Virtual coffee morning 

Our virtual coffee morning took place on Wednesday 14th October and was a great success!  As usual with our coffee mornings we give PAB updates, information and enjoyed a lovely chat and catch up with our members, we even relaunched the PAB 200 Club draw. 

The 200 club draw will take place on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, with notification of winners going into the PAB newsletter and on the PAB website.

The quiz was brilliant and in the comfort of our own homes. The only difference being that as this was virtual we all joined with our own cuppa and biscuits.  Due to the success of the Virtual Coffee Morning we are in the process of organising this as a regular virtual activity and as soon as it is organised we will let you all know.  We use Zoom for our virtual activities, which is accessible to all including those who only use a landline. Please contact Jacqui on 01733 344 844 if you would like more information.

PAB are now offering virtual activities for members

At PAB we have been working hard to find new ways of bringing activities to you. We will be offering a virtual get together with quizzes and discussion topics and possibly a book club. The plan is to use Zoom which some of you may already be familiar with but don’t worry if not as we will set up support to get you up and running. As time moves on we are hoping to offer socially distanced delivery of craft and baking boxes with online support and as rules relax it would be lovely to have a few small and very localised get together even if we still have to socially distance at least we can chat.

Our first virtual quiz took place on Tuesday 30th June and was a great success, although new to everyone who took part we still had lots of fun and it was wonderful to chat to our lovely members once again. 

There is still time to get in touch and receive a craft box, register to join the new men’s group or Tech group or any other new activity PAB are offering including quizzing, learning to draw, photography, gossip hour, learning Braille, reading and audiobooks.  If you are interested then please contact Jacqui at activitiescoordinator@mypab.org.uk or telephone 01733 344 844, leaving your name and contact number with a short message.  

Free training and help are available if you are not familiar with using Zoom or you can join in the fun using your telephone or mobile.

PAB are also happy to announce that the Tech group will be holding monthly Zoom meetings on the first Monday of each month at 2 pm.   

If you are interested in joining in at the Tech group or any of the activities we hope to try in the coming months then please contact Jacqui, our activities coordinator by calling the office on 01733 344844 and leave a clear message with your name and contact number or by email at activitiescoordinator@mypab.org.uk and Jacqui will get back to you.

We will need to know what you are interested in and will also ask what technology you will use, do still get in touch even if you only have a landline as we are able to include you in our activities. We will support you to access the help you need getting set up and will then invite you to our next virtual get together.

Remember this is new and challenging for all of us but let’s come together, reach out to each other, be adventurous and find some fun in our virtual community.

Social distancing rules are carried out at all times, we are happy to discuss this with you if you have any concerns.

We look forward to hearing from you all.

Craft boxes available NOW to all PAB members.

PAB are offering their members amazing craft boxes delivered to your door (social distancing and Covid-19 rules adhered to). Each box is full of everything you would need to make a wonderful item and comes complete with full instructions. You can select a craft box to make your own bird feeder or build your own collage the choice is yours from our selection.

If you would like to receive one of the PAB craft boxes or interested in finding out more about any of the new and exciting activities and groups PAB are holding, please contact Jacqui at activitiescoordinator@mypab.org.uk or telephone 01733 344 844 leaving your name and contact number with a short message.

When we are all back to ‘normal’ we hope to be offering our regular activities and some new ones.  Below is a list of the PAB regular activities to give you some idea of what PAB offered to our members to help them have a full and varied social life.

Details of all of the activities can be found in our newsletter or by calling PAB on 01733 344 844, leave a message and Jacqui PAB Activities Coordinator will get back to you.

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Technology Group: monthly virtual meetings are now in full swing!

The Tech group is a PAB member lead activity and all PAB members are welcome to attend.  They meet the first Monday of each month from 2 pm to 4 pm and their next meeting is being held on Monday 6th July at 2pm, this will be a virtual meeting and full advice, help and training is available to everyone who wishes to take part.  Please contact Jacqui, our activities coordinator by calling the office on 01733 344844 and leave a clear message with your name and contact number or by email at activitiescoordinator@mypab.org.uk and Jacqui will get back to you.

