Connections

In March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Voice cLoud launched a digital inclusion programme and digital access consultation, which explored creative and innovative ways to keep people connected.

Since then, we have been working with, and supporting, many vulnerable people who have been disproportionately affected by the impact of extended social restrictions and national lockdowns.

Our digital projects have connected people across Suffolk; friends, relatives and strangers as well as further afield.

Image from Pixabay

Thank you to East Suffolk Council

1st April, 2021
The Voice cLoud is delighted to announce the continuation of our popular project ‘Connections’, a year long project which comprises twelve monthly online interactive ‘How To’ Zoom sessions.

The presentations are funded as part of the Hidden Needs programme by East Suffolk Council and feature bespoke presentations by experts and professionals, covering unique and popular subjects that will give you the chance to learn some neat and enviable new skills.

The sessions are free to attend, held online and designed to tackle the effects of extended social isolation and loneliness which have occurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Each session promotes social and mental activity, and provides the opportunity to connect with others whilst also trying out, and learning, new skills and meeting old and new friends.


Schedule

APRIL

LISTEN TO WILDLIFE
with sound artist Mike Challis
WEDNESDAY 28th APRIL, 7:30pm

Click HERE to find out more about this session

DID YOU MISS THE SESSION?
No problem – you can WATCH AGAIN BY CLICKING HERE
but please contact us for the password

MAY

LEARN ABOUT FOREST GARDENING

with horticultural therapist Thomas Erskine
WEDNESDAY 26th MAY, 7:30pm

Click HERE to find out more about this session

JUNE

LEARN EAST ANGLIAN STEPDANCING
with professional stepdancer Fiona Davies
WEDNESDAY 23rd June, 7:30pm

Click HERE to find out more about this session

JULY

AN INTRODUCTION TO UNDERSTANDING DEMENTIA

with speech and language tutor Matt Rowland
WEDNESDAY 28th July, 7:30pm

Click HERE to find out more about this session

AUGUST

HOW TO DISCOVER WILLS AND PROBATE RECORDS
with historian and author Ivan Bunn
WEDNESDAY 25th August, 7:30pm

Click HERE to find out more about this session

All sessions will enable you to learn in real time, during the session. You will have the opportunity to ask questions or practise what you’ve learned both during the session (should you wish to) as well as afterwards.

No experience in any of the above subjects is necessary to take part – each session is suitable for absolute beginners and those who have no experience of the subject.

Attendance is limited so early booking is recommended.


How to take part

All sessions will be held on Zoom. You will need to have Zoom software already installed on your device.
We are unable to offer any technical assistance during the session but there are links and further details to assistance available to install Zoom and join meetings at the bottom of this page.


Register here

Complete this form to book your place
(Register once per device/screen – not per person)


What next?

You will receive an email which contains all the joining instructions for the session – the Zoom link, password and further information about the session.
This email will be sent 1 week before the session (or closer to the date of event if you register closer than a week before).
If you have not received an email by then, please check your spam/junk folder and if you cannot find anything from contact@thevoicecloud.co.uk in there, email us or call 07909 510976 or 07903 105930.



Download Zoom

Download Zoom for Windows or Mac HERE (Use App stores for tablets or smartphones).


Join a Zoom meeting


Still can’t figure it out?

If you still need some help, the Voice cLoud can offer free of charge assistance to Suffolk & Norfolk residents to download, understand and master Zoom.
Thanks to a grant provided by Comic Relief, our technology professionals can remotely help you (we don’t come to your house) to get online and get confident with Zoom.
Visit our Tech Assistance page for more information.


Previous ‘Connections’ sessions

In February 2021, the Voice Cloud were awarded funding by The National Lottery Community Fund which enabled us to deliver a trial of our project Connections.

If you missed any of these sessions, you can still watch again!

The sessions that we have already delivered are listed below – just get in touch with us for the password to access the videos. 

Schedule of Events

LEARN MAKATON SIGN LANGUAGE
with professional sign language tutor Matt Rowland
WEDNESDAY 10th MARCH, 7:30pm

Click HERE to find out more about this session

DID YOU MISS THE SESSION?
No problem – you can WATCH AGAIN BY CLICKING HERE
but please contact us for the password

LEARN MAGIC TRICKS
with magician Joshua Pickering
WEDNESDAY 17th MARCH, 7:30pm

Click HERE to find out more about this session

DID YOU MISS THE SESSION?
No problem – you can WATCH AGAIN BY CLICKING HERE
but please contact us for the password

MUCHO ESPAÑOL
with Spanish tutor, Cristina Morales
WEDNESDAY 24th MARCH, 7:30pm

Click HERE to find out more about this session

DID YOU MISS THE SESSION?
No problem – you can WATCH AGAIN BY CLICKING HERE
but please contact us for the password

RESEARCH THE HISTORY OF YOUR HOUSE
with historian and author Ivan Bunn
WEDNESDAY 31st MARCH, 7:30pm

Click HERE to find out more about this session

DID YOU MISS THE SESSION?
No problem – you can WATCH AGAIN BY CLICKING HERE
but please contact us for the password