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Building a virtual community

Leonora Nysse

Te-Whanga-nui-a-Tara/Wellington

12 July 2020

I am a 81 year-old resident of [a retirement village] and during lockdown a Facebook page just for this village was arranged and proved to be a popular way in which residents could stay connected. We are an independent village so all activities are organised by the residents. Sharing photos, comments, music and YouTube clips helped lighten the day. A competition of artwork on letterboxes using recyclable materials was a winner, people using their imagination and colourful materials to create their masterpieces. And of course the teddies and other loved toys on display in the windows were lovely.

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