Tips and resources to help you keep busy during lockdown.
Volunteering to keep the community spirit alive
In Good Company is all about bringing people together and combatting loneliness. We have seen how Norfolk’s libraries and museums, and wider communities are helping to create connections, but one of the critical ways that people can build new connections is through volunteering.
Norfolk Library and Information Service is supported by volunteers in a wide range of roles and new volunteers join for many different reasons. Sharing your interests and skills with others can be a way to help build new networks, meet new people and feel a valued part of the local community.
Of course, there are numerous other groups which involve volunteers, but they all have one thing in common; bringing people together around a shared interest. Whilst physically bringing people together isn’t possible at the moment , the Norfolk Library Service is continuing to look at ways in which it can support local communities and offer opportunities which help reduce social isolation. Even in these times, volunteers are continuing to support activities, although they may be delivered in a slightly different way, for the time being!
So, how can you get involved and bring your community closer?
If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering with the library service or wish to register an interest in helping in future when libraries re-open, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Adult Learning for everyone
We have launched a new online programme of courses with someone for everyone.
There are courses to help you:
- feel less isolated
- maintain your physical and mental health
- open up your digital world by using Whatapp, email and the internet
Alongside this exciting new programme, we are also offering a fantastic range of creative arts courses you can access online. Some of our vocational skills and qualification programmes have also been transferred to online delivery.
To find out how you can sign up and get involved, got to www.norfolk.gov.uk/adultlearning.
Voluntary Norfolk's Better Together service has been designed to support people who are lonely or isolated.
It's offering really creative ways for people to connect online, including a daily 2pm Facebook Group. There's also the Better Together Helpline, where their team are on hand for a friendly chat.
Better Together helpline: 0300 303 3920
Active Norfolk Support
Active Norfolk has set up a 1:1 telephone support service for vulnerable people that are digitally isolated.
If you know a vulnerable adult without internet access who needs support to exercise at home, ask them to call 0344 800 8020 and select Option 5 to request a call back from Active Norfolk. They’ll be able to speak to a qualified physical activity instructor who will give them expert one-to-one guidance on how they can safely exercise at home.
Libraries still here for you
Norfolk libraries are dedicating their time and resources to bring as much of their service to you, so you can be part of the community again.
You can get involved with the Norfolk Museums community, keep in touch with them, and meet others along the way to help you keep busy.
Visit our keeping busy with Norfolk Museums page to find out the projects and activities they're running during lockdown.