Midlothian community resilience programme developed to bring cheer to families during lockdown

In response to community feedback, Made in Midlothian(MiM) has developed a C19 Community Resilience Programme of online activities for the family.

Tuesday, 26th May 2020, 11:41 am
Made in Midlothian(MiM) has developed a C19 Community Resilience Programme of online activities for the whole family.

The aim is to help keep the community connected and to offer support to Midlothian creatives during the Covid-19 lockdown and beyond.

MiM, whose posts have reached over 23,000 people on Facebook, is split into three strands, Market, Music and Stories. The programme helps local buyers connect with Midlothian makers, supports musicians to keep performing and helps local authors hold live storytelling sessions.

“We’ve been listening to the concerns of our makers and our wider community about what they need to get through this difficult time,” said Renae Bell, founder and director of MiM.

“That’s why we’ve adapted our online presence to establish the Midlothian Makers Market on Facebook. With over 800 members it provides makers a platform to reach more customers.

“We’re also working with Blue Rose Digital to develop a dedicated e-commerce site, which will provide a single platform for people, locally and globally, to shop products ethically made in Midlothian.”

Music has been one of the creative sectors hit hardest by the lockdown, with gigs cancelled and the closure of venues across the country.

MiM’s Music Programme has used its National Lottery Funding to sponsor weekly music videos.

“We had to adjust our 2020 Music Programme in a flash,” says director Shondra Riley,

“Thanks to bands like Chameleon Lady and SoundLounge, we’ve still been able to bring local music to the people.

“Not to mention the curated videos on My Music Monday with local music from Sam Blott, D.D. Stirling and Fabric Bear. We’re always looking for more music to feature.”

MiM also runs Sunday Support Sessions live on Facebook for self-employed creatives. “We discuss different challenges each week and how we can pull together to make it through.”

Renae adds, “Our weekly art exhibition, Unlocked, encourages people to unlock their creativity with a different theme announced each week. We’re doing what we can to support our community with the power of the creative arts.”

A C19 Community Resilience Programme Crowdfunder page has been set-up, visit www.crowdfunder/made-in-midlothian. For more details about Made in Midlothian go to www.madeinmidlothian.com.