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Category: all things didsbury

nhs and key worker window displays

As lockdown continues, we here at Julian Wadden Didsbury wanted to show some appreciation to the wonderful NHS and Key Workers that are currently keeping the community and in fact, the whole country going! We therefore decided to do a window display in our office.

We know we can’t begin to say how thankful we are for and to these people, but this is just a small gesture from us!

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Essential Tips For Working From Home

For a small number of people, working from home will be the norm. But for the majority of the nation, the current climate has caused us to quickly adapt our working practices to home working for the safety of ourselves and those around us. In doing this, it is important to create healthy working practices to maintain motivation and routine throughout the day.
We’ve gained advice from those who regularly work from home so that we can share some top tips for the coming weeks ahead. Continue below for our top tips on how you can get the best out of home working:
1. Get ready for the day
Get up and ready for work as you normally would. Getting dressed out of your pyjamas and fresh for the day helps you to maintain a routine and get ready for a day of work. Doing this will signal to your brain that you are going to work and create a good mindset.

2. Have a routine
Working from home can get lonely, so a routine will prevent the day blurring into a mix of work and relaxation time. Creating a morning routine that will guide you into your work chair each day so that you can signal the separation between home and work. Start and finish work at your usual times so that you do not become overworked.

3. Create an office space
If you have a separate office space to work in, then that’s great. But even if you don’t, it is still important to create an area in your home that you can designate and associate with work. Whether that be at a desk, or if it has to be your dining room table, this will support you to keep a routine. At the end of the day, shut down your equipment and put it away. This will signal the end of your working day and the start of your own time.

4. Keep to your regular hours of a working day
With all your work equipment at home, it can be tempting to try and get ahead by setting yourself mammoth tasks that take you all evening to complete. Set yourself achievable goals (as you would when you go into work) so that you maintain your usual work hours and maintain your positivity and optimism. This will also allow you to keep a work life balance.

5. Have regular breaks
When you are in the office, you naturally take short breaks throughout the day. Whether that be to go and make a drink or go and discuss something with a colleague. These breaks away from the computer are crucial for your productivity and health. Breaks away from the computer screen help to break bad posture habits, help with concentration and productivity, and prevent fatigue. This should be no different at home. You can call a colleague for a chat, go and make a drink, or spend some time in a different room for a few moments.

6. Get some exercise
Living and working in the same space can be challenging at times so you may find it important to get a change of scenery. Stepping outside for a walk not only allows you to “leave the office” but also allows you to get valuable exercise (providing this is in line with Government guidelines). Some fresh air and natural light will do you the world of good. With people rarely leaving the house, a short walk could be all the exercise you get in a day so place importance on this. Alternatively, you may want to do a short home workout. There are tons of guides online to help you do this. Let’s not forget about those all-important endorphins.

7. Take your lunch break
You are still entitled to your full lunch break and it is important to take this. Ensure you continue to eat well and take time away from your work space to break up the day. Using this time to get some exercise (as advised in step 7) is a great idea too.

8. Get on the phone
Communication is so important during this time. Working from home can be isolating (especially if you live alone). To overcome this, ensure to keep up with regular team meeting via group calls. Check in with your colleagues throughout the day – even for a general chat not related to work. This is what you would usually do in the office and it is important to maintain this to make the day more enjoyable. Call people instead of email so that you can have proper conversations during the day which is so much more personal that email communication. You could even use Facetime for a more personal touch.

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west didsbury comedy fest goes online!

west didsbury comedy festival

So with the sad news that we have had to cancel/postpone the festival for now we are not just sitting back and taking that!

Over the dates of the festival we have 4 brand new online and live show formats for you featuring some of the brilliant acts we had booked to play the festival. 

Of course its a shame, but we will be back bigger and better than ever! For now please pick up a free ticket below for some amazing online comedy and please share! Let’s make this huge!

