To their great credit our friends at CONCEPT, the Scottish Community Education journal, have put together this special issue in response to the current COVID-19 crisis. Its diversity of contributions make stimulating and uncomfortable reading, challenging us not to accept a ‘new normal’.
In her editorial Mae Shaw explains:
This is the first time we have published a supplementary issue of Concept in our almost 30-year history. We were first motivated by a ‘call for solidarity’ from Luke Campbell (in this issue), drawing on his work with a local community action network since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis. We hastily set to, seeking contributions from organisations and individuals we thought may be interesting, or interested to respond. It was not intended to be representative of the field of practice; more of a snapshot. We are aware that alongside a general sense of dislocation at this grim and demanding time, there is also alarming evidence of differential circumstances and experiences on the ground. We hoped to capture some of this for our readers, and to offer a modest opportunity to record, reflect, express, share and, maybe even generate some small sense of solidarity, needed now more than ever. The response has been very encouraging, and the number of contributions has grown beyond our original estimate.
- Editorial Mae Shaw
- Coronavirus, community and solidarity Callum McGregor
- What have I become? Anne O’Donnell
- How to help the ‘vulnerable’ George Lamb
- A call for solidarity: Community support for the Tollcross Community Action Network amidst the Covid-19 Outbreak Luke Campbell
- What a time to be working for a drugs harm reduction agency! Lisa Rigby
- When staying at home can mean danger Susie Dalton
- Young Carers in a time of COVID Mel Aitken
- Experiencing dependance on drugs and alcohol and homelessness in a Pandemic John Player
- Community education in times of Covid-19 Astrid von Kotze
- A virus created radical moment: Not to be missed? Tony Taylor