The SEALL@Home (or SEALL aig an Taigh in Gaelic) community outreach programme is making a real and positive difference to the emotional and physical wellbeing of the vulnerable members of our communities and those who have become socially isolated from their networks and friends.
The project was set-up in 2019 to help relieve the negative impacts of isolation and the poor health implications associated with this in the most vulnerable sectors of our communities.
In response to the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, we received a small amount of funding from the Scottish Government Wellbeing Fund to roll out our outreach programme to provide online music sessions to Skye’s three care homes and Kyleakin Connections, the Skye and Lochalsh Association for Disability. The service users, staff, musicians and families have all benefitted from this successful project which took place in June and July.
We use a number of methods, including cloud-based video conferencing services and the simple telephone, to connect people to perfoming artists who provide fun and immersive concerts, workshops and sessions in music, theatre, literature and dance.
SEALL@Home is being developed to include anyone on Skye and Raasay who is isolated or in need of a little uplifting through performing arts. To this end, we are working closely with the Third Sector to extend the project across the Islands and across the performance genres.