What we did:
Learners were engaged in weekly music performance sessions on Zoom.
Who we involved:
The ‘Strings n Things’ members who would normally meet weekly in Auchinleck are amateur musicians who enjoy performing for each other and also for external groups within the community.
The difference it made:
Music and performance is currently not allowed under the guidelines. This activity is essential for the members’ health and wellbeing. Many of the members struggle with depression, anxiety and confidence issues and being part of the group improves their mental health immensely. The weekly Zoom room session allows the members to feel valued and nurtures a sense of belonging. Fun and laughter is a key element for the sessions with themes each week for members to research their songs choice and motivate them. Creepy Crawlies theme provided many laughs at the recent Zoom session, all assisting with social isolation and health and wellbeing issues.
What we will do differently in the future:
The’ Strings n Things’ group have received devices from Rural Communities fund to allow other members who have not been able to attend the sessions to be able to participate. The group understands that this situation is the new normal and will strive to continue to include and support members wherever possible.
Sir James McMillan and Scottish Opera will be working with the group and other local groups to produce concert pieces in 2021. Online contact with the group will be crucial to the success of this exciting project which maps the demise of the coalfields in the Cumnock area.