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Lifelines News - Friday 5th June 2020

World Environment Day

A day to think about how we impact the world. It was that or yet another day celebrating food like Sausage rolls, Dougnuts and Fish & Chips.

Hi <<First Name>>,
We're on BBC1 - and some of you may have been on there too!

We also hear from our new team mate and from Southern Water, with a few other bits for you too. So let's get to it...

Lifelines on the BBC News

It was so fantastic to see our Lifelines Quiz featured on Wednesday's BBC News at Six - national news!

It was part of a piece on the legacy of volunteering. Colin & Sue have been amongst the first to kick off with the online quiz during Lockdown and we are very proud that their good work has now been seen on the beeb.

We had Louise Martin, BBC journalist, join us and recorded Tuesday's Quiz, brilliantly delivered by Sue. This was shown alongside our CEO, Paul Reddish, speaking about how we are all adapting to new volunteer scenarios and delivering in the ‘new normal’. What a great result.

We're really pleased to have been picked out to represent the work and delivery people are now doing and this is in volunteers week! Many of our volunteers have adapted, created, delivered and really stepped up during this crisis.

Well done Sue & Colin, you’ve made the news!

Watch the clip here!

Hi from Mark

We mentioned our new team member and if you come to the Big Quiz then you've probably met him (he does love it). We asked him to share a bit about himself.
"Hi everyone. Lived in Sheffield all my life, but have worked in Local Authority for Sheffield, Rotherham and Kirkless Councils in Indoor leisure then moving to Sports development .

The  last 10 years I have had a variety of jobs in youth engagement with the wild life trust, outdoor recreation engagement with the National Trust (Nostell Priory) a Walking Scheme Coordinator in Rotherham, Fire and Rescure crew with S Yorks Fire Service and more recently a project coordinator and volunteer manager with Sporting Chance Sheffield (Volunteering Matters) .

I have a 15 year old cross breed yorkshire/highland terrier, (in)appropriately called Tyson, I have 4 grandchildren and love being outdoors.

My happiest and only memory of Brighton is from 1979 when I saw Arsenal beat Brighton 4-1 (sorry seagulls fans) and Yorkshire v Sussex in a 1 day Sunday cricket match. I've not been that far south since but looks a fantastic beach and lots going off. I'm looking forward to helping the Lifelines team and making contact with the many members and volunteers engaging with the project


We're delighted to have the support of Southern Water employees.

A message from Southern Water:

Our Southern Water employees are proud to be supporting Lifelines by volunteering to make befriender calls across Brighton. Our team of 15 employees are making weekly calls and enjoying the chats and supporting members of our community.

We're also proud to announce changes to our Priority Service Register (PSR), a confidential register for customers who have individual needs, and ensures our employees know about any special circumstances or needs you may have. We understand that sometimes you may need a bit of additional assistance and you can find out more about the extra support we can offer as well as register for priority services.

It is very easy to register for this service and you are now also able to nominate a trusted third party such as your carer, relative or volunteer to help register your details of the service either by phone or online.
  • Call free on 0800 027 0800 from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
  • We can provide bills or correspondence in large print or Braille, or provide a talking bill service, phoning you to tell you how much it is before posting it. We can also provide special tariffs for households in receipt of Pension credits. Please call 0800 027 0363.
  • If you are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech difficulties you can use:

    A Minicom service, available on 0330 303 1265 (calls charged at local rate) from 8am to 7pm, Monday to Friday, and 8.30am to 2pm on Saturday.

    Type talk relay service
A big thank you to all at Southern Water for their support!
To book your spot or for more details contact us on
01273 688 117 or
  • 10am - Pilates (30 mins)
  • 12pm - Bridge Club (60 mins)
  • 10am - Pilates (30 mins)
  • 11am - The Big Quiz with Sue (30 mins)
  • 10am - Pilates (30 mins)
  • 11am - Hangleton Mutual Aid Bingo with Martin (1 hour) * NEW
  • 12pm - Absolute Beginners Bridge (30 mins)
  • 12pm - Book Club (60 mins) * NEW
  • 2pm - Body & Breath (75 mins)
  • 2pm - Past & Present - Reminiscence (1 hour) * FULL
  • 10am - Pilates (30 mins)
  • 11am - The Big Quiz with Colin (45 mins)
  • 3pm - Creative Expression (1 hour) * NEW
  • 10am - Pilates (30 mins)
  • 11am - Coffee Morning (30 mins)
  • 2pm - Sing Well with Lifelines (75 mins)
Postal Activities
  • The Big Quiz - by Post!
  • Writing for Pleasure
  • Lifelines Pen Pals
You can join all these fun activities securely on Zoom or Skype for free, but basic call charges may apply if calling by phone (or may be included in your call plan).

Training and support provided

Download our Activity Calendar now for more details on these activities!

~ Online Etiquette ~

A few important points about joining our online groups.
1.  Keep it positive!
It may be the only connection people have all week, make it fun.
For any other issues, or if you need to talk, call us.

2.  Be here!
You can mute yourselves & raise a hand,
but please switch off phones and be fully present.

4.  Be welcoming!
New people always receive a great welcome, be part of that message and extend your good will out to others.

3.  No Photos or Video!
It's a safe space for sharing, and being comfortable, so no photos, screenshots or recording for personal use or social media.

And don't forget to have fun!

Sue's Quick Quiz

Last week's answer to question 1:
The Big Dipper

(Sharp eyed readers noticed it was also the answer to question 2. Seems the newsletter elves weren't as refreshed and ready as we thought.)

We call it the Plough and around the world it's also know as the Bear, the Wagon and the Ladle.

Spot the difference:
One is the Big Dipper. The other is a Chicken Dipper. And delicious.

Activity Packs

The very cool people at Ageing Well have been sending out free Activity Packs to keep people amused during the lockdown.

They're full of puzzles, riddles, colouring, exercise ideas and even some poetry. Packed to keep you entertained.

Get the the latest edition here.
This weeks question: In this week, June 2nd marked the anniversary of the Queen's coronation - in which year was she crowned?

Was it:
  • 1950
  • 1951
  • 1952
  • 1953
And here's a (different) bonus question: Which fictional sailor was captain of the ship called the Black Pig?

Was it:
  • Black Jake
  • Long John Silver
  • Captain Pugwash
  • Popeye 
Both questions courtesy of Sue, one of our Big Quiz hosts.

What's out your window?

This week, we see the view from Mark's window into his back garden. It's very green.
The bit of our newsletter that's just for volunteers...
Wednesday 1st July 2020
@ 3:30 pm

Remember to save the date. All you super volunteers are invited to an online celebration event. We'll send details (and treats) nearer the date, so get your best togs ready, we're having a party!
It's sad we have come to the end again, but there will me more soom. Count on it!

Stay safe, have fun, be awesome!

Will, Karen, Arlie, Terri & Mark.
The LifeLines Team
01273 688 117
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