We have been in lockdown for 8 weeks now! How the time seems to fly! Our on-line journey began when the UK government announced the Lockdown. We recognised the impact of everyone having their daily activities cancelled may lead to people feeling isolated and upset and even becoming ill with the changes. Thankfully in these uncertain times we are working to stay connected with our students through our on-line project ‘Community and Engagement’.

Taking part in a Music session On-line

Emerge News- May 2020 Read about our current news.

by Anna Davies,  May 2020

Read about our current news: How our On-line Community Project began, our upcoming on-line performances and feedback on our Social Impact.

Hello from Emerge! We hope you are all keeping safe and well. We have been in lockdown for over 100 days! How the time seems to fly! Our on-line journey began when the UK government announced the ‘Lockdown’. We recognised that the impact of everyone having their daily activities cancelled may lead to people feeling isolated and upset and even becoming ill with all of the changes. Thankfully in these uncertain times we are working every day to stay connected with our participants through our on-line Music and Performing Arts project in partnership with Addysg Oedolion Cymru/ Adult Learning Wales  ‘Community and Engagement’.  

THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES

Community and Engagement On-Line

We spent Easter working to set up an on-line service that supported every participant we work with across all of our projects. Over 60 people and their families and carers were contacted to help set up on-line platforms such as Zoom video call and a timetable came together that consisted of our Emerge team running on-line 1-1 sessions with individuals and their families throughout the whole week. This has been working really well, with participants getting involved in Singing, drumming, playing guitar, practicing their songs, writing new ones, Acting, writing plays and getting together on a weekly basis for a chat. This is helping people feel involved in familiar activities and feedback tells us people really look forward to their session each week. 

We are developing our on-line project even further by providing on-line learning resources to our participants.  We are building upon activities that promote fitness through Dance and movement activities or Music tutorials for people who want to learn instruments as examples. Our activities enable people to stay engaged in learning, practice social and communication skills and creative expression. Activities support self-confidence and well-being and enable people who are isolated to engage in activities with their friends on-line. 

Do you know someone who would benefit from our activites? Please get in touch!

 

 

 

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