Community centre appeals to coronavirus self-isolators to share stories for future exhibition

A Jarrow community centre is encouraging those who are self-isolating due to coronavirus to share their stories during this challenging time.

Primrose Community Association (CA), based in Jarrow, is calling for residents to keep a diary and write down their life stories while they are stuck at home self-isolating.

It is hoped the stories will be used in a future exhibition at the community centre, showcasing the lives of Primrose residents once the coronavirus pandemic is over.

Primrose Community Centre.

“A large proportion of our members are over 70 and we want to hear from all those who are self-isolating, we want to hear their story,“ said John Watson, chair of trustees at Primrose CA.

“We want people to keep a diary and to use this time to write down their life stories and we’ll stage an exhibition of Primrose Life Stories once we’re through the current challenge.

“We want to harness this surge of community support and will work towards a legacy of community spirit.”

The idea has come as part of the community association’s campaign to help people cope with coronavirus.

They are hoping to put together and deliver care packages to the elderly and vulnerable on the Primrose Estate and have launched an emergency appeal for donations of toiletries and household items such as tinned foods, soap, tea and biscuits.

They are also looking for donations of items such as books, magazines and newspapers to encourage positive mental health.

“In times of uncertainty, Community Centres come into their own,” said John.

“We understand the anxiety as well as the practical issues that arise from this situation and are supporting an increasing number of older people and their relatives who are reaching out to us for help.”

Primrose CA will be closed from Monday, March 23 but staff will be on duty to take donations.

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