COVID-19: Staying Connected

Everyday Connectors

Saturday, July 25, 2020

COVID-19 was a strange time. It was a unique moment in history where we bunkered down safely at home wherever possible, discovered new passions and interests, and creatively nurtured our relationships with others. We wrote letters, sent texts, joined Facebook groups and phone trees, and made ...

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Befriend Members - what does connection look like for you right now?

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

COVID-19 has taught us many things over the last few months and it's impacted us in different ways. But, one thing we can all agree on is that the value of social connection is higher than it's ever been! We're thrilled to be supporting online events indefinitely and to be resuming in-person ...

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Befriend Hosts - what does connection look like for you right now?

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

W.A. is moving cautiously forward from the worst of COVID-19, and, after a lot of discussion, feedback from Befriendly Hosts, and conversations with members, we acknowledge that many people are ready to start meeting and Hosting again face-to-face. But, as the past few months have taught us, ...

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Chapter 3 Working Out Loud: COVID-19 Journals from the Befriend Staff Team

Monday, May 25, 2020

This is Chapter 3 of this documented "Working Out Loud" series. As WA cautiously moves forward from COVID-19, the Befriend Staff Team got together for three internal meetings over the course of May to discuss the future of The Social Network, questioning how we might continue to support local ...

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Finding and Attending Online Groups - a step-by-step guide

Monday, May 11, 2020

Social connection is so important, especially right now in the middle of social distancing protocols. We've put together a simple step-by-step guide to help you, or someone you know, navigate the internet to connect with online groups. We believe that a recipe for friendship needs three key ...

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Chapter 2 Working Out Loud: COVID-19 Journals from the Befriend Staff Team

Friday, May 8, 2020

This is Chapter 2 of this documented "Working Out Loud" series, which captures our thoughts for the month of April.

In an effort to share our experiences with others as we've navigated the challenges brought around by COVID-19, the Befriend Staff Team has been journalling throughout ...

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Community Connections - How can we move from Response to Regeneration?

Thursday, April 2, 2020

The disruptions brought about by COVID-19 are being felt around the world and there's increasing concern about the impact of social distancing protocols on the connectedness of communities. But where there is fire, there is the regeneration of new life. 

We’re experiencing an ...

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Chapter 1 Working Out Loud: COVID-19 Journals from the Befriend Staff Team

Thursday, April 2, 2020

COVID-19 has changed the way we think about human connection, how we approach belonging and how we support people to continue cultivating a much-need sense of community in this uncertain climate. On the fly, we've rapidly responded to the situation and made significant changes to our operating ...

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Tips for hosting online video gatherings!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Physical distancing has encouraged us to find new ways to connect with one another. One way that some people are maintaining a sense of belonging and a healthy social routine is through the use of technology. Video conferencing platforms such as Zoom and Read more >