Arts, Health and Wellbeing
There is now so much available online in response to COVID 19; we wanted to reassure everyone that it is ok to take this time to rest and not be productive! Last week I found myself running around my flat wracking my brain for activities to fill this space… on reflection my most comforting moments were when I allowed myself to stop, go for a quiet walk, pick up a book or just curl up on the sofa.
It is also fine to want to do things! Some people may be finding themselves with a lot of energy, others may feel stressed, anxious or tired, or a combination of many different feelings and emotions. All of these are valid. This week we’ve come up with a mixture of online and offline activities and suggestions that we hope will offer some relaxation, creativity and connection to the wonderful community that is Govanhill.
Please do get in touch if you have any ideas or suggestions for Arts, Health and Wellbeing activities we can do together by emailing email@example.com or messaging us on Facebook.
Keep safe, and support one another
United We Will Swim!
How to book:
- Book in for a class or activity by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org at least 1 hour before the class starts. You will be emailed a registration form to fill in and email back.
- You will receive an invite in your email shortly before the class starts to join Zoom. Open the link and download the Zoom software to join the class. Check your junk mail if you can’t see it. In the email there will be a list of suggested things you could have to hand.
- Get comfy at home, with a good internet signal and anything you might need.
- Enjoy the class! Any feedback or suggestions can be emailed to email@example.com
Yoga and relaxation (On Zoom)
Tuesday 7th April, 11am – 12pm
Gentle yoga and relaxation open to all. Suitable for beginners and those who have been attending our regular yoga classes.
Here is a link to a soothing Yoga Nidra (A guided relaxation) that you could try at home if you’re feeling stressed, anxious or having problems sleeping.
Singing with Beth (On Zoom)
Wednesday 8th April, 11am – 12pm
Join Beth to learn some uplifting songs and connect to your community through video. Singing is a fantastic way to improve your physical and mental health and release some much needed Endorphins in these unsettling times. For more information on how singing can improve your health click here.
(No singing experience necessary)
Visual Diary and Comic Making with Jem (On Zoom)
Thursday 9th April, 3pm – 4pm
This four week course will focus on creating a visual diary to offer a chance for self reflection, drawing and observations. The activities will be led by the interest of the group. There will also be the option to share what we’ve been making during the week and offer support, encouragement and connection to each other. (No drawing experience necessary)
Body Percussion & Songs with Hugh (On Zoom)
Friday 10th April, 11am – 11.45am
Join Hugh for music, songs and body percussion to do in your own home, suitable for all the family!
Activities to do at home:
We have put together some small craft packs and activities of things to make at home. These include sewing, embroidery, arts and craft.
To request a Craft Pack to be delivered please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please call Tuesday – Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm. We will email you to confirm the date and approx time of the delivery, which will be left on your doorstep.
Make a square for a Collective Banner
During these uncertain times, it can be hard to feel connected to a community. It’s
especially difficult for those who don’t have internet access or aren’t very comfortable with technology. This is why we want to create something physical which celebrates the wonderful resilience of Govanhill and the ways in which all parts of this diverse community are coming together to help each other out. We don’t know what the near future will hold for us, but we do know that Govanhill will continue to be a welcoming place for everyone who chooses to make a home here. Once this has all blown over, we would like to have created something that represents the community spirit which is getting us all through this crisis. We are therefore asking as many people as possibly to create a 15 x 15 cm (6 x 6 inches) fabric square and send it to us so we can create a collective banner. The square can be made from any kind of fabric, and you don’t have to be able to sew to get involved; you could draw, paint, make handprints, do a collage, cover it with glitter… whatever you fancy! There’s only one small rule: we would like each square to represent and celebrate in some way either the diversity of Govanhill, or an act of care which you have given or received during the virus outbreak.
Once you have finished your square, please hold onto it until the outbreak is over and when it’s safe to please deliver it to The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Street, Glasgow G41 2PZ.
We are hoping that the banner can grow throughout this period of isolation, so please spread the word to your family and friends. And please do take photos of your creations and, if you are able, share them to our Facebook page @GovanhillBathsCommunityTrust
Take care, and happy creating!
Some Useful Links:
On the Arts, Health and Wellbeing page you can find some further links to activities, services and support that could be useful during this time.