In the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, a member of the Jewish community had an idea to reach out to older members of the Jewish community and, keep them connected whilst isolated from their families and support networks.
The initiative was supported financially by grants from a local council, two Jewish community organisations, and individual donations. A local synagogue agreed to host the initiative. The project was called Dunera in acknowledgment of the historic link to Jewish immigrants and their struggle with social isolation.
The aim was to establish a platform for individuals to participate in online virtual events and a range of online social activities. The content was tailored to an elderly audience and took into consideration their access to assistance, and their ability to navigate technology.
The Dunera platform hosted live interactive events covering a range of topics including music, cooking, education and health. Suitable curated events were also sourced from external organisations.