How can we tackle social isolation in our communities during the Coronavirus pandemic? That's the question being posed this week by the Culture and Wellbeing Community Group run by SLIC and Fun Palaces Scotland.
Broadcasting on Facebook tomorrow from 11am, the group features Libraries Team Leader Kathleen Milne from Western Isles Libraries talking about supporting connections in a rural setting. The Group is open to anyone in Scotland with the aim of supporting broader cultural democracy and more diverse cultural participation. It highlights the work and expertise already happening in communities as well as inviting experts and researchers to lead on topics.
The Culture and Wellbeing Group which runs on Facebook was created by both SLIC and Fun Palaces Scotland. It is open to librarians, cultural and grassroots community groups and individuals from across Scotland to join. It is part of a wider partnership with Fun Palaces which is funded by the National Lotteries Community Fund.
The first weekly session tackled the theme of how libraries and other cultural organisations can support communities and each other and features SLIC's Head of Programme Lindsey Henderson. The second session then focused on getting young people involved.
The weekly live sessions and facilitated conversations discuss best practice, ideas and challenges around supporting communities during this time. It looks at creative ways to support social connections, intergenerational and family learning both digitally and offline.
Lewis Hou, SLIC's Fun Palaces Scotland amabassador, is happy to answer any questions about the programme by email.
If you don’t have or want to use your personal Facebook account, You can get in touch with Lewis and create an account solely for the programme.
To take part, join the Culture and Wellbeing Community Group on Facebook