Family support goes digital!

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How do you run family activity and groups from the confines of your own home? That’s a question Oasis Hubs around the country have been solving this week, as lockdown continues.

Oasis Hub Waterloo have launched a new online programme – featuring activities from exercise workouts to toddler singalongs, juggling classes, weekly bakes, family bingo, and craft sessions. Waterloo team leader Danielle Welch explains: ‘This is not about creating great, slick online content … although we hope it’s not too shoddy! But Oasis is not just about programmes or services, we’re about relationships. We are all missing the daily encounters we have through schools, parent groups, and community activities. We are working hard to make sure that we still create opportunities for meaningful connection and support.

‘Our youth, family, and health teams have got together to create a whole range of things for families to join in with, focusing on wellbeing and having fun. We’re also trying to create times for parents to talk together, and for one-to-one support where families are struggling or in need of practical or emergency help. Our online sessions have been great fun so far – we’re hosting live videos on social media and enjoying ‘waving’ to each other in the comments and seeing familiar faces on screen. When we are able to be back together again, I hope we’ll look back and say that we got to know each other more, we stuck by each other, and we built community together – even in difficult times.’

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