The city of Dublin launched 'Holding It Together Apart’, a Community Development project aimed at helping people to maintain their physical, spiritual and mental well-being while isolated and at home with Covid 19. Developed by Declan Hayden Community Development Manager in South East Area, DCC and Muirne Bloomer Artistic Director and Choreographer, the project was envisaged as a response to arising needs in the community following the COVID19 Restrictions.
The unprecedented challenge for people staying at home sees new and difficult stresses at various levels. For the person living alone, increased loneliness, lack of engagement, confinement in one space brings one challenge. For the family space and entertaining, maintaining sanity, calm and equilibrium in the daily routine brings others. Cocooning in a small apartment is very different than a house with a garden. Mental Health is a very core issue for all
The aim was to develop a range of activities and interesting projects for all ages and backgrounds that were easy to do and could be followed each week.
The municipality has links with many great artists, creative developers and professionals, many who worked with the city in the Dublin City Area on ongoing projects, and who also were challenged with very little work in their area, who were also struggling with the lock down. The city started with the plan to provide classes in dance, meditation, movement and creative practice to help engage all members of families and households in staying active and calm.