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Better Connected

Better Connected

If you have a learning disability or autism, the Better Connected scheme can provide you with social opportunity and activities throughout the COVID-19 restrictions.

We can offer:

  • a lively calendar of virtual events where you can meet people
  • regular 1:1 phone calls with one of our team
  • personal activity packs sent to your home

How Better Connected works

Better Connected is a free service for any adults with a learning disability or autism feeling isolated at this time. Because of local rules, it’s hard to go out and meet friends safely at the moment. You might not be able to go to your favourite places and do what you enjoy.

From now until the end of March, we can offer different services to help you stay social and active – whether it’s a regular phone call or an activity pack sent to your home.

Why should I join?

By joining Better Connected you can make friends, learn new skills at home or just have something to structure your day while stuck in the house. You’ll be joining a friendly, safe community that is doing our best to make these few months more interesting!

Key Info

Where: Online, over the phone, or in your area

Contact number: 01993 893 560

Email: betterconnected@
guideposts.org.uk

Apply to join Make a referral

What we can offer you

Personalised activity packs

Beat the boredom with our handmade activity packs delivered to your door! Our regular activity packs contain games, puzzles, and challenges for you to do at home on your own or with the people you live with.

Virtual social groups – online or over the phone

We run a busy calendar of events each week over Zoom. We can help you set up Zoom on your computer, or alternatively just dial in from your home phone or mobile! We run a variety of groups, from photography to gentle exercise classes. If you want take part in something different, let us know and we’ll see what we can organise!

BETTER CONNECTED VIRTUAL CALENDAR

MondayArt Therapy with Amber
Tuesday
Photography with Richard – 12pm-1pm
Tea & Biscuits with Lin & Jane – 3pm-4pm
WednesdayArt & Start with Lin – 12pm-1pm
ThursdayInclusive dance with Amie – 12pm-1pm
FridayArts & Crafts for beginners with Maggie – 11am-12pm
Male Yoga with Bina – 11:15am – 12:15pm
SaturdayGuideposts radio show with Simon – 12pm-1pm
Footie Chat on Facebook
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
Art Therapy with AmberPhotography with Richard – 12pm-1pmArt & Start with Lin – 12pm-1pmInclusive dance with Amie – 12pm-1pmArts & Crafts for beginners with Maggie – 11am-12pmGuideposts radio show with Simon – 12pm-1pm
Tea & Biscuits with Lin & Jane – 3pm-4pmMale Yoga with Bina – 11:15am – 12:15pmFootie Chat on Facebook

1:1 phone calls

Just want to have a natter? We’ll match you with one of our team or a volunteer to call you at a regular time each week.

“It has been a difficult time, but having a chat for an hour with Guideposts each week has really helped because they really understand our needs and how hard it can be”

Outdoor meetups

If you need to just get some fresh air and want someone to walk with, we can organise a volunteer to meet with you and have a socially-distanced walk! Note: this activity is only available in Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.

How to join

You can either sign up yourself or refer someone else to Better Connected

We’ll get back in touch within 3 working days to arrange a call. This is an opportunity to ask any questions you have about the service, and choose which activities you want to take part in. Finally, we’ll arrange another call to help you get set up digitally if you want to join our virtual groups and need support.

Follow us on Facebook

The Better Connected page on Facebook brings you new activities each week that you can do from home, as well as discussion groups and Zoom chats you can join!