The Network’s informal peer support continues online
In April, the Bendigo Regional Network continues to provide informal peer support for members in their first online meeting. Due to the current challenging and unique global situation, all Regional and Community Networks are now being held online instead of meeting face-to-face.
It was exciting to try “Zoom” as new way of engaging with different members of the community, especially with new members who previously could not attend meetings due to time or distance.
It was an engaging and supportive meeting, as each member shared their experiences from the past month. It was a good opportunity to share tips and new perspectives. The Network agreed that it was important to continue their regular routines as normal and safe as possible.
The Network acknowledged the importance of connecting with others through phone calls, video conferencing and new hobbies to keep busy. There were suggestions of keeping physically active indoors and outdoors, re-learning past hobbies such as drawing, woodworking or gardening, watching thought provoking short videos, and the benefits of using assistive technology and smartphone to remotely turn on / off various equipment at home.
There were also discussions on having honest conversations with carers (see link here), sharing experiences of local care agencies and other methods of finding appropriate carers, finding supplies such as gloves and hand sanitiser, maintaining medical appointments, and reminders that people with disability have priority access to flu vaccinations.
It was a successful first online meeting to share thoughts and to remain connected with each other. Although many 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.
Details of our next event
Wednesday, 13 May 2020
Zoom online - from the comfort of your home
Guest speaker from Department of Human Services: medicinal marijuana
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