Covid-19 resulted in many individuals within communities across the county needing and wanting to shield, which has in turn affected residents wellbeing and increasing numbers of individuals being socially isolated.
Isedale Wa CIC, identified 10 older women who lived alone and were shielding. Through the power of physical activity and the internet, they were able to bring them together to allow them to feel connected to their community, whilst being able to offer them activities to support their mental and physical wellbeing. Over the course of the programme, over 30 women have since joined.
Keep-fit dance sessions to Afro beat music were set up on Zoom, where participants spent an hour keeping fit at their own pace and the second hour networking. This encouraged stories to be shared and support to be given.
The ethos around Idedale Wa, is an independent, non-political and non-profit organisation who brings together individuals to celebrate cultural heritage, values and achievement. By working with Active Essex, they were able to continue this online and with individuals who were finding the global pandemic particularly challenging.