Durham Students Connecting During Lockdown
This is an unusual time we find ourselves in! Nobody was prepared to be in lockdown, and every individual is handling this situation differently. It's important we adhere to social distancing, but it's not easy being away from friends and family and your usual routine. Our students at Durham have been receiving online teaching since 16th March, and some of them have chosen to return to their family home rather than staying in Durham. So, how do they keep in touch and keep their student community alive? They have taken to meeting online, continuing with societies and getting involved in their local community. It can be difficult to keep busy when you're staying at home, so some of our students have shared their experiences with us to stay connected and inspire others.
Some of our students have been sharing their experiences during the lockdown via short videos on our YouTube channel. You can watch Sunita's video below, or you can view the full playlist of videos on our YouTube channel by following this link.
Durham University and its students are moving some activities online to keep connected and keep enjoying the things we love. These have included: quiz groups, fitness clasees, study chats, yoga, Zumba, medidation and singing or performing in groups. In June, Durham will be hosting an online drama festival for its students too.
Although some of these groups are just for our Durham students (often created by the students themselves) we have shared some of the public ones below for you to share in as well.
Knitting Blankets of Rainbows for the NHS
Two Durham University graduates joined forces to start a local social enterprise to fight social exclusion and their first project just hit the ground running. Knitting blankets of rainbows for the NHS is Culture Healing Communities' first community project, fully supported by Durham Area Action Partnership. Culture Healing Communities is a social enterprise started by Durham University graduates Sandra Almeida and Veronica Freitas, and the project is designed for participation of those still in social isolation, who will knit rainbows in squares that will then be sent back to Sandra and Veronica, to be joined in blankets. After the end of the lockdown the blankets will be auctioned and all the money will be given to the NHS. One of Durham's colleges, Josephine Butler, have knitted an entire rainbow blanket for the cause!
Durham University has created a Community Support Hub with resources to support the local area.
Here you can access:
- Tips and advice from our experts
- Online resources you can get involved in
- How we're supporting the COVID-19 response
- Articles and project resources by students, staff and graduates
Find out more about the student experience at Durham through our student blogs!
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