Poetry in the pandemic: project aims to engage young people in creative writing
Young people in South-East London are being encouraged to write poetry to help them through the coronavirus crisis.
As anyone who has put pen to paper in sadness or strife will attest, creative writing can be immensely cathartic. It is for this reason that young people in Lewisham, South-East London, are being encouraged to use the written word to explore the challenges thrown up by the coronavirus crisis.
Lewisham Young Writers will deliver 1,000 “creative care packages”, including writing and arts materials, to young people living locally. The project will also offer free online creative writing workshops led by Young People’s Laureate, Theresa Lola, author Sharna Jackson and artist Olivia Twist.
For more information click here.
‘A catalyst for a kinder world’: one city’s mission to spread altruism
Leeds will launch its first Festival of Kindness next weekend, with organisers seeking to foster greater unity after years of division.
Launching on 6 September, the week-long jamboree has, like everything else, been forced to go online due to the pandemic. “It means we are now global,” said Joshua Malkin, one of the co-founders, looking on the bright side.
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Hosted on Zoom, Leeds’ Festival of Kindness is open to anyone and has a different theme each day, exploring subjects such as kinder businesses, kinder relationships and self-kindness. Guest speakers include the peace activist Satish Kumar, and representatives from Extinction Rebellion and the Co-op.
Malkin said the diverse lineup reflects the festival’s spirit of openness. “The space that we’re in is a space of respect for everybody and trying to make sure nobody gets left behind,” he said. “We are putting a flag in the ground for people who want to see the values of kindness, compassion and wellbeing as the prosperity we should be investing in.”
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A ‘public health triumph’: Africa declared free of wild polio
The WHO confirmed this week that Africa has defeated wild polio after the virus was finally eliminated in Nigeria. The Africa Regional Certification Commission, a task group appointed by the WHO to eradicate the disease, certified the continent free of wild polio four years after the last recorded case.
Africa’s polio immunisation programme was launched by Nelson Mandela in 1996, but progress in Nigeria was stymied by geography, scepticism and militant groups.
The director general of the WHO, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, described the eradication of wild polio in Africa as a “public health triumph”. Read more here.
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Make a Difference Superstars
Join the BBC for a celebration of everyone who has been going above and beyond during the coronavirus pandemic in the South and South West of England.
Since the start of the pandemic, local BBC radio stations have been highlighting stories of people making a difference in our special Make a Difference broadcasts. Now it’s your chance to recognise and reward the superstars up your street and in your neighbourhood.
It could be someone who has been looking after their parents or neighbours; a budding cook who has been baking for the community; a key worker who has been a special help to your family. We want to hear about them all – their big efforts and their small contributions.
Tell us a story of someone who has made a difference to you, your friends, family or community.
We could be rewarding them by recognising their hard work and sacrifice in a special radio programme plus GWR Trains have agreed to rename some of their high speed trains across the South of England after some of our Make a Difference Superstars.
You can recognise someone by following the steps here.
Mevissa has kindly been keeping us up to date with her gardening. She has lots of fruit and veg growing, but is especially proud of this artichoke plant (pictured).
I have eight artichokes on this one plant . It’s the first time I’ve grown it in the vegetable garden.
Well done Mevissa!
Have you been spending lots of time in the garden, or completed a project you're proud of? Why not get in touch and we'll feature it in a future newsletter!