Video sing song aims to boost spirit of Central England Co-op group designed to help with isolation and loneliness
The leader of a Central England Co-op group designed to help tackle isolation and loneliness has created a series of sing-a-long videos to give those struggling during lockdown a boost.
Singer Kathryn Buck can often be found running the Friendship Co-operative Group in Littleport to help those who are in need of support in the local area.
However, in face of the current restrictions due to the Coronavirus, she has come up with an online way of keeping in touch with those who normally get a weekly boost from being part of the group and others across the community.
She has dusted off her microphone and created six sing-a-long videos to bring a little cheer to those in need of a lockdown pick me up.
Kathryn said: “Our members absolutely love coming to the Friendship Co-operative Group. They feel relaxed, have a good chat and some fun, and take part in an activity and raffle each time.
“They are provided with refreshments, plus they have something in their diaries to look forward to at the beginning of each month.
“We are all missing holding the group at the moment so I decided to sing a few songs for everyone to help lift sprits until we can meet again in person.
“But we also hope the wider community enjoy them and it can help lift any gloom people have in their lives at this time.”
The group, which began in December 2017, is provided with financial support by Central England Co-operative’s Member and Community Relations Officer Kym Hunt and her Membership and Community Council.
Kym said: “The group aims to tackle isolation and loneliness, which at this moment could not be more of a priority with people self-isolating and facing lockdown.
“This is such a great idea by Kathryn and is a great showcase of co-operation in action to help lift the spirits of our group but also the local community as well.”
People can also keep up to date with what is happening in their local community in response to Coronavirus by visiting a dedicated online hub at www.centralengland.coop/updates
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