Entertainment

Technology help

Training and regular drop-in sessions to get individual help in using smartphones, tablets and computers.  There are also plenty of useful links to different online sources of information.
www.digitalcommunities.gov.wales/covid-19

Help using video calling

Video calling has become really popular for keeping in touch with families, friends, work, teaching and social groups.  Some independent guidance below on a few different ways to do this:
www.trustedreviews.com/news/video-conferencing-software-4016619

Zoom:  https://zoom.us/signin
Some guidance here: www.trustedreviews.com/how-to/use-zoom-app-4019735

Houseparty: https://app.houseparty.com/
Includes games to play online with friends and family.  Some guidance here: www.trustedreviews.com/how-to/use-houseparty-app-4018959

Skype: https://www.skype.com/en/

Facebook Messengerhttps://www.facebook.com/messenger

Facetime:   https://www.apple.com/ios/facetime

WhatsApp:  https://www.whatsapp.com/


Fitness

There are lots of videos freely available to try from different fitness instructors.  Some of the local instructors are also offering sessions online, sometimes free to try.  Sian Heard and Louise Evans have both run Yoga sessions.  Check out Facebook for the latest offers and do let us know.  Here are a few examples:

Mr Motivator: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNe71kcjC_c
A 10-minute workout during lockdown, with a new one at 12 noon each weekday.  The previous ones are all available on YouTube.  Options for sitting down and limited mobility.

Joe Wicks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeRC_4WO-Dg
A short workout for Seniors, workouts for Beginners and the daily 9am Kids workout.

Loz’s Yoga: A Fun and Friendly yoga class for all abilities. Working on both strength and flexibility, you’re sure to feel the benefits (Zen Den Llandeilo)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1163476333802551/

Core strength Vinyasa yoga
Wed 10:00 AM Weekly: https://us02web.zoom.us/…/tZUsceCprTMsE9U6nbA-5JMLtaOH…/ics… Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81169138691
FREE yoga class. It will last an hour and a quarter. Please remember that any health limitations and risks must be assessed by you as I cannot see you all. If you would like to contact me at all today and discuss anything then my contact number is 07584199372, I am available all day. Lou

Yoga with Adriene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7AYKMP6rOE
Yoga for complete beginners and more advanced levels including a 30-day programme.  Adriene also offers a short Meditation for Anxiety video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pLUleLdwY4


Grooming

Useful advice on cutting your own hair can be found on Edward Morgan’s FB page
Example videos: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=672498210050278
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=801769956981847
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1831946690268682

Useful advice for cutting dogs DIY style can be found on Doggy Divas – Dog Grooming Studio & Boutique’s FB page
Example videos: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=234028910987082
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=219032539200615


Languages

There are lots of apps for learning languages, with fun games and quizzes. With frequent reminders, they keep you on track and can be tailored to different levels.

Welsh – There’s plenty of choice online for beginning or improving your Welsh language skills.
www.saysomethingin.com/welsh
www.learn-welsh.net/

Duolingo: https://www.duolingo.com/

Babbel: https://www.babbel.com/


Learning

See our Families page for lots of ideas for home schooling, which can also be really useful for adults wanting to try something new.

Painting with local artist Julie Ann Sheridan – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKA1lCovZc1PzFppLVn5ddw


Literature

Hay Festivalhttps://www.hayfestival.com/wales/home
The world-famous Hay Festival is online this year with a variety of talks and performances; a schools programme is from 18-22 May and then the main Festival runs from 22-31 May, free of charge. 

My Virtual Literary Festivalhttps://myvlf.com/
Since so many Lit Fests have been cancelled, this is a free global festival.  A monthly free e-book is followed by an online chat forum, and there are regular panel discussions on different themes.


Pub

The Red (on)Lion – https://theredonlion.co.uk/
A virtual pub hosted by the Campaign for Real Ale, with a public room for chat or you can book a table to chat with friends.

The Online Pub Quiz – https://www.facebook.com/groups/681817202635338/
One of many popular and free online pub quizzes, this is soon moving to YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5JGSVKiso8_7CHQtRPsfSA


Sport

FA Wales YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UCY5VnOF7zVCP09PKYCqXXuQ

Wales Rugby Union YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/WRUOfficial

BBC Sport YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UCW6-BQWFA70Dyyc7ZpZ9Xlg

EA SPORTS FIFA esports: www.youtube.com/channel/UCFA6YGp5lvgayO20lk7_Ung


Singing/Playing music

There’s lots of online music and choirs using Zoom, YouTube or Facebook Live.  Because of the time delay (“latency”) it isn’t possible to hear everyone at the same time, so the host sings/plays and everyone else is muted.  You can hear yourself at home but nobody else hears you.  With Zoom events there’s usually a chance to unmute for a chat and an open mic session.  Participants put comments in the Chat and say where they are from etc.

Gareth Malone – Great British Home Chorus is on YouTube nearly every weekday.  You can download the music and eventually upload your own singing, if brave enough!  Then the technical people put it all together in one big choir.
http://gbhc.musicroom.com/

Ukulele – The Self-isolating Strummers / Pandemic Pluckers on Facebook run Zoom events every evening starting at 8pm.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/900785160378266

The local Llandeilo Ukulele Band are meeting on Zoom on Wednesday evenings.  Newcomers can ask to join our Facebook group for more details.


Theatre

National Theatre Live – https://www.youtube.com/user/ntdiscovertheatre

A different production is broadcast each week.  Like many other offerings, this is free but they really need donations to support them.

Royal Opera House – https://www.roh.org.uk/streaming

Some free productions of opera and ballet are available, and others are part of their paid-for programme.

It is also worth looking online at theatre companies abroad for streaming, e.g.

Paris Opera – https://www.operadeparis.fr/en/magazine/replay
New York Met – https://www.metopera.org/user-information/nightly-met-opera-streams/
Dutch Opera –  https://operaballet.nl/en/campagne/streaming-opera

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