Being creative to stay engaged and connected
For the April meeting, the Ballarat - Bacchus Marsh Regional Network had their first videoconferencing meeting. Due to the current challenging and unique global situation, all Regional and Community Networks are being held online instead of meeting face-to-face.
Although many Network members have not used Zoom before, it was a straightforward process to get into the meetings by simply clicking the meeting’s hyperlink or by calling the meeting’s landline number.
Connecting through Zoom gave everyone the opportunity to continue to connect and share experiences. It was also special to meet members who previously could not attend meetings due to distance or transport issues.
The Network agreed that it was important to continue regular routines as normal and safe as possible. Many members are still adjusting and adapting to physical distancing. They shared their ideas on how they managed:
- Join online movie club watching “bad movies” together
- Join online social drinks club
- Taking on new hobbies: gardening, woodworking or gardening
- Joining other online community groups: book clubs, exercise clubs
- Exercising indoors and outdoors
- Getting creative and entering short or long writing competitions
The Network also discussed the importance of following up with medical appointments through Telehealth, persisting with TAC, NDIS or My Aged Care for plans or equipment orders, having honest conversations with carers (see link here), and discussing with your local doctor about having the flu shot.
It was a successful first online meeting to share and remain connected with each other.
Details of our next event
Thursday, 21 May 2020
Zoom online – from the comfort of your own home
Expanding the Network, brainstorming ideas for future online meetings
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