Our Place Support and FOLIO Sutton Coldfield have come together to highlight the wonderful stories of community cohesion and kindness which are happening all around us as we navigate through the challenges brought by the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Together we invite you – the community of Sutton Coldfield – to share your stories! We want to know about the moments that have made you laugh and the acts of extreme kindness that have touched your heart and together we will create ‘Lockdown Laughter and Covid Kindness’, a collaborative record of positivity, to document one aspect of this historic time. Whilst we mourn the losses and acknowledge the immense difficulties of life in lockdown, and in no way wish to diminish the challenges we have been facing, research shows that capturing and appreciating the positive and good things we experience helps wellbeing and gives us hope and optimism at a time when it is really needed.

We are also looking for submissions of artwork and photography documenting Lockdown in Sutton Coldfield. Perhaps you have been taking documentary photos you’d like to share. Perhaps your family has been creating artwork to as a way of finding calm and joy during these days. We’d love to be able to include these in our broader documentation of how Sutton Coldfield residents responded during Lockdown.

Initially we will gather stories and artwork/photography to publish online, but we hope to be able to create a book and library exhibition of stories and memories as the project develops.

To submit a story, please complete this submission form and email it to enquiries@ourplacesupport.org. To submit a photo or artwork, please create a digital version of it (a photo take on your phone perhaps) and email it to enquiries@ourplacesupport.org. Please note that we may not be able to include all submissions in possible publications, depending on the numbers received.

You information will be held in line with the Our Place Support privacy policy which is available at www.ourplacesupport.org

If you/your business would like to support this project (through sponsorship or in-kind support) we would love to hear from you. Please email Zoe on chair@foliosuttoncoldfield.org.uk, if you would like to discuss how you can support this project.

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