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Lifelines News - Friday 5th February 2021

Working Naked Day

If you do need to work from home, make the most of it - enjoy the freedom!
Lets focus on the bright side of being stuck inside during this lockdown and have some fun with it!

Hi <<First Name>>,

A very happy New Year to everyone from all of us here at Lifelines!

We hope you had a lovely relaxing Christmas holiday despite the unexpected lockdown and are as excited as we are for 2021. Here's what's new with us...

Project Update

Things you might want to know about what we're doing

Silver Circles

Tablet Loan & Support service for Lifelines Members.
The first tablets as part of our Silver Circles digital inclusion project are going out to participants next week, yay!

This Tablet Loan & Support Service is designed to help older people who would otherwise have no access to a device and or internet connection and are likely to be more isolated because of this. Participants will be loaned a tablet (including a data SIM) and one of our Tech Tutor volunteers will be assigned to support them.

We will give them opportunites to connect with others, join our regular online activities, start their own social groups, play games with others and pursue their own interests & hobbies. It's not just about connecting, but also having fun.

So if you know someone that could benefit from this project, or may like to volunteer to connect, socialise and play games with our newly kitted-out participants then get in touch!

Welcome Aboard, Jeni!

We're delighted to have a student volunteer joining the team to help tell things better, or expressing clearer. You know, so people get it...oh let her tell you...
Hi Everyone!

I'm Jeni and I'm joining Lifelines as a communications volunteer, so I'll be focusing on updating you all about the services available to you.

I previously studied journalism and English literature for my undergraduate degree, and volunteered briefly for a charity in Wales where I'm from. I am very much looking forward to getting involved in this particular project and meeting everyone who takes part! 

I have a very tight bond with my own grandparents and was lucky enough to stay with them when the pandemic began last year, which meant I was able to help them with their shopping! I admire what the team here at Lifelines has achieved in their fight against loneliness and isolation in people over 50, and would love to help spread the word and get even more people involved! 


Creative Writing Shorts

This month's short story is a touching piece from one of our members, Marnie. She transports us into the mind of her character, George, as he walks through the winter snow and reminisces about beautiful times spent with his wife. 

Always Beside You 

It was the first snowfall of winter. George was lost in memories of a time when he and his beautiful wife shared this walk together when they were both young. They had chased one another through the winter trees, carefree and sure footed as they danced over the frosty carpet that gathered on dead leaves and twigs. The dark branches had slowly become dusted with snow and their world had been black and white. There was no sound and they had been the only people in it.

George held himself more upright, tilting his walking stick at a jaunty angle so that it looked part of his accessories and not a necessary aid for helping him keep his balance. He put his face up to feel the snowflakes tickle his cheeks, trying to recapture the moments when Jane had called out to him to hurry up. They were playing hide and seek, and she was getting cold waiting for him. Of course, he had pretended he couldn’t find her and she, in turn, had pretended that she couldn’t be seen. He imagined he could hear her calling “Cooee..can’t catch me..”

Concentrate, George told himself, pull yourself together or you’ll be falling flat on your face. There is no-one around so you could be lying in need of help for a very long time. Even speaking sharply to himself didn’t quite overcome the sadness and sense of loneliness that he felt.

The snow was falling faster and settling deeper on the forest floor. It was time to turn back; he couldn’t walk any further. Jane wouldn’t want him to be sad, so to cheer himself up he decided to retrace his footprints in the snow as they had once done together, pushing and shoving each other. As he looked down concentrating on putting his feet in the right place, he noticed another set of footsteps beside his own. They were smaller, daintier, closer together. How curious, George thought, looking around. There hasn’t been anyone else here.

A gust of wind unsettled the trees and flakes of snow caressed his shoulders. Did he hear a little laugh or was it a trick from the winter sounds of the forest? George really couldn’t be sure, but he felt warm and comforted as he followed two sets of footprints on his way home.



A short story by a member of Lifelines, Marnie,
written as part of GTM's Creative Writing workshop.

 Word Search Solution

Last month we challenged you to find 10 cheeses hidden in a word search. So if you want to make sure you got them all we're giving you the answers here!

Sue's Quick Quiz

The answer to Sue's last quiz question:

Gale is the last name of main character, Dorothy, from The Wizard of Oz.
Spot the difference:
One is Dorothy Gale, played by Judy Garland. The other is someone in a Gale, probably not called Judy.
This Month's Quick Quiz Question:

Who said "Life's most persistent and urgent question is 'what are you doing for others'"?

