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Signpost 63 (19 July)

Welcome to another issue of Signpost. We are now at a point where many restrictions are lifting from this week, and whilst there is still a long way to go to return to normal, a lot of people will begin to venture out more and more.

We started Signpost to provide a curated list of online activities that people could enjoy and engage with during the days of lockdown. We have had fantastic feedback from our readers over the last 18 months and are really proud of what we have been able to share.

We will be taking a break from Signpost during the rest of the summer but will be back with new issues in September. If you have any thoughts about what you need from Signpost going forward please email us at charitableimpact@stmonicatrust.org.uk - we love to hear from you!

During this week in:

1960: Ceylon (Now Sri Lanka) elects Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranaike as the country’s (and the world’s) first female Prime Minister.

1969: Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to walk on the moon.

1974: Turkey invaded Northern Cyprus.

1986: Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson.

REFLECT

  • The 24th of July is the Samaritans "Talk to Us" day that raises awareness of the ways you can speak to someone 24/7. You can find out information about the national day here, or you can find out about local opportunities here. The Samaritans also have an app to help with your own mental health.

CONNECT

LEARN

  • 52 years since man first stepped on the moon, Richard Branson has launched his first passenger-carrying spaceship, closely followed by other contenders. The BBC has this article that explains Branson's journey to space as well as explaining how his spacecraft works. It also has this article about Wally Funk, an American woman who tried to go to space in the 1960s but was stopped because she was a woman. Later this year she is due to become the oldest person to go to space at the age of 82.

DO

  • It looks likely that the next few weeks are going to be pretty warm. It is important to be prepared for hot weather as it can be dangerous for your health. Age UK had tips and advice for staying cool during hot weather here.

FUN

  • There's a secret blowing in the wind at Scatterbrook farm...The BBC have remade Worzel Gummidge! You can watch the 3 episodes on BBC iPlayer here.

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