Hello everyone, its me again – Sydney! Here we are in a second lockdown, (who would have thought any of this would have happened at the start of the year!) I hope that you are keeping positive and staying nice at warm. It was wonderful to see lots of your lovely faces on our recent zoom call with Rebecca Grant, I really enjoyed waving my scarves around and moving to the beat. This month we are being treated to wellbeing packs curated by Ubunye, a band which unites singers hailing from KwaZulu Natal in South Africa with gospel and Jazz musicians from Leeds, in an inspirational blend of jazz, Zulu music and Afro-pop. Their high energy African beats and traditional sounds morph into more contemporary African musical styles. Fun fact – Ubunye means ‘One-ness’ in Zulu.
Here is a video of Ubunye performing in Manchester a couple of years ago. I am listening to the CD you got in your pack as I am writing this… my toe is tapping and I can’t help but smile!
We have been having some truly wonderful conversations with you over the phone recently and are looking forward to (hopefully) visiting some of you before Christmas to say hello! In the meantime, we have a couple of video Zoom calls coming up, one with Thanda and Dave from Ubunye on the 27th of November and a Social catch up (where we chat and have a cuppa together) on Monday the 30th of November. Get in contact if you want to join us!
For those of you who have smart phones or tablets, Sally from Thetford recommended a brilliant digital cross-stitch app which I have to share with you! The app is free and called ‘Cross Stitch Masters’ – it allows you to create a virtual cross stitch work of art. Here is a picture of one of the ones I have completed recently.
If you have anything to share, such as your examples of mindful colouring or your response to the music you can email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, post them on our Facebook page or send them in to us using the Freepost envelope! If you need any help sharing, you can give us a call and we will try our best to walk through it together.
Ta-ra for now and lots of love,