Check out our website for updates, news, listings and discounts! www.westdidsburycomedyfestival.com 

https://www.jokepit.com/comedy-by/west-didsbury-comedy-festival

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francis house virtual chick hunt

In the run up to and in the weeks after Easter, large knitted Easter chicks come home to roost in the windows of shops, restaurants, cafes and businesses throughout Didsbury village for the Francis House Easter Chick Hunt.

New for 2020

From 3 – 30 April all the chicks will remain with the Francis House team, but you can still find them all on their virtual chick trail. Click on a location to reveal the name of the chick, its temporary home and an interesting fact about Francis House. Test your memory and answer all 22 questions to reveal your score. Please help Francis House and the families we support by making a donation.

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the evolution of ‘thyme out’

Many of the local restaurants are having to evolve how they operate, and a great example is Thyme out, one of West Didsbury’s staple café/ restaurants.

Due to Covid-19, they’re changing how they do things, until further notice, they’ll be closed to walk-in customers, but we will be launching a delivery/ collection service as of Friday 20th March.

They’re also launching ‘Prepped’ an alternative take away – a great concept and bound to be a winner.  Check it out…. https://www.thymeoutfoodco.co.uk/index.html

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support your local traders

#didsbury

Support local businesses during this busy time, they’re here to support you!

Many of the fantastic local, independent businesses are offering local delivery for those stuck at home, and I believe stock levels are much better in local shops rather than the big chain stores.

If you own or run a local business, here is also a great place to get your message out there and help to support each other during this crazy time. https://twitter.com/hashtag/didsbury?lang=en

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covid-19 community help

A facebook group has been set up to support people, particularly those having to self-isolate throughout Didsbury, Withington and Burnage.

Set up by Jen Sevaris she’s establishing if anyone can help by doing shop runs, getting medications etc for people who cannot get out to do so then please volunteer on the face book page. Please write the times you are free, your name and area you will travel to, if you have a car and if you are DBS checked or not. For anyone needing help or knows someone who needs help for anything like food, medication etc just ask for help and hopefully someone from our community will be able to help. https://www.facebook.com/groups/138973914166677/?ref=group_header

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old school friday at ‘cove’ on burton road

Cove is a recent addition to the hugely popular Burton Road scene in West Didsbury and is the new spot to be seen at!! Come Join in for good vibes, fabulous people, great tunes & the best of all your favourite drinks & rum cocktails!

Join them for their ‘Old School Friday’ which takes place on the last Friday of each month, perfect for those waiting for pay day before they head out for some rum based fun!

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west didsbury comedy festival – new act competition heat 1

Heat One of the West Didsbury Comedy Festival New Act Competion takes place on Thursday 27th february 2020.

10 acts compete for a place in the final where ultimately the winner receives £250, a trophy and a shedload of kudos!

Come see the stars of tomorrow, plus an excellent MC in charge of proceedings and a special guest headliner!

Just £5 – a bargain! https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Manchester/The-Woodstock-Arms/West-Didsbury-Comedy-Festival-New-Act-Competition-Heat-1/13732773/

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grow your own vegetables, herbs and fruit workshop

Have fun learning how to grow vegetables, herbs and fruit in your own garden or allotment

This is a relaxed workshop suitable for beginners taking place at the Didsbury Parsonage Trust, Stenner Lane on 7th March.

The topics covered will include –
● Choosing a good location for growing
● Preparing soil and/or raised beds
● Growing under cover in greenhouses or polytunnels
● Crop rotation and ‘No Dig’ methods
● Choosing the best varieties for your garden
● Sowing seeds indoors and outdoors, aftercare & pricking out
● Caring and harvesting your vegetables and fruit
● Dealing with pests, weeds and diseases organically

You will leave with a clear plan of what to grow where and how to grow it.

The ticket includes refreshments and materials, but please bring a packed lunch. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/grow-your-own-vegetables-herbs-and-fruit-workshop-tickets-71034685657

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