Chat Central July News

We’ve had some great times together over the last few months and slowly conditions are easing for many people. We are not safe to go back to indoor get together activities yet and so we still have a full on-line programme. We are hoping to have some small scale outdoor walks/coffees in July (let me know if you’ re interested as these will still be in small groups so won’ t be widely advertised). We are also hoping to have a slightly larger scale get together at the end of the month – but this is dependent on both good weather and continuing lowering of Covid-19 risk so do check before turning up (see below).






11am -12

Drop-in coffee morning

11am - 12

Drop-in coffee morning

12 -12.30pm

Culture Club

2 - 2.45pm



12 - 12.30pm

Culture Club

2 - 3pm Drumming


Drumming- beginners

2pm Drumming

2pm Drumming


2pm Drumming

4 - 5pm


4 - 5pm


3.30 - 4.30pm

Chair Yoga

Please do join us - on zoom via video or phone Video link - https: //
To join by phone dial 0131 460 1196 Meeting ID: 442 864 444

Then it will ask you for participant ID or # - so just press #

For drumming follow this link https: //


Chat Central

We also often have spontaneous activities happening that members organise and I will keep people informed of things happening – if you would like to be kept in the loop – please let me know your contact details and look out for them on social media @ChatCentral2 Instagram: chatcentralcoventry. We also have a new Chat Central Facebook Page


What are our on-line events?

1. Drop-in coffee morning– a chance for anyone to come along for a general chat amongst friends – you can join this session via phone only if you want - don’ t need internet access.

2. Culture Club– a new activity for July – come along and talk about any TV, film, book, radio, music etc that you are enjoying. We may decide to watch something and discuss it, people may bring a short poem to share and discuss – let’ s see… .. you can join this session via phone only if you want - don’ t need internet.

3. Crafts– Seyedeh shows us how to make various creative projects, using things that you have around the house – you can just watch or join in, relax and chat at the same time as learning new skills

4. Mindfulness/meditation– Manjit guides us in various ways and methods to feel peaceful and calm and live in the present moment – you can join this session via the phone only if you want – don’ t need internet.

5. Dancing– Seyedeh runs a very inclusive and enjoyable dance session with a mixture of Iranian/Arabic/Western/Bollywood tracks – open to all - you can use as much or as little energy as you like.

6. Chair Yoga– Neeta run this inclusive yoga session – is a lovely stretch for everyone – easy for those that need it and more challenging if you are more experienced. Make sure that you talk to Neeta if you have any physical conditions that need to be thought about.

7. Drumming – Mahendra runs a daily drumming workshop for beginners and intermediate - it’ s fun and stress busting

All of our activities are run by volunteers who share their skills and time with us for nothing. Please make sure that you take care of yourself and only join in with what you can manage and let the leader know if you have anything that might make it hard for you to participate.


Special Events


Cooking class/demo

Come and learn how to cook/prepare a simple curry, a superfood salad, cookies and smoothies, as well as some top tips for easy healthy eating. 

Three sessions on Wed afternoons 2-3pm July 15th, 22nd, 29th 



Thursday July 30th 2-4pm

Drumming, yoga and Picnic in the park (weather and pandemic permitting)

We hope that by this date we can safely meet up outside for a drumming workshop and a picnic (bring your own food and drink) – we will keep to social distancing rules and meet outside.  If the weather is bad it won’t happen and if it’s uncertain – check with me first on 07840 550801.


Other things for you to get involved with...

 Skills for Volunteering and Employment

Part of the Your Future, Your Integration Project. A project to integrate refugees into the wider community of Coventry. A 6 -8 week course, mix of paper and online learning that looks at Team building, goal setting, the history of Coventry and much much much more. Course starts 16 July 2020 at 2pm If you complete all parts of the course, free trip to Stratford (when safe) You will need to be able to access a meeting through a phone, smart phone, tablet or computer.

If you are interested in joining the course or for more information contract Ruth Burdett or phone 07707436034


Improving Lives

If you would like to explore the possibility of volunteering as a way to improving your opportunities, skills, confidence and many other factors, please do get in touch so that we can discuss the Improving Lives course. We are planning to deliver the course online via Zoom. The course will be run every Wednesday and Friday morning for eight weeks.

For further information, please email Immy. Look forward to hearing from you. Immy and Cheska, course tutors.”


Foleshill Crates

If you have Facebook and you like art – Foleshill Creates has an art workshop every Tuesday at 10.30am on Facebook Live

There’s always something new and it’s a fun, relaxed class


New Volunteers

We are always looking for new volunteers who are willing to get involved with our activities and maybe to call up people on the phone also for a friendly chat.


The Big Lunch

We had a great, fun, on-line party in June – we had a really packed programme with cookery demo, drumming workshop, children’s games, a quiz, a dance party, a sharing of people’s work and general chat with food and drink.  I have attached some photos and comments from it if you would like to see it.