Our creative writing project have launched a book of poems entitled Hugs, to lift your mood and bring you joy and happiness.
Bring joy to people
The poems have been written by members of the Community Writers’ Group, set up by Community, Culture and Wellbeing team (CCW) in September 2019. They include memories of loved ones, daily struggles and romantic encounters. The writers are from all different backgrounds and have a variety of writing experience.
Originally the club wanted the book of poems to focus on bereavement and help others who have lost loved ones. However, CCW and the writers felt that the poetry book can bring joy to more people as many are feeling low due to the coronavirus pandemic and being away from their families.
We are not alone
Councillor Nigel Bedford, portfolio holder for Community and Partnerships said:
We hope this book brings comfort and happiness to those who read it. At this tough time, as people are unable to see family and friends, these poems reminds us that we are not alone, and we can reach out to others at times of sadness and worry.
A very important message, particularly as this week is Mental Health Awareness Week.
Get your copy of Hugs
Many copies have already been distributed among the community including Epping WI members, and those receiving deliveries from Epping Food Bank. Members of the Community, Culture and Wellbeing team have even been handing them out to neighbours. More copies will be available soon.
If you would like a free digital copy, contact our Community Engagement Officer, Victoria Robertson
Community Writers’ Group
Unfortunately, following Government guidelines around the coronavirus, the group is not currently meeting.
If you would like to develop your creative writing skills or just fancy trying something new during lockdown, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Victoria Robertson is our Community Engagement Officer and she will send you writing prompts, ideas and constructive feedback.
Mental Health Awareness Week
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week (18 – 24 May). As well as the Hugs poetry book we are offering other creative activities and exercises which are good for the body and the mind.
Why not join our CCW team online for games and exercises the whole family can do in their Stay at home activities videos.
Or check out the Epping Forest District Museum blog for arts and crafts ideas.
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