Highland Hello: call to make a small gesture of connection

4th May 2020

Highland Hello is a multi-language project that encourages people to recognise that simple gestures can support us to feel more connected with others during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Originally launched in 2019 and supported by funding from the Highland Third Sector Interface the initiative is being re-launched to encourage positive connections during this challenging time.

Make a small gesture

In recent months, life has changed for all of us and social distancing has meant it is now more important than ever that we find different ways to stay connected with our family, friends and communities.

With a view to connecting with those who may be feeling isolated and anxious, the Highland Hello project is asking people to make a small gesture of connection with three other people by saying Hello. With staying safe in mind this could be by text, email, telephone or a simple smile or wave to someone across the street.

Below are a series of downloadable resources that you might find useful:

Join the film challenge on social media

An online Highland Hello film challenge has also been launched on Twitter and Facebook. The social media challenge calls for people to upload short films (approx. 2 mins):

  • Introducing themselves and saying hello
  • Passing on a wellbeing tip that has helped them during lockdown
  • Tagging 3 friends to do the same

Follow @highlandhello on Twitter or @highlandhello2020 on Facebook and use #HighlandHello

As well as having an online presence the films will also be shown to people who have less access to the outside world such as those in care homes. Information and Hello postcards in a range of languages will also be sent to Highland organisations to encourage them and the people they engage with to get involved.

Team Scottish Recovery Network’s #HighlandHello

Don’t live in the Highlands?

Our hope is that other areas across Scotland will take on the Hello challenge. It would be great to see films and messages from other regions e.g. #FifeHello or #LothianHello

Holly Hendry, Network Officer with the Scottish Recovery Network said:

Scottish Recovery Network is delighted to be supporting this initiative which aims to tackle loneliness and support wellbeing during lockdown. Our hope is that other areas of Scotland pick up the baton and create their own Hello campaign. There is already talk of a #GlasgowHello which is amazing!

 

The project was developed by a small group of people living in the area and is supported by the HiMRA: Highland Migrant and Refugee Advocacy, Fèis Rois, Highland Senior Citizens Network and the Scottish Recovery Network.

For more information on how to get involved contact: holly.hendry@scottishrecovery.net