What we do Greenspaces and... Covid-19 Covid Community Memorial programme The Covid Community Memorial programme will enable communities to remember in their own way. The First Minister announced that communities will be supported by artists to develop projects that help them reflect on the impact of the pandemic, as part of longer-term efforts to commemorate those who have lost their lives to Coronavirus (Covid-19). The Covid Community Memorial projects, which could include commemorative gardens, memorials or artworks, is supported with £4.1 million provided by the Scottish Government and administered by greenspace scotland. In the first stage of the programme, greenspace scotland will work with local partners to commission artists to lead creative engagement processes to reach out to community groups, faith groups and those hit hardest by the pandemic to shape ideas that benefit communities and reflect local people’s experiences of the pandemic. The Covid Community Memorial project will connect with communities across Scotland to create special places where people can come to reflect on this time, remember those who have sadly lost their lives, find healing and hope for a brighter future. greenspace scotland will be working with partners across Scotland to develop and deliver this programme. For more information contact Kim Simpson, Programme Manager email Announcing the programme First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “None of us will ever forget this year, which has been like no other. We’ve all made sacrifices which have helped to save lives in the past 12 months, and many of us have lost loved ones – each one a person who can never be replaced and whose loss is greatly mourned. Our thoughts, solidarity and support continue to be with the bereaved. As we move forward, and our daily lives begin to return to normal, we will – we must - remember those we have lost, and continue to offer our thoughts, solidarity and support to the bereaved. In the years to come, projects supported by this fund will provide spaces that people will visit, and cherish; where people will be able to gather in person to mark the pandemic and to remember those who have died – and to remember the many ways we supported one another as a nation through an extraordinary period.” The Covid Community Memorial programme team is Kim Simpson (Programme Manager), Carla Almeida (Project Officer) and John Saich (Project Officer).