Resources whilst social distancing or in self-isolation
We know that the coronavirus outbreak is of deep concern to all residents. We are working hard with our partners and the local community to coordinate the response. We have contingency plans in place to keep essential services running – that means looking after the elderly, the vulnerable, children, as well as delivering our street services such as emptying bins
We will be updating this information regularly.
Other ways to stay active and engaged
If you have a tablet, phone, eBook reader or computer, you do not need to go out to your local library to borrow a new book or magazine to read.
If you are a member of Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea or Westminster libraries, you will be able to borrow and download eBooks, eMagazines, eNewspapers, eAudiobooks and eComics for free straight to a dedicated app on your device. For more information, select your borough:
If you do want a physical book to read, you can contact the Home Library Service. Go to your local council's website to find out more about the Home Library Services have to offer:-
More community hubs have been able to offer services online or over the phone, so you could participate from the safety of your own home. You can find these sessions on our events calendar or click through one of the centres below:
- Age UK K&C – Have set up an online schedule of groups and activities running Monday-Friday during the pandemic. If you would like to participate in these online activities, please email the Activities & Events Team at email@example.com. If you have any IT problems or don’t have an email account, you can contact the team on 07508 342339 (Abi) / 07508 342205 (Ximena).
- Chelsea Theatre have their own Virtual Venue for live exercise classes, cooking sessions, dance classes, and creative projects, as well as quizzes, discussions, and performances. Everything they offer using Zoom will be free and accessible to everyone.
Email on firstname.lastname@example.org
- Paddington Development Trust and local community - PDT is open and currently active online with this up to date calendar of online events that you can access from your own home. For more info, email email@example.com
- The Abbey Centre are offering online classes and support - exercise classes, befriending, wellbeing support, and employment support. They are offered free by phone or Zoom and accessible to everyone.
Email on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7222 0303
- The Philharmonic Berlin invite you to visit their virtual concert hall free of charge. You can listen to over 600 orchestral concerts from the Berliner Philharmoniker in the Digital Concert Hall.
- The Met Opera in New York have decided to stream several operas (e.g Carmen, La Bohème, Eugene Onegin) for free. Each opera will start at 19:30 local time (23:30 GMT) but will be remain available for 20 hours (19:30 GMT) after the stream has ended and can be accessed via their homepage.
- As theatres are forced to close their doors, The Wind in the Willows the Musical is being made available to stream online for free. The film was recorded live at the London Palladium in 2017.
- The March Network bring together a variety of home-based, creative ways to support mental health during these unique and uncertain times. They include links to arts and crafts, music and other activities online.
- Stay At Home Festival – you can now stream live performances from top names is comedy and science in your home, courtesy of the Cosmic Shambles Network.
- Self-isolation may be a good time to learn a new skill or keep up with an already existing one. Learning languages can both enrich your mind and allow you to connect with others around the world.
- There are a range of apps available on your mobile app store and many are also available for use on desktops and other devices. Go to your app store and type ‘languages’ in the search bar.
- Westminster Adult Education Service is introducing more online courses. If you would like to enrol on a course, please call on 020 7297 7297 or email email@example.com.
- English Heritage - Explore England's historical, architectural and cultural history. Take a virtual tour of 20 of English Heritage locations, Explore castles, abbeys, houses, monuments and gardens from the air. Learn about the extraordinary artworks as expert curators share their knowledge on their favourite objects.
- Buckingham Palace - The Queen 's residence offers 360 virtual tours of iconic rooms including the Throne Room, Grand Staircase and the White Drawing Room.
- The Roman Baths - Bath's most famous attraction offers a virtual 'walkthrough' of the iconic Roman baths and architecture.
- Canterbury Cathedral - expore the cathedral's incredible architecture and beautiful artefacts, with 360 degree camera views.
Whilst you cannot visit any Zoos in person, you can now bring the Zoo to your screen. A number of zoos around the world are broadcasting live footage from their animal enclosures. Here’s a few:
- Edinburgh Zoo (UK) - Panda, Koala, Penguin & Tiger
- Marwell Zoo (UK) - Flamingo, Penguin, Giraffe & Lemur
- Dublin Zoo (Ireland) - Elephants, Penguins, Giraffes, Rhinos, Ostrich & Zebras
- San Diego Zoo (USA) - Panda, Penguin, Baboon, Polar Bear, Ape, Koala, Giraffe, Burrowing Owl, Condor, Elephant & Tiger
- Houston Zoo (USA) - Giraffe, Gorilla, Chimp, Elephant, Leafcutter Ant & Rhino
- Living Coast Wild Planet Trust (UK) - Penguin
Staying active is vital to everyone’s physical and mental wellbeing.
If you are unable to get outside for one form of exercise each day, there are loads of great ways you can get and stay active at home or out in your garden.
- Sport England - As part of their #StayInWorkOut campaign they have compiled some resources on how to stay active indoors if you are unable to get outside for one form of exercise each day.
- Nike Training Club - offers 185 free workouts at varying different skill levels. And, the workouts come in all different categories to suit your exercise preferences and goals, such as strength, endurance and even mobility training.
- Down Dog- offers Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute Workout - completely free until May 1st.
- Tone It Up– an app for Apple devices that is free for new female members this month. The app offers a variety of workouts, from barre to HIIT to weights. It also offers meditation sessions that can balance out intense workouts.
- POPSUGAR Fitness - Over 500 ad-free workouts from celebrity trainers and fitness experts, including POPSUGAR’s exclusive multi-week challenges. The app 'Active by POPSUGAR' is also free to use at this time.
- Our Parks - Our Parks is known for delivering fitness sessions in parks across London and the UK. On their YouTube channel you can find at-home workouts, delivered by qualified instructors, to do at any time of the day.
- Sweaty Betty - Workout from home with Sweaty Betty's online fitness classes. With workouts ranging from yoga to HIIT, you'll be able to find a class to suit your timeframe and fitness level.
- NHS home workouts - You can also follow these home workout videos from the NHS, which includes a strengthening workout and a 10-minute cardio workout.
- Fitness Blender - Fitness Blender believes fitness should be accessible to everyone, everywhere. With hundreds of professionally led workouts, as well as a positive community, you’ll have everything you need to reach your personal fitness goals.
Lower Intensity Workouts
- 10 Today - A set of fun, 10-minute workouts intended to easily fit into your day that help get you stretching and moving at home. You can find audio or video workouts on the 10 Today website.
- Move it or Lose it - Founded by exercise instructor Julie Robinson, Move it or Lose it has created a series of fitness videos for older people.
- NHS sitting exercises - Sitting exercises are great for all ages, but particularly if you're over 65. Click on the button below to also find strength, balance and flexibility exercises.
- Strengthen and Stretch - Endorsed by FLexercise, Strengthen and Stretch offers fun and friendly, weekly online exercise sessions for older adults that work the whole body.