Workers on the Previous Library Belief in Creggan have been doing their finest to make sure that its members and customers reside healthily in lockdown and have organised quite a few occasions and initiatives for these residing within the Triax space and neighbouring communities.
Supervisor George McGowan instructed the Journal that when the centre was shut, they obtained the go forward from their funders to proceed with initiatives.
So, workers and facilitators put their heads collectively to seek out methods they may adapt, to assist native communities in these unprecedented occasions. And adapt they did, with these at OLT ‘busier than ever.’
”We needed to maintain individuals in a routine and hold the programmes and companies up and operating as finest we might. We phoned our members and customers initially and did an evaluation on what they may entry.”
In the primary, the vast majority of individuals have been in a position to entry some type of social media and for individuals who couldn’t, the OLT set about discovering methods during which they may join.
They name service customers and other people inside the group each day, with about 200-300 telephone calls per week.
George outlined how they’re noticing that, because the weeks progress the calls have gotten longer and are extra of a ‘listening ear.’
There are additionally round 20 completely different courses per week on-line and personal teams for individuals who are susceptible.
The OLT has additionally created its personal Youtube channel, with reside and pre-recorded movies each there and on social media.
They’re additionally concerned in the neighborhood response initiative within the Moor space and alongside different teams, assist distribute as much as 800 items parcels on a weekly foundation.
At first of lockdown, in a bid to spice up individuals’s spirits, they organised Avenue Bingo and considered one of their largest successes is the ‘Train on the Streets’ initiative – all finished inside social distancing tips.
Consistent with OLT’s wholesome residing purpose, private trainers go into particular person streets and have individuals exercising of their gardens or doorsteps. Over 1,400 individuals have taken half thus far, with ‘sensible suggestions.’.
“It’s not nearly bodily train, it’s additionally about lifting individuals’s spirits with the craic and the banter,” George stated.
OLT has additionally been specializing in native individuals residing with dementia and their carers.
DEEDS (Dementia Engaged and Empowered) Doorstep Melodies has been a useful and worthwhile venture this previous few weeks, throughout which a ‘wee sing music’ takes place outdoors the properties of these residing with dementia, lifting their spirits and eliciting feelings and recollections,
OLT can also be delivering isolation and exercise packs in the neighborhood.
There’s are additionally a stunning pamper packs for carers ‘to point out them appreciation on this difficult time.’
OLT is participating with communities via Fb and Twitter, with over 50,000 views thus far for his or her posts. You’ll be able to see what they’re as much as on OLT HLC on fb and @OLTHLC on Twitter, and OLTHLC on Youtube.
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