Virtual learning to continue
Over the past year, the college has been making plans to return to the classroom. However, the safety of our staff and students is our highest priority. As the spread of COVID-19 is still high in Hertfordshire and having assessed the risk, it has not been possible to ensure that our venues will be completely risk free.
We know that isolation and loneliness is higher than ever, and that the impact of COVID-19 has increased people’s concerns about finances, relationships and their physical health among other concerns; however support is available and we will still be delivering our courses online via Zoom
Many of our students were looking forward to interacting in the classroom, and although face-to-face courses do support mental wellbeing and reduce loneliness, our courses, workshops and seminars have still been successful in helping people their mental health and reduced their feelings of isolation. Therefore, we would still encourage everyone to access our courses via Zoom where possible.
For those concerned about getting online or accessing Zoom, below are some tips and resources you can access for support.
Practicing using Zoom and other applications
- Those who join their local library as a member can use their computers for free for one hour.
- Our seminars are 45 minutes and members can pay for extra time at discounted rates for courses that are longer.
- You can find your local library online or by calling 0300 1234049. The library also offers IT lessons for beginners
- Check if you can receive funding to buy equipment from the Royal British Legion.
- Those that have served or families of those that have served can contact them by calling 0333 258 5463
- Contact various digital inclusion charities who can provide devices; such as:
As well as joining our courses, there are many other positive steps that you can take to reduce isolation and loneliness; including:
- Looking after your mental health, whatever that means for you!
- Discovering / reflecting on your purpose
- Telling your friends, family, neighbours or colleagues that you appreciate them
- Using service and apps, such as chatbots or helplines dedicated for offering support. Ssee our further help handout for more information
- Joining creative or learning based activities, whether face-to-face or online
- Pet an animal (tip: you can borrow other people’s animals!)
- Volunteer, join a club or give back to those in need
- Say yes to meeting with others, whether face-to-face or over the internet
- Develop your skills or learn something new
- Join online communities, like writing groups, interior design or dog owner groups
Our latest blog post ‘How to reduce my feelings of isolation and loneliness’ discusses these steps in more detail.