ANGUSalive still here to help you be healthy, active and creative in your own home

The charity ANGUSalive is working hard to support its members and the community with a variety of home-based culture, sport and leisure activities to keep you moving and motivated during these unprecedented times in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

ANGUSalive is the culture, sport and leisure trust for the county of Angus.  It offers residents and visitors to Angus a wealth of services which inspire healthy, active and creative lifestyle choices through the use of their sports centres, country parks, theatres and venues, museums, galleries, archives and libraries.  With the temporary closure of all its venues and programme of activities, the charity will instead be providing alternative culture, sport and leisure services via its online and social media channels to support the communities of Angus to stay healthy, active and creative at home.

Colin Knight, Senior Manager for Sport & Leisure for the charity said, “As we face new challenges during the outbreak of COVID-19, as always, the health and wellbeing of our customers, colleagues and the wider community is our top priority. We hope everyone is staying safe and we know that many of you will miss the huge role our venues play in your lives, so we have launched a comprehensive online and social media offering to help you to stay healthy, active and creative during these unprecedented times.  During the coming weeks it will be increasingly vital for everyone to try and keep active in both body and mind. We are doing all we can to support and connect with our regular members and the wider community at this time.”

It's more important than ever that we’re fit and well, and at ANGUSalive we are encouraging and helping to the communities of Angus to remain strong.  Keeping exercise as part of your daily routine is important for maintaining a healthy immune system, supporting your mental health and feeling good. To help you do this, all of our Sport and Leisure members can currently enjoy access to LES MILLS On Demand absolutely free.  With over 100 workouts to choose from, it keeps fitness routines on track, and there’s also sessions on mindfulness, post-pregnancy and even kids classes to keep them active too.  There will be a Les Mills workout of the week, live exercise classes from our very own instructors, as well as videos, advice and information covering long term conditions, children’s exercise classes, mental health, disability sport and football. 

Library members can still get their reading fix by downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks, and access eMagazines and eComics by registering on the Rbdigital website or the RBdigital app with a valid library card number and email address.  You can also sign up online to become a library member, if you aren’t currently registered.  There are many stories and resources available for anyone whose curious mind needs to be kept busy right now.  There will also be fun and interactive content on ANGUSalive’s Libraries facebook page with videos, stories and facts to bring the library offering to life.  A video from one of our Creative Learning Advisors shows how to make a paper chain snake, to go alongside one of our e-audiobooks, ‘The Snake Who came to Stay by Julia Donaldson’. 

The Museums and Galleries team at ANGUSalive have been busy coming up with fun activities, showcasing interesting collections, photos and fascinating facts, and interactive content.  Take a virtual tour of Kirriemuir Gateway to the Glens museum or make your own mini museum from objects around your home that are important to you and create a display to show them off. Look out for our podcasts where we will be lifting the veil on what goes on behind the scenes to run our libraries, museums, archives, galleries and managing a world class collection, with the first podcast on Pictish stones.
 
Our Angus Archives Facebook page will be sharing the activities that the team do on a day-to-day basis and how they bring their records to the public in helping to search for ancestors.  There are also some amazing historical documents and photos to be viewed.  As well as collections from the past, we need to document the present and are encouraging the people of Angus to record their experiences of the Coronavirus pandemic, which we will add to our collections and preserve for future generations.

We recognise that simple activities such as breathing fresh air, listening to birdsong or noticing wild flowers can all greatly improve our health and wellbeing during this time of uncertainty.  Our Countryside Adventure page will have ideas and activities for experiencing nature from your home; take part in a scavenger hunt, build your own den, make natural art from your garden and learn how to spot wildlife and birds from your home.

Lastly our ANGUSalive Webster Memorial Theatre Facebook page will be sharing some fun facts about theatre shows, famous people, photos and encouraging community engagement.
For more information be sure to check our social media pages.  We thank you for your patience during this challenging time and look forward to welcoming you all back in our venues when the time is right. Staying healthy, active and creative has never been so important, so please keep up the good work at home.  Please share your workout or activity with us on our venues’ Facebook pages, Twitter or Instagram page, we can’t wait to see you. #ANGUSalive