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Online activities and resources

We have compiled a list of online activities, campaigns, resources and events that you can get involved with from home. We will be updating this each week so do be sure to check back regularly! 

Manchester Kindness Stories: At Macc we are trying to capture some of the amazing stuff currently happening across Manchester with people responding to the current situation by supporting each other. These very short stories are about volunteers, community groups, neighbours and businesses stepping up to help each other during the COVID-19 crisis. They range from people preparing and distributing food to those that need it, to creative projects to inspire hope like the rainbows in windows or crocheted hearts for COVID patients and their loved ones. These stories are added to the Manchester Kindness Stories page and are tweeted via @McrCommCentral

Please tell us what you have been doing or what is happening in your community. We are looking for around 100 words and ideally a few pictures, contact Hannah with your story or for more information at hannah@macc.org.uk

Hubbub: There's plenty of ways we can stay active, creative and occupied during tighter restrictions, and perhaps you're up for trying something new? It doesn't have to be a resolution, or even something big, it could be as simple as a new recipe to use the leftover veg in your fridge. Whether you're looking for a new hobby like making your own facemasks, new ways to do things that are better for the environment, or new ways to save money on bills around the house, Hubbub have got you covered.

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Sporting Memories: For people over 50 who are currently inactive and would like encouragement and support to be active at home, the Sporting Memories #KITbag provides equipment, motivation, guidance – and opportunities for companionship.

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Project Reboot: Reboot is an interactive platform providing practical steps which enables schools, charities and community groups to set up your own device distribution programme. Our free guide explains how you can collect, restore and rehome devices, to give them and their new owners a brighter future.

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The Lowry: The Lowry’s Creativity for Wellbeing programme is a timetable of free, online activities and courses you can get involved with.

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Royal Oak Community Centre: The Royal Oak Community Centre are currently offering various free short courses and workshop series including Creative Embroidery: Mexican Otomi and the Basics of Photography.

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City of Trees: City of Trees are planning a series of monthly webinars from tree ID, photography and nature writing. They have also produced a series of family-friendly resources are perfect for keeping children of all ages and all key stages engaged during lockdown.

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The Ageing Hub: The Ageing Hub and partners have produced a campaign to support older people who are not online with practical information to keep well this winter, including their Keeping Well this Winter booklet with tips and advice on keeping active and connected, staying safe and well, and managing our money and home. The booklet is also available in Urdu, Bangla and an easy-read version. 

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Big Energy Saving Winter: Big Energy Saving Winter is a national campaign to help you cut your energy bills and get all the financial support you’re entitled to. They have lots of helpful tools and advice to help you save money while keeping your home warm this winter.

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