Sarah Pearce, Development and Volunteer Coordinator (Rochdale) at Action Together, has written a blog to introduce Rochdale to All At Sea!
Feeling All At Sea?
It is an understatement to say that 2020 has been a difficult year. We will talk and reflect about living through a global pandemic AND the largest civil rights movement for years to come. This could have been an easy year for us to close our doors, disengage with our community and hibernate until this is all over. What has actually happened has been the total opposite.
At Action Together we have had the privilege of a front row seat to the phenomenal community response in Rochdale. Many existing voluntary sector organisations reimagined their support offer overnight; and organised groups of neighbours with little more than their spare time, phone and a shopping list have laid the foundations for mutual aid for years to come.
On an individual level, it has really altered the rhythm of many of our lives. Some of my colleagues and friends have referred to ‘Groundhog Day’ - juggling long work hours and caring for children and family members, whilst others have focused on new projects and hobbies. For many of us, the unknown is the difficulty – when will we see family or return to work? Humans are so goal-orientated it’s easy to feel rudderless without a specific target or goal to focus on, leaving us feeling adrift like a little boat at sea…
It was this image in our minds that first sparked the idea of ‘All At Sea’! The SupportEntertainment and Activity (SEA) guide is a wonderful collection of online resources and activities provided by the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector (VCFSE) in Rochdale.
In ‘All at Sea’ we have aimed to capture the spirit of the borough and show, not only what great activities and support have been happening (now and before Covid-19), but also how the VCFSE-sector has swiftly adapted to still be there for our community during these strange and turbulent times.
Read below for a quick summary of our activities and click here to check out ‘All At Sea’.
S stands for support….
We’ve compiled a list of places where you can get support if you are struggling to get supplies or if you need to talk – we’ve found lots of organisations that are ready to listen.
E stands for Entertainment..or maybe Education!
If you are looking for resources for your children’s education at home, or virtual tours of galleries then look no further than our extensive lists of fun cultural activities to keep your family busy!
A stands for Activities!
It’s important to try and keep moving where we can during this time when we are spending our days indoors. Try out our list of activities from our very own Link4life in Rochdale!