As you know, we love coming together with community-minded people - being part of the Network means being part of something bigger, a place where we can support each other and feel supported, a place to share advice and ideas, learn new things and make connections.
These connections help to build bonds of support during difficult times, just like the ones we are facing right now. Those of us who are supporting our communities will be facing many challenges, tough decisions and disappointment at the moment – it feels like a real balancing act keeping people healthy and safe while making sure everyone feels connected, and balancing running our projects to support others while looking after ourselves and our families.
Having to think even more creatively and act fast is taking a huge amount of energy and you can often be left wondering if you’ve done enough.
We’ve always been a network that comes together in community spaces, at local projects and in village halls. In this temporary era of physical distancing, how can we continue to face challenges together and increase our own resilience?
While our face to face network events will need to be put on hold for a little while longer, it is so important to keep all of us connected and our spirits going - especially now as communities appear to be coming out of lockdown slowly, getting used to a new normal and having to start to look at how best to support our communities within it. So we’ve planned a new bi-weekly slot for a series of online meet-ups over the summer, taking place every Wednesday lunchtime, 12.30 – 13.30pm.
Every other week we’ll be hosting an open space session which is all about exploring with one another, learning from each other, sharing ideas, supporting and building confidence – so that together we feel prepared and confident to continue and adapt the work we’re doing (or would like to do) to help our communities to thrive.
If you’ve never used Zoom before (completely free to download), here's a nice little video made by a dementia friendly group, offering you a step by step and very visual guide to joining a call and finding your way around.
Please keep chatting to us on our Network Facebook Group to let us know what themes you’d like to explore with others, plus keep an eye on our website for more topics as we confirm them. Once you’ve registered once to join these calls, you won’t need to do so again and can then join any that interest you.
You can also get in touch with your Country Network Developers here.