zoom, Facebook and Youtube to meet for Sunday service led by Pastors Derrick and Kelly Dunkley. This will run at our normal Sunday meeting time of 12pm all services details and recordings are available at www.livingwellchurch.org.uk/broadcast
If you would like us to pray for yourself, family member/s, friends or colleagues please drop us an email and we will endeavour to pray for all those who request prayer. Email us at: email@example.com or visit our website: https://www.livingwellchurch.org.uk
Volunteers/Drivers are needed
We are committed to continuing to support and love our community well in the midst of this crisis. We are looking at giving help in all sorts of practical ways. We also need volunteer drivers to collect donated food from service providers and to deliver to local residents. If you would like to help and/or have some creative ideas of other ways we could help our community please contact us.