At this challenging time the Compassion Salon is supporting the Scottish Poetry Library’s campaign to empower the public to use poetry to support and thank NHS staff and carers. This has the potential to provide much needed support and comfort for our students and everyone who is caring for us.

The project is called #PoemsForCarers and involves individuals filming themselves via their phone reading a poem that in some way, directly or more obliquely, thanks those who care for us and what their work has meant to them. The poem read can be a classic or it can be something written by the person taking part themselves. 

If you want to get involved here is some info:

Suggested Tweet
Use your phone to film yourself reading a poem or to take a photo of a poem and attach it to a tweet, using #PoemsForCarers so it can be found. More details here: https://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/2020/04/poemsforcarers/

Suggested Facebook / Instagram post
We know we can never thank NHS workers and carers enough but we can make a start with a poem. Film yourself using your phone reading a poem that can be interpreted in some way as thanking healthcare workers or which reflects on what their work has meant to you. It can be a classic poem or it can be something written by yourself. Tweet your poem or post it on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #PoemsForCarers so NHS staff and carers can find it.

Here is Marti reading, A Blessing by John O Donahue