Virtual communities and support networks you can join right now
In a time like this, it’s crucial that we connect with each other. Social distancing doesn’t need to be synonymous with feeling lonely, and at Kindred, we are more committed to our community than ever. Our bricks-and-mortar members’ space may be temporarily closed but when all is stripped bare, we fall back onto our core values: community and the power of human connection.
There are plenty of ways to connect with your community online, and we’ve rounded up a few to help you through the next few weeks.
4 ways to keep connected during lock-down
Not only is Twitter a great place to encounter a variety of different voices, but also to open up a discussion with different people. Be cautious of ‘fake news’ articles or pseudo-science remedies/ cures, but otherwise enjoy the opportunity to source anecdotal experiences people have had. Here are 4 hashtags we’ve found to be the most popular:
If you’re looking for a constant stream of updates on the status of Covid-19 in the UK: #CoronaVirusUK & #Covid19UK
If you’re looking for a mixture of stories from people in isolation, with equal parts memes and equal parts conversation starters, #LockDown is currently a hot hashtag to follow when you’re in your downtime.
The chosen hashtag adopted by NHS professionals, experts, and political party leaders, #StayHomeSaveLives is the hashtag where you’ll find the most scientific and critical discussions around social distancing and the effect that staying home can have on saving lives, #FlatteningTheCurve, and relieving some pressure on the NHS.
Global Citizen has launched the #TogetherAtHome Livestream series for musicians to share intimate concerts and create a sense of global community. So far, Chris Martin and John Legend have performed, with many more scheduled for the coming days.
FACEBOOK & WHATSAPP MUTUAL AID GROUPS
More than 1,000 volunteer groups have been set up to help those who are self-isolating during the Covid-19 outbreak.
This has led to tens of thousands people coming forward as volunteers, offering to pick up shopping or deliver medicine to the most vulnerable. While you can still volunteer online for the NHS, this is a great way to see how those in your local community need help, and also open up discussions with others on how your neighbours are being affected.
Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK, an umbrella organisation coordinating the groups, is itself run by around a dozen volunteers from south London. You can find the full list here, in an open Google sheet. Here are the most local groups to us in Hammersmith:
Social distancing is necessary to curb this pandemic. But it is also going to be isolating and emotionally draining for people worldwide who will be cut off from regular companionship, going out to see friends, and maintaining their existing relationships. A lot of businesses are responding by creating a steady stream of content that may be able to help, including online events.
At Kindred, we’re creating high-quality events with a 720p definition webcam on a Zoom conference call. Our team are hard at work (from home) creating fun, easy-going, and upbeat events you can join from the comfort of your own home. So far we’ve seen an online poetry night, some skill-swapping classes, and daily goal setting and check-ins with our co-working members.
Our events are open to everyone and we’d love to see you there! The best way to find out about these is to become a Social Member (which is completely free to join) at Kindred, and you’ll receive an email every Monday letting you know what’s coming up in the week to come.
You can also join our Slack channel, which is open to everyone and free to join. We post our upcoming events on Slack every week. Click here to join (this link will take you directly to our Slack channel)
It’s important to try and find ways to retain some sense of normality, no matter how big or small. We’ve compiled a list of ways that you can try and inject a small amount of normality into your day:
We hope this has been somewhat informative and helpful for those who feel as though they are at a bit of a loss. Please feel free to get in contact with the team at Kindred if you think there’s anything we can do to help. Likewise, if you have any tips on how to stay connected during this time, let us know by emailing in at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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