The last idea for the month and the last idea in this series.
We think we’ve given you enough to do alongside your studies now!
Stay Safe Online
But just one thing- the International Society warns us that, as more of us are staying indoors and working from our computers at home, there have been an increase in crime reports of people fallen for scams and some being tricked into parting with their money.
Don’t be one of them! Do not give out any of your personal or financial details.
The following scams are in circulation:
Lockdown Fine by UK Government Scam
Bogus text messages, seemingly from the UK Government, saying that you have been fined for being out of your home during the current lockdown. The scam attempts to solicit payment from you. Do not reply or click on any links. Please look at the URL – it does not link to the UK Government website. It is a fake website which requires you to enter your personal details.
Online Shopping Scam
The majority of incidents report have been of people ordering and paying for personal protective face masks, hand sanitiser or testing kits. If you’re making a purchase from a company or person you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first, and ask a friend or family member for advice before completing the purchase.
If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, as most major credit card providers insure online purchases.
Be sensible, be careful…….keep studying!
Release that tension, open your lungs and…….
Every Tuesday at 6pm (Manchester time!, BST)
Band on the Wall is a famous music venue in the Northern Quarter area of Manchester; it has taken its World of Music choir online, bringing interactive singalongs & music lessons into your home.
Join folk singer Bella Hardy as she leads you in traditional and modern songs, harmonies and rounds, every Tuesday at 6pm.
Full details: HERE
Write it down! “journaling”
These are strange times- unlike anything we have seen before…….. so make sure you don’t forget how you feel, remember what you are experiencing and what you are seeing at this dramatic time.
How about writing a journal?…….studies have shown that writing about feelings reduces stress and anxiety. “Journaling” can be such an effective way of processing thoughts and feelings that it is often recommended by mental-health professionals.
Journals kept today may be of great interest years from now – you are writing the historical documents for the future to study. You can be the next Samuel Pepys.
And what a way to practise your handwriting!
Well worth reading this……
If you are one of the students still with us here in Manchester, the following article from The Guardian is worth a read over the weekend. It gives a nice balance between studying and coping with the social isolation.
To any of our students, where ever you are in the world, keep safe and follow local advice during this special time for you.
It’s World Book Night! Get reading
Join us all in the Reading Hour- 7pm -8pm (UK time). don’t forget, if you are still in Manchester, look at what Manchester libraries has on offer whilst your are keeping your distance……
Why not try one of these brilliant Springtime crafts on the Manchester Museum quarantine site site – from bunting to crochet, there’s lots to make. Let us know how you get on! The gaffer tape flower is my favourite…….
Sometimes the easiest things are the hardest……..
Today’s task for keeping going is deceptively simple- but it means giving of yourself:
Connect with someone, even if it is to smile at someone across the street or write a short message to someone.
Connect! however you are allowed, wherever you are.