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May, 2020

The Good News #6

Anyone else feeling a little confused right now? We might not be quite sure which way is up, what day it is or what the lockdown restrictions are anymore…BUT we know there’s still plenty to smile about. We’ve gathered some of our favourite positive news stories, enjoy!

The Covid Chronicles
Bristol photographer Jonathan Bowcott started The Covid Chronicles on his Instagram page to show people’s positivity during this difficult time. He was first inspired to undertake the project after taking a portrait of his parents on their doorstep and noticing “such a mix of emotions on their faces.” Mr Bowcott then put out an appeal on social media asking if he could take people’s portraits from a safe distance on his daily bike ride. He’s been inundated with requests on Instagram from people who want to be part of the project. While he’s no longer taking photos for this series he can still cycle over and photograph your family for a small fee, from a safe distance. You can find out more about the project here and follow Jonathan Bowcott on Instagram to see the latest doorstep portraits.

The current restrictions have meant the advertising and television industry have been forced to change the way they operate and produce content. Fortunately, ITV have found an ingenious way to both solve this problem and provide some lockdown entertainment with ‘the people’s ad break.’ The broadcaster selected five famous ads from Aldi, Haribo, Honda, Walkers and Weetabix and invited members of the public to recreate them from the comfort of their own home. The submissions are being judged by a panel consisting of  ITV Creative executive creative director Tony Pipes; ITV Creative head of production Katie Burrows; ITV director of client strategy and planning Kate Waters; MullenLowe outgoing executive creative director Mark Elwood; and System1 chief innovation officer Orlando Wood. The winning entries will be shown on Saturday 23rd May during Britain’s Got Talent. Find out more and view the original ads here.

Ladybird: Little Big Moments
Whatever may be going on outside, the right story has the power to transport you to another world. With this in mind, Ladybird is helping to connect children with those family members they can’t see right now: whether that’s an isolated grandparent, a key worker parent, a sibling on lockdown or someone else! The publisher is giving away a matching pair of books every day, to a separated duo, so they can still settle down for storytime together, over the phone or on a video call. No matter how far apart they may be, they can be on the same page. You can nominate a child here.

More than one in five British workers have been furloughed during the coronavirus pandemic. For many of those people, they are busy caring for loved ones, or just focusing on trying to get through this difficult time. However, for those who find themselves with spare time on their hands, Furlonteer.com is here to help. The new non-profit project connects people on furlough with remote charity volunteer opportunities, enabling them to share their skills, stay busy and help others. At the time of writing, over 2,500 people have signed up to share a multitude of skills – be it digital marketing, fundraising or IT; bookkeeping, HR or businesses development – to charities in need. So far, numerous worthwhile charitable organisations including UN Women, Children of Rwanda, Help Refugees, Duty to Care, and Meals for the NHS are benefitting from the scheme – as well as many more. It’s an amazing way to support charities and causes, many of who need more support now than ever. If you’d like to get involved and lend your skills or register your charity or cause to get assistance, visit the Furlonteer website to sign up.

As we wave goodbye to another work week, we’re off to a pour a large glass of wine. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram to brighten up your feed and visit our blog to get stuck in to some more good news.