As a response to the Covid-19 pandemic Anxiety Café has been meeting online since March. We are now proposing to begin small, outdoor meetings for up to six people, at locations across the Isle of Wight, during August.
Since the beginning of March we’ve been monitoring Public Health advice regarding Coronavirus and responding to changing circumstances.
Our small team are mainly working remotely from their homes, maintaining regular ‘virtual’ contact with volunteers and arts practitioners to creatively develop alternative programmes that can support isolated and vulnerable Island residents of all ages.
As experts in tackling social isolation through the arts, we are widening our thoughts to include all residents on the Isle of Wight, who may be reacting to the new circumstances we all find ourselves in.
Sadly and understandably, our work in care homes has had to stop completely for the time being, but we are planning new ideas for schools to distribute home-based arts enrichment activities to support family learning and many ideas for keeping us all safe and entertained during the Covid-19 outbreak such as virtual SingAbout, DanceMakers , Anxiety Café and a Phone Pal service. Most of our services can be accessed via Zoom, Facebook Live or our YouTube channel.
You can keep up to date with our new, virtual programmes and community support work by checking this site regularly and following our Facebook page.
If you need to speak to one of the team, our office number will be automatically forwarded to a member of the staff by rotation. Simply call us on 01983 822437 during office hours, or contact us via email, or chat to us via live chat, by clicking on the Chat icon bottom right of the website.
We recognise that our services are needed now more than ever and we are extremely grateful to our principle funders for their continued support and their encouragement. We are a small local charity working exclusively for the vulnerable residents of the Isle of Wight.
You can help us keep going by making a donation – and if you are a UK tax payer, gift aid can be added, which tops up your donation by a further 25%.
Thanks to funding from Arts Council England, we are pleased to open our brand new online gallery and we need you to help.
Our staff and practitioners are sharing daily poems, songs, spoken word and links for you to enjoy during the lockdown.
Independent Arts are launching their first creative writing competition for aspiring Island writers! The competition aptly named ‘Jot’ aims to encourage anyone from the Isle of Wight, with a story in their head, to express it and enter. Extended deadline, 21st August.
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Independent Arts is an Isle of Wight charity founded in 1987, using the arts to improve wellbeing, quality of life and to reduce social isolation.
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