A batch of friendly postcards designed to link people together in isolating times is on its way by post to addresses all over the islands, after being posted out yesterday (Tuesday 4 August).
The cards are part of a UK-wide creative postcard exchange that’s been taken up by the Befriending Arts project, a partner project with Befriending Lewis and Harris.
Co-ordinator Elaine Murray has been working since 2018 on ways to tackle loneliness and isolation through creativity – with groups, one-to-one creative sessions and workshops to helping people to collaborate, or to follow their individual creative journeys.
Elaine said: “Since Covid, we've been working hard to adapt and find ways to continue safely. This has included sharing creative projects via our facebook group Befriending Arts (https://www.facebook.com/groups/214127359821354) as well as sending out materials by post.
“We are constantly trying to find new ideas and approaches in order to support as many people as possible to be creative and feel connected.”
The creative postcard exchange sees blank postcards sent out to anyone who feels like getting creative – whether on their own with a cup of tea, or as an activity with others, including children. Everyone who completes and sends a postcard will receive a completed one in return.
Elaine said: “Receiving something in the post just for you can be a real mood-booster, so we hope by sharing some colour with each other we can go a little way to helping reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness in our communities.”
The pictures show the blank postcards ready for distribution and going into the post yesterday (Tuesday 4 August).