Things to do while staying in

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26 March 2020

March in the garden

Spring flowers.

Our gardens usually burst into life around mid-March, but despite being ‘officially’ spring, cold snaps are still a risk for a few more weeks. 

So what can you do to get a head start in the garden?We've got some top tips here: March in the garden.

Looking after your mental wellbeing

Someone sitting on a sofa with a laptop.

The current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can be scary and affect our mental health. While it is important to stay informed during these strange times, there are many things you can do to look after your mental wellbeing while at home.

Check out these resources and tips for looking after your mental wellbeing while at home

Let the library help during lockdown

Someone reading an e-book.

While our physical libraries are currently closed, our online offering is looking better than ever!

Take a look at our free online services that are available to help prevent boredom. There are e-books, audio books, magazines, and more!

Full details can be found here: How libraries can help during lockdown.

Ways to stay active

Two women doing yoga at home.

Making sure you do some exercise every day is important for your overall health and wellbeing while you're mostly at home.

The good news is that there are plenty of ways to stay active while at home, regardless of your age or ability.

Check out these suggestions and resources compiled from Sport England: Ways to stay active while at home.

Keeping the kids busy at home

Two young boys looking out a window.

Whether you're trying to work from home and need to keep your kids busy or you're just after some more ideas and resources, we've got you covered.

With the majority of schools closed, we thought we'd round up some helpful tips to keep the kids active, learning and entertained for the duration: Keeping the kids busy at home

Useful links

Disruption to council services

We are working hard to keep disruption to an absolute minimum and maintain essential services, especially for the most vulnerable members of our communities. However, there will be disruption to some services over the coming weeks.You can find the latest changes to our services on this page: Disruption to council services.


Friends Against Scams

National Trading Standards is warning people to remain vigilant following a rise in coronavirus-related scams that seek to benefit from the public’s concern and uncertainty over COVID-19. Read more about COVID-19 scams and how to protect yourself on the Friends Against Scams website.


Improve your digital skills

At the moment, we're all reliant on IT to stay in contact with friends and family, as well as access essential services. If you'd like to improve your digital skills, BT have developed BT Skills for Tomorrow to help you master the basics and beyond: Skills for tomorrow.


Advice on self-isolating 

There is guidance available if you are self-isolating with a confirmed or possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

This includes advice for how to minimise the risk of spreading the infection to other members of your household: COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection.


NHS guidance

For the latest advice on the virus in the UK, see the NHS website: Coronavirus (COVID-19)