As many people are ‘shielding’ from coronavirus and not able to meet together in person just now, The Brain Charity has moved many of our activities online.

All of our online activities are free to attend and open to anyone affected by a neurological condition.

Here are some of our regular events:

Chair-based yoga

Loosen up & relax with our bi-weekly, chair-based yoga sessions with Synergy Dance Outreach. Fully accessible, suitable for all abilities and guaranteed to help you forget about some of the stresses of lockdown. Held: every other Wednesday from 2pm-3pm, starting on November 11th.

Neuropilates

Hour-long sessions hosted by The Rehab Physio that focus on Pilates to relieve pain. This is a gentle but deeply effective way to improve mobility and keep your body active during lockdown. Held: every Thursday from 2.30pm-3.30pm, starting on November 12th.

Craft club

Anyone who took part in Emily's fabulous paper bunting session at Head Matters Online will know how fun online craft sessions can be. Join her to learn how to make some beautiful things out of paper to brighten up your home or gift to friends and family. Held: every other Wednesday from 11am-12pm, starting on November 18th.

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Dance

Get your body moving and heart pumping with feel-good, chair-based accessible dance with Leila from Travelled Companions. Learn a variety of dances to a wide range of different types of music. Held: Every Friday from 1pm-2pm, starting on November 13th.

New attendees are always welcome to the new terms of these continuing 2020 favourites too:

Hat making

Learn how to make everything from bonnets to tiaras with Denise Innes-Spencer from The British School of Millinery. All materials needed for these classes will be mailed out to participants, free of charge, each week, meaning places are limited – so please book now! Held: Every Tuesday from 1pm-3pm, starting on November 17th.

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Cosmetics making

Create your own natural cosmetics and bath products to treat yourself at home with live video workshops hosted by Tony. Participants will learn how to make oatmeal and lavender bath soak, a rose clay mask, strengthening hair mask and more. All genders encouraged – everyone deserves to feel pampered! Capacity for this course is limited as we will arrange for free delivery of the materials, so let us know ASAP if you’d like to attend.
Held: Every Thursday from 1pm-2pm, starting on November 12th.

Mindfulness

Be kind to yourself by making time to come along to our online mindfulness classes with wellbeing facilitator Tom. These sessions focus on finding ways to keep a healthy state of mind during the coronavirus pandemic and offer a comfortable space to join with others for practice. The group is open to everyone – it’s suitable for beginners or those who have already tried some mindfulness. Held: Every Monday from 1pm-2pm, starting on November 9th.

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Tai Chi

Originally developed in 13th century China as a martial art, Tai chi is now practised around the world for its health benefits. This exercise class run by Daphne combines deep breathing and relaxation with gentle flowing movements. Classes are due to begin in November, exact details to follow.

Virtual coffee mornings

Our virtual coffee mornings provide the usual mix of advice, fun and friendship that you'll find at our regular monthly coffee mornings in at The Brain Charity, but in a fortnightly online chat room.

As well as providing you with any information you might need, these friendly, relaxed groups are a good place to catch up with news and find out about what's coming up at The Brain Charity too.

Virtual coffee mornings are on the first and third Monday of the month from 10.30-11.30 a.m.

Shared reading group

Our online shared reading group offers everyone the chance to enjoy a good yarn from the comfort of their own home. Just grab a brew and drop in in to one of our regular Monday lunchtime meet ups.

The way shared reading works is that the group leader reads out a short story, poem or part of a play and then we discuss the thoughts and feelings it sparks in us. Our group leader, from the reader organisation, is expert in cultivating a safe, creative space where each member feels valued, energised and listened to.

You won’t be expected to read out loud and there's no homework or advance preparation required - you just login* and take part on the day.

Shared reading is on Mondays from 12.30-13.30 p.m.

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Zoom links for all workshops will open 15 minutes before the session begins to allow for general chat & socialising - if you can't all gather in The Brain Food Café before sessions, this is the next best thing!

The Brain Charity are adding more online activities to this list all the time, so check out our events calendar to keep up-to-date or phone our helpline for more information.

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You will need to use the zoom app or software on your phone, tablet or computer to take part in these groups. This video meeting software is free to download from the Zoom website: www.zoom.us

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