In these unprecedented times, social media is proving to be an invaluable tool for keeping us connected. We can see catch up with family using Facetime, keep in in touch with friends on Facebook, encourage each other on WhatsApp, order groceries on line.

But what about those who do not have access to these facilities? This is more likely to be the case for the vulnerable in our community, many of whom will be feeling isolated, separated from family, scared, not knowing who to turn to for support.

There are many in our congregation who are self isolating, and we are doing all we can to support them. But we also have a responsibility for all who live in the parish. We’ve set up a Facebook group for the area, providing a local forum in which to offer help, request help, and to exchange information, ideas and support.

Please do two things:

  • If you live within the parish, join the Facebook group, and encourage all your friends in the area to do the same. It’s vital that we can work together as a local community. Not in Facebook? Create an account using this guide, which shows how you can create an account with maximum privacy settings.
  • Consider your immediate next door neighbours. Are they connected to the digital world? Invite them to join the Facebook group. Are they vulnerable or self-isolating? Exchange contact details. Are you ordering groceries on-line? Offer to add items for your neighbours. Are they key workers? Talk to them and find out what you can do to help.

These are challenging times. We need to work together for the benefit of the whole community.