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Clubs and Societies in Lockdown

Updated: Jan 16, 2021

Today I wanted to write a blog post to celebrate our clubs and societies and how they’re sticking together and staying connected during lockdown. It’s so important we all keep in contact in a time where many of us may be isolating alone, so it’s so lovely to see how many of you are still engaged with your clubs and societies.

Personally, I’ve been trying to keep the Creative Enterprise Society social media updated with any interesting competitions and offers whilst there aren’t any events on. I’ve been messaging each of the members to stay in touch, too, and a few people have ideas which we will hopefully be able to work on soon!

Our LGBTQ+ Lead and society head Harry McCallum said that he’s taken the LGBTQ+ Society digital by creating a Facebook page and group for everybody to stay in touch. He’s looking at doing some kind of watch party events using Netflix Party, too, so make sure to give the page a like if you’re interested.

He’s not the only one taking things digital either. I’ve been chatting to Zak Johnson who heads the Dungeons and Dragons Society, who said they’ve taken all their meetings and games online too, and have been keeping in touch with each other through their Facebook group.

I also had a catch-up with Lou Holland, who runs Zine Club, who told me the ways they’ve adapted and taken their club online. As well as virtual meetings, they’ve also been doing virtual coffee shops, where they make a cuppa and do some work together, which I think is a great way to bring a little normality to our current situation.

Photo by Lou Holland

After finishing the mural at Mount Gould Hospital, Artists For Change is now deciding on a new project that they can do during lockdown and working on ideas for what can be their first post-lockdown project, too. In the meantime, society members are creating colouring book pages as part of a callout from The Art Side, who are creating and printing colouring books for Plymouth Domestic Abuse Services. If you want to help, you can find the callout here or support the fundraiser I made here.

I’ve also been talking to Christians in Art and Design, who have just appointed their new group head, Emilia Caddick. Similar to the rest of our societies, they’ve been keeping in touch through messages and planning for when they can meet up again. The lockdown has also sparked the start of a new society by Beth Ricaud, Cat Society, which was made with the aim to help fundraise for local rescues. Since starting, Beth has created a Facebook page, group and Instagram. She’s launched a pet portrait competition where you could win a pet bundle and has just started Pet of the Month as well, simply head to the society's socials for more information!

Also, some of our amazing clubs and societies are up for exciting Above and Beyond Awards, so keep an eye out on your emails to see who is up for which awards and don’t forget to vote on May 11th!

Best, Harriet Moore

Marketing and Enterprise Lead

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