PANDEMIC Reflections 2022

During 2021 and 2022, we planned a new, multi-stage, community art project addressing the pandemic for those aged 11+ in our local community, particularly those in Buxton and its surrounding villages aged 11-25, whose mental health was impacted by the pandemic, whether through, for example, bereavement, trauma, isolation, loneliness, financial stress, loss of support or relationship breakdown, leading to increased anxiety and/or depression.

It aimed to enable reflection and creative expression.

The first part of the project was called ‘PANDEMIC Reflections’. We received small grants from the Postcode Places Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, a Five Ways to Wellbeing grant from High Peak CVS‘s Health & Wellbeing Partnership and a grant from The Bingham Trust to deliver the project.

The project aimed to provide you with the opportunity to take a step back and reflect on the past two years and to produce a personal record of the pandemic for you to look back on in the future.

We also hoped to create a communal record, bringing together everyone’s experience, to help improve mental health and wellbeing and to foster making connections and understanding in our community.

​​For more detailed information, please download the document below/to the right. Any questions, just email hello@funnywonders.org.uk.

PANDEMIC Reflections Project Information

Step 1 - Resource Production

Between January and March 2022, we devised our reflection resources – recording prompts and associated creative activities for both groups and individuals.

Step 2 - Community Workshops

Once restrictions were lifted further, we then planned to deliver, within the current Covid guidelines, evening workshops at The Green Man Gallery during March, April and May to work through the resources and activities in a safe, supportive environment. Parents, carers and older siblings of those aged 11-15 were welcome to attend alongside for additional support.

The resources were also made available, electronically and in paper-form, to those who did not want to come into a communal space, but to work through the resources at home.

We also ran a public workshop at a community mental health day, organised by Buxton Street by Street and Connex Community Support.

Step 3 - Community Exhibition

Following this, we displayed some reflection resources at The Green Man Gallery, for visiting members of the public to contribute toward.

Watch this space for an overview of the information collected.



Grant Funders

Postcode Places Trust is a grant-giving charity, funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Since launching in 2005 players of the lottery have raised hundreds of millions of pounds for thousands of organisations across Britain and internationally. By providing financial support for charities and good causes, Postcode Places Trust helps communities improve health and wellbeing, reduce isolation and undertake arts and physical recreation activities. To find out more about the Postcode Places Trust, visit www.postcodeplacestrust.org.uk/.

High Peak Community & Voluntary Support‘s Five Ways to Wellbeing Grant scheme looks to support grass-roots organisations to recover from the pandemic and to support those at higher risk of mental ill health.

The Bingham Trust is a registered charity who provide grants to support charitable purposes and projects which benefit the SK17 postcode area around Buxton.