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Our top tips for isolation

Did you know Camp Quality has been helping reduce isolation for kids and their families facing cancer for a whole 36 years?

Cancer isolates those who face it, whether it be 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 someone facing it.

Through COVID-19, Camp Quality has been adapting to support our Camp Quality family through their isolation in new and exciting ways, from our fun-filled Happiness Hub to the new Big Walk for Little Kids walking challenge for your family and friends to virtually unite and walk to support kids facing cancer.

Now that we’re facing COVID-19 together, we may all be experiencing feelings of isolation. Whatever kind of isolation we are going through, there are simple steps we can take to turn our experience into something positive. Here are Camp Quality’s top 5 tips to reduce our isolation, stay connected and look after ourselves 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.

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? Or Lego masterpiece? Or 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 though we’re 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 October for the Big Walk for Little Kids. Our walk is inspired by Tom Moore, a 100-year-old fundraising hero who didn’t let isolation get in the way of his amazing $60 million walking fundraiser and dose of daily exercise.

Camp Quality is there to support our kids and families through whatever kind of isolation they are experiencing. Remember to explore our Happiness Hub and sign up for the Big Walk for Little Kids to bring some positivity into isolation. We will get through this together, one step at a time.

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 will become a permanent offering allowing Camp Quality to reach more kids and families and make sure no one misses out.