For community events
- We ask that if you are joining Community Events, that you turn on a camera on your device. You must also be prepared to unmute and participate fully in the event. This will help you to get more out of it and for others in your group to know they’re talking to a person behind the screen.
- Avoid making assumptions and be patient. Someone interrupting you might mean they didn’t hear you or there’s a time lag in the connection. Always give the benefit of the doubt.
- Don’t take any photos or videos of the session without explicit consent of all attendees and the event host.
- If anything is making you feel uncomfortable in a breakout room or you would like assistance (or to request assistance for someone in your group) you can ‘Ask for Help’ on Zoom.
*meeting controls are the bar along the bottom or top of your screen
- If you want to leave a room to report someone else’s behaviour, you can leave the breakout room to come back to the Main Session and talk to the event host. You can do this by selecting ‘Leave’ and clicking ‘Leave Breakout Room’. If you click ‘Leave Zoom Meeting’, you will completely leave the event.
- If you are concerned about your privacy when joining community events with breakout rooms, you can change your Zoom name to include just your first name (rather than first and last). Click on ‘Participants’ at the top or bottom of your Zoom window, hover over your name (‘Me’) and select ‘Rename’
For Facebook groups and forums
- Always be kind and considerate in all interactions with others.
- Do not post or share content that is sexually explicit, inflammatory, hateful, abusive, threatening or otherwise disrespectful.
- Please do not spam the group and avoid posting a lot of religious or political content.
- Debates and disagreements are fine as long as they remain respectful.
- If you want to connect with someone away from the Rest Less Facebook groups (via private message, for example), please ensure that they are comfortable and have consented to this.
- Respect the privacy of others.
- Try to avoid making assumptions about someone else’s situation. It is easy for things to be misinterpreted over social media. Ask if the person is comfortable clarifying their circumstances if you are unsure.
Find a Phone-Pal
- Be patient with one-another and be an active and empathetic listener.
- Keep in mind that this is a mutual relationship and not a support system.
- Set boundaries if there is anything you do not want to discuss, if you want to stick to your shared interests (e.g. poetry, art, history etc), make that clear early on.
- Respect the privacy of others if they do not feel comfortable sharing information.
- Keep opinions that may be particularly inflammatory or disrespectful to yourself.
- Remember that this is not a managed service once you have been matched so please make an effort to keep in touch and always have your next call scheduled in.
- If you are unhappy with your Phone-Pal match, get back in touch with Mahalia at [email protected]