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Independent Arts Online Workshops
Isle of Wight Charity Independent Arts is used to delivering workshops to communities and residential homes across the Isle of Wight as part of their programme to improve health and wellbeing using the arts.
Government regulations to prevent the spread of Covid-19 has stalled their work, but not for long.
The team of staff and practitioners supported by their team of volunteers began planning how they could do things remotely to help reach some of their participants.
This has involved looking at how technology can bring their practitioners to the people who need them most.
Operations Manager Hannah Griffiths says:
“From the day that the new Government regulations came into place to ask those who were vulnerable to self-isolate for twelve weeks, we started planning ways we could reach those who would be stuck behind closed doors for many weeks. It’s taken us a bit of time as we wanted to make sure that our workshops continued to be as good quality and accessible as always. We are pleased to announce that we are now running virtual Anxiety Cafe sessions via Zoom, we are planning to start virtual SingAbout next week and virtual DanceMakers sessions very soon.
We are also putting daily content on our You Tube channel including poems, talks and songs that anybody can watch and enjoy.”
Hear Hanna’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’
We will meet again, we know where, we just don’t know when. Hopefully we can see many of our regular participants and some new faces online very soon.
SingAbout practitioner Hanna Nixon is helping is spread the message, with her beautiful signed and sung rendition of We’ll Meet Again.
The Timetable is as Follows:
Monday – SingAbout on IA You Tube (new video every few weeks)
Tuesday – Workshops for Wellbeing session on IA You Tube
Thursday – Workshops for Wellbeing session on IA You Tube
Friday – DanceMakers on IA You Tube (new video every week)
Workshops for wellbeing sessions include music, arts and crafts, heritage and movement.
Elaine our Newport Community Connector continues to be available to anyone who needs help with errands, connections to services etc in Newport.
She can be contacted via email Elaine@independentarts.org.uk or 07818 768 007
All sessions remain free and available to all.
As always we are trying to help improve health and wellbeing and reduce social isolation through our sessions.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.
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