Keeping connected to improve wellbeing

It’s so important to stay connected with your friends, family and neighbours.

Maintaining and strengthening the bond between you and other people in your life can really improve your health and wellbeing.

We’ve pulled together a list of tips to help you keep in touch with those closest to you, and advice on how you can help those who may need a bit of extra support to stay connected within your community.

Digital

It’s a new era and we’re seeing even more people and groups turn to digital resources to stay connected and to keep community spirit alive!

If you want to reach out to your family, friends and colleagues, why not organise a WhatsApp group to help you keep in touch? You can swap recipes, photos, and stories with your neighbours and to make everyone smile. Just a few messages a day, or a quick phone-call, can have such a massive impact on your wellbeing and happiness.

Social media platforms are a great way to connect with others, no matter how far away they are. Try Facebook for instant messaging, Instagram for photos and videos, and Twitter for staying up to date with current affairs.

There are also plenty of apps and digital platforms that will help you keep communicating. Seeing someone’s face whilst chatting to them can help you feel closer,as if you’re in the same room. It’s sure to boost your wellbeing! Try downloading apps like House Party, Zoom, or Skype to video chat with friends, family, or neighbours.

If you need support in setting up a social media profile, or starting a video call, we’re just a click away. We have created a few quick and easy guides to help you along on your digital journey. You can find them here!

Volunteering

Volunteering is a fantastic way that you can connect with others, and it’ll help you feel good while you’re doing it!

If you want to give back to your community and believe you could help to make a difference to other people’s wellbeing there are plenty of great organisations looking for volunteers.

Offer your time and support to local charities, businesses, or even reach out to a neighbour that could use an extra helping hand.

To find local volunteering opportunities you can check out:

Do-It

Volunteering Matters

Reach Volunteering

Support

We’re all spending a bit more time at home, which can affect your feelings of wellbeing. If you know anyone who is finding their time a bit difficult, why not reach out and show them you care? A simple call or text message is golden!

If you, or someone you know, needs help with shopping, medication and more, your local Council has set up a dedicated helpline to support those who need it:

Spirit of Salford: 0800 952 1000

Oldham Council: 0161 770 7007

Knowsley Council: 0800 073 0043

Cheshire West & Chester Council: 0300 123 7031

We are here to help if you need someone to talk to; whether its advice, a concern you have, or just a friendly voice to chat with, please reach out to us – that’s what we’re here for!

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