Creatively supporting our communities to cope with loss and bereavement during the Coronavirus.

The global pandemic has had a huge impact on communities in Derby and Derbyshire, In Our Thoughts is a yearlong project supported by the mental health charity MIND. A partnership initiated by Artcore and Sahahra to support our communities to cope with Coronavirus.

Over the year we will be distributing ‘In Our Thoughts’ Memories packs to people who have experienced loss as a result of the pandemic and encouraging community members to contribute in creating a memorial. Creatively sharing their thoughts and memories of the loved ones they have lost, to form a part of a virtual memorial and culminate into a showcase in 2021. There will be bi weekly surgeries and activities online and onsite to encourage and support members with their mental health during these uncertain times.

If you have been bereaved during this time of COVID lockdown and would like to be supported to make a creative memorial, sign up here

If you are a community organisation who would like to refer an individual/family to be supported to make a creative memorial, sign up here
(Please get consent from the individual/family before sharing their details with us)

If you would like to volunteering to support this project, sign up here

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In Memoriam – Postcard Art Exhibition & Auction

“Oh, yet we trust that somehow good
Will be the final goal of ill.” – Lord Tennyson, In Memoriam

Derby and Derbyshire based artists are invited to make postcard-sized artworks
Paint or draw, paste a collage or a photograph, write a poem or a prose text – whatever you think leaves you with a sense of closure, of emotional relief, of expressing what you have been unable to do so as yet.

The deadline to register for this project is 29th November, click here to find out more!

Postcard Competition

During this tough time, we want to make sure we all Stay Connected so why not let someone know that they are In Your Thoughts this November? 
To enter the competition please download and print the postcard template. You can then let your creativity run wild by drawing, painting or doodling a picture! Make sure you send us a photo before posting to a friend and we will pick the winners! 
You can send your image via messenger on social media or email with a photo in order to be in the running to win a prize by 29th November.
You can download the postcard template below:
Download Postcard Competition Template


Downloadable Activities

We also have some activities to help you get through this hard time.

Please click on the resources below to download the how to sheet for that activity.


Download How to Create a Feelings Collage to Remember a Loved One


Download How to Holding On / Letting Go Hands Activity


Download How to Write a Poem to Remember a Loved One


Download How to Create a Special Scrapbook to Remember a Loved One


Download How to Create a Memory Box to Remember a Loved One