Staying connected

The COVID-19 situation can make you feel lonely, sad and anxious so it’s important to make the time to stay virtually connected to friends and family. Schedule some chill-out time to let your mind take a break and video chat, visit galleries, play games with friends or even people from across the world. There are many ways to stay connected even while physically apart.

What does “Staying Connected” mean? Click here for an Easy Read to help explain the concept.

Using online technology to connect

Video calling

Most smartphones and computers can make and receive video calls so that you can hear and see the person you’re talking to. Video chatting is a great way to stay in touch with family and friends.

There are many different free apps you can use to make video calls including Whatsapp, Facetime and Facebook Messenger.

View the step by step guide on how to video call and receive a video call.

Zoom is another great free video app you can communicate with family and friends. You can learn more about how to use and install Zoom here.

 

Digital Games

Do you enjoy getting together with others to play games?

While sitting around a table with friends from other households to play boardgames isn’t possible right now, you can have a similar experience playing games online through apps, consoles or streaming services. Here’s a list of games for small and large groups to get you started.

  • Houseparty is a free video chat app with loads of features to enhance your experience.
    If you love a game night trivia, Pictionary and Heads Up are available to play as a group.
  • Pogo.com has many different free online games such as Scrabble and Yahtzee party and card games such as Uno are also available to play with others online.
  • Words with Friends on your phone.

If you’re looking for other game recommendations, there’s a nice little summary here.

 

Social media

Checking in with others, sharing a nice photo or finding a funny video are all possible through social media platforms. Just remember that you get to decide who and what goes on your feed – if you’re seeing too much news (or fake news), or negative people are getting you down, you can hide, mute or unfollow this content.

Facebook – Blind Citizens Australia Happy Hour - have been created to keep Australians who are blind or vision impaired connected during this period of self-isolation.

Disability Horizons’ Facebook Group is a great place to meet and connect with others, either friends and family or people from all across the world.

And of course Endeavour Foundation Facebook page where we share news and events and encourage you to join the conversation and become an active part of our community.

 

Cyber Safety

While it can be fun to explore online its also very important to stay safe.

Endeavour Foundation has put together a Cyber Safety Video that covers cyber bullying, online identity and financial safety and how to stay safe online.

You can also view the Cyber Safety Easy Read here.

 

Offline ways to connect

If you don’t have technology, that’s fine too. There are many ways to stay connected with family and friends in different ways.

Write letters and postcards.

Writing a letter is a wonderful way to keep in contact and there is nothing better than receiving a personalised letter in the mailbox. Some ideas you might want to write about include:

  • What you have been doing
  • How you are feeling
  • Something funny or interesting that you would like share
  • Asking how the person you are writing to is feeling

Download a template here.

You may want to also include something in your letter like a photo or drawing.

Be sure to write the person’s home address on the front and a stamp to post, and your address on the back of the envelope. You may even receive a letter back!

 

Create a picture book

You can also make your own personalised book to give to a friend.

Use your creativity to tell a story and draw your own illustrations. What a great keepsake for friends and family during this time.

Find your template here.

 

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