Send me updates on new resources!
Send me updates on new resources!

Staying Connected While Social Distancing

Thank you for watching and participating in this P4P webcast presentation. Below is a list of tools, links and resources relevant to the topics discussed.  We hope you find this information useful. 


Our affiliate in British Columbia has launched a campaign to support people in staying connected with those most vulnerable. PLAN has listed FIVE IDEAS to get you started in staying connected while social distancing along with other resources. 

You can also register for PLAN's Staying Connected Newsletter OR call their toll-free help line at 1-844-311-7526.  

In an era of isolation, it’s essential we maintain social connections with our most vulnerable

PLAN Founders Al Etmanski and Vickie Cammack have published a piece in the Globe and Mail on how we can maintain social connections with our most vulnerable. 

The Power of Disability – 10 Lessons for Surviving, Thriving, and Changing the World
Al Etmanski's latest book offers ten lessons we can all learn from people with disabilities, illustrated with short, funny, inspiring, and thought-provoking stories of one hundred individuals from twenty countries. 

Take Steps to Counter the Loneliness of Social Distancing
New York Times articles examines how attempts to avoid coronavirus can increase the risk of physical and emotional harm from limited social contact.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Help (CAMH)

CAMH has created a resource with tools for coping with stress and anxiety during social isolation.

How to stay safe and well connected

Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities has created a list of practical resources for both people with a developmental disability and the people caring for them.  Some of the resources include Q&A with families helping to dispel some of the misinformation being circulated.  

Good Things in Life

Genia Stephens has created a site for families to help them connect and create communities.  Genia has launched "Build Social Capital & End Loneliness Challenge"
This will include resources and supports to families to help them think about how they can help their kids get and stay connected and make a positive difference during the social isolation of this pandemic. 

Weekly Family Support Calls with Eric Goll of Empowering Abilities
Eric is offering family free weekly support calls.  To learn more visit his site HERE.

Social Connection Needed in Battle Against Corona Virus
The Tamarack Institute has put together positive stories from their community exploring how people can connect during the time of Corona Virus.  

Here are some of the articles they have included: 

  • A fitness instructor in Spain led a workout from a rooftop for quarantined people. Learn more.
  • Connecting Postcards – Help to connect with neighbours who may be lonely and in need. Learn more
  • The Anglican Church in Burford, Ontario moves cancelled services to Facebook live
  • Kind Canadians start 'caremongering' trend - Learn more
  • In times of crises, the first responder will likely be a neighbour - Learn more

Family Support Networks Map on the Planning Network

P4P has created a list of Family Support Networks across the province. These Family Support Networks would be a great place to connect with others right now.  


Coronavirus: How can we stay in virtual touch with older relatives?

A great overview by BBC News on using different technology to stay in touch with family members.  

FaceTime or Duo apps available on iPhone or Android phones.  
Both of these apps allow for video calls between two parties.  
Download FaceTime HERE
Download Duo HERE


FREE for the first 40 minutes
Normally used for businesses, Zoom has quickly become a tool that many families are using for personal reasons. Once you’ve signed up for an account, you can open Zoom and ‘create a meeting’, then invite others to join. One thing to note is that you only get 40 minutes for each meeting before you’re prompted to upgrade. 

Tip: If you are having a meeting with multiple people, select the ‘Gallery View’ so that everyone is displayed at the same size.

Zoom has created a page to help families navigate how to use their services during this time:


One of the original voice and video conferencing apps, Skype is still used widely today, for both businesses and individuals. Once you’ve downloaded the software on your computer or the app on your phone, you can create a free account. If you’d like your calls to remain free, ask your family and loved ones to download it as well. Then, simply search for them by using the ‘Add people’ button on the left.


An app developed to help neighbours learn about what is going on in their neighbourhood but also to find a neighbour who might help other neighbours by picking up groceries or a prescriptions to other tasks. 


A popular free messaging app., WhatsApp can be used on both Android and Apple phones and has both regular and video call capabilities. All you need is a wifi connection. Simply tap the phone icon to make a call, or the video icon to make a video call. Once you’re in a call, there’s an option to add up to 2 additional numbers (bringing the total to 4). 
Download for Android
Download for iPhone
Download for Mac or PC


Caremongering through the COVID-19 pandemic is an act of kindness in a time of uncertainty. The caremongering movement spreads humanity and kindness around the country. Neighbours reach out and offer support to others by running errands, helping with housework or picking up groceries or medications. In Toronto, there is a Friendly Neighbour Hotline available in 180 languages to help connect people and scaremongers - 1-855-581-9580.

There are many groups on Facebook and social media in almost every local community. If you log in to Facebook and type Caremongering in the search you will see groups in your area. To join one of these Facebook groups, the user simply needs to request to join the group. Once joined, there are a few options that the user could benefit from:

#ISO: if a user is looking for specific support/resources
#Offer: if a user found something that is running low in supply
#Shops: information about shops 
#Resources: resources found in the community

Remember to register for the Planning Network's
e-blasts for news about upcoming resources and webcasts!