It is a challenge to adjust to social distancing, which has become our “New Normal”, but thankfully technology can provide some solutions.
Our popular group, Drighlington Digital, runs sessions to help people get the most out of their technology. Usually they take place at the Methodist Church but at present the group is meeting online. The group quickly adapted to the daily changes in our lives and started experimenting with online video calling such as Skype, Facetime, and WhatsApp. The group uses Zoom, an App which was relatively unknown before we had a lockdown, to meet up online every Thursday from 10am to 12pm. Zoom is easy to use, and many people can join in.
It is a friendly group, and everyone is welcome. To get involved you do need an internet connection in your own home, or enough data on your smartphone. If you do not have a smartphone, tablet, or a laptop, please contact Get Technology Together on 07754 391498 and they may be able to lend you a laptop!
The group has been sharing tips about online shopping, entertainment, exercise, garden and decorating. It is also a place to receive help with technical issues like setting up printers and connecting TVs and HiFi systems and even piano lessons!
Please feel free to come and share your technology woes and tips with us online. Everyone learns something new. If you are concerned about nosey participants checking out your wallpaper or bookshelves you can play with different backgrounds on Zoom and even pretend you are on a sunny beach.
One of regular participants who lives alone said, “Getting familiar with video chatting online has changed my life since the lockdown. I am in touch with family and friends several times a week”
After a few weeks everyone is relaxed and confident. Chatting online becomes very natural, in fact the “New Normal”.
Drighlington Digital now has a Facebook Page, if you are on Facebook please “Like” our page and find out more.