Many of our members provide important community based services like fitness classes, coffee mornings or befriending. If you run a regular social group or event out in the community, why not host it online instead?
Regular online talks, classes and tutorials could become a lifeline to those who are lonely and unable to leave the house. Here are some free video conferencing tools you could use:
Once you have decided on your best online video tool, simply add an event on the platform. Take a look at this example of a virtual coffee morning for some inspiration.
2. Start an online group
If you're self-isolating or have been advised to avoid contact with people you normally socialise or work with, you can use the platform to stay connected, chat and share experiences with others.
We recently heard of a day care centre having to close its doors in order to protect the elderly and vulnerable. The day centre manager created a private group space and invited members to join the online group.
Here she can keep members informed of future events, find volunteers and provide a private space for members to message each other and chat as a whole group.
The evidence suggests that coronavirus is affecting older people and people with existing health conditions, such as lung and heart conditions. The Government are encouraging people with symptoms to avoid seeing older relatives or people with health conditions to avoid passing it on to them.
However, there are still ways that we can offer to help some of the most vulnerable and isolated members in our community.
For example, could you help older relatives and neighbours to buy food and deliver it on the doorstep? Could you offer to collect a prescription for a neighbour or walk a dog? It’s easy to post offers of help and request support in exchange for time credits.
With the current Coronavirus pandemic we need to act now to protect people who may potentially be left without any support in the event of care services being overwhelmed by their staff absence through self isolating.
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We know that tough times are ahead but if we all show a little extra kindness and consideration to each other, we can be stronger together.