Category: Lifestyle

Bedford Borough Council reminds fitness instructors to register before using parks

With gyms closed and groups of up to six allowed to meet, Bedford Borough Council has said that there is an increasing number of personal trainers, fitness instructors and coaches using parks and open spaces for training sessions.

The Council is reminding people running these sessions that they must register first, for the safety of coaches, participants and the public.

Anyone who is already registered with the Council to run training session in the parks will need to submit a COVID-19 risk assessment, explaining how social distancing will be maintained.

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Bedfordshire Lieutenancy: The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Bedfordshire Winners 2020

Buckingham Palace has today (2 June 2020) announced The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service winners for 2020.

Coinciding with Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June), this year’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service celebrates the work of a diverse range of volunteer groups whose work has enhanced and supported local communities over a number of years.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Winners are announced each year on 2 June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.

Nationally, 230 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups have received the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations remains high year on year. Showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them. The following Bedfordshire organisations have been successful:

Autism Bedfordshire, Luton Irish Forum, Sharnbrook Amateur Theatre Trust and Volunteers of Keech Hospice Care

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Bedford Borough Council’s thank you to its volunteers

This Volunteers’ Week (1 to 7 June), Bedford Borough Council is celebrating the selfless acts of kindness that have made a difference to the lives of residents. Including some of the borough’s most vulnerable residents since the outbreak of COVID-19.

Since March, more than 1,000 volunteers came forward to help the Community Hub support hundreds of Borough residents every week with shopping, collecting prescriptions, helping to pack and deliver food parcels or just simply having someone to talk to while isolating.

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Cat crisis: RSPCA received 75 cat reports in Bedfordshire since lockdown

Charity warns of unneutered cats giving birth to unwanted litters

The RSPCA said that is facing a cat crisis as since the start of lockdown, there have been 6,630 cat incidents reported to its hotline. 75 of these reports were from Bedfordshire.

The charity is currently caring for 1,013 cats (as of 13 May) which is more than any other pet in its care. It fears that the situation is set to get worse as the traditional kitten season gets underway.

The lockdown is making it harder for owners to neuter their pets, which could mean even more unwanted litters coming through the charity’s doors.

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97% of people say dance fitness classes have improved their mental health during lockdown

Clubbercise, the exercise class with disco lights and LED glow sticks, said that a recent survey shows that taking part in online dance fitness classes regularly is helping people cope with the mental health challenges posed by the coronavirus crisis.

91% of respondents said that the coronavirus situation had negatively affected their mental health. 97% of them said that dance fitness classes had improved their mental health and 84% said it had a reasonable or significant impact.

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Want to break the largest online art lesson World Record from home tomorrow?

Entrepreneur First, a global talent investor, is teaming up with children’s author and illustrator, Rob Biddulph(Blown Away, Odd Dog Out), and book publisher HarperCollins, in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest online art lesson on 21st May at 16:00 BST.

The challenge is free to join for parents and children. It will see Rob Biddulph instruct participants of all ages on how to draw a blue whale from their homes.

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RSPCA reports 18 abandoned animals in Bedfordshire during coronavirus lockdown

The RSPCA has received more than 1,600 reports of abandoned animals across England & Wales since lockdown began – that’s 40 a day.

The charity has released the figures as part of its emergency appeal, launched to keep its rescue teams out on the road during the Coronavirus crisis and continuing to rescue animals most in need.

In Bedfordshire, there have been reports about 18 abandoned animals to the charity’s cruelty hotline since lockdown started on 23 March.

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