Social Cohesion in Social Isolation: Communities of Care

In response to Covid-19, we're running regular online 'social cohesion chats' to bring people together. Research has shown that social isolation can negatively impact our mental health and wellbeing, and we believe that it is important to have an inclusive online space to talk. 

Join us as an academic, practitioner, arts/play manager or administrator, and/or interested community member to explore what social cohesion can feel like, look like, and mean during these current times of social isolation for young people and adults. Each week we will have a few overarching questions to start the conversation and create space for dialogue and ideas for action. Bring your lunch or a nice big cuppa as we come together in community. 

If you have themes you want to explore for future sessions please send to Laura and Katey.

Hosts: Laura Wright, University of Edinburgh; International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD) | Katey Warran, UCL; University of Edinburgh; Arts Health ECRN 

Next meeting

We will be meeting again this Wednesday 5 May 4-5pm BST, where Laura Wright and Katey Warran, co-directors of the Arts Play Health Community,  will facilitate the dialogue. Laura is currently the Director of Participatory Methodologies IICRD and a PhD Researcher, and Teaching and Research Fellow Childhood and Youth Studies Research Group, University of Edinburgh. Her research and practice focuses on art and play based methodologies, working with children and young people as partners, children's rights, and psychosocial wellbeing.  Katey is a Research Fellow in Social Science at University College London. She works on research for the MARCH Network, exploring the effects of social, cultural and community engagement on health, with a particular interest in arts and health interventions.

For this week's chat, Laura and Katey ask: What are our diverse conceptualisations, experiences, and understandings of play and art in our lives and workspaces? What role do these conceptualisations and experiences of art and play have on the ways we engage in relationships and dialogue on social issues? How can art and play deepen or disrupt social cohesion?  

Sign up below to join us to discuss this and more!

How to join

Sign up to attend via entering your email here.

Please note that, if you join our mailing list of the day of a chat (Wednesday), we will email you the details about how to join the online meeting 30 minutes before the start time of the session (circa. 3.30pm). If you join before then or have previously attended a chat, we will email you the meeting details the day before the session (Tuesday). 

Previous facilitators

We have been running our regular chats since 18th March 2020. Along with our hosts Laura Wright and Katey Warran, facilitators have included: Lewis Hou (Founder, Culture and Wellbeing Community Network Scotland), Dr Robyn Dowlen (Research Associate, Centre for Cultural Value), Ross Levy (Research and Evaluation Officer, Youth Sport Trust), Dr Emily Bradfield (Director, Arts and Minds), Xenia Horne (Freelance artist), Saoirse Finn (Researcher, Research Department of Behavioural Science and Health at UCL), Genevieve Fay (Communities Programme Officer, Edinburgh International Book Festival), Geraldine Montgomerie (Project Support Officer, Leeds Arts Health and Wellbeing Network), Laura Blackwell (Resident seamstress, Sew Leeds), Sally Thomson (Director, Grampian Hospitals Art Trust), Catriona McIntyre (Arts Activities Co-ordinator, Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity), Rose Sinclair (Lecturer in Design Education, Goldsmiths, University of London), Kathryn Welch (Freelancer), and Caroline Hyde-Brown (Embroiderer).

What to know more?

Why not read a blog about one of our online sessions by visiting the Arts Health Early Career Research Network website here, or read a collective poem that was the result of an online creative activity led by one of our guest speakers by clicking here. 

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