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Travels from a living room

Read below a blog entry about loneliness during the lockdown, written by one of our members .

Travels from a living room.

Lockdown hits hard, the thought of shielding for twelve weeks was daunting; no contact with the outside world and just having four painted walls of varying colours for company, left me distraught! During this time, I was many people’s lifeline, a great privilege and many stories were shared. Me time, however, was empty and so the journey begins!

Inspired by the quote “they fought in the war; all we have to do is sit at home” my thoughts transcended to embarking on a journey with my technology device. Where could I go? what could I do? The list is endless but here’ a few ideas:

  • Scavengers hunts around the home
  • Quizzes and Pictionary
  • Bingo nights
  • Shows all over the UK
  • Historical talks from around the world
  • Book club craft clubs and fitness classes
  • Festivals such as singfest

Zoom became my constant friend and my life was full, at times, however, it was still lonely and there were days when I climbed the walls, particularly at weekends and big family times. Eventually all family members were linked up with their devices in living rooms around the world – family games occupied us for hours, we were apart and different ages, but connected and safe, that’s all that mattered and remembering that helped me through.

All this was achieved from a living room at the touch of a button!  Has it inspired you or challenged your thoughts? Why not give technology a go and see how it can transform your life?  The Tech to Community connect project can help you stay connected and two current users say:

“I knew nothing about technology until I moved into the area. Zoom is a brilliant idea for those who can’t get out. A device provides interaction with the other people, Don’t be frightened!”

“Technology needs to be embraced as we live in times where it is here to stay. It bridges the generation gap and creates the mutual respect for each other, and it reduces isolation!”

Visit https://surreycoalition.org.uk/tech-to-community-connect-project/ to start your journey!


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