Advice and suggestions for online socialising please!

Hi Everyone,
I am a Volunteer Co-ordinator for a Community Voluntary Service in Essex. One of our young adult volunteers has mild learning difficulties. She is very good with tech but very shy. She is finding life pretty isolated at the moment as we haven’t got any of our usual activities operating so her volunteering role is suspended for the time being. Does anyone know of any suitable, safe, online courses or socialising opportunities I can recommend to her?
I had a chat with Neil and he suggested I post on here.
Thanks for reading this!
Regards, Jackie

Hello Jackie,

Have you come across Books Beyond Words before? They are stories told completely in pictures that are developed with and for adults with learning disabilities.

Before COVID we were running book clubs reading our stories in libraries, but since lockdown we’ve moved to online zoom meetings! The clubs are a chance to share stories together but also meet new people and have a chat with friends. There’s more info on our website (including a video that explains a bit more about the online book clubs):

Our clubs are super welcoming and always looking for new members (and people who just want to try it to see what it’s like). Our book club co-ordinator Sue Carmichael would be happy to chat with either you or your volunteer first, if that’s helpful. You can email her at

Take care!

Hi Jackie,

Independent and work ready run online social and work experience opportunities check out with Zoom sessions, socializing and contributing to the website as well as making products.


This is great Hannah. Thank you very much. I have passed on the information and hopefully my volunteer will find it helpful.
All the best,

Fabulous Karen, I’ve passed on the information.
Thanks for taking the time to reply.
All the best,