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As COVID-19 spreads it will be harder for people to maintain social connections during periods of social distancing or self-isolation. During this time, learning to stay connected in different ways will be vital to our well-being.
Tips on how to remain connected
- Call your friends, colleagues and relatives regularly on the phone.
- Reach out and check on your neighbours and assist those who may be isolated or unable to cope, especially our older neighbours.
- Leave a contact card in your neighbour’s mailbox with your phone number and how you can help i.e. shopping or running errands. You can use council’s free downloadable postcard [143KB]. #covidkindness #coastiekindness
- If you can’t physically visit can you speak to your neighbours from over a fence, across balconies or from the end of the driveway?
- Create a Facebook group with neighbours, share how you’re getting on and ask other people how they are, share knowledge, skills and resources.
- Use video calls when you cannot physically visit. You and do this on your computer or smart phone using Skype, Zoom or Facebook Messenger.
- Red Cross can provide you with a daily telephone call to check on your well-being through a service known as Telecross.
- Showing kindness to others not only helps them but can also increase your sense of purpose and value, improving your own well-being.