News / COVID-19 Digital Lancashire Statement

A note from the Chairman, Tom Stables 

In these uncertain times, and as concerns escalate regarding the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), we all need to make sure we are able to adapt and make the necessary changes – to not only keep us safe and well but to also help us to remain productive at work. 

With the Government advising people to work at home where possible and to limit social interaction, remote working is becoming a reality for more and more of us. As a result, it is becoming increasingly important to make sure that we not only keep staying productive at the forefront of our minds but to also ensure we support and look after each other on a more human level too.

Inevitably, our planned events, including informal meet ups over the coming weeks are cancelled and we will review these according to ongoing government guidelines – we will update members and registered attendees accordingly. 

With 55% of UK workers having little or no experience of working from home, developing a support network to help us make the transition is key. Home-working can be lonely, difficult to remain focussed and can lead to feelings of isolation. But you are not alone! 

So, what is out there to help?

  • Join the Digital Lancashire Slack channel – simply click here #dl_community to join the channel. Whether you are a freelancer, agency, an UX Designer or AI Specialist, this channel provides a forum to open up lines of communication, where you can share top tips on working from home, offer advice and highlight any issues you may be experiencing. 
  • Boost have a dedicated #AskForHelp team ready to assist businesses impacted by the coronavirus. They can offer resilience tips as well as connect you to specialist advisers who can help you manage today’s unique challenges.

If you have an upcoming webinar, blog or content that others may find useful please let us know. 

Use apps and services to help your home-working. Here are a few we like to use that help productivity, support collaboration or guide our focus

  • Trello – Great for task and project management, Trello uses boards to keep track of everything, enabling you to organise and prioritise projects that all your employees can see and contribute to 
  • Slack – a good alternative to email, Slack allows communication (message, audio or video) between members
  • Zoom – a cloud platform video and conferencing chat and webinar tool, allowing your team to easily catch up and/or screen share.. 

We will keep adding to this list, so please let us know what keeps you and your team productive. 

It’s good to have a toolkit of go-to sources for updates and news. The ones we’re paying particular close attention to are: 

Again, we expect this list to grow and rely on you, the digital bodies in Lancashire, to let us know if you find other such valuable resources, so please keep in touch. Whether you are looking for advice, just want to make new connections or want to let us know about issues you are facing, we’re here – working remotely but working hard as always for you. Please call the Digital Lancashire team today on 01772 846 221 or email hello@digital-lancashire.org.uk. You can also join our Slack channel and we’re on Twitter too

There are inevitably tough times ahead, not just for our sector but for our clients, customers, suppliers, partners, friends and families. In amongst the uncertainty, let’s support each other where we can.

Stay safe, 

Tom Stables

COVID-19 Digital Lancashire Statement