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2020 Lockdown Activity

how we stayed connected & creative

A woman in a hat and glasses dances with her arms in the air while sitting in a wheelchair at a dance session led by darts in Doncaster


  • We repurposed our website to deliver darts at Home, a programme of online music, drama, visual arts and dance activity for children and adults. Our content was available within two weeks of lockdown refreshing with new activity throughout. By early November 2020, darts at Home had over 12,200 unique visits. 
  • We have created 251 filmed creative activity sessions, over 37 hours of content, each presented by a locally based professional artist. To date our films have had almost 8,000 unique views. 
  • Over 100 downloadable packs have included poetry activity with Ian Mcmillan, musical challenges from our team of local musicians and a range of drawing and craft activities from cartoon to collage. To date over 1,000 people have downloaded our packs. 
  • We’ve used Zoom to deliver regular weekly sessions online for both our adult and young people’s choirs, our Dance On programme for older adults and our Creative Directions music sessions for adults experiencing mental health conditions; in total almost 1000 attendances by early November 2020)
  • We supported the Doncaster Summer Staycation with 38 sessions of creative activity for children and young people delivered via Youtube and Facebook Live with more than 400 attending across the summer. 


  • We commissioned 6 brand new creative books for our Creative Directions participants: a new book and art materials are hand delivered monthly to 60 adults experiencing social isolation 
  • Bingo and a postcard reminded participants that we will be together again soon and an audio described CD allowed participants not online to get moving with easy to follow routines
  • We have taken socially distanced Garden Gigs to our Singing for Memory participants. These lively music sessions support adults with dementia who have been feeling isolated during lockdown 
  • Regular postal packs have allowed participants to access visual art activities at home; we reminded participants of marvellous musical times by sending them a CD of their original songs 
  • We’ve supported over 100 of our most vulnerable adults and families for whom this has been a lonely and isolating period. With regular telephone calls, home visits, letters, packages and emails we’ve tailored our approach to match the needs of participants. 
  • Together with our partners at Doncaster Children’s Service Trust, Cast and Heritage Services, we packed and delivered 1250 ‘Bags of Creativity’ for children and families across the borough. 

Here’s a short film showing some of the activity we developed for Doncaster’s adult residents from March to October 2020.


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