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Keeping positive under lockdown

Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Administrator Posts: 7,030 Scope community team
edited April 1 in Coffee lounge
'Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain'We thought it would be nice to have a discussion on what you're doing to keep busy and keep positive while indoors, as well as a place to share any more positive news we find over the coming days.

So, how are you spending your time?

This week me and the kids are working on our rainbows that we'll then be sticking up in our windows. It's been good to see how many other households across the UK are joining in with the trend which you can read all about at Rainbow pictures springing up across the country (BBC)


An abstract painting in rainbow colours
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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 8,869 Scope community team
    Thanks for this @Stayce!! Really great that they will be releasing things daily. :)
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  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Administrator Posts: 7,030 Scope community team
    Stayce said:
    Hi @Adrian_Scope  
    For budding artists out  there this is a really good drawing app tutorials 

    http://www.robbiddulph.com/draw-with-rob

    Best 


    Oh that's brilliant. Thanks for sharing this @Stayce. Now I might finally become the cartoonist I was always meant to be!
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  • April2018momApril2018mom Member - under moderation Posts: 2,882 Member - under moderation
    My husband helped the twins today. They did lessons in the garden in the morning and then went for a short walk this afternoon. I was with the baby. 
  • deb74deb74 Member Posts: 614 Pioneering
    I have know a few people who are in 12 week isolation and they have told me how bored they are! I am lucky I work from home so even if I had to go into l2 week isolation I would have plenty to keep me occupied and I have always got my dog to keep me company! If I did get bored there is always something that needs doing in the house.
  • Abdi_ScopeAbdi_Scope DPO, Scope Posts: 236 Pioneering
    Thanks @Adrian_Scope - Enjoying reading the discussion on this post with good ideas during the current lockdown.   As an additional thought, this is a good time to maybe review and polish up our CV and look at our social network feeds. 

    Many people are talking online on Facebook, Linked-in and Twitter. Could you spend some time each day improving your online profile and presence.  Connecting with new people or giving a ‘poke’ to those not spoken to in a while.

    Consider asking to chat to people over FaceTime, Whats App video or Skype. As people have time they are more likely to give a response and engage with you online.  There are also some great online training resources that are free or have become free to use during this Coronavirus emergency.

    For example, YouTube is a great resource to learn anything and upskill - particularly with computer based training. But also take a look at Alison.com, Edx.org and Coursera.org to name a few.  I hope these suggestions are useful to you at this time.
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Administrator Posts: 7,030 Scope community team
    That's fantastic news @April2018mom. Well done for keeping at it and getting there in the end. :smile: Due to health reasons, I had to re-do some of my GCSEs years later. I think going back for a second (or third) round shows real dedication on your part. Nice one.
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  • SnoopsSnoops Member Posts: 5 Listener
    That's Brilliant news! April2018mom. You did it! Its a big achievement getting through this when you're ill.
    Well done you 😊
  • Denise11Denise11 Member Posts: 69 Courageous
    Good for you April2018mom  Are you now planning taking another subject?   Denise11 
  • WestHam06WestHam06 Community champion, Scope Volunteer Posts: 357 Pioneering
    Hi @April2018mom
                                     Congratulations on passing your Maths GCSE. To keep trying until you achieve what you want to shows how dedicated you are! Well done!
  • WestHam06WestHam06 Community champion, Scope Volunteer Posts: 357 Pioneering
    Hi @Adrian_Scope
                                    Thank you for sharing a fantastic post. I have managed to keep busy with in a number of different ways. We too, have a rainbow in our window and it is so lovely to see so many across the country, it really does put a smile on people's faces. For me the highlight of this week was the Clap for our Carers applause on Thursday at 8pm. Myself and my family went into our back garden and clapped, with many of our neighbours doing the same, clapping, cheering and whistling. It was a very poignant experience  and I feel showing our appreciation for what all those front line workers are doing is the very least we can do. They are true hero's! I have heard that there are calls for it to become a weekly event and I completely agree. Stay home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives! Thank you! 
  • April2018momApril2018mom Member - under moderation Posts: 2,882 Member - under moderation
    I did my elderly neighbor’s food shopping at the weekend. Today I was in the local park with a sketchpad doing some drawing. 
  • April2018momApril2018mom Member - under moderation Posts: 2,882 Member - under moderation
    Denise11 said:
    Good for you April2018mom  Are you now planning taking another subject?   Denise11 
    No. I wanted to see if I could improve. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 18,542 Disability Gamechanger
    I did my elderly neighbor’s food shopping at the weekend. Today I was in the local park with a sketchpad doing some drawing. 

