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Talk & listen. Be there, feel connected.


Talk & listen. Be there, feel connected.

Keeping in touch with friends & family

Keeping connected is important for most of us, and for our wellbeing. Technology can help us, but often a simple phone call or text message is all you need to keep in touch.

Guide to WhatsApp: (GCF also covers most other apps)

A list of the best video chat apps:

How to use FaceTime (iPad, iPhone)

Getting started with Zoom:

How to use House Party:

Is video chat safe?

Recently in the news there has been concern over safety and security when using video chat apps, in particular Zoom. The company has said they are working quickly to fix any problems. 

As The Verge discuss in this video, no app or site is ever perfect, and we should be aware of any issues. Never disclose personal information online.


Religious celebrations - virtually

This BBC video gives some tips from people of faith around the world on how to use tech to connect with others and celebrate.

Advice issued for spending Ramadan in lockdown (BBC, 21st April).

New: Check out our May newsletter for more tips and links about staying healthy, productive and connected during this Ramadan.

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Sharing a virtual Iftar [BBC]

'Connect' isn't just about tech!

We can interpret the '5 Ways to Wellbeing' in all kinds of different ways: 

Pom pom wreath

A fantastic way to Connect with our community

One of the positive things to come out of this situation has been how our local neighbourhoods have come together to support each other.  Children have drawn rainbows, written chalk messages on pavements and even made fairy furniture to leave in parks.  One of our fabulous learning support workers, Christina, has come up with a beautiful way to brighten our doors and windows making multi coloured pom pom wreaths. All you need is some left over bits of wool, some scissors and a fork!  If you make one we would love to see the photos on our social media!


Health & Wellbeing with Denise

Join our tutor Denise for some relaxing hand and arm massage that anyone can do at home, how to make your own hair oil and a super-easy to make face mask to help re-hydrate your skin.

Denise Miller Wellbeing videos
Cut hair

How to cut your own hair at home in lockdown (BBC)

Some simple tips in this BBC video. No need to wait for the barbers or hairdresser to open, you can tidy up your own hair [ed: Barry does!]. If its your first time, just take off a bit. On the other hand, maybe its the perfect time to try a new style?

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