The Action Group Falkirk shares video message of hope

Children and adults from a support needs and learning disabilities group have come together virtually to share a message of hope and unity.

By Jonathon Reilly
Tuesday, 2nd June 2020, 4:45 pm

Many of those who rely on The Action Group Falkirk are isolating due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

And, while some are receiving assistance from carers in carrying out everyday tasks such as food shopping, the lack of social interaction is proving difficult for all involved.

In an attempt to lift spirits, Maureen Kilgour, The Action Group Falkirk assistant team manager, came up with the idea of creating a sing-along video featuring dozens of members.

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The Action Group staff (from left) Oonagh Sear, support worker; Maureen Kilgour, assistant team manager; Linda Matthew, development manager; and Stefano Fazzone, support worker. Picture: Michael Gillen.

That in turn led to a production inspired by the song We Are The World.

Maureen said: “One night I was watching videos on YouTube and I thought, ‘I’m going to try something because all these people are sitting at home on their own and you can sometimes forget that all your friends are at home too.

“I gave them all a couple of lines to sing on their own or with a support worker.

“A colleague’s daughter, Amy Bowen, put it together and the idea was to combat social isolation.

“About 65 people took part. I’m really proud of them as it’s taking people out of their comfort zone.”

Around 50 group members have been receiving ongoing help both in person and online since the outbreak of coronavirus.

Maureen says weekly challenges are helping to keep minds focused and spread some enjoyment.

She explained: “We’re still supporting the critical ones who have to get out the house to get food and medication. We’ve got support workers going in with the PPE.

“Behind the scenes, we haven’t got the studio so I’m doing that digitally on Facebook. We’ve got exercise and cooking classes – and belly dance discos!

“I’m setting a weekly challenge like cooking a dinner. It’s not just The Action Group which is involved, it’s friends of friends so it’s really quite good fun.”