Online social events for all at Derbyshire Peak Oddfellows
Friendship group, Derbyshire Peak Oddfellows is inviting anyone struggling with the impact of spending increasing time alone to join them at one of their regular free online social events.
The group has a diary of upcoming Zoom events, which they can send out to anyone should they get in touch. Some of its public local and national events include:
Every Wednesday at 11am: National Cuppa and Chat, meeting ID: 988 3920 7187
Every Thursday at 2pm: Just-for-fun Thursdays, meeting ID: 988 3920 7187
Derbyshire Peak Oddfellows’ Social Organiser Toni Siddall adds: “It’s been a hard start to 2021 for many. Even though we can’t meet up, we still want to bring a bit of friendly conversation, company and comfort into people’s homes. Having something to look forward to in your day can be a real mood-lifter.”
“If you don’t know where to start with using Zoom, drop the event host a line and they’ll happily talk you through it. You just need a good internet connection and a device such as a smartphone, tablet or computer.”
Derbyshire Peak Oddfellows, a friendship group with members from across the Derbyshire Peak District and Chesterfield area, meets regularly to socialise, fundraise and to support each other.
Derbyshire Peak Oddfellows also shares its top five tips for trying an online event:
1. Pick an event that suits you. If you love learning, give a guest talk a go. If you like to chat, try a coffee morning. If you prefer to sit back and listen, look for a talk or tutorial.
2. If you don’t know where to start with Zoom, contact the host ahead of the event. They can help you to get connected and even have a quick practice beforehand.
3. Be prepared, and on time. Have the Zoom meeting ID and password to hand, so you don’t feel flustered when you join.
4. Sit somewhere comfortable, with good lighting and a drink to hand. Try and place your device at eye level and on something sturdy so it doesn’t move about.
5. Always remember that you don’t need to turn your camera on if you don’t want to. The most important thing is that you’re there and in company.
The Oddfellows, a national friendly society with branches across the UK, was set up in 1810 to offer workers and their families insurance should they fall on hard times. As well as offering opportunities to socialise locally and to volunteer, the Society continues to provide help to its members through
difficult periods, with care, welfare and financial support today.