A new world of virtual meetings

As we continue down this road of isolation and after the announcement yesterday by the Chief medical spokesperson, we have to expect this to be going on for a very long time, and we need to think of all the ways we can keep connected.

When we do get the lifting of some restrictions there is no doubt at all that life is not going to go back to what we thought was normal.

This is the new normal.

We will have to build up our resilience and resourcefulness, which we can and will do together.

I know how important all the support groups are who have been supporting grandparents all over the UK and beyond over the last few years, and I know that those meetings have been a lifeline for many.

I would like to thank each and every one of the leaders of groups, you give of your time freely and organise meetings etc often single handled, and I know how hard it can be to get these things up and running, so thank you so much on behalf of all the grandparents you have picked up the phone to, welcomed to your meetings and encouraged grandparents to find a way through this heartbreak.

Ok, so I don’t think we will be allowed to hold meetings for the foreseeable future, and I do have a real concern for the mental health of those who need support.

Some of you are already holding ‘virtual’ meetings, as indeed am I, and we have to embrace the new normal.

If you are reading this blog then you are using a device of some sort, and are already used to computers, laptops, mobiles but sometimes when someone suggests a new thing that we are not sure of it can be a bit daunting.

I would encourage anyone to have a go, there will be technical hitches along the way, but we can help each other to overcome any difficulties I am sure.

We may not be able to share tea and cake with one another, but we can still be there to support and hold out that hand of friendship that you are all so good at.

Don’t let this horrible virus win, we will get past this but it will take time, and maybe life will never go back exactly like it was before, but there will be silver linings we just need to look for them.

We CAN do this.

If you would like to join us in a virtual meeting please contact me, jane@bgsg.co.uk and I can then share the information you will need.

All of us are learning new skills, this is just another one, but we can have that virtual human connection and empathy that we all crave.

Take care.


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Jane setup Bristol Grandparent Support Group in 2007 after a string of incidents led to the loss of contact with her Grand Daughter.

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