A COMMUNITY WELL-BEING INITIATIVE
'Holding It Together Apart’ is a Community Development project aimed at helping people to maintain their physical, spiritual and mental well being while isolated and at home with Covid 19.
Developed by Declan Hayden, Community and Development Manager in South East Area, DCC and Muirne Bloomer, Artistic Director and Choreographer, the project was envisaged as a response to arising needs in the community following the COVID 19 Restrictions.
The unprecedented challenge for people staying at home sees new and difficult stresses at various levels. For the person living alone, increased loneliness, lack of engagement, confinement in one space brings one challenge. For the family space and entertaining, maintaining sanity, calm and equilibrium in the daily routine brings others. Cocooning in a small apartment is very different than a house with a garden. Mental Health is a very core issue for all.
The aim was to develop a range of activities and interesting projects for all ages and backgrounds that were easy to do and could be followed each week.
We have links with many great artists, creative developers and professionals, many who worked with us in the Dublin City Area on ongoing projects who also were challenged with very little work in their area who were also struggling with the lock down.
We started with the plan to provide classes in dance, meditation, movement and creative practice to help engage all members of families and households in staying active and calm.
Further classes will aim to include Yoga, cooking and baking, narrated stories and poems, pandemic pooches (a dog competition), ritual and grieving assistance and new dances.
We aimed to have the programme on as many platforms as possible to reach people. Please do share these videos and the email to as many people in your community groups and help us all in
We are delighted to offer a large range of online classes. Join our experienced mentors for a variety of exciting and theraputic workshops that will keep you and your family entertained.
Click here to see all classes
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