Armchair Adventures: Creative podcast project to help socially isolated people during lockdown 

A CREATIVE lockdown music and arts project is being launched by a Tameside-based group to help people across Manchester who are feeling lonely and isolated.

The Armchair Adventures interactive podcast begins on Thursday, November 12 with a large online event bringing together 50 school bubbles and older people.

The project is a creative response to Covid-19 by theatre-based CIC Made by Mortals and their theatre group for over-55s, Hearts & Minds.

They have created an interactive podcast series, with activity packs and online sessions, which takes the listener on an adventure of the imagination.

The first episode is released on November 12, with two more episodes before Christmas and another three episodes in 2021.

Andy Smith, director at Made by Mortals, explained: “There are many people who are suffering from isolation and loneliness from the restrictions around Covid-19.

“There are many care homes which still don’t know when they will be able to allow visitors, so the isolation of residents looks set to continue.

“Children missed six months of schooling and many of them may still be suffering from the effects of the isolation that entailed.

“We created Armchair Adventures in conjunction with Hearts and Minds theatre company to continue our inter-generational music and theatre work – just with a slightly different twist.

“It has been designed so the activities are accessible to everyone and we are limited only by our imaginations.”

Additionally, Made by Mortals has funded 600 packs which include an MP3 player and printed activity pack to distribute to older people who might not have access to the internet.

Bolton At Home has also funded a number of these packs for older people they work with.

Action Together (Tameside) has also contributed to the project and is supporting the distribution of packs to digitally-excluded people.

Made by Mortals is also running a number of online sessions with schools across Greater Manchester, Cheshire and North Wales for primary school aged children.

They work with a diverse range of people who would not usually engage with the arts, and who live on the fringes of major cities and are at risk of exclusion and isolation for many reasons, especially during the pandemic.

The organisation is grateful to National Lottery players and the Government for supporting them with funding to carry on their activities with communities in the North West.

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You can also find the podcast episodes on Spotify and iTunes by searching for Armchair Adventures.

Made by Mortals was launched in 2017 and creates thought-provoking musical theatre projects to explore health and societal issues. Their focus is on bringing people’s experiences to life and their approach is democratic, accessible and people-led.

They aim to create engaging, new music theatre with and for local communities, and challenge artistic preconceptions of what is possible from a performance that has participation at its heart.

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