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Staying connected with friends & family

It’s easier than ever to stay connected with friends and family from the comfort of your home. Here’s a few tips.

While socially isolating is key to keeping our community safe and healthy, it can make a lot of us feel disconnected, even lonely. That’s why it’s important to stay in contact with friends and family, even though may not be able to see them in person.

Luckily, with the magic of technology, there are more ways than ever to maintain regular and meaningful social contact.

Scheduled catch ups

Try to organise regular digital catchups with friends and family. There are many ways you can do this, such as phone calls, emails, video chat or even just texting.

Use your email account to make and send calendar invites, so you can keep track of who you’ll be speaking to, and when.  This might also be a great time to reconnect with old friends you haven’t spoken to in a while!

Get creative

Now is the perfect time to get creative with how you communicate with the most important people in your life.

Here are some new activities you can take up together:

  • Start a virtual book club. If you don’t have physical copies of the same book, you can purchase one online and read it on your kindle or tablet.

  • Teach younger family members some of your favourite family recipes. This is a great way to bond over stories, share tradition and pass on a few skills you have hidden up your sleeve.

  • Share a meal, snack or happy hour over video call. Anything from a ten-minute coffee chat in the morning, to a Friday night cocktail party. Read our guide on FaceTime.

  • Set up a secret package service. Get friends or family members to sign up, share your addresses, and anonymously send care packages to each other with food, alcohol or even fun items from around the house.

Don’t let physical isolation keep you feeling socially isolated. With an internet connection, your loved ones are only a click away.

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