Keeping in touch with people despite the quarantine conditions

Top tips for staying connected while the UK is in lockdown. 

It’s been moving to see how the devastating Covid-19 virus has prompted families and communities to pull together, but there are still many people who feel isolated, lonely and scared. Whether we’re clapping the NHS or chatting to an elderly neighbour through the widow, there are plenty of ways to reach out. Here are a few ideas.

By post

Some of us have forgotten that such a thing even exists, but as Royal Mail is still operating you could use your daily walk to post a letter to an elderly relative. Receiving something through the letterbox can really mean a lot to someone who is alone and vulnerable, and children also love receiving letters. If you’re not much of a letter writer, why not order some family photos or flowers and have them delivered?

Online

You can send daily emails with pictures, silly YouTube clips, recipes, Bible verses and anything else you can think of to loved ones around the world. Apps like WhatsApp, Zoom and Skype are great for having ‘face-to-face’ conversations with people. Share a cup of tea with your neighbour, grandparents or children from the comfort of your armchair! Lots of people are using social media sites like Twitter and Facebook to post funny content or to inspire people to stay safe during this time. Whether you’re doing PE with Joe Wicks, maths lessons with Carol Vorderman or listening to free music from a range of entertainers, share the love with friends who might not be aware of these helpful resources.

At ‘vert church’

Many churches are hosting services online while the physical buildings we normally meet in our closed. Take part yourself and invite others to join in. Why not post a link on your social media as an encouragement to Christian friends and an outreach to others? You can also arrange virtual prayer meetings, Bible studies and fellowship meals online to help the whole congregation feel connected and involved. If you’re not part of a church, turn your exercise time into a prayer walk and pray for each house you pass. Pray for key workers and those with virus symptoms.

Using your windows

Lots of people are decorating their windows with rainbows, teddy bears and Easter eggs to bring a bit of cheer to those around them. It can be really nice for those who are strolling around your neighbourhood for their daily exercise to see pictures, poems, riddles and anything else you can think of to break up the monotony.

Through community groups

Lots of estates already had community groups in place, but there are also many coronavirus-specific groups popping up across the UK. With a focus on helping the elderly, disabled, sick, needy and vulnerable in our communities, why not sign up and see if there’s a way for you to get involved? It could be something as simple as making sure a new mum has everything she needs for her baby or an elderly neighbour has his medication. You might be able to mow the lawn for an NHS worker, draw a picture for an intensive care ward or share resources with homeschooling parents. Everyone is affected by this virus but we can all do our bit to share the burden and provide help and relief to those in our neighbourhoods.