FestivALL link up online pack

Bringing people together virtually

As lockdown restrictions ease for some and ‘social distancing’ continues to be part of everyday life, we understand that many people are not yet able to get-together with their friends and family. So, if you are staying at home at the moment, and you feel isolated, we want you to know you are not forgotten!

Over the summer, we can help you link up with friends, families and neighbours through our new pack to get you connected online. 

Do you have a passion or skill that you would like to share with people you know to get better connected? Maybe you love crafts and want to spend time crafting virtually together? Do you enjoy drawing and would love to send your friends a sketch pad and pencils so that you can work on your art while chatting together?


The FestivALL team can provide you with the following to help get your idea off the ground:

  • Information and hints and tips on how to set up an inclusive online get-together

  • Ideas for activities for you to do online with people you know but can’t see in person at the moment

  • Ways to include people you know who might need extra support to take part

  • Help with information about how to set up a Zoom call (or similar), or hints and tips on how to run it once you have got started, if you’re not confident about it

  • We will pay for and arrange for activity packs of your choosing to be sent to your group at their homes

Whatever activity you choose, and whoever you would like to include, we can help sort out activity packs for everyone.

You just need to tell us:

  1. When you would like to invite people to join you – the date of the virtual get-together

  2. What activity you and your friends / neighbours / colleagues would like to do together

  3. How many packs you need (up to 6) and what needs to be in the packs (up to a value of £10 per person)

  4. The names and addresses of people, with their permission

  5. Any other information or advice you need to make the activity happen in an inclusive and welcoming way

We will then:

Put your FestivALL link up online packs together and send them out to each person in time for your virtual session!

And there are only a few little rules (sorry but there has to be some!):

– You must live in Gloucestershire

– The packs are for online get-togethers only

– This is for people who find it difficult to get out and about and want to meet online and share something together

– You must give us at least 2 weeks’ notice to provide packs 


FestivALL runs during the month of July but we are extending this offer until Friday 21st August – we want people to enjoy linking up online with friends, families and neighbours over the summer!

To get in touch about any of the above email lucy.adam@barnwoodtrust.org.

FestivALL 2020 Online Events:

Quiz picture showing question marks, people and the FestivALL logo

You’re Welcome Gloucestershire Quiz

Saturday 11th July

2 – 4pm

Have fun and test your knowledge with our family friendly quiz. There will be 5 rounds of questions with the answers and a break between each round. The questions will be both read aloud and shown on screen. We will build in lots of time to chat so that everyone can get to know each other.

BSL interpreters and live captioners will be attending event.

To book your free place just email lucy.adam@barnwoodtrust.org

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Creative Writing Workshop

Wednesday 15th July

7 – 9pm

Connection is a big word – what does it mean? In this relaxed workshop, we will get in touch with our creativity and look at what it means to be connected through some writing exercises. There will also be lots of opportunities to talk to each other to keep that FestivALL connectedness alive. You can use what you write to create a story, poem, word art, essay or put it into your paper chain. The possibilities are endless! To ask anything about the workshop beforehand email megan@activeimpact.org.uk .

BSL interpreters and live captioners will be attending event.

To book your free place just email lucy.adam@barnwoodtrust.org

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Online Laughter Yoga

Monday 20th July

10.30 – 11.30am

Get ready to giggle with VibrantKate! Laughter yoga is a great stress buster and fills the body with oxygen and endorphins. No jokes or traditional yoga postures, just playful prompts so you can share some silliness.

BSL interpreters and live captioners will be attending event.

To book your free place just email lucy.adam@barnwoodtrust.org

Download the resources:

Download our FestivALL Prize Draw poster

Download our FestivALL Prize Draw poster (easy read)

Download our FestivALL Link-Up leaflet

Download our How To Make A Paper Chain instructions

Download our paper chain template

Download our 2nd paper chain template

What is FestivALL?

FestivALL is a month dedicated to celebrating the diverse and welcoming communities in Gloucestershire.

 This year FestivALL is all about linking up, celebrating and building connections, on and offline, and making sure that everyone is included in some way.

During the Covid-19 pandemic people have been finding different and creative ways of keeping in touch with friends, family and neighbours and we want to celebrate this.

We are asking people across Gloucestershire to make their own paper chains, and either display them in a window for their friends and neighbours to see, or share a picture online (or both!)

We think that a paper chain is a great representation of how people have come together and linked up with friends, old and new, during these unprecendented times.

Watch our video of FestivALL 2019

The FestivALL vision:

To bring communities together to celebrate and to inspire inclusion, in and around Gloucestershire

FestivALL’s aims:

To promote inclusion – what it means and how we can all get better at it

To learn from one another and to form lasting relationships to take forwards

To collaborate across, and breakdown barriers between: ethnicity, culture, faith, ability, sexual orientation, class, age and gender identity

To provide a platform for organisations and community groups to celebrate together

To generate and share good news stories about people joining together in and around Gloucestershire

FestivALL is supported by:

Logos of all of the organisations supporting FestivALL

Get in touch:

Send us a message via our contact form below:

Or to find out more about FestivALL and how you can be involved please contact:

Lucy Adam, Campaigns Lead at Barnwood Trust, email: lucy.adam@barnwoodtrust.org, or call 01242 539935

Jessica Waterman, Head of Communications and Marketing at Barnwood Trust, email: jessica.waterman@barnwoodtrust.org, or call 01242 539935