Was it:
  • Martin Luther King Jr. 
  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Buddha
  • Nelson Mandela
Question courtesy of Sue, one of our Big Quiz hosts.

The Happy News Bit!

Lockdown has been a struggle for everyone around the world, but thanks to a hardworking camel, schoolchildren in Ethiopia still had access to reading material.

This happy news courtesy
The Happy News
You can download a handy Action Fraud flyer here, full of tips and advice on staying safe, and who to call if you need help.
Sadly, we need to let you know that there are scams related to the Coronavirus vaccine rollout, pretending to be from the NHS.
Beware of messages or emails asking you to click links or provide credit card details! 

What's out your window?

We know you may be a little fed up with looking out of your window by now, but we aren't!

Share your photos with us to get a fresh point of view, like this one!
To book your spot or for more details contact us on
01273 688 117 or
  • 12 pm - Bridge Club (60 mins)
  • 11:00 am - The Big Quiz (45 mins)
  • 11:30 am - Seated Pilates for Beginners (1 hour)
  • 12 pm - Absolute Beginners Bridge (60 mins)
  • 12 pm - Body, Breath & Voice (60 mins)
  • 12:45 pm - Seated Pilates for Intermediate (1 hour)
  • 2 pm - Mat-Based Pilates for Confident
    - able to get down/up from the floor (1 hour)
  • 2:30 pm - Sporting Chance with Mark (45 mins)
  • 11:00 am - The Big Quiz (45 mins)
  • 11:30 am - Seated Pilates for Beginners (1 hour)
  • 12:45 pm - Seated Pilates for Intermediate (1 hour)
  • 2 pm - Mat-Based Pilates for Confident
    - able to get down/up from the floor (1 hour)
  • 3pm - Creative Expression (1 hour)
  • 11 am - Coffee Morning (30 mins)
  • 2 pm - Sing Well with Lifelines (75 mins)
Postal Activities
  • Word Search
  • Mindfulness Colouring
  • Postal Quiz

Visit our live Facebook Event Calendar

You can join our fun activities securely on Zoom or Skype for free, but basic call charges may apply if calling by phone (if free calls are not included in your call plan).

Training and support provided.

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

* More Activities *

Volunteering Matters has a national project of online activities called Getting Together Matters.

Similar to our fun
Brighton Lifelines ones - in fact they include ours in their Calendar of Events. They also have great ones from around the country like Armchair Travel, Snacking on Shakespeare and Quiz for Veterans. And with the joys of modern tech - you are all invited!

Download the Getting Together Matters Calendar

GTM have a new a new Creative Writing group starting Feb 15th, so get in touch if you're interested!

Armchair Travels with George

Every Monday at 2pm our volunteer George helps you travel to see amazing historical buildings from the comfort of your own home.
This month on the 8th of February, George will be taking you (and anyone else signed up) to visit the The Imperial War Museum on in London.

If this looks like something you would enjoy, feel free to email to book your spot.

The bit of the newsletter that's just for volunteers

Volunteer Drop-in

On Zoom, the 4th Thursday of every Month @ 1pm
We had the first of our new monthly Volunteer Drop-ins last week and it was good to see some of you. A chance to chat, ask questions and meet other volunteers. The next one is on Thu 26th Feb - just reply if you would like to join us and we'll send you the link.

Telephone Befriending Service

We are still running our telephone befriending service and have capacity for more people to join.

If you, or someone you know, would appreciate a friendly, weekly phone call from one of our volunteers, please contact us by email at or phone us on 01273 688 117.

Your call can be about anything, from your hobbies and interests; places and stories around Brighton; to the old classic, the weather! It's totally up to you but we find that a nice chat makes a big difference at the moment and hope you might too.
It's always lovely to hear from our members and learn how we can improve our services. If you have any questions about our online activities, or if you would like to suggest something new, please get in touch! 

We hope you're staying safe and well despite the unique circumstances.

See you all again soon!

Jeni, Arlie, Thelo, Theresa & Will
The LifeLines Team
01273 688 117
Please send in contributions, photos, requests or suggestions.

~ 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!
Please forgive any errors or mistakes, they were probably Jeni's.
Don't say anything.
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