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Things to do during lockdown

Whether we’re officially in lockdown or not, we’re all having to adjust to life without being able to access our favourite things to do. That being said, lots of events and activities have moved online so you can join in from home.  

If you know of any more things to do (in Sheffield and beyond) that aren’t on this list, please send an email to [email protected] 

Things to do in Sheffield 

  • Our Sheffield’s cultural calendar is full of upcoming events across the city that you can get involved with. From workshops to online art galleries, quizzes to literature festivals, there’s something for everyone. 
  • Picture Sheffield is an image archive provided by Sheffield City Council’s Archives and Local Studies Service. You can search their online archive and get a view into Sheffield’s rich history.
  • Museums Sheffield have moved their workshops online and their latest exhibition ‘The Sheffield Project: Photographs of a Changing City’ can be accessed via the virtual exhibition.  
  • The Sheffield Centre for Mindfulness Life Enhancement are running online mindfulness sessions on Tuesdays at 1pm and Thursdays at 6pm. Email [email protected] for more information 
  • Sheffield Flourish (us!) are running online activities on Zoom, including an art group, several music group, and a gardening chat 
  • Gut Level are a DIY dance community in Sheffield. If you’re missing the clubs, check out their workshops about dance music, culture and history. 

Art & Craft 

  • The Art House – get involved and share your creativity through the Big Art Lock In Facebook Group 
  • Check out First Site’s Art Online page for activities made by top artists, step-by-step arts and crafts tutorials, and featured artworks on the Online Studio
  • Upcycle That have loads of great craft tutorials using materials you find around your house on the Make That section of their website 

Coding 

  • FreeCodeCamp is a not-for-profit community that helps you learn to code. 

Cooking 

Gaming 

  • AirConsole is an online video game console. Your smartphones are the gamepads and your browser is the console. For free you get access to a selection of 11 games and up to 2 players can play together. 
  • Skribblio is a free online, multiplayer drawing and guessing game that you can play with up to 12 friends.
  • Trapped In The Web are offering something a bit different – virtual room escape games!  

Movies 

Music 

  • Smule is a social singing app that you can use and sing with other people from around the world!
  • Interested in writing your own music? Check out this How to Write your First Song course, run by the University of Sheffield on Future Learn for free 

Sports 

  • Sport For Confidence has re-deployed its entire staff team of occupational therapists and sports coaches to deliver a specialist ‘at home’. Check out their flyer for their current Zoom sessions.  

Theatre 

  • We all know Netflix, but have you heard of Marquee TV? It’s a dance, opera, theatre and music subscription streaming service.
  • The National Theatre has set up a streaming service, National Theatre at Home, available as either a subscription service or you can rent individual performances for a limited time. 

Volunteer 

Walking & Nature 

  • The Casual Rambler has loads of great walks you can do in and around Sheffield
  • Accessible Nature is a resource for wheelchair or powerchair users to help them to access nature across the UK. Many of the routes covered are in (South) Yorkshire. 
  • If you can’t or don’t fancy leaving the house, you can get your nature fix by checking out Explore’s live animal and nature cams across the world. 

Writing 

Young People 

  • Sheffield Futures Wellbeing Café runs through a live video on Instagram @door43_ . Young People can ask questions and they can share advice and information relating to emotional health and wellbeing as well as getting support on a particular theme. The Wellbeing cafe have also started running a film club. There is also a weekly blog post, lots more fun social media content and latest news
  • The Golddigger Trust are currently offering a number of different online activities – check out there Eventbrite to book your place. You can also sign up to their weekly wellbeing newsletter or follow their new wellbeing focused YouTube channelFollow them on Instagram@imthegirliwanttobe @wearemadeofmore @golddiggertrust
  • Chilypep are offering lots of fun projects if you’d like to get involved. Just email [email protected] or call 0114 234 8846. You can follow them on facebooktwitter or instagram. Also, follow the hashtag, #ChilypepChallenges to keep up to date with fun activities. 
  • The Mix are providing lots of support, online activities, and blog posts for you if you’re under 25. They also have an online 1-1 chat and you can call 0808 808 4994 if you’d like to speak to someone about how you’re feeling. 
  • Kids of Colour are a support and empowerment organisation for children and young people who are non-white to explore race, identity, culture and institutional racism. They have a blog, Youtube channel and a reporting database where you can report an incident or act of racism and get the signposting support you might need. 

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