OVF and Coronavirus – find help and offer support on our forum

Please read our update on changes to our forum in light of the global pandemic.

A message from OVF founder Rob Fielding

These are worrying times for many of us so I want to give an update on how the OVF forum can potentially be a positive resource especially for our more older or vulnerable users.

I know that some of our users are older or vulnerable to the virus and may now have to self-isolate for some time, potentially missing contact with loved ones, possibly feeling alone and may be struggling to get essential items.

With this in mind, I am putting the following plan in place for the OVF Forum:

A dedicated Coronavirus Help and Support section

This will serve two purposes:
  • Those in self-isolation and needing help can post asking for help (e.g. for something to be delivered)
  • Those who want to offer help (e.g. if you offer a service such as gardening, dog walking)

You can find the new forum section here

This forum will open to all. It it the only forum area which will be open to guests so you do NOT need to be registered on OVF to post and reply in this section.

As many adverts in this section will also be disabled. It is not possible to disable all adverts but as many as I can will be removed from this section. It is not my intention to gain any revenue from this section of the forum.

A request for tolerance from all users

These are unprecedented times and if people are possibly going to be alone for weeks and months, I would hope OVF not only provides a place to get company but also help and support.  I would like to give potentially lonely and worried people at home an opportunity to ask for help and an online outlet to chat and feel welcome. With this in mind PLEASE BE NICE to other users who may be stressed and worried.

I hope that all of you stay safe and take care of yourselves.

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