Suggestions for Branch life during Lockdown 02 and in Covid Restrictions

Written by National Events Secretary: November  2020

Executive have been asked to  put together  a list of ideas/suggestions of what branches could do in lockdown and beyond!   These have all come from branches. It is in 2 sections- one focusing on digital  ideas and the second  with the less digital  options:

If your branch has any other  ideas they wish to share, please send them  to [email protected]

Digital ideas

Life on line:

I am aware that Zoom is not for everybody, some cant do it, some dont want to, some are zoomed out. However if this is the way to keep in touch its the next best thing.

For members not able to join on Zoom, or be on the internet, they can still phone in and be part of that chat, talk or discussion. Or when restrictions allow have a Zoom buddy where you go to another members house/ someone in your bubble to view the Zoom meeting. 

  • Zoom coffee mornings or afternoon teas.
  • Zoom meeting with a theme, rather than coffee morning open chat. Everyone has a chance to talk. E.g. bring an object to do with tea time and talk about it .. tea pot! Talk about a particular subject… whats flowering in my garden, delights of particular plants, favourite piece of jewellery. Share one positive thought
  • Share a prayer
  • Share a poem
  • Share music
  • Share store cupboard recipes
  • Share photographs
  • Zoom committee meetings- a great time saving way without the travelling.
  • Zoom book groups
  • Smaller meetings – Zoom coffee/ tea with hens and chicks/ god childreneach branch has its own names for one committee member/leading member and the group of members they keep in touch with regarding meetings and much more.
  • Zoom meeting with a speaker- One of your own members giving a talk.  There are so many interesting women in the fellowship -persuade someone to share their story or passion Or Find external speaker
  • Listen to a short concert from a musician
  • Zoom meetings and inviting another branch to join in.
  • Zoom meetings to include scattered members who used to be in your branch
  • Zoom service
  • Zoom Quiet Day

Other digital alternatives for keeping in touch: 

WhatsApp group

Mastering a new skill learnt since Covid: I have spent hours getting Zoom up and running and sending myself invites to practice and had help from the family!

Life without digital or with limited digital input.

  • Phoning members – on regular basis
  • Weekly phone calls
  • All branch making a Phone call at a set day or time each week  eg Wednesday at 11am. This means the whole branch is actively doing something together – even from their own homes.
  • Organised system with Phone groups, e.g. each committee member phones each group leading member. Group leading member phones their group. Chairman phones all committee.
  • Letters and cards.
  • Emails
  • Weekly newsletters from branch chairman or committee- In lockdown 01,  one branchs was called News from the bunker
  • Weekly sharing of eg poems, prayers, music, recipes, quizzes.
  • Quizzes
  • On a day when meetings should have been happening- send a prayer or poem to everyone. e.g. if you meet on 2 and 4 Wednesday each month then send something for then.
  • Getting outside- Small walking groups
  • In English lockdown 02- 2 people can meet, staying local to enjoy outdoors socially distanced -Finding members closest to each other- having a walking hour – with your walk/ exercise buddy
  • When restrictions allow small groups e.g. up to 6 – walking groups taking it in turns to organise where to walk. As weather dependent this is often done/ changed at short notice. Advantage of a small group easier to contact.
  • Meeting in gardens – teas/ coffees.
  • Touring members gardens..with timed arrivals and all pre booked
  • Craft groups-Making face coverings-raising funds for St. Christophers hospice.