Health Connections have recently re-launched our successful community project from last year’s lockdown period.

What is it and how do I get involved?

We want to hear from you all about your experiences during this crazy time of the Bailiwick and the wider world being in lockdown. We would like you to jot down your thoughts and feelings in a journal which can take any shape you choose. This could be a spare notebook you already have; make one out of different coloured paper pages; or use a mix of wrapping paper, wallpaper, card and ordinary paper. You can also produce digital artwork or written content. Write or draw in your journal or add to your digital content daily, a few times a week or just every now and then.

Your lockdown journal can include words, pictures, drawings, photos, collages, cuttings from newspapers or magazines to describe what you are doing during lockdown and how you feel about social distancing. You can also email us pages or images from your journal for us to post online. Anything you send us will inspire others and help give everyone more great ideas! 

How do I submit my journal?

Send to kate@healthconnections.gg, Facebook and tag Health Connections, or Instagram @healthconnectguernseyshop. Don’t worry if you can’t submit anything online, we will be collecting journals at our Health Connections shop in Smith Street after lockdown has ended.

So…. stick, scribble, paint, write and draw some of that good stuff – and some of the not so good stuff – in your journal so we can look back on this time and be amazed at everything that happened and how we got through it together. Be as artistic as you want or just use words all the time, either will be brilliant.

Health Connections works with people who live in isolation all the time. Perhaps because of frailty, disability, poverty or long term chronic conditions including physical or mental health issues….there can be a myriad of reasons. Nowadays, the whole community is learning about how this must feel and better understanding the loneliness and challenges that come with being in isolation. We feel that capturing the thoughts and feelings that people have in lockdown will serve to remind us all what it is like for those who will continue to live in isolation long after we all return to a busier pace of life.

However, we also hope that people find opportunities in the current circumstances that allow them to look afresh at what matters to them, making the most of a pause in the usual hectic race to adapt and recalibrate. Perhaps also to look for support beyond these times should they need it, enabling them to live healthier, happier more fulfilling lives in the long term, which is the core mission of Health Connections.

We expect this project to have considerable value/impact both historically and socially and ultimately help encourage a more compassionate community for those who live with long term isolation.

For more information and to read the press release, please visit our website https://healthconnections.gg/