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Our Connected Community

Welcome to Our Connected Community.

Each week the St Monica Trust offers hundreds of social activities across its retirement communities, care homes and beyond.

While much of our regular activities programme is postponed due to the coronavirus, we'll be sharing lots of things to get involved with and keep you connected here on this page. So whether you're a resident with us, live locally or are just looking for something fun to do in this strange time, Our Connected Community is yours to explore.

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Signpost 21 (14 September)

In this week's Signpost we celebrate the British pub, learn how to self-reflect, and browse the exhibits of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

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Signpost 20 (7 September)

In this week's Signpost we look back on comics of yesteryear, delve deeper into political scandals and reflect on some very pertinent anniversaries.

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Signpost 19 (24 August)

Welcome to Signpost. This week we mark 1,924 years since Vesuvius erupted, showcase the early work of David Attenborough and find out the history of NATO. Plus much more!

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Signpost 18 (17 August)

Welcome to Signpost. This week you can enjoy virtual travel across the world, learn about mindfulness and experience the tallest roller coaster in the world.

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Signpost 16 (3 August)

Welcome to the latest edition of Signpost. This week you can consider what makes us human, enjoy a spot of opera and browse NASA's library of images and videos, plus much more.

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Signpost 15 (27 July)

This week you can watch video guides to how to use Zoom, Skype and Facebook for keeping in touch, enjoy Beethoven's 9th, and find out about the life of Dame Maggie Smith (and much more).

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Signpost 14 (20 July)

​This week you can find out about Grotto Day, learn how to sing for better breathing, and delve into the world of crop circles.

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Signpost 13 (13 July)

In Signpost this week you can delve into the world of culinary herbs, ​enjoy a Christian meditation and watch highlights of Michael McIntyre's Big Show.

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Signpost 12 (6 July)

This week we have a guest editor. Adam Rees brings us his top links and activities from around the internet including a virtual stroll on the sand dunes at Merthyr Mawr, a recipe for sourdough bread and some classic Welsh anthems to sing along to.

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Signpost 11 (29 June)

Welcome to the latest edition of Signpost. This week you can see how artists are responding to the pandemic with new creations, learn how to make a summer cocktail, revisit the Glastonbury Festival and much more.

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Signpost 10 (22 June)

Welcome to the latest edition of Signpost. This week you can celebrate Founders' Day with us, enjoy a 10 minute workout, or catch up on '50 things that made the modern economy'. Plus much more!

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Signpost 9 (15 June)

Welcome to the latest edition of Signpost. This week we mark 45 years since Jaws was released at the cinema, learn about the history of Stonehenge in relation to the solstices and find out what YouTube is all about.

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Signpost 8 (8 June)

Welcome to Signpost. This week you can watch possibly the greatest film of all time, Citizen Kane, or browse a photographic record of lockdown from photographers, artists and the public. Plus much more!

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What is Facebook?

Ever wondered what Facebook is all about? Read our handy guide to what it is, how to use it and what the jargon means.

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Signpost 7 (1 June)

Welcome to the latest edition of Signpost. This week you can learn how to paint with watercolours with our volunteer Jacqui or even watch a virtual concert from Redmaids' High School, amongst other ideas to brighten your week.

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Signpost 6 (25 May)

Welcome to the 6th edition of Signpost. Each week we provide a selection of links to websites, videos and activities that we hope you will find interesting. This week, for example, you could learn to play the spoons, browse changes in fashion since the 1920s or even submit some art for our Creative Club.

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How to paint with watercolours

Have you ever wanted to learn to paint? One of our St Monica Trust volunteers Jacqui has produced this wonderful video tutorial on how to paint with watercolours.

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Join the SMT Creative Club

Inspired by Grayson Perry’s Art Club (Channel 4), we have set up the People's Creative Club for our residents, staff and volunteers. A chance to get creative, boost your well-being and bust the boredom of lockdown by getting involved.

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Signpost 5 (18 May)

Welcome to the fifth issue of Signpost where you can find resources and activities to keep you busy this week, including how to visit the Chelsea Flower Show online, try a beginner's class in Tai Chi or tour the world's greatest museums.

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What is social media?

Social media is one of those terms that seems to have come from nowhere in the last few years. Friends and family talk about it, supermarkets talk about it, even GP surgeries are referring people to social media for more information. It is often used alongside other words like Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. It is assumed that everyone knows what these mean; but do we?

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Signpost 4 (11 May)

From Louis Armstrong to online chess, the fourth issue of our Signpost email directs you to lots of new resources and activities to take part in this week.

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Signpost 3 (05 May)

From introducing new faces to revisiting moments of the past, the third issue of our Signpost email directs you to lots of new resources and activities to take part in this week.

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Relax with Headspace

During these times of uncertainty, it can be useful to take some time out to relax and reflect. We have brought together a collection of meditations that could help.

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Introducing Our Newest Chaplain

In the last few weeks, we have been delighted to welcome Rod Cosh as our new Chaplain. He has recorded a service to commemorate the centenary of the foundation stone being laid at the chapel in Cote Lane.

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Signpost 2 (27 April)

We're back with our second issue of Signpost, our weekly email highlighting fantastic online resources for older people during the coronavirus period. Didn't receive a copy? Read it here.

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Take an Online Dance Class

29th April is International Dance Day, which promotes dance in all its forms. Why not take the opportunity to try one of these free online dance classes?

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New Coronavirus Support Hub in Bristol

The Support Hub has been set up by a range of charities including Age UK Bristol, Bristol After Stroke and St Monica Trust to help older people and their families to cope with the impact of the coronavirus.

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How to Make a Video Call

Is now the time to learn about video calls? If your family is always asking you to Skype, Facetime or Zoom, now might be the time to learn what this means.

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Try a Seated Exercise Class

Keeping yourself fit and active can be difficult right now but there are lots of classes online that help with that. Why not try this seated exercise class from our physiotherapy team?

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Get puzzling!

Fancy a game? We've put together a list of online puzzles and quizzes to explore if you've got a little free time.

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