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Lockdown survival: online initiatives to inspire, help & entertain 

We’ve spotted loads of inspiring online schemes, offers of help and ways to keep your business afloat during these uncertain times. Here’s a round-up of some of our favourites: 

United Nations has enlisted Talenthouse to call on agencies, creative communities and individuals to come-up with ‘iconic & visually arresting’ content to promote key COVID-19 messages such as personal hygiene, social distancing, knowing the symptoms, kindness, myth busting and donations. Get your thinking caps on: https://www.creativereview.co.uk/united-nations-coronavirus/

One of our regular customers, scarlettabbot, has hit the nail on the head when they say strong leadership is important now more than ever. Teams of people are relying on senior people to advise and guide them – yet it’s a fact that many leaders do struggle with this. Not all is lost – register here to join scarlettabbott co-founder Rachel Thornton and head of digital Tony Stewart for a free 30-minute Q&A session on ‘increasing leader visibility’ this Friday. 

We all might be stuck indoors, but so is David Hockney and his dog, Ruby. We spotted this on our feed and were positively charmed. He’s capturing spring on his iPad during his isolation and sharing fresh, never-before-seen work online so we can all enjoy a little bit of Normandy sunshine & flowers.

Not a scheme as such, but a great blog here on creativebloq, from Craig Black, on how freelancers can survive the coronavirus crisis at home, including a bunch of free online resources for artists and designers and some great advice on adapting to change. 

Branding experts, Lazenby Brown, are offering free, online brand sessions to independent businesses affected by coronavirus. The agency’s digital team has created a platform for the workshops and it’s live now. Email studio@lazenbybrown.com to book your spot. 

Type Thursday, famous for its Thursday meet-ups, is supporting the #stayhome movement with Instagram Live meet-ups instead. This Thursday, Marie Boulanger will lead a monogram workshop. Join in and find out about more upcoming workshops over on Instagram @typethursdaylon. 

The senior team at Leeds digital performance marketing agency, Journey Further, has devised a series of insightful online masterclasses to help other businesses and individuals ride out these tricky times. First up, Beth, Jonny and Dan talk ‘crisis to opportunity’, and discuss how to adapt your paid media, PR and CRO to the current landscape, as well as plan for the future. It’s an hour long webinar, so grab a cuppa and settle in. Sign up here: https://app.livestorm.co/journey-further/performance-marketing-masterclass

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