Staying Together While Apart – digital skills training sessions

The ‘Staying Together While Apart’ project has been developed to assist people during the COVID-19 pandemic and its immediate aftermath. The project focuses on mobilising volunteers to help older and vulnerable adults, and those with underlying health conditions, which put them at risk of serious illness as a result of COVID-19.

Making Contact. The project works to improve the mental health and wellbeing of older and vulnerable adults by reducing feelings of isolation and loneliness. Providing the skills and knowledge to keep in touch is important and three sessions have been scheduled to support people to get connected. These sessions are free and open to all.

Staying in Touch – December 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Within this free one-hour long webinar, Digital Communities Wales offer an overview of some favourite online apps for keeping in touch. We recognise that the new social distancing measures have made it difficult to keep in touch with friends and loved ones. However, maintaining strong social relationships is not limited to physical interaction. In fact, there are many incredible and simple ways to keep in touch online by using the smartphone in your hand or your computing device at home.

Within this webinar, we discuss the main features of each app and give you a short demonstration of how to use them. The apps we discuss include: Facetime; Skype; Zoom; Google Hangout; and Houseparty. Signing up and using the webinar is simple too, all you need is an internet connection and an email address. We hope to see you online.

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How to use Zoom – December 16 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Keeping in touch with friends, family and colleagues online through virtual video software has become ever more pertinent due to the UK Government’s Covid-19 Social Distancing rules. One popular platform for maintaining contact with others is the software Zoom. We have seen Zoom utilised by family members to choir groups; businesses to the UK Government. You can host online quizzes over Zoom and utilise their key features like polling or breakout rooms to create unique experiences for you or your clients. Overall, Zoom has many strong hosting features, meaning that it is a good option for those looking for an online video communication tool.

Within this free one-hour webinar, we are going to provide you with a virtual tour of Zoom. We will outline the key features of Zoom including: how to set up meetings; make the most out of meetings; and apply Zoom’s security features to safeguard

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Virtual Volunteers – 19th January 2021 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Become a Virtual Volunteer supporting the most vulnerable in society with simple online tasks that can make the world of difference and brighten their day. There are many members of the Welsh public who own digital devices but require support or guidance in how to make the most of being online. Before lockdowns and restricted travel, a family member or friend may have offered these individuals one-to-one support. Unfortunately, not everyone has this support network around them, and for those that have, access to support has been made even more difficult due to the Social Distancing and Lockdown procedures.

RCADC in conjunction with Digital Communities Wales are offering training to those who may be interested in Virtual Volunteering to support individuals on their digital journey. We are not expecting volunteers to access client’s personal information, but to support individuals with getting the best out of being online. Whether that is through apps to keep in touch or options for accessing entertainment media, your support can make a world of difference to someone’s day.

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