Due to the current situation with the Corona virus PAB have cancel all regular PAB activities until further notice.  Virtual activities are NOW available, for more information please contact PAB on 01733 344 844  leave your name, number and a short message and a member of our staff will get back to you.

Here are some of the activities PAB offered before the Government lock down.

Walking Group:

Our walking group meet on the second Friday of the month at 11 am, the venue will be confirmed each month.  Enjoy a walk, then a drink and snack in a café. Routes are planned in advance and sighted guides can be available.  Please book in advance with Jacqui  on 01773 344 844 or email at activitiescoordinator@mypab.org.uk

Braille and Communication Group:

It is sad news that this activity will not be running due to the closure of the venue.  As this activity is run by Adult Social Care we are hoping that another venue will be found.  For more information please contact Sue Finch on 01733 747474 (option 4) or email sue.finch@peterborough.gov.uk 

 Lighter Lunch Group:

PAB are hoping to find another venue for this activity due to Beal’s Department Store closing. 

Cinema Group:

This is not a regular activity but if there is a film that you would like to see, we can organise an evening.  Please contact Jacqui PAB Activities Coordinator on 01733 344 844.

The College Arms Lunch Club:

PAB are happy to announce the launch of a new activity to take place on the 4th Friday of every month at The College Arms, Peterborough.  The first meeting took place on the 28th February.   Please telephone Jacqui on 01733 344 844 for further information.

Fish and Chip Club:

Our members meet at the Golden Cod chip shop in Werrington at 11:45am on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Places are limited, therefore please call the office on 01733 344 844 to book your place.  

Swimming:

The members group meet at Peterborough Regional Pool in Bishops Road every Thursday at 11.45am.  All abilities welcome.  Due to popular demand we are now running an extra swimming session on Tuesday afternoons from 3pm to 4pm.  Places are limited, please contact the Jacqui the Activities Coordinator on 01733 344 844 to book your place.  Although the swimming venues are open again, PAB feel that it would not be safe for their members and volunteers to attend and be able to adhere to the social distancing rules.  Therefore PAB will not be holding this group until further notice.

Books Aloud:

Vivacity have a reading group that meet on the last Friday of the month in Peterborough Central library from 10.30am to 11.30am. Books are chosen by the group from RNIB talking books, read at home and then discussed at the group.  This group is run by Vivacity but all PAB members are welcome.  Contact Vivacity direct on 01733 864 280.

Indoor Bowls Club:

Everyone is welcome at Indoor Bowls and they meet every two weeks on a Thursday evening at the Indoor Bowls Club on Burton Street from 7 pm to 8.30 pm. For details of our next date contact Jacqui PAB Activities Coordinator on 01733 344 844 and let her know whether you need a guide bowler.

Yoga:

Yoga is run by PAB and Sense on the second and fourth Monday of the month, from 11.30 am to 12.30 pm at 68b Westgate behind Westgate Church, PE1 1RG.  The sessions are all free and open to anyone with a visual or hearing impairment.

Craft Group: Held at new venue!

The craft group meet every second Tuesday of the month from 1pm to 3pm at 68b Westgate, behind Westgate Church, PE1 1RG.  Any suggestions of crafts to make at the group are welcome. There is a charge of £2 towards the cost of craft materials and room hire. Contact Jacqui on 01773 344 844  for more information.

Lunch Group:

All members are welcome to join the Lunch group who meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 11:45am in the West Raven Community Café opposite the Westwood Hub, Hampton Court, Westwood.  Contact Jacqui PAB Activities Coordinator on 01733 344 844 to book a place.

Why not try out something new and join in with the PAB virtual activities.  All contact information is at the beginning of this page