Start a virtual book club?
If you love a good book, why not start a virtual book club with friends or family? Using a video calling service, such as Skype or Zoom, you could share summaries of various books, or read and discuss the same title. Millions of books can be downloaded online, for example, on Google Books or Open Library, or you could use a Kindle, if you have one.
Create a virtual coffee morning
Why not set up a weekly coffee and cake catch up with friends, or family, which can create a sense of normality and help you feel relaxed. Or for a more sophisticated, evening twist, how about wine and cheese nights?
If you’re looking for something fun and healthy to bake at home, why not try our low-sugar banana bread.
Set weekly challenges with friends and family!
You can still have fun with friends, and share laughter, by taking turns to set weekly challenges for the group. Some ideas are baking cakes, drawing pictures, or doing your best party tricks on a video call. It’s entertaining and could give you all something to look forward to each week.
Virtual quiz night
A brilliant way to keep in touch, and have fun with friends, are virtual quizzes over video calls. One of you can be quiz master, or you can take in turns to quiz each other on different topics.
Various virtual quiz events are also being hosted online, which anyone can be a part of. One example is the Virtual Pub Quiz YouTube channel which streams quizzes twice a week.
Keep connected and keep smiling
Facebook also has various community groups that you can join, so you can connect with people in your area.
Not everyone has someone to speak to or is as familiar with technology. If you’re older and shielding at home, and would like someone to speak to, Bupa’s launched a new phone support service called Bupa Buddy. You can chat to a Bupa Buddy about anything at all, six days a week, and they can give extra support if needed.