Wokingham Borough Council is launching a Covid-19 Community Legacy Project to capture life in the borough during the pandemic; and provide a platform for residents to share their experiences of living through the uncertainty since March 2020.
The pandemic has been a very stressful and traumatic time for the whole nation, particularly those who have lost loved ones. But the sense of community spirit has been strong, and some have been able to make positives out of a very dire period. For this reason, a new and movable community display is set to launch, celebrating the good things that have happened during the pandemic.
People who live, work and study in the borough are encouraged to get involved by contributing sentiments, images, and creative content to the display. The council is keen to hear how people stuck together while being apart, any new hobbies and skills learnt, how people got through, and any other anecdotes they wish to share.
Charles Margetts, executive member for health, wellbeing, and adult services, said: “Over the past two years we have experienced some tough moments, but collectively we have got through it and the community has come together like never before. We’ve seen the commitment from the people who live, work, and do business here. For this reason, we want to shine the light on you. The Covid Community Legacy Project is about you; what you felt, did, learnt, created, and changed during the pandemic. Share your contributions with your fellow residents, friends and colleagues and let’s get a conversation started about how we got through it”.
Contributed materials including photos and statements can be emailed to CEM@wokingham.gov.uk with the subject line: Covid Community Legacy Project. Alternatively, physical contributions can be dropped off at the below library locations and left with reception staff. Contributions will be collated and placed on a movable display board. Once all contributions have been received, the project will be showcased across libraries and community centres on a two-week rotation. These include:
- -Wokingham Library
- -Woodley Library
- -Lower Earley
- -Acorn Community Centre
The display will also be uploaded onto the council’s website, publicised across social media, and archived for future use by researchers and those alike. Please submit items you are willing to volunteer, as the actual items will be used. Alternatively, you can photocopy or scan images, creative works and written notes and submit these too.
Prompt cards will also be available at all four locations for residents to fill out their sentiments and provide a relevant submission. These will then be added to the movable display. The Covid Community Legacy Project will go down in history, so the community is urged to submit materials and be a part of it.
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