Hello and welcome to your fourth virtual activities update from us at Abbey, a chance to showcase the lovely things you’re doing during this time and give you an update on where we’re at too, activities-wise!
Colouring Calm: Tuesdays 3.30pm
The last fortnight has seen the launch of Simone’s online colouring calm group, a chance for some meditation, music and colourful creativity. We had six participants for the first session last week – Maryse, Maria-Elena, Kafia, Lydia, Catherine and Kumud. Everyone said how relaxed they felt after the class. If you’d like to join in, give Simone a ring on 07447 932 564 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Re-cycle-art: Thursdays 3.30pm
Last week the group made beautiful bird collages using old magazines, felt tips, paint, feathers and beads and just look at the results! Now that Whatsapp allows up to eight participants in a session that’s been a great and easy way for everyone to join. Last week Chaps member Sam joined for the first time too.
Song & Rhyme Time Abbey Children’s Services
Last week saw the first full session of Song & Rhyme Time with Tissy and Zam of our wonderful Children’s Services team. They did a couple of classics, Incy Wincy Spider and Head, Shoulders Knees and Toes, which went down very well with the 21 kids and their families who turned up! And this week it was Abbey favourite Zoom Zoom Zoom (topical!) and Peek-a-boo. These sessions are just for our registered families at the moment. If you’d like to register, click here to download (click the three dots on the right hand side of the page and click ‘download’) the registration form, fill it in and return it to Zamzam on email@example.com. In the meantime sing along with the vids below!
“My name is Daniel and I’m writing to show my appreciation for the wonderful service that is Abbey Community Centre. In particular I would like to thank you for the amazing ‘Rhyme Time with Tissy’ sessions on zoom. The centre has been key in my daughter’s development and growth. Zamzam and team have been really supportive to my wife and I with our firstborn. Typically in times past the ‘Rhyme Time’ has been my daughter’s favourite part. I write this email to thank you for continuing the Rhyme Time amidst this season of pandemic on zoom. The sessions are thoroughly enjoyable, effective and have all the warmth of being back in the centre.’’ – A lovely message from a participant
The Children’s Services team would also like to say a huge THANK YOU to Livia and the Hampstead Volunteer Corp for their kind hearts, generosity and thoughtfulness to support our families through this difficult time. They have been organising deliveries of groceries and needed items, as well as a hugely generous donation of tablets. Their donations have put a smile on our families’ faces and eased pressure off parents who are unemployed, on low income or been furloughed. The tablets donated have been absolutely invaluable to those with no other devices, or access to outdoor space. They’ve meant our families can join in with Rhyme Time, access the educational links and games we send them and will be able to access school’s home learning activities. Thank you so much.
The Abbey Garden
Just to give you another glorious peek into the Abbey Garden, which our Simone is watering every week! It’s looking beautiful and she regularly sees what we’re pretty sure is the same robin in there hopping about.
Creative Writing Every other Friday, 10.30am-12.30pm
The writing group had a fascinating session on ‘Solitude’ last week and you can read the materials here. The next session will be Friday 22nd May and we’ll be looking at the theme of ‘home’. You’re very welcome to join – contact Bryony on firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on the mailing list.
Our main focus so far has been keeping in contact with all our hundreds of members over the phone and making sure they have everything they need, but we are discussing more upcoming activities too. A cooking session, choir, a quiz, fitness and a coffee morning are some of the options in the pipeline… we’ll keep you updated!
As always please do get in touch on 020 7624 8378, Monday – Friday 10am-4pm if there’s anything we can do for you 🙂
The Abbey Team