Thanks to a grant from the Mid and East Antrim Council Covid - 19 Community Recovery Grants Scheme our club has been able to use Zoom technology to engage members in meeting, painting and socialising together. We have used the month of April 2021 to pilot this. Using Zoom technology as a possible way to give access to on-line teaching by Artists Sorrel Wills and Jacque McNeill has been an adventure and also, for the facilitators and participants alike, a steep learning curve.
We have been able to make contact with members who have been in isolation for almost all of the Pandemic, thanks to their spouses, children and grandchildren. We have all learned a lot.
After all, Zoom technology was something that I was aware of-my daughter has used it for years for her work- but I’d never used it before we were locked down for the first time in March 2020. Even then, I was a participant, not a facilitator. Thanks to Andrew of Orion Design, our training was precise and concise and very much geared to our aim of engaging our members in their chosen pastime. Maria, Sorrel, Jacque and I learned, not only how to use Zoom but to use our phones as a second camera, record the event, and then distribute the video to all our members. Below you’ll find some photographs of our events, and links to the videos we produced.
I have to thank Maria for assisting me with her enthusiasm and drive in getting the grant and ensuring we fulfilled the criteria laid down, Andrew for his excellent tuition, Jacque and Sorrel for being brave enough to be our “guinea-pigs”. Most of all the Mid and East Antrim Council for their foresight in setting up the Covid-19 Recovery Grant Scheme, it has been invaluable to us.
Checkout our Distance Learning page to view the videos.