Coronavirus: Resources to pull you through social distancing

While it’s important for us all to stick to the advice laid out by the government and #StayHome where possible, this can be a daunting prospect for many of us. We’ve put together a list of online resources to help you out at this time.

Wildlife Webcams 

Bob Douglas, Evening Telegraph. Sunny spring day in Riverside Nature Park, Dundee, looking out to Invergowrie Bay.

There is nothing more calming than being in nature, but if you’re unable to make it outside, the Scottish Wildlife Trust has a number of webcams that you can tune in to view nature from the comfort of your own home. As well as getting the opportunity to spot badgers and roe deer at close proximity, make sure to check out the Osprey tracking program which follows osprey chicks on their journey from Scotland to West Africa.

Click here to check out this fantastic resource.

Relationship, Mental Health, and Wellbeing Support

We understand that for some people, being alone can be tricky. Bright Light Relationship Counselling is on hand to assist with mental health issues that stem from self-isolation, increased contact with family, and sickness. This support is offered both digitally and over the phone.

If you need to get in touch with this service, go through the link in the coronavirus community assistance directory. 

DoGood-19 Book Club

Avid reader? Want to share your thoughts on your isolation reading? This initiative launched by RAG Dundee will not only keep you occupied but connect you with like-minded people. Every week, a new book will be chosen at random with group discussions taking place on Sundays.

You can get involved by joining the Facebook group! 

Feeling Strong

Feeling Strong is doing some fantastic work in our community by delivering essentials to people who are self-isolating. While doing their essential work, their members have been sharing how they intend to spend the following period of social distancing. Examples include playing guitar, reading, learning a new language and even writing a screenplay.

Get some ideas for what you can get up to by giving their page a browse, and also find out how to give back.

Telephone Service for Vulnerable People

If you require some extra emotional or social support through this time, Dundee Volunteer and Voluntary Action are bringing two telephone services to those who may need it. You can opt for a five-minute wake-up call to check in on you in the morning, or a Blether Buddy to have a 30-minute natter with once a week to keep connected.

Find this service on the Coronavirus Community Assistance Directory. 

It’s important to look out for each other in this difficult time. If you are in need of further support, check out the Dundee Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group, and the Coronavirus Community Assistance Directory.

Rebecca Brown