What’s Here to Stay?

22 July 2020

The ‘normal’ world is opening up again after the Coronovirus lockdown. But not everything will go back to how it was. What will go and what is here to stay?

We have all discovered many new things that can be done from home that enrich our lives. Like video calls with grandparents, getting fitter thanks to Joe Wicks and online quizzes. Many of us want to continue learning and doing these new skills and activities remotely.

The good news is that many of the online resources that have started up during the lockdown will be here to stay. Here’s a quick guide to some of the popular services and activities that will keep running in the coming months.

Stress and anxiety support

During this time of extreme uncertainty, many of us are under lots of pressure and feeling worried about the future. Guideposts is offering specialised phone support to equip you with the skills to manage stress and problem-solve the challenges you face, so that you can feel like yourself again.

Call 0800 048 7035 for free support from our team – lines are open 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday – Friday.

Wellbeing

Our new Wellbeing and Connecting with Others resources on our website will remain there and continue to be updated. If you’re looking for some new ideas to support your mental health then, take a look any time.

Befriending

The range of befriending services listed on our website are all continuing. This includes services for those aged over a certain age, or for specific groups such as people on the autism spectrum, deafblind, or LGBT+.

Quiz Nights

Online quizzes have become so popular during the lockdown that they are definitely a long-term feature of the online world. See our quiz page for some suggestions if you haven’t tried any yet.

More games that are normally played in person also continue to be online – Bridge Clubs, Bingo, Scrabble or Chess. With most online apps you can either play with a friend or get matched with others of a similar level.

Music

Most music isn’t able to happen in person yet, so most online musical activities are continuing. However some, particularly choirs, work on a project or termly basis and will taking a pause as their projects end or at some point over the summer. Keep an eye out for new terms and new projects. In the meantime, here are a few to keep you going:

Learning and Discovering

The many online courses, from short courses to degrees and masters level, will continue for the time being. If you fancy improving a language, learning computer coding or brushing up on medieval history, there’s something for everyone! More is constantly being added as well, such as Oxford University’s weekly online ‘tutorials’.

Volunteering

There are still plenty of opportunities to volunteer, either for people who still need to stay at home, or for organisations who have had to down-size or are stretched in other ways. If you could help out, either short or long term, take a look at what might suit you on the list of opportunities on Oxfordshire All In.