At the Virtual hub last Wednesday, we asked everyone to share their views on what they think about the social hubs and now, virtual hubs. We were a teeny bit blown away by the very thoughtful responses we got to this question and thought we would share them with you here. If you know someone on the Connecting choices project who is lonely and socially isolated, show them some of these comments, they may be enough to encourage them to join us virtually, and then meet face to face once lockdown ends.
As the weeks go by we are able to offer more and more activities virtually to support people. If you glance at the Weekly Schedule to the right of this page you will see what is currently on offer. This will be regularly changed as more opportunities are developed.
Following discussions last week with hub members, we will be holding a Mutual Support session after each social hub for those who are feeling abit anxious or upset. It will run on from the Hub and those needing it will stay signed in to chat with volunteers, staff and each other about their worries.
Citizens Advice Workshops – the first one was so successful that we are in talks with Citizens Advice to offer some more. As soon as they come back with some dates we will post them here and promote them via social media. They will be on Mondays and to give you an idea we have posted the topics asked for at the last workshop below. Remember, Sarah is a Benefits Expert and will support you with answers to questions around that but will signpost you to a more relevant team member for other items.
What are the key things I need to think about if I am moving house – does it affect my benefits, my support services, my bill paying and who do I need to notify if am moving from one council to another?
Is ESA linked to PIP?
How do I get a Social Services Assessment report to support a PIP application? Do I need to have one?
What else would you like covered in this session?
Please contact Starfish, Val or David to register an interest. If you are not part of the Social Hub membership but want to join the session speak to your Personal Coach and ask them to arrange this for you.
Music Anyone? We are currently working with a musician who is hoping to run some voice and instrumental workshops for us. You won’t need an actual instrument, just things you find around the home, and your voice doesn’t need to be perfect for the singing workshop either. We will all blend in together.
What People are saying about the virtual social hubs
“I just feel as if I have some time out of my head when I come to virtual hub – its like a break from my house and my thoughts”
“It was weird at first, seeing everyone on Zoom, and I felt very nervous, but now it just seems normal and I feel I can talk about stuff and everyone understands”
“The virtual hubs have really helped me to get through some tough stuff thats been happening with my grandparents – just being able to talk to everyone and have a laugh has been so good”
“It was a great idea to do memories of something from when you were young in the art session today – everyone talked about stuff that mattered to them – I liked that”
“I look forward to Wednesdays for the virtual hub almost as much as for the real hubs in Fenton. So glad you’ve been able to do these for us – but that doesn’t mean I don’t want the real hubs back too. ”