The Centre has repurposed a phone box on the premises (pictured below) to become a wee food bank for anyone struggling to make ends meet as lockdown continues. It contains non perishable items that have been disinfected, and anyone who needs can take a bag. They are also coordinating community Covid needs as and when requested from community groups, charities and individuals.
In light of Coronavirus measures, the Rockfield Centre has moved lots of their activities online, including art classes, online yoga, music sessions, camera club, writing group, a pen pal scheme, heritage hunters group, and a poetry/short prose challenge. Further information on these groups and how to participate, visit their website www.therockfieldcentre.org.uk
- The Centre have moved lots of children’s activities online, and their heritage Officer Elisabeth is doing weekly art classes. On their website they have Art Explorers, Makerspace, a Lego Club, Junior heritage hunters, Mini Music & Culture, and kids can also get involved in the pen pal scheme.
- To keep people connected and promote wellbeing, they have a Facebook gardening group – Oban Growers, Mowers, Potters and Planters with over 130 members. They are also running a Zoom Blether group, email firstname.lastname@example.org for further info on this.
- On site, there is a book bank for use by the community, and the Centre are asking people to make knitted squares for a yarn bombing project which will help to decorate their outdoor shelter for future use. As per government guidance, the Centre are anticipating more events happening outside, and so the outdoor shelter will become more important.
- They also engage and entertain through live Facebook and Zoom events, such as ObanVision and Oban Comedy Night (coming up on the 12th of June).
The Comedy Night will host well-known acts, dedicating night of fun and comedy to the community of Oban and surrounds. This is a Zoom event and people will be able to share the night with locals, friends and family. Check out the event on Facebook here.