With no end in sight to the current coronavirus restrictions, Creative Walden have come to the aid of bored and frustrated children in Saffron Walden with a new online TV programme featuring advice and examples of how to cook, take good photographs, maintain a bicycle and write poetry. There are also Film and book reviews and a novel feature called what’s on my desk?
Teenage therapy expert, Natalie Easthope, gives a valuable talk on how young people can avoid being overwhelmed by the enormity of the Covid-19 situation, with easy to follow advice on dealing with anxiety.
Lockdown TV, with its slogan of ‘Create – Express – Enjoy’, is available on Creative Walden’s YouTube Channel and they are appealing for young people to send in content to be shared with the community. One segment asks for youngsters to nominate a hero from the key workers that are keeping everything going in these testing times.
“We’ve garnered a lot of material over the years so were able to dip into our archive of films and add to them with home-made video features that have been sent in. I set up a TV studio at Fairycroft House where social distancing restrictions are strictly enforced,” said presenter, Paul Bellany, who also runs the Creative writing group ‘The Writer’s room.’
“There are so many talented kids in this area, now they have the platform to really show off their skills,” said sound producer, Alfie Wells.
“My message to the young folk is; you may be confined in your homes, but imagination has no boundaries, and, with a little bit of inspiration, you can achieve a great deal of satisfaction from being creative,” said Paul Bellany.
The not-for-profit community company are hopeful that a successful funding bid would allow Lockdown TV to continue for as long as the restrictions on movement stay in place.
You can watch Lockdown TV https://youtu.be/JtqDNL0qUY0 or search Creative Walden on YouTube.