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Our top tips for isolation

Cancer isolates those who face it, whether it is due to being stuck in hospital, having a compromised immune system or even social isolation when friends don’t understand what cancer is, or how they can support. 

All through COVID-19, Camp Quality has been adapting to support our Camp Quality families through their isolation in new ways, from our fun-filled Happiness Hub to bringing laughter into hospitals with Puppet Digital Playdates. 

Due to COVID-19, a greater number of people are facing these feelings of isolation. Whatever kind of isolation you are going through, there are steps you can take to cope and feel less isolated. Here are Camp Quality’s top 5 tips to reduce isolation, stay connected and look after yourself and others.

1. Talk to someone

Thanks to the wonders of technology, distance is no barrier to having a chat with someone you love. Schedule a Facetime chat ahead of time so it’s like a proper catch-up! And why stop at one person? You can organise a virtual hangout with all your friends and family to connect and realise that we’re all in this together.

Parents facing cancer can access free telephone counselling through Camp Quality and CanTeen's Parenting Through Cancer initiative. To access the phone counselling service, call 1800 835 932 or email parentingthroughcancer@campquality.org.au to request an appointment or to ask for more information.

If you are experiencing more serious feelings of isolation and want to talk to a professional, call the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.

2. Have a laugh

Get those endorphins dancing and laugh out loud to your favourite show! The more the merrier, so agree to watch a series online together with someone you love, share the joy, and talk about it afterwards – like book club but without the reading!

If you want an extra reason to laugh, check out the Camp Quality Puppets on our Happiness Hub. Dean’s interview with comedian Nazeem Hussain is sure to make you giggle!


3. Try a new activity or learn a new skill

Have you ever wanted to learn how to do a magic trick? How about make your own tie dye shirt? Learn a cool new dance? Or make a DIY glitter jar? There’s no better time to try something new, get creative and impress your friends and family with your new skill. You could even Facetime with someone you love and do one of these activities together. Even when physically distanced, shared virtual activities are a great way to connect and learn together.

Check out the Happiness Hub for all these amazing activities and lots more.


4. Focus on your wellbeing and build resilience

We can’t all be happy 100% of the time. But we can focus on our wellbeing, learn how to deal with adversity and grow! Camp Quality’s social enterprise The ORANGES Toolkit is all about positivity through Optimism, Resilience, Attitude, Now (Mindfulness), Gratitude, Energy and Strengths. Have your squeeze of ORANGES with videos like “How To ACTUALLY Deal With Stress”, “How A Better Attitude Can Help You Grow” and “How To Deal With Uncertainty” – all on our Happiness Hub here.

5. Exercise/dance!

Let’s get physical! Learn with the ORANGES Toolkit about “Why Being Active Is So Important For Wellbeing”, then choose a type of exercise you love and get going! Here at Camp Quality, we got our hearts racing trying to learn the “Footshake Fun” dance on the Happiness Hub. We dare you to try! 

If you loved the challenge, why not boogie to some of our TikTok dances? (Don’t forget to follow Camp Quality while you’re there!) Or if walking is more your style, you could join us this September for the Big Walk for Little Kids. 


Many kids and families facing cancer will remain isolated even after COVID due to intensive treatment, ongoing health issues, or living in regional and remote areas. New online programs, Puppet Digital Playdates and Virtual Camp are now permanent offerings allowing Camp Quality to reach more kids and families so one misses out.