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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Putting things in place

    28th October 2020

    With nearly 51,000 visually impaired people in Essex, helping the blind and those with limited sight over lockdown became a major priority. For Michelle Thompson (General Manager) and Sarah-Jane Piper (Project Coordinator) of the Blind And Sight Impaired Society, that meant making a total of more than 3,000 calls to help people who were suddenly especially vulnerable.

  4. We see Lonely People Come To Life Again

    28th October 2020

    Emily Kenward is the founder of the charity Time To Talk Befriending, which provided immense support to elderly people during lockdown.

  5. Finding yourself after a loss

    28th October 2020

    Rhian Mannings is the founder of 2 Wish Upon A Star - a charity she set up after her family was hit by a double tragedy in 2012.

  6. A Song For Life

    28th October 2020

    A Swan Song Project is a unique idea that supports people near the end of their lives or facing the loss of a loved one, to write and record their own songs.

  7. Responding to loss and loneliness

    28th October 2020

    Oyovwe founded the Widows’ Empowerment Trust after seeing a close friend lose her husband and sensing her loneliness and social isolation. Oyovwe is one of 12 people who have a bench dedicated to them

  8. Freedom on two wheels

    28th October 2020

    Bikes for refugees is a project that offers solidarity and friendship towards newcomers to the UK.

  9. Challenging Limits

    28th October 2020

    Mal used an almost fatal incident to motivate him to create a project which helps men in his area keep fit. Now, in recognition of his work in his community, a special bench is being dedicated to him.

  10. Serious Play

    28th October 2020

    Joy of Sound runs playful musical sessions using an amazing array of bespoke instruments that can be strummed, plucked or plinked. Founded 20 years ago, the group works primarily with the disabled, the impaired, the elderly and the unemployed among others.

  11. Footprints Is A Very Happy Place

    28th October 2020

    Over the lockdown period, teenager Joseph Rutherford from West Bridgford, near Nottingham decided to do something special to help others.

  12. Providing stability at a time of uncertainty

    28th October 2020

    Music 4 U, a performing arts school in Aberdeen that continued to find innovative ways to reach out to its community during lockdown.