Highland Hello is a small multi-lingual project that encourages people to recognise that simple gestures can support us to feel more connected with others during the COVID19 pandemic.
Originally launching in 2019 with some funding support from the Highland Third Sector Interface the initiative is being re-launched to encourage positive connections during this challenging time. We know that connections are fundamental in supporting individual and community wellbeing. In recent months, life has changed for all of us and social distancing has meant it is now more important than ever that we find different ways to stay connected with our family, friends and communities.
With a view to connecting with those who may be feeling isolated and anxious, the Highland Hello project is asking people to make a small gesture of connection with three other people by saying Hello. With staying safe in mind this could be by text, email, telephone or a simple smile or wave to someone across the street.
What are we asking of folk?
1. Say HELLO to a passer-by. Wave to a neighbour. Send a text or make a call to friends / family.
2. Get involved in an online Highland Hello film challenge on Twitter and Facebook. The challenge calls for people to upload short films just a minute or so long:
• Introducing themselves and saying hello
• Passing on a wellbeing tip that has helped them during lockdown
• Tagging 3 friends to do the same
The videos are going to be shared within care settings.
There are some resources on Scottish Recovery Network and Highlands Migrant and Refugee Advocacy Project’s (HiMRA) website that can be accessed too.
It’s important to say that this is not specific to the Highlands. It is fundamentally about how we can connect with one another in the most simple way. We would love people to take the concept, adapt it and use it in their own communities.
The development of this project is a collaboration between Highland Migrant and Refugee Advocacy Project, the Scottish Recovery Network, Fèis Rois, Highland Senior Citizens Network and others living within the highlands and passionate about community wellbeing.
Please get in touch with Holly at the Scottish Recovery Network if you are interested in learning more about the project.
Holly Hendry is Network Officer with Scottish Recovery Network