Columcille Update from Martin Dawson, Manager – March 2021
Columcille has been partially reopen since June 2020. The number of service users coming in is much reduced relative to pre-March 2020 but different activities are being offered to smaller groups in a socially distanced manner, taking recommended precautions to stay “Covid safe”.
Hall bookings are not taking place at the moment or for the foreseeable future.
Our office is manned as usual and any queries will be dealt with as soon as possible.
Music for ALL is paused for the time being as the venues are not open. Graeme is running online courses and sessions called Homemade Jam (when musicians get together to play music it is often called a Jam). these are run by Graeme separate from Columcille. Please do join the courses to play music together again. it is possible to just see Graeme or have a gallery view. People say it is great.
We hope that in due time we will be able to start running music courses again , though there will need to be clear health and safety issues sorted first.
This is the second week of a partial reopening for a few people and thing’s are going well and people are so pleased to be back and see each other. We look forward to being able to welcome more folk back as soon as possible.
The City Council have agreed that Columcille can partially reopen for a group of our service users,(in common with other building based services). This group is those people who are living with family or unpaid carers. This is in line with Scottish Government recommendation for phase 1, coming out of lockdown. The City Council have approved the plans Columcille submitted to manage this reopening safely.
We look forward to welcoming back more people when recommended and agreed to do so. Meantime we send you all our best wishes.
We send everyone good wishes and hope you are all well in these different and difficult times. Staff are keeping in touch by phone with some Columcille service users. Martin, the manager, is checking emails regularly. Music for ALL has an online presence – see the Music for ALL online page of this website, and a tune is added most days, thanks to Graeme and Phil. We wish you all well and we look forward t when we meet again.
Hello, Craig Bennett who manages our website, has created a new page for the online music and photos, called Music for ALL videos and is in the Music for ALL section of the website.
There is a photo section at the top of the page, followed by the most recent film first- to save scrolling down. Click here to view the page Please send us any photos or film clips or audio clips, asking us to share on the website. we would love to hear from you.
Music for ALL musicians continue to play but online for this time. Graeme who runs the 5 Edinburgh groups and Phil who runs the Bonnyrigg group are recording music from home so as you can still link in with Music for ALL and play along. Links are attached to the Music for ALL page of this website.
Columcille Ceilidh Band is no longer running, but we can pass on booking enquiries to either Coracle, the Music for ALL Band or to some of the excellent musicians who have played with us and also play in other ceilidh bands. Thank you to all the people who booked the band over the years , had faith in what we do and who we are. please look at the band pages for information on what we have done over the years, a gig history and a film clip.
Columcille’s minibus and full-time driver are out every day in all weathers enabling people with multiple disabilities to be collected from their homes and taken to the centre in Morningside.
Thanks to funding from the RS Macdonald Trust, Robertson Trust, Bank of Scotland Foundation, Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust, Cruden Foundation and Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust, Columcille is continuing to provide this essential transport free of charge to people who would otherwise not be able to travel to the centre.
This safe, reliable service is vital to the health and well-being of people with disabilities and ensures that people with very profound needs can go out on daily trips in the minibus, socially integrate with the wider community, have contact with nature and the outdoors and not be confined to home or the centre.