You Me Us

On the left in a circle, a black woman is concentrating on writing in a notebook. Next is the You Me Us project logo which is a blue circle with hands of different skintones around it. In the centre of the circle are the words You Me Us. To the right in a circle frame is a older white man with grey beard. He is talking to someone on a mobile phone. He is smiling as he is talking.

Find out more about our community project You Me Us that hopes to reduce loneliness and isolation in Medway and Swale.

What is You Me Us?

You Me Us is Ideas Test’s project to reduce feelings of loneliness and social isolation in Medway and Swale through creativity.

The first version of the project took place between April and June 2021.


Who is involved with You Me Us?

Ideas Test is the arts charity who came up with the idea for the project and who manage You Me Us.

Local voluntary organisations Medway Voluntary Action (MVA), Swale Community Voluntary Service (SCVS) and wHoo Care (based on The Hoo Peninsula) were our partners and friends in the first version of You Me Us.

Along with our partners we also worked with a number of friends and local organisations to get the word out to people in our community.

You Me Us (April-June 2021) was funded by Arts Council England and the Department of Culture Media and Sport. Additional funding came from Kent County Council.


Who can take part in future You Me Us projects?

Anyone over 18 who lives in Medway or Swale.


How much will it cost?

Nothing – it’s free! Ideas Test always tries to keep the projects we do free of charge or as low cost as possible for our communities.


What did the first version of You Me Us involve?

We worked with 4 amazing local artists who will helped people to get creative and meet other local people in small activity groups.

Between April and June 2021, people who felt lonely due to the Coronavirus Lockdown joined one of four groups led by local artists.

The artists and their projects were;

  • Dan Simpson’s Lifelines to Link Us: Poetry and Creative Writing
  • Hannah Whittaker’s Drawing on Wisdom: Storytelling and drawing
  • Sophie Stone’s an outside space: Photography, Drawing, and Sketching things from outside your home
  • Anil Sebastian’s Telephone Choir: Singing over Zoom and the telephone

You can find out more about them our Meet The Artists page.

You didn’t need to be brilliant at singing, writing or drawing to take part in You Me Us. You could just like telling stories or to sing when you wash up. Or you could have never tried anything creative before.

You Me Us was a project to make people feel safe, make them feel less alone, more connected to their community and to create something while we were all in Lockdown.


Can I see what people made for You Me Us on Social Media?

Yes! The project hashtag is #YouMeUsMedwaySwale.

You can also join our You Me Us community Facebook Group and can see what people made in our first You Me Us project.


What other ways could people take part in the first You Me Us?

You Me Us Lite was a smaller version of the project for people who couldn’t join the regular groups.

We had three different worksheets from the artists that people could follow along and send in what they had made.


How can I take part in future You Me Us projects?

We hope to give you news about more future You Me Us very soon, but if you’re interested you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram or sign up to our e-news.


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