Simon has gained new skills and experiences over lockdown that enabled him to stay connected with his local church.

With services moving online and religious organisations using video technology like Zoom to encourage participation and support, many people who rely on and enjoy attending faith services had to find new ways to join in.

At the beginning of lockdown, Simon needed a regular reminder on what time church started, how to use Zoom, and access service readings.

With support from our visiting service, he quickly learned how to do this on his own; building up enough confidence to read to his group. This in turn helped him improve his literacy skills.

Natalie Smith, support practitioner, said: “Simon’s religion means a lot to him. It has been amazing to see how well he uses technology to stay connected to the church. Although lockdown was difficult, he has gained lots of new digital skills that ."