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Local Mental Health and Wellbeing charity Ewen’s Room is to lead a community-wide project across Ardnamurchan to Light Up The Dark this winter, shining brightness and connecting people through the dark winter days and the lockdown blues.
Working with Support In Mind Scotland, organisations, businesses and residents across the peninsula, Ewen’s Room is leading this exciting project from the shortest day on the winter solstice, December 21, right through to the spring equinox on March 20, with both online and Covid-compliant outdoor events to spread joy, banish the darkness and bring people together even while lockdown keeps us apart.
Events will include star gazing, storytelling and wildlife walks, creative craft workshops, after-dark activities, including swims and other loch-based fun.
A competition for under-18s to represent Light Up The Dark in whatever creative form they choose and encouraging residents to share photographs of their lit up windows right through January, February and March are also all part of the planned events so far, with more being added.
Ewen’s Room is a mental health and wellbeing charity based in the West Highlands, offering telephone and text helpline, telephone befriending service, weekly drop in support sessions (currently online) and mental health awareness education and counselling through the local schools.
Rosie Gillespie, co-founder of Ewen’s Room, said: ‘We are so excited to be helping to Light Up The Dark this winter. It will hopefully be a bright end to the dark year that was 2020 and a sparkly start to 2021.
‘We have so many amazingly talented folk living here who are up for getting involved with this project.’
Details about the project, booking for specific events and how to get involved can be found at
www.ewensroom.com/light-up-the-dark and on the Ewen’s Room Facebook
www.facebook.com/ewensroom and instagram www.instagram.com/ewensroom