15th Aug, 2020

Warwickshire organisations providing isolated families with virtual boosts

Catherine Thompson 24th Mar, 2020 Updated: 25th Mar, 2020

MORALE boosters from Warwickshire are keeping isolated families on their toes through a host of virtual events.

Live video sessions from mini discos and music gigs, to ‘kids’ yoga’ and French lessons are being held across sites and channels during coronavirus quarantine.

Entertainer Sam Dowler piloted a virtual disco on Saturday from his Stratford home to entertain kids and families in isolation across the world.

The dad-of-three who has been isolating with his family said: “We already know how important it is to have these virtual sessions available for children and their parents and the fact we can personalise each transmission by taking requests and giving shout-outs. provides a little interaction from a distance. We hope it helps make a difference.”

Sam has vowed to make the disco a regular Saturday night event on his ‘Glo-Ball’ Facebook page.

Clare Thomas from Bearley runs Stratford Music Network – an organisation which provides free support and advice to rising stars – is calling on musicians to perform for a series of virtual gigs.

The network has been forced to cancel a number of gigs up to September.

But instead, Clare hopes daily virtual gigs will help relieve the boredom of isolation as well as help showcase new talent.

The music-lover is asking artists to send demos and videos of up to four minutes through the page’s Facebook messenger.

And Warwickshire-based businesswomen and mum’s group ‘Mama Tribe’ has organised a timetable of free online classes aimed at youngsters, parents and businessfolk. They include everything from yoga and ballet, to a pop choir and French lessons. Adults can also join work-outs and wellbeing sessions, and round off the week with a 4pm Friday ‘kitchen party’ complete with DJ.

Founder Danni McCabe said: “Not only are people unable to work as normal, but we no longer have the mental health outlet of gym visits, coaching sessions and social gatherings, and with school closures, people are now attempting to juggle work and childcare – something many Mama Tribe members are used to. In an attempt to help people adapt to this new-normal, I decided to gather the ‘tribe’ and, as always, they came together in collaboration.”

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