Four ways to keep our community connected
Posted by on 20th March 2020
The Cares Family has suspended face-to-face activities, in order to help keep our whole community safe. As our network of older neighbours are now facing the difficult prospect of self-isolating, we’re developing innovative ways to keep them, and you, connected.
We’ve been overwhelmed with hundreds of kind offers of support and wanted to share four ways you can help.
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2. Send us a creative activity
Deadline: Sunday 22nd March
In place of our usual April Social Clubs programme, we’ll be sending out a programme of daily activities – one for every day of the month. This will go out to all of our younger and older neighbours, so that we can take part in something fun together, from afar.
This will be things like “April 1st: Write a limerick using the town you grew up in” or “April 2nd: Make a hat out of objects you can find around your home.” When clubs are back up again, we’d love to throw a huge party celebrating this work.
We’ve got 30 days to fill, so If you’ve got any ideas for creative tasks that an older neighbour could easily do at home, please email them to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Send us a letter, poem, note, drawing – anything!
Deadline: Sunday 22nd March (and ongoing)
Inside the April programme, we’ll also include notes from the community. This might be a favourite poem, a drawing, a letter, or just a note to say you’re thinking of your neighbours. Here's a handy guide to get you started.
We’ll be asking for these throughout the period our activities are suspended, but we’d love to include some in the April post (below is Max's letter, which sums it up perfectly). Please email email@example.com with your notes.
4. Practical support
We're responding quickly to the changing circumstances, and across The Cares Family we are already piloting a shopping and food delivery service, phone friendships and digital social clubs. We're working hard, alongside many other organisations, to make sure no one is left behind.
We'd love to hear from you if you might be willing to support with any of the following:
- Phone Friendships – Catching up with an older neighbour regularly on the phone
- Running a virtual social club – How about yoga on Facebook live, or creative writing on Zoom?
- Shopping or practical support – Our sister charity East London Cares is piloting a shopping service this week. We’ll evaluate if it’s possible to provide this across all of our branches. If not, we’ll let you know about other organisations doing this work and connect you.
- Anything! We're innovating quickly but we need your support. We promise no idea or suggestion is too outlandish.
Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, thank you. We really do need each other, more than ever. Please help us be alone, together.