Many people may feel confined to their homes. However, greater isolation does not need to lead to loneliness, and for many, technology will play a vital role in maintaining links to the outside world.
We can all play a part in enabling people to remain connected to those around them. If you have an older neighbour, friend or work colleague, please take a moment to reach out and ask them what support they might need.
This may be as simple as sending a thoughtful text, letting them know they can contact you if needed. It could be dropping a note in their letterbox with your contact details should they need them.
You could also offer support in using digital technologies such as video calls, telehealth and online shopping. Technology can help provide access to services and connections to loved ones, which can help to preserve people’s wellbeing during this challenging and uncertain time.
What is ‘Be Connected’?
‘Be Connected’ is an Australia wide initiative empowering all Australians to thrive in a digital world.
They have online learning resources as well as a network of community partners - the Be Connected Network - who offer in-person support so you can develop your digital skills and confidence. Find a local place for friendly help and advice, or join the Network to help others.
Other resources for online training
The Catalyst Foundation is developing digital literacy through virtual training sessions as well as 'cheat sheets' on different topics eg. 'connecting to zoom'.