A GROUP has started online activities after being forced to halt their projects during the coronavirus pandemic.

Outside Lives is a not-for-profit which focuses on connecting communities across Flintshire, Denbighshire and Wrexham.

This is usually achieved by running events, activities and workshops on a wide range of topics. However as the groups include numerous vulnerable people, the decision was taken in March to halt all activities.

Lucy Powell, Managing Director of Outside Lives, said: “We made a swift decision to cease activities in March however it was critical for us to think about how we could continue to supporting the community whilst complying with the social distances requirements and ensuring peoples safety.”

In response to this Outside Lives started to focus on using social media and other apps to connect and inspire the communities.

Lucy added: “For many, the inevitable slower pace of life during lockdown has seen a rise in creativity and exploration.

“People are producing beautiful artwork, developing gardening knowledge, exploring our beautiful local countryside and producing some amazing culinary delights.

“In true Outside Lives style, we wanted to people to be able to share their achievements and also provide inspiration and support to others.”

Outside Lives launched a number of Facebook Groups to enable people to do exactly this and the talent and innovation shared has been outstanding.

A 'Rainbow after the storm' art competition was also held with prizes from local business,The Hippy shop / Rainbow biz.

The winner was 1st Tomas Edge (age 6), 2nd prize went to siblings Casey and Reuben Board and 3rd prize to siblings Maisy and Edwyn.

One of the groups, 'Tales from Lockdown' is an opportunity for folk to share their unique experiences with others, in their own way; whether this be in writing, photographs, art, poetry, sign language, or video, this group has already begun to blossom with heart-warming and poignant tales from contributors.

Group members have loved being part of this online community.

Nicole Mitchell- Meredith said: “Outside Lives has engaged with and enriched the lives of people I know. As a member of the local community and as a Wrexham County social care employee I have worked with Lucy at Outside Lives to develop the new groups and invite people I support, plus my friends relatives and social contacts to join in.''

Lizzie Cricko said: “Being in lock down hasn’t stop the group, being able to share in our Art has given us a focus, a purpose.”

Following the success of the various Facebook Groups, Outside Lives is set to launch a You Tube channel which will feature cookery ideas, crafty demos, personal wellness classes, drama and storytelling sessions and drumming workshops as well as vlogs on outdoor activities and living.

The following Facebook groups are available to join:

Gardening Group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/713551939414462

Art Group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/225442448823846

Nature / Wildlife - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1431849450305904

Theatre / Drama - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1004977183170788

Food - https://www.facebook.com/groups/685730098585768

Tales from Lockdown - https://www.facebook.com/groups/246854923339351/about

You tube channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOtXM_nQ64Cvs0Sq3MgjxgA

For further information contact Lucy Powell - leave a message on 07887732555 or email outsidelivesltd@gmail.com