- Last updated:
- 31 Mar 2020
As coronavirus (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]. #covikindness #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.
Share resources and stay connected to your neighbours
Spare Harvest is a movement of like-minded people who relish and practice the value of living more sustainable. That can be anything like connecting together to source eggs from the backyard down the road, buy vegies from the next suburb or sharing gardening equipment with neighbours.
Nextdoor is the neighbourhood hub for trusted connections and the exchange of helpful information, goods, and services. Join your neighbourhood.
Apps to help connect
From Houseparty to Hangouts, these apps can help you stay social in coronavirus isolation:
- Houseparty - allows video chats and games between a small groups of friends.
- Bunch - is an app that lets you play mobile games with your friends. All you need to do is start the game via Bunch and text them a link.
- Google Hangouts - uses your Google account, you can have up to 50 people in a single call.
- Zoom – brings video conferencing, online meetings and group messaging into one easy-to-use application.
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