Simon Nightingale writes:
In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Shropshire Humanists committee has decided to cancel all events until at least after August. We will make decisions about further events at a later date. Therefore the monthly Thursday evening events, Sunday Brunches and the July social event are cancelled. The Annual Humanist Convention in London in June has also been cancelled.
It is ironic that we have been planning a public event on October about the problems of isolated and lonely older people. Some older people, like Bridget and I, are now voluntarily isolated, but we need not be lonely. We can make regular contract with family and friends by audio and video links and we are experimenting with multiple user video conferencing.
Nevertheless there will be many people who will feel isolated, lonely or scared. If possible join with those who live near you to support your neighbours, particularly those who are infirm or old and therefore need to avoid contact, as well as those who are self-isolating and may need help with provisions that can be left outside their doors.
A friend of mine tells me she is going through her Christmas cards to identify friends or relatives who live alone in order to keep regular contact, especially if they are lonely or distressed. I’ll do so too.
If you have ideas of how we can help one another in this time of crisis, let us know by emailing me firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/ShropshireHumanistGroup
Keep in touch – without touching!