From providing laptops and tablets, internet dongles, and technology advice and support, we really have tried our best to conquer the digital divide within our communities. We now have regular and new faces each month who come along and enjoy activities, laughter and conversation together. However, not everyone we connect with has the equipment or the desire to be online. So we started to think outside the box, and that’s where Cosy Clubs come in!
Cosy Clubs offer an opportunity for older neighbours and volunteers to get together weekly over the phone for a cup of tea and a chat. Topics so far have ranged from talking about favourite films, music, our families, how we have felt in the past year and things we are looking forward to. The clubs are easy to join and we send out the info in our programme each month. Neighbours can dial or we can call out to them, and both options are free from a mobile or landline. As well as the weekly chats, once a month we have our phone quiz which is great fun and an opportunity to test general knowledge and have a chat with a neighbour.
The clubs are an easy and accessible way to connect with one another, enjoy conversation and meet new people. Older neighbours Bernice and Muriel met for the first time through attending a Cosy Club and have struck up a friendship with Muriel saying to Bernice, “I look forward to when this is all over and we can meet up face to face.”
If you are interested and would like to come along to our next Cosy Club, the dates for April are:
Thursday 1st April: 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Thursday 15th April: 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Monday 19th April: 4.00pm - 5.00pm
Tuesday 27th April: 2.30pm -3.30pm.
If you would like to join any of the Cosy Clubs please email [email protected] or call Fiona on 07880958013. Alternatively information on how to join the clubs is in our April programme. If you are a community partner and are wondering how you can set this up in your organisation, we would be happy to share our learning and expertise with you.
Posted by Fiona Bevans on Wednesday 10th March 2021
Fiona is Manchester Cares' Project Coordinator