    I'm very surprised you were able to do that because you're only supposed to go out for essentials and once a day for exercise. Going out to do things like this isn't really allowed during these strict lockdown conditions.
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  • KimberleyhKimberleyh Member Posts: 7 Listener
    Hi,
    Well I'm going out exercising, walking and jogging did four hours today, also am doing house work, watching programmes on ufos and aliens, talking to my friends on Facebook, I'm practicing my singing, watching TV, 
  • mrbuttonsmrbuttons Member Posts: 221 Pioneering
    ive taken to playing with the contents of my old make up bag. I've been practising some of the looks I've seen on youtube. the results have been varied, some look amazing but all scared the cat when he looked at me.LOL :)
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 8,869 Scope community team
    My sister has been doing this @mrbuttons! She's loved it!

    Positive news story! :)

    This Neighborhood Has Been Staying Connected During Social Distancing With Creative ‘I Spy’ Game

    She asked residents to tape paper shamrocks to their front windows or draw them in chalk on their driveways—anything that would be visible to kids walking by on the sidewalk—for a shamrock scavenger hunt. Neighborhood kids could tally up how many they spied and post to the Facebook group.

    The neighborhood response was tremendous, so Nelson drew up a calendar through mid-April with other themed days, including Disney characters, Mario, hearts for health workers, dinosaurs, and a bunny hunt. To make the outings even more fun, Nelson encouraged the walkers to embrace the themes by dressing in costume.


    Half the picture is someone drawing, the other half shows a tally chart on the floor in chalk.
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  • LouiseHLouiseH Community champion Posts: 89 Courageous
    I'm also still working during this time but aim to sort out my small backyard with plants and a patch of grass for the cats to munch on. I ddi the same last year with lots of help from a good friend. So most of the hard work has been done, just need to clean it up now. 
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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 8,869 Scope community team

    The positive impacts on the environment since the coronavirus lockdown began

    Meanwhile in Chile's capital, Santiago, a wild puma was captured after being found wandering around the city's deserted centre during a night-time curfew. It is thought that the animal may have ventured down into the capital from nearby surrounding hills.

    "This is the habitat they once had and that we've taken away from them," said Marcelo Giagnoni, the director of the agricultural and livestock service that took part in an operation to capture the puma alongside police and the national zoo.
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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 8,869 Scope community team

    Pink supermoon pictured shining brightly across the UK - Metro

    The horizon was transformed with a spectacular glow when an enormous ‘Pink Moon’ rose into the sky last night and early this morning.

    Skywatchers across the UK looked upwards to capture pictures of the moon which, despite the name, didn’t turn a shade of pink.

    Sometimes known as the Egg Moon, this supermoon is a combination of two astronomical phenomena, a full moon which happens while the orb is at its closest to the earth.

    The April full moon is known as the pink moon because of the wild flowers that usually bloom at around the same time.
    Did anyone catch a glimpse of the moon last night?
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  • April2018momApril2018mom Member - under moderation Posts: 2,882 Member - under moderation
    My two kids have been drawing on paper using pens. I even ordered a skipping rope to use too. Has anyone tried Numerology or not? Fascinating stuff.
    You can use the HouseParty app to have a virtual party as well. 
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 8,869 Scope community team

    Himalayas are visible 125 miles away in India for 1st time in 30 years after coronavirus lockdown saw pollution plummet – The Sun

    The Himalayas are now visible from India as the coronavirus pandemic led to a massive drop in pollution. Residents have said the air has cleared amid the government’s 21-day lockdown to fight the outbreak, allowing them to see the towering peaks 125 miles away from Punjab for the first time in 30 years.

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  • Jaanu38Jaanu38 Member Posts: 15 Connected
    Hi friends...it's fantastic to see the different ways you have been keeping occupied during the lockdown! I've been rereading my Just William and Harry Potter books, sorting out my music collection, old clothes, doing some colouring therapy,  giving myself home beauty treatments, resting, face timing, watching movies, sorting out photos and videos, and writing letters. It really helps me to have a routine.  Sending everyone positive and happy thoughts.  X
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 8,869 Scope community team

    Orangutans and otters living together at this Belgium zoo have become best friends – Metro

    If you’re in need of some wholesome animal content to distract you from coronavirus headlines, then we have just the thing. 

    A family of orangutans have become best friends with a group of otters at a zoo in Belgium. 

    The unlikely roommates, who live at the Pairi Daiza zoo in Brugelette, often spend their days playing harmoniously together.  

    The group of Asian small-clawed otters reside in the river that runs through the zoo’s orangutan sanctuary – which is home to father Uijan, mother Sari and their 4-year-old son, Berani. 

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  • AmberWardAmberWard Member Posts: 7 Listener
    edited April 16
    Hello, I am a yoga teacher who has been teaching yoga to people with differences since 2004.

