Day 36 of Lockdown – the Social Dis Dancing edition

Social Dis DancingDay 36 of Lockdown

Zoom seems to be taking over our lives and day 36 reveals another unique way of using it.  Enter Social Dis Dancing.   We also have updates from:

The Dance Network Association

The Dance Network Association hopes to reach out to many dancers of all ages for their Social Dis-Dancing Day on Thursday 30th April. This may be older dancers, a young person, a teacher or a dance practitioner, there’s something for everyone including dance and social support.

Join them for a day full to the brim of classes and conversations, see below to design your schedule.

Time (24 hr)
Who is delivering
10:45 – 11:30 Interactive Family Dance

Adults with young children.  Appropriate for families at home and school staff working in EYFS, primary and SEND settings.

Bobbie Gargrave, Dance Artist
12:00 – 13:00 Networking lunch for artists in the dance industry with our Artistic Director Gemma Wright.  Find out more about DNA and interactive session with Lindsay

Wingate from New Momentum

‘How to get the best from Instagram’

Gemma Wright, Artistic Director,
Chrissie Programme Manager,
Lindsay Wingate from New Momentum and DNA social media support
13:15 – 14:00 Let’s Go, TOKYO!

Teacher and schools already on the programme this is an open discussion with the choreographers Lucy Blazheva and Sam Blayney


Gemma Wright, Artistic Director
Chrissie Programme Manager
Lucy Blazheva and Sam Blayney Co-Choreographers of Let’s Go, Tokyo
14:00 – 14:30 Dancing with Parkinson’s

Dance session for adults living with Parkinson’s also appropriate for those that may have experienced a stroke, and/or heart disease.

Karen Pratt Dance Artist accompanied by Matt Taylor Musician
15:00 – 15:30 Dance for older adults

Mainly a seated class for older adults and their loved ones/carers

Lucy Blazheva  Dance Artist
15:30 – 16:30 Q&A with DNA

Come and speak to the artists and team about the classes you have experienced today RSVP by email (see below).

This session will include all artists from the day and Gemma, Chrissie and Lindsay to answer questions
17:00 – 17:30 Youth Dance

Contemporary dance session for young people aged 10 +

Hayley Lemon, Dance Artist

Sign up for classes through their website:

You will then be sent a Zoom link to join in on the day You must have zoom downloaded on your phone or desktop details of how to do this will be sent in an email once your booking is received

FOR THE DNA Q&A session at 15:30 – 16:30 please RSVP [email protected] or give them a call on 07490 374 717.

Helpline PLusCBC Helpline

Since 23 March 2020, over 900 home visits have been made to older and vulnerable people living in Colchester and North Essex, predominantly after experiencing a fall in the home. Helpline staff follow Government safety advice and are equipped with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) during home visits.

In total, the Helpline team have responded to over 3,350 alarm activations during lockdown (to 17th April), from individuals activating their personal alarms (pendants and wristbands) for assistance. Over the Easter bank-holiday weekend alone, the on-call team made over 30 home visits.

More than 3,500 Rely on Helpline

Over 3,500 customers across the borough and north Essex rely on Helpline’s emergency alarm, response and monitoring service. The 24 hours-a-day, 365 days-a-year service responds to and lifts hundreds of residents each month, enabling people to stay at home while relieving pressures on Emergency Services.

To ensure Helpline can continue running through the lockdown period Colchester Amphora Trading took early measures to:

  • Recruit nine new staff from other parts of the council. All have received appropriate first aid and lifting and handling training to boost the service’s core team.
  • Secure recommended PPE to ensure response teams are adequately protected when responding to home callouts.

Also Helps Relieve Pressure on NHS

Helpline is also helping to ease the pressure on hospital and ambulance staff at this critical time. The team have been working closely with the East of England Ambulance Service for the last three years to pick up non-injured fallers following clinical triaging by EEAST with the aim of easing the pressures on NHS frontline staff.

Helpline’s users are not exclusively older people. Some have a physical disability or suffer from a chronic condition or are recovering from illness. Other customers are simply concerned for their personal safety and security, if they are perhaps prone to falls or have a condition such as dementia.

Free Demonstration

Helpline is offering a free, no obligation demonstration of its equipment, with the first 12 weeks service provided free, for those unable to visit family and friends during this unprecedented time who feel they would benefit from the additional support.

To find out how more call 01206 769799 or visit

Essex Live Activity ScheduleActive Essex

Active Essex were “super excited” to launch their Keep Essex Active YouTube channel yesterday! They were proud to have achieved over 2,000 unique visitors to their page already!

The daily live sessions also include sessions in meditation, breathing, and personal wellbeing. The Livestream videos will be saved on the YouTube channel if you are unable to make the session.

Essex Resilience Forum

Highlights from their weekly report focus on 5 key workstreams:

  • Excess Death Planning. Currently focussing on progress on temporary mortuary at Chelmer Valley Park & Ride and liaison with funeral directors.
  • Shielding the vulnerable. With strong numbers of volunteers Deliveries of food and medicine to the next-most-vulnerable group of people, those over 70, who have health conditions or are pregnant have now commenced. Medicines are also being delivered via the Red Cross.
  • Care Provision. Concerns expressed about (i) lack of reporting of potential domestic abuse and (ii) that parents are delaying taking children to hospital for fears of COVID-19.
  • Continues to be a significant issue hence appeal last week.
  • Good practice guidance has been developed and circulated.

You can read the full update here.

Adult colouring CrayolaLight Relief


Who would have thought that adults, as well as kids, can enjoy colouring in?  Crayola offer a huge number of freely downloadable patterns & designs for all ages to colour in either with crayon, paint, pencils or, if you are all ‘teched up’, a suitable computer application.  Download some from here.

They also have a large number of Disney characters for the kids.


Let’s revisit the Sound of Music as it might have been in a COVID-19-era: