Lifelines for alleviating isolation


The central Rotary Club and U3A were a godsend when they were locked up, says Wendy Hattrell.

I would like to make a recommendation to your loneliness-fighting correspondent (Letters, December 18). To enter, find some local groups.

My husband is a member of the Rotary Club of Doncaster, and we also belong to the U3A of Doncaster. Since March, these organisations have met at Zoom and have become a lifeline for us.

Okay, it’s not the same as face-to-face meetings, but it’s the best thing about the next one.

Rotary meets on a weekly basis and has continued to work locally to support Doncaster areas that a year ago were affected by flooding.

There are several zoom classes in Doncaster U3A – French, Family History, Gardening, History, Photography, German – and we had our Christmas Variety Show using Zoom recently.

When the weather and rules allowed, Crown Green Bowls and Walking Cricket started outside. Information has been exchanged by other groups via email.

Both groups work nationally and have websites that can put you in contact with local organizers. Yeah, you need the Internet, and I’d urge all the elderly who say they can do without it to think again.

At the end of the landline, which it has completely replaced, it has been as indispensable as a telephone.

That is a message that we’ve been working for years to get across to older U3A participants. Doncaster’s Wendy Hattrell


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