We wanted to show how staying connected can help us all feel less alone and in order to put this to the test, we held a competition to encourage people to share their lockdown stories and experiences as a way of supporting each other through challenging times.
After three weeks of online activity, with over 100 posts and more than 500 likes, our Stay Connected lockdown stories competition came to an end on Monday 1 June 2020.
It was inspiring to see the different ways in which people shared their thoughts and feelings, some with regular video updates, some using words and pictures and some sharing their creative projects. We went through all the contributions, counted the likes and decided to award prizes in the following five categories – Best Stories, Best Posts, Poster King/Queen, Best Chat and Overall Winner. Here are the winners in each category with some reflections from RIX Director, Andy Minnion, captured from the online awards ceremony held on Wednesday 10 June on zoom.
Best Stories – Ros
“Ros helped keep everybody’s spirits up…you can tell that she was thinking of other people and…putting up stories to encourage her friends”
Best Posts – Michael
“Michael delighted us with some beautiful photographs and lovely stories…it lifted everybody’s spirits seeing you talk about going on your bike and it being bumpy on your bottom!”
Poster Queen – Annette
“Annette posted up some lovely pictures…some really lovely work and great support from her sister Helen to get the pictures up there”
Best Chat – Lauren
“…lovely use of emoticons, lovely messages”
First prize – Charmaine
“What a star Charmaine has been! Charmaine has produced a lovely video that puts together a lot of her posts, a lot of the lovely paintings she’s produced but also posts about food, about meditation…it’s enabled us all to have a real insight into the life of a very creative and gifted young woman…it’s helped keep our spirits up!”