Space and distance makes connection tough, doesn’t it? Over the course of this past pandemic year, we’ve all been rediscovering just how much of a difference interpersonal relationships make. For most of human history, the only technology our forebears had to facilitate long-distance relationships was that of the written word. It’s incredible the powerful, lasting bonds people formed, almost exclusively through correspondence. Fortunately for us, we don’t have to have to put the pen to the paper to communicate over any amount of distance. We can bring the voice and visuals of others right into our homes in real time – on virtual platforms!

Dynamic organisations like Community Support Connections have been taking full advantage of the opportunities offered by digital technology to keep friends and colleagues connected. Check out three ways they are taking virtual meet-ups to the next level:

  1. Virtual Exercise. Don’t let pandemic restrictions get in the way of staying fit and making new friends! Community Support Connections offers virtual exercise classes with trained instructors at multiple times and intensities every weekday. It’s a great way to stay active and healthy when it is harder to be safely outside – with others, to boot!
  2. Group Socials. What better to do on a Monday afternoon than get a little social? Community Support Connections’ Online Friendly Connections is a time for people to play games together, hear from guest speakers, and enjoy each other’s company in a relaxed setting. It’s like having tea time and bingo night all in one!
  3. Meeting One-on-One. Be more than pen pals: Be virtual visitors! Through the use of digital video technology, you can actually bring a long-distance friend ‘into’ your home to see first-hand your hobbies, interests, and activities you’re keeping busy with. You can even try out games, puzzles, and other activities together! Community Support Connections’ Friendly Visiting service is perfect for members of Waterloo Region to reach out and check on how others are doing. It’s amazing the connections you can build in a virtual setting!

These three services just scratch the surface of the potential virtual platforms have to foster community and connection with people you cannot see in-person. Are you inspired? Check out what similar services are offered in your region – or be the driving force that makes it happen!