It’s now eighteen months since JOS started its Zooming program and we are continuing as we wait for news of lockdown conditions ending. After some fast learning about Zoom and running inclusive trials and scoping with JOS participants, we delivered our first zoom session on March 27th 2020, and quickly developed several different Zoom sessions covering a range of interactions and artforms.
Creative Writing and Ever New Story Sharing– sessions generating poems and stories capturing the emotions, challenges, sharing the intensity of lockdown. Click here to see Creative Writing gallery and videos
Inclusive Movement & Dance – dance, exercise and dynamic movement.
Seated Yoga, Breath and Movement – with more subtle exercise and mindful breathing.
Musical Games and Song and Sign – the chance to sing songs and practice Makaton signing skills.
Adventures into Here, There and Everywhere – multi-media virtual explorations of different countries, cultures and environments around the world during cyber journeys guided by different participants at each session.
Seriously Silly Sensory Sessions – a means of exploring the potentials, challenges and joys of improvisation through the use of ‘sensory looping’, in the spirit seriously shared fun — the core of JOS ethos and practice.
Despite being unable to travel and meet up, people can still enjoy socialising and keeping in touch with friends and associates. During 2020, we delivered more than 408 sessions – well over 4,000 attendances, including visitors from London, UK wide and around the world, with families, support givers, favourite objects – and pets! – all being involved, generating new creative approaches and relationships, fresh learning opportunities and shared community.