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Socialising from Home


Staying social is hard when we are all being asked to stay at home and minimise our physical contact with others, especially those we love.  Here are a few ideas on how to get social from your sitting room that our teams have already tried, and a few online social ‘dates for your diary’.

  • WhatsApp coffee – grab your favourite coffee, find a comfy spot and WhatApp video call a good friend.
  • Digital drinks – most social media apps will enable up to video calls with up to 4 people, instead of seeing them in your local, pour a drink, put on the same playlist, programme or radio station and catch up. Some apps allow for more.
  • Online live events – celebrities and groups are meeting Live on Facebook, Instagram and other media channels with thousands of people across the world joining in. Some of our team quite like a rave with KT Tunstall on Instagram while others enjoy a children’s live book reading with Gavin Oattes or Tom Fletcher…
  • Just call – its hard to be apart from family who don’t live with or near us and we know social isolation is a real risk for many people.  If in doubt, just call someone.  If you would like to call someone who might have no-one else, check out the Communities Volunteering page for links to offer this.

This page will be updated regularly with new links – we’d love to hear what works for you so send your ideas in for us to share!

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Quizzing Live and Online

Many are starting ‘pub’ quizzes at home either through work teams or with friends and family.  From sending a graphic for people to text in answers to running something on an app like Zoom or Facebook Live, people are getting involved in all sorts of ways.

If you fancy  joining something bigger, Goose’s Quizzes usually runs 45 pub quizzes in Scotland, but has started doing live online sessions every night, with hundreds participating.

“It’s been a pretty bad couple of weeks and pub quizzes bring the community together,” says Andrew Wildgoose, founder of Goose’s Quizzes.

“So we wanted to find a way for people to still enjoy them.” Check out their site to join in or share some more links with us!

Date for your Diary – Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light

Following the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, the EBU and its Dutch Members NPO, NOS and AVROTROS are excited to confirm they are producing a new show, ‘Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light’, to air in place of the Grand Final on Saturday 16 May at 21:00 CEST.

Something for all those Eurovision fans, or those just up for an international party, why not set up a WhatsApp or Facebook group and live chat through the event? You can video call with some friends while you are all watching and share your thoughts, have a dance and share your scores.

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Book ‘Clubbing’ Online

Missing your usual book club?  Finding reading at home lonely? Even book clubs are moving online with regular groups using Facebook, Zoom or Face-time to meeting virtually. 

If you don’t fancy something too formal, why not agree to read or listen to the same audio book as a friend or colleague and then have a call or video chat about it?

For those who are looking for a bit of extra accountability, Rebel Book Club launching a 14-day free reading challenge. Find out more here


Take a Virtual Tour – whatever your cultural taste!

Many international tourist sites are offering virtual tours at the moment – while these are no match for the real thing, what a great to way to revisit somewhere you have already been or to explore somewhere you have always wondered about?

We have more details on these suggestions on our Virtual Tours page  but here are a few top ideas for some virtual exploring – we’ve tried to bring together a few different interests but please do send us some more!

  • Museums Around the World – TimeOut has temporarily rebranded as TimeIn and offers this collection of international Museum Tours including, if you’re brave enough, the Museum of Broken Relationships…
  • Magic of Film Tour with Quizzes Edinburgh or London – For those who love film there are these two options from SeeYourCity.  At £5 per person they’re not free but you get to be part of a group and some quizzing to boot.  A chance to do something with friends or to meet new people in a different way!
  • NASA at Home — Virtual Tours and Appsfor those for whom earth based adventures were never going to be enough, leave this planet without leaving your living room.
  • Google Literary Trips – for the book fans amongst you, how about a Google trip? Google Lit Trips are aimed at students but open to everyone!