SEALL is fundraising to provide free weekly online performing arts sessions to vulnerable people on Skye. Your help will enable us to continue this work for another three months and reach as many isolated people as possible
raised of £5,000 target
Event: SEALL at Home online concert, on 23 September 2020
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How often do we find ourselves reminiscing to our friends and loved ones about the music that has shaped our lives?

A good song or tune can stay with you forever and it is only when you call them to mind that those significant memories of place and people, love and friendship, come flooding back.

Music is a powerful unifying force that binds relationships. It forms part of the story of our lives and links our past with the present and future. We all have our favourites and most of us are fortunate enough to be able to reconnect with our memories and share those favourites with others.

But a story is not a story without someone to share it with. For some of us, the music has become a distant memory, lost in the silence of isolation and loneliness.

There are unfortunately many people in our very rural communities who are in danger of losing touch with their world. The Covid 19 global pandemic has worsened their feelings of isolation, compromising any positive physical and mental states of their wellbeing.

These can be lonely and depressing times for many and it is so imortant that our most isolated residents remain connected to their communities, share their lives with others and even make a few new friends through music, song and laughter.

The SEALL@Home (or SEALL aig an Taigh in Gaelic) outreach programme is making a real and positive difference to the emotional and physical wellbeing of our communities' older people and those who have become socially isolated from their networks and friends.

When the Covid 19 pandemic broke out in March, we received money from the Scottish Government's Wellbeing Fund to begin a two-month pilot project to provide free online music sessions in our care homes and for the service users of Kyleakin Connections.

We used Zoom to connect our audience to musicians who put on weekly music concerts and workshops across June and July. These concerts were live and interactive and introduced by local musician and familiar face on Skye, Iseabail Strachan.

Participants were encouraged to take a walk down memory lane and share their own memories, stories and songs which culminated in a very special playlist. Some of the tunes from their playlists will be showcased in a special online performance on Wednesday, 23 September, at 7.30pm.

This project is very special. Not only are service users, musicians, staff and families able to come together through some great music, but everyone has enjoyed sharing a little part of themselves to others. Some wonderful memories were made.

[One] positive observation was to see one of the residents sing Wild Mountain Thyme. He recently lost his wife to the virus and is not well himself and yet afterwards he was happy to eat a hearty meal with everyone in the dining room. From what I've seen of him since I've returned, that's the most positive he's been and I like to think it a direct consequence of singing together with others. Helen Danter, former Home Farm Activities Co-Ordinator

Just watching him [resident] engrossed foot tapping away just made it for me, a few tears were shed during the concert today... not only just by me. Staff member, An Arcasaid

The grant has now run out and, while we apply for more, we need to keep up the momentum, maintain connections and keep this project going for the next three months until more funding has been secured.

Your donation will pay the fees of our local musicians as well as help continue to create more moments of real joy to some of the most isolated and vulnerable members of our rural communities.

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SEALL is a well-established and trusted performing arts promotion charity based on Skye. For over 28 years, we have delivered world-class performances to our remote rural communities on Skye and Raasay through a year-round programme; the Skye Festival (Fèis an Eilein) in the summer; and the more recent Small Halls Festival in November. SEALL is recognised by the Scottish Government as one of Scotland’s leading rural arts promoters and last year we won the prestigious Scots Trad Award. Our work is underpinned by our communities, heritage and culture and our programmes involve high-quality performances in music, theatre, dance, literature, comedy and children’s shows in halls and stages across Skye and Raasay, including some of the most remote village halls in Scotland. We believe no one should be denied access to great quality performance and we bring the world’s stages to the doorsteps of our rural and isolated communities. This work reaches local and visiting audiences and participants that are multi-generational, multi-cultured, abled and disabled, of all genders and from all walks of life, promoting inclusivity, social cohesion, tolerance and wellbeing. We advocate the relevance and importance of Scotland’s rich cultural heritage and showcase Skye as a beautiful cultural destination.

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