    To help keep everybody's bodies and minds healthy and peaceful during these days of isolation, I am offering a 'virtual' Yoga With A Difference class on Tuesdays, 11am-12pm. I will be leading students and their carers through a series of relaxing movements and breathing practices.

    This class is suitable for adults and young people with cerebral palsy, PMLD and neurological differences who require 1 to 1 support.

    If you, or anyone you know, would like to join this class, please follow the link below

    Join Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 204 730 929
    password: relax

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    I look forward to seeing you on screen soon
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 8,869 Scope community team
    How cute is this!?  <3

    Stray kittens get to explore fish-filled aquarium while it’s closed by coronavirus - Metro

    A group of stray kittens got to explore a fish-filled aquarium closed down by the coronavirus pandemic. 

    The four tiny tabbies were given the run of the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta on Monday and appeared very excited to take in their new surroundings. 

    An adorable video shared by the Georgia Humane Society showed several of the kittens pawing the glass eagerly while a group of jellyfish swum past. 

    Seemingly overwhelmed by its surroundings, another kitten was filmed mewing as it took in the beauty of another tank filled with brightly-coloured tropical fish.

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  • AilsAils Community champion Posts: 2,268 Disability Gamechanger
    Kept going doing my card-making and been doing a couple of online courses - one a pet course and the other about biblical stories which I both found really interesting and have now finished.  Just signed up for another free online course about Robert Burns which should keep me busy.  Would recommend both of these online course resources -

    https://www.coursera.org/

    https://www.futurelearn.com/

    Also now that we are having nice weather it is great to sit out in the garden for a while.  :smiley:
    Winner of the Scope New Volunteer Award 2019.   :)
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Member Posts: 765 Pioneering
    @Ails do you get a tutor who marks your work with the free courses or is it totally independent learning? I’m currently doing a course which I started before the virus came and I get a tutor but I had to pay. 
  • AilsAils Community champion Posts: 2,268 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @66Mustang, with the Coursera pet course I did there were assignments I submitted and they got marked by a tutor.  This was a free course, but Coursera do have paid courses too which they can offer financial help for.  The other biblical course that I did was totally independent as it was just watching videos then answering a couple of questions.  Not sure what the Robert Burns one will be like yet as not started it so far.  

    What's your course about?  I hope you are enjoying it.  Shame you have to pay for it.  Would there not be any financial help with it?  :smile:
    Winner of the Scope New Volunteer Award 2019.   :)
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Member Posts: 765 Pioneering
    Wow they sound great @Ails, I will have to take a look :) in my opinion learning is a really worthwhile thing to do and a great thing to spend time on at any time but especially at the moment. 

    My course is economics (A level). No financial help available sadly, I did check, but the way I see it is that my unemployment benefits and disability benefits are for things like this as then hopefully by the time I get better I will have the skills to get a job and pay it back in tax :D
  • AilsAils Community champion Posts: 2,268 Disability Gamechanger
    Glad to hear you are enjoying your course, @66Mustang.  It does sound really interesting and a worthwhile one to help you get work in the future.  Good luck with it!  Yes, benefits are helpful in paying for things like that and it is worth spending these on a course that will help you in the future.

    Yes, I really enjoyed the courses, especially the one about pets as I love animals and wanted to understand more about my wee cat and how she thinks and acts.  The courses keep the brain ticking over which is really important, but as you say, even more so at this time.  Happy studying!  :smiley:
    Winner of the Scope New Volunteer Award 2019.   :)
  • PineappleFreshPineappleFresh Member Posts: 4 Listener
    We've been supporting people to get their garden furniture jazzed up while in lockdown! It's getting competitive between the people who live across our supported living units... we can't lie! Hahaha!
  • AilsAils Community champion Posts: 2,268 Disability Gamechanger
    A great idea, @PineappleFresh!  Lovely, jazzy chairs!  :smiley:
    Winner of the Scope New Volunteer Award 2019.   :)
  • GrinchyGrinchy Member Posts: 117 Pioneering
    that is a great idea @PineappleFresh, looks good
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Administrator Posts: 7,030 Scope community team
    Amazing what a bit of fresh paint does. Looks great @PineappleFresh. :smile:
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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 8,869 Scope community team
    edited May 19
    We've been supporting people to get their garden furniture jazzed up while in lockdown! It's getting competitive between the people who live across our supported living units... we can't lie! Hahaha!
    Loving the colour scheme @PineappleFresh!
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  • PineappleFreshPineappleFresh Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Thanks everyone for your lovely comments. I'll be sure to pass them on! They each chose their own colour scheme to match their gardens :)
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 8,869 Scope community team
    Amazing @PineappleFresh!
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