Staying connected improves wellbeing

Posted: 16/04/2020

Maintaining and strengthening the bond between you and other people in your life can really improve your wellbeing, as well as relieve any feelings of anxiety and loneliness.

We know that this is not always easy to do and you may not have the resources or connections that you need to make this happen.

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!

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.

It’s important that we are here for each other. If you know someone who’s vulnerable, or needs a helping hand getting online, we hope this list will make a difference in helping you, and them, to achieve this!

Together, we can make real change to people’s lives.

Digital

Social distancing may have put a stop to visiting your family, friends and colleagues, but there’s plenty of ways to keep the community spirit alive!

Why not organise a Whatsapp group to help you keep in touch? You can swap recipes, photos and stories with your neighbours and loved ones to boost everyone’s spirits. Just a few messages a day, or a quick phone-call, can have such a massive impact on your wellbeing.

Social media platforms are a great way to connect with others. Try Facebook for instant messaging, Instagram for photos and videos, and Twitter for staying up to date with current affairs.

If you need support in setting up a social media profile, we’re just a click away. We have created a few quick and easy guides to help you along on your digital journey. They’re coming soon – so keep your eyes peeled!

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 and as if you’re in the same room. It’s sure to help your wellbeing! Try downloading apps like House Party, Zoom or Skype to video chat with friends, family or neighbours.

Volunteering

It’s crucial we all do our bit and play a part in supporting the most vulnerable in communities, if we are able.

If you have some spare time on your hands 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 be struggling to buy groceries or medicines. We promise that this will make all the difference in someone’s day – and it’ll help you feel good whilst doing it!

To find local volunteering opportunities you can check out:

Do-It https://doit.life/coronaresponse?utm_source=gov
Volunteering Matters https://volunteeringmatters.org.uk/
Reach Volunteering https://reachvolunteering.org.uk/.

Support

Social distancing can be frustrating, lonely or boring, and can affect your feelings of wellbeing. No one should feel alone, even if they’re self isolating. If you know anyone who is shielding or self-isolating why not reach out and show them you care? A simple call or text message is golden!

We’re all coming together to support each other! As a message of solidarity to the NHS, draw or paint a picture of a rainbow and stick it in your window, or clap for them with your neighbours every Thursday at 8pm.

If you, or someone you know, needs help with shopping, medication and more whilst you’re self isolating, 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’re always on hand to support you and your loved ones with your wellbeing. If you need help or advice please get in contact with us today

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