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Liverpool is launching a unique events programme designed to enrich the lives of those hardest hit by the pandemic.
A brand new community programme will slowly reintroduce culture into the lives of clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) individuals and those who have been shielding during the pandemic, and those who have experienced mental health challenges, bereavements or even financial hardship.
The city council-funded initiative aims to reduce social isolation and loneliness, promote improved wellbeing and empower residents who have been adversely impacted by Covid-19.
The activities on offer range from performances in the grounds of care homes, cinema screenings for those who have been shielding, aerial productions that explore mental health and creative workshops which will give young cancer patients the chance to mix with others after periods of isolation.
The events will be delivered by arts organisations across the city and highlights include:
“Now restrictions are lifted, many of us take for granted the ease in which we are returning to ‘normal’ life, but for so many this is an incredibly daunting time and the thought of mixing with other people, going to the theatre or enjoying artwork in a gallery is unfathomable.
“This is a beautiful, and moving, programme which will reconnect some of our most vulnerable residents with culture, build their confidence and essentially bring some much-needed joy into their lives. Once again, our creative sector has excelled itself in stepping up to the challenge and providing a series of events which will be transformative for so many.”
“Liverpool has a very high proportion of people at risk and throughout the pandemic it was devastating to see our high rates of infection and death. We still have around 46,000 people who are classed as high-risk, so it’s no surprise there is some trepidation now that Covid-19 regulations have been lifted.
“Considering what Liverpool has experienced over the past two years, this is a hugely important community engagement programme. The benefits of integrating culture into people’s lives are well documented – it improves mental health, boosts morale and the benefits of that feel-good factor should never be underestimated. I’d like to thank all those involved and I look forward to hearing more about the projects throughout the year.”
“Our projects have two strands: Returning to Community Cinema and Shield Circles, the first focused on making it easier for people with vulnerabilities in County ward to attend events, whilst the second will see artists and cultural workers who have experienced shielding – coming together to work on an art piece. The Culture Liverpool funding has allowed this project to become a reality for those of us who have been affected by shielding the most.”
“We’re delighted to have the support of Culture Liverpool at a time when our Dance, Health & Digital focus is growing to reach, and boost the mental and physical wellbeing of communities across the city. We’re looking forward to introducing our Connect & Move libraries project and classes for those living with Down syndrome to our programme over the coming months.”
This announcement comes weeks after the launch of the Culture Collective campaign which sees Liverpool’s arts organisations come together to show off the city’s impressive cultural credentials. To find out more and to watch the official music video soundtrack, click here.
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