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Blog - 2020

  1. Answering the Lockdown SOS

    1st December 2020

    During the battle of Dunkirk, the Skylark IX boat saved the lives of 600 men by ferrying them to safety. Seventy-three years later it was fished from the River Leven, battered and bruised, following an SOS call from the Dumbarton Veteran community.

  2. From Small Acorns

    1st December 2020

    At the core of Wild Things is the mutually beneficial relationship between nature and communities.

  3. “We’re Quite A Resilient Bunch”

    1st December 2020

    Thirty-five-year-old volunteer William Colvin worked tirelessly to save a deconsecrated church from becoming derelict - and then to keep it functioning over lockdown.

  4. Every Memorial Has A Story To Tell

    1st December 2020

    With 30,000 trees planted across 150 acres and almost 300 memorials to the fallen, the National Memorial Arboretum is a place to remember the sacrifice of all those in the British Armed Forces.

  5. The Wisdom of Elders

    1st December 2020

    When Professor Uzo Iwobi OBE saw the images of people who had died from Covid-19 back in March, alarm bells started ringing.

  6. The Athlete Lockdown Lowdown

    11th November 2020

    Catch up with the Lockdown Lowdown of Top Athletes.

  7. Mother Tongues

    2nd November 2020

    Shamim is also a poet in residence at Apples and Snakes, a project funded by the players of The National Lottery which has worked with renowned artists including Billy Bragg, Lemn Sissay, Kae Tempest and Benjamin Zephaniah.

  8. I Met The Sea At The Bus Stop

    2nd November 2020

    Open Book is a charity that runs shared reading and creative writing sessions in communities across Scotland. It uses literature to connect people, build communities and to amplify voices that often go unheard.

  9. A 50 Person Zoom Disco

    2nd November 2020

    KMAdotcom is a working art studio that bills itself as a space of originality, collaboration and imagination. It is managed by four artists from Monday to Friday but is open and flexible to suit the needs of people who come to the workshop.

  10. The Benefits We’ve Seen Are Huge

    2nd November 2020

    Arts Care is a uniquely original health care organisation founded on the idea of giving patients, families, staff and visitors a better quality of experience through participation and access to the arts. Every week it delivers a weekly programme of art of all kinds, including visual art, dance, art, music, film-making, creative writing, and even clown doctors across five health and social care trusts in Northern Ireland.

  11. Music Is The Great Leveller

    2nd November 2020

    Preludes works in areas of Bristol that are experiencing high levels of economic disadvantage and aims to put music at the heart of every child’s education. It is run by manager Penny Rawlings, one of a group of dedicated music professionals, whose work aims to put enjoyment, confidence, coordination, speech and language skills into children’s education.

  12. Bringing Together Those Who Feel Most Apart

    2nd November 2020

    The lockdown period proved especially challenging for Beth James, who runs a theatre company for children, young people and adults with disabilities and autism. While millions of people were struggling with establishing new routines the world over, for those with autism the changes proved exceptionally daunting.