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Finding Community in Lockdown

Although the coronavirus lockdown is having a negative effect on people’s mental health as discussed in our article on the COVID-19 Mental Health Crisis, there are plenty of examples of positive activities that we should also turn our attention too including personal creative projects such as Jamie Harmon’s efforts to find community in lockdown.

It’s a community project that we could all get involved in. Jamie went around the neighbourhood and from an appropriate social distance, asked the house occupants if they would pose from within their houses and apartments so that Jamie could capture their lockdown portraits.

You can see the photos from Jamie on the Bitter Southerner website

Closer to home and South Kent Mind have embarked on a local community photography project to discover and highlight the diversity of the Folkestone area.

As part of the partnership with Live Well Kent, South Kent Mind have launched the Fotofolkes project complete with Instagram account and Facebook Page.

Residents of the Folkestone area are invited to submit their photos to fotofolkes@southkentmind.org.uk and the selected photos will then be displayed on the Fotofolkes Instagram account and at a physical exhibition at Folkestone Museum once the restrictions have been lifted.

You can read more about the Fotofolkes project here and view their Instagram account here.