Be Connected

How to be Connected

Having a strong support network can help you through difficult times in life and can combat feelings of loneliness or isolation. With the people around you; family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.

It’s important to keep in touch with family and friends and you can do this through telephoning them or using apps such as Skype where you can see the person that you are talking to and you can add people on the call. This can help you to feel close to them even if you can’t be with them.

A few suggestions…

Keeping Social

Different people engage in different forms and different levels of activities. Being active is important for both our physical and mental health

The Silver Line telephone friendship - Also Silver Line Friends and Silver Circles schemes for +55yr olds. Tel: 0800 4708 090

Sanatan Mandirphone chat service from a local community organisation supporting people, in isolation and who need to hear a friendly voice. At moment in Gujarati, Hindi & English. Chat with volunteers, to ease feelings of anxiety & loneliness.  Tel: 0116 2661402 or 07802491676 or 07876213780 from 10am - 4.30pm 

Shama Women's Centre - Offer a volunteer led chat service called Corona Comrades  to people who are feeling lonely - Tel: 0116 251 4747 or Beena 07756 595 573  to book your chat Mon-Fri 10am -3pm

A Virtual Chatty Café - email for the Zoom meeting ID– Alex and Jenny look forward to seeing you

Quarantine Chat - Talk on the phone with someone else stuck at home. Worldwide & Free 

Join a Home Choir - The Sofa Singers - 7.30 on a Tues Evening -you'll need to register & download Zoom.

Play Cards Online with your friends (2-4 people) with a video option. Play the games you love with friends and family or get matched with other live players at your level. 

BT's free resources - for keeping in touch during the pandemic

Guides to help you stay in touch and connected - with your friends and family

RVS’s Virtual Village Hall - A programme of themed online sessions. Activities have been designed for people to do at home! available to access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and feature both live and pre-recorded activities to join in with. Timetable for all upcoming new activities on the website. There are also downloadable guides to print off and post to family members who may not have access to the internet.

Secret Cinema - Virtually the best film club in the world! At 8pm (GMT) on Friday, thousands hit play at the same time to watch some of the greatest films together. There are character and costume suggestions, era-defining music and activities to do & food and drink ideas relating to each film. 

Board Games - How can we make the most of this family entertainment in lockdown? Some FREE games, many charged for   

Support for Carers - Tues & Fri live sessions for carers to chat & support each other  

Carers UK Forum - Free forum for support. Donations appreciated