Living in lockdown due to Covid-19 has a huge impact on each and every one of us. Not being able to see family and friends in person can have a major impact on someone’s mental health.

And for people with disabilities and mental health support needs, these major changes to day to day life can really increase anxiety and loneliness.

People we support have told us that not being able to see their loved ones makes them feel upset and sad. To fight this, our services are using technology to connect people wherever they can.

Keeping in touch online

The Enterprise, our community hub in Teddington, are running their regular wellbeing sessions on Zoom – from fitness and dance classes to art workshops.

This helps people maintain some of their normal routine, and gives them the opportunity to get in touch with their friends. One attendee told us that, while she absolutely loves the dance sessions, her favourite time is the beginning of each session when she can see all of her friends on the screen.

We also support three housemates in Richmond who have built strong friendships over the five years that they have lived together.

One is currently living with his parents, but the three friends can still use technology to talk every day. They talk about what they’ve been up to, what they’re watching on TV and, most importantly, what they had for dinner!

Help us keep people connected

Unfortunately, not everyone we support has access to tablets and mobile phones, to help them stay in touch with their friends and families during lockdown.

But you can change that!

Help us raise money to get people the technology they need – donate or challenge yourself today.

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