Do look after your wellbeing

While the country is in lockdown and we are all being asked to stay at home, it can be hard to find things to do. We’ve collected together some resources, including activities, tips and ideas. We hope that these links will inspire you to spend your time doing something fun, creative or relaxing.

If you have any suggestions for activities or resources to include on this page please email

Free distraction pack

Derventio has created a distraction pack filled with activities, tips and ideas to stay healthy and busy during the lockdown period.

The 16-page booklet includes puzzles and activities including Sudoku, wordsearch and a stay at home bingo game. It has tips on enjoying the outdoors and looking after your wellbeing. There are also lots of links to advice and online resources for more games, activities and free content. We hope it will inspire people to find ways to spend their time doing something fun, creative or relaxing.

It has been shared with everyone living in our supported housing as well as the people we work with through our employability and skill-building projects.

It is also available for individuals, groups and organisations to download and use. This resource is free to access. If you find it helpful, please do consider making a donation to support our work with people facing homelessness and other challenges.

Download Free Distraction Pack

More free activities, tips and ideas

Puzzles and Games

BrainBashers (brainteasers, puzzles, riddles and optical illusions)

Brainzilla (puzzles, word games, logic games and brainteasers)

DadsWorksheets (worksheets, puzzles and games)

Free printable puzzles

Ken’s Dingbats (and other word puzzles)

Hexalia Games


Words Up? (trivia quizzes and word games)


Art and Creativity

Artcore live craft and art sessions

Chrome Music Lab

Colouring pages for adults

Create to Connect

Doodle – games and activities celebrating the art of mark making and drawing




#HoldStill – submit your photographic portrait to the National Portrait Gallery

How to Draw Worksheets

Isolation Art School (projects, lessons and tips by artists)

Letters of Constraint (National Justice Museum)

Photography techniques with Jon Legge

Street Cones free online workshops

Write 2 Connect

Mental Health and Wellbeing

10 Days of Happiness free online coaching

Free NHS talking therapy services with Insight Healthcare

Mental wellbeing while staying at home

Mindfulness exercises and tips

Vitaminds (NHS Mental Health Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Services)

Wellness Society Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook

Exercise and Fitness

5 top tips to stay safe while cycling

Active at Home booklet

Couch to 5k

Digme Fitness free workouts

Get fit for free

Home workout videos

Ramblers walking challenge #RoamSweetHome

Sport England #StayInWorkOut

Skills and Learning

British Sign Language (BSL) lessons

Duolingo (learn a language for free)

How to juggle with Mat Ricardo

The Skills Toolkit (free digital and numeracy courses)


BBC Sounds

Free ebooks, magazines and audiobooks from your local library

Live-streaming concerts and DJ sets

Radio stations and podcasts

Stage shows, musicals and opera

Culture and Travel

Access Mars (explore a 3D replica of the Martian surface)

Craft activities, film suggestions and more at Virtual QUAD

Deda Live in Your Living Room

Derby Museums – virtual tours of past exhibitions

First Art Go the Distance

Google Arts and Culture

Travel the world with these livestream cameras


#30DaysWild Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Barons Court Project Wellbeing Pack

Canals at Home

Cyber Aware

Derby Overview of Support (courtesy of Sabina Talib, BBO Stakeholder Manager for Derby)

Homeless Link list of resources

How to identify birds

Jack Monroe recipes

Wildlife gardening