How Are You Coping with Lockdown?
Do you have any tips to help combat loneliness in self-isolation?
Can you recommend a good book, a film, TV programme we can watch for free?
Please let us to know so we can share them.
We haven’t had a proper meeting since March. Below is just one example of the evaluation mandelas we made back then with Deborah. There is a gallery on our website of all of the pieces we created at the American Clubhouse…click on ‘OLGBT Wellbeing Project’
Whilst all our social activites are currently suspended, some of us have kept in touch with Zoom meetings each Monday at 18.00. These will continue for the foreseeable future…you are welcome to join us.
Our Facebook Group is active as is our Twitter Account
Maurice has been coping with self-isolation with a schedule of daily piano and organ practice. Not everyone has instruments at home…so he’s fortunate. He spends quite a lot of time infront of another type of keyboard as you can see from this shot at his home computer. As well as organising virtual meetings for the group on Zoom, he also takes part in online conferencing and webinars. When it’s fine, he goes out into the tiny garden at the back to check out the local bird life who fly in to feed, have a drink of water or take a bath. Fresh bread is delivered on Fridays from Bread in Common and on Thursdays he joins his neighbours to clap for frontline workers. He has even managed to complete an online course on COVID-19 with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and UK Public Health Rapid Response Team. To relax, he is reading fiction by Philip Roth and watching Ozark on Netflix.
Resources You Might Find Useful in Lockdown
Staffordshire Buddies in the current crisis, have kindly extended their telephone support for clients to OLGBT Group members. If you would like to receive a weekly call from them, please ring 01782 613429
Street Angels Facebook page was set up to help indiviuduals who are self isolating. Help offered – help needed
Stoke on Trent COVID-19 Support Network – Local organisations and individuals willing to offer support or require help.
Look up NHS 111 online to check and follow their advice if you think you may have symptoms of COVID-19
Esri UK Portal for Public Health England, World Health Organisation (WHO) and John Hopkins University & Medicine – real time data on total cases, patients recovered and deaths
Switchboard provides a one-stop listening service for LGBT+ people on the phone, by email or through Instant Messaging