Keeping Connected – General Guides & Advice

General guides and advice

Age UK

What?

Age UK are offering advice about staying digitally connected during the Covid-19 pandemic, including how to help older friends and family get online.

How?

The internet and digital technology can be invaluable for staying in touch with family and friends, as well as helping with everyday tasks such as shopping, ordering prescriptions, and banking.

More Information

There is a lot more detailed and useful information that you can find here

Innovations in Dementia

What?

Innovations in Dementia have created resources for volunteers who are offering to help people with dementia in their practical day to day tasks.

How?

To help volunteers gain a better understanding of your situation they have produced a volunteer guide and four short videos designed for individuals who are supporting a person with dementia. These are endorsed by the British Psychological Society, Alzheimer’s Society and NAPA (National Activity Providers Association).

More Information

You can access the volunteer guide and videos here.

Ofcom- Stay Connected During the Coronavirus

What?

Ofcom has gathered together seven key tips for phone use, in order to stay connected during the pandemic.

How?

This includes advice and instructions regarding how to lower the demands on your connection and how to test the speed on your broadband line.

More Information

There is a lot more detailed and useful information that you can find here.

Campaign to End Loneliness

What?

The second webinar of their series on Loneliness in the time of Covid-19 focuses on bridging the digital divide.

How?

Over 100 participants from charities, local government, academia, and health and care came together to talk about their experiences and learning.

More Information

There is a lot more detailed and useful information that you can find here.

Age UK Gloucestershire

What?

Age UK Gloucestershire are offering people support in order to help them stay connected during the pandemic.

How?

This includes their Freephone Telephone Friendship Line, On-line Springboard Group and Greet Your Street @11am initiative.

More Information

There is a lot more detailed and useful information that you can find here.

Mind and Health

What?

Mind and Health have pulled together some tips for how you can stay connected at work and with your friends and family in this period of change.

How?

Visit their website and look through their list of ideas, for example you may wish to send one of their #WritingToSayHello postcards to someone that’s important to you, which can be downloaded from the link below.

More Information

Mind and Health would love to hear about how you are connecting with others too. You can send them your ideas and suggestions by emailing contactus@health-in-mind.org.uk. For general information and support click here.

Bridge House Care Home & Day Centre

What?

Bridge House have found creative ways to enable residents to keep in contact with their families during the pandemic.

How?

Bridge House has a Facebook page where families can see what their relatives have been doing through photographic updates and description. In addition to the use of Positivity Message Boards, Skype, recorded messages that are then emailed to relatives, letters, and making connections with local schools who have been sending pictures and hand-made gifts.

More Information

Bridge House Facebook page