Coronavirus Covid – 19
Update: 18th June 2020
A letter from master Shi Yan Ming
Dear friends, students, and masters
Covid-19 has heavily affected all of us in one way, or another. I do hope that you and your loved ones, and your community are safe and healthy.
This message is a quick update about what is happening with the UK Shaolin Temple during this time.
Our immediate action following the Government lockdown guidelines was to close our temple, and cancelling all of our face-to-face classes. We are following the government’s guidelines to help ensure that all of our members and the public stay as safe as possible. The Temple remains closed until farther notice.
During this difficult time, we must unite to ensure the safety of all, and at the same time, we must show our compassion and love to each other. The virus is frightening, but it would be worse if we to lose our humanity.
Right now, we are aware of the rising cases of people suffering with increased anxiety, and stress. As an organisation that is committed to supporting health and wellbeing, we are doing our part to help people through this troubled time.
The UK Shaolin Temple has devised three areas of focus:
Delivery online content
Our wide range of activities are now being held online. We are continuing to deliver a range of classes and courses online to ensure that people can remain active at home. The activities include martial arts and fitness workouts, Tai Chi, Meditation, Qi Gong and mindfulness for mental health. We also host a weekly podcast talk to share information on keeping well, practising self-care and keeping active during these changing times.
Continuing to work with local government, business, education and communities
The virus has heavily impacted all of us, but we must work together to support one another. As a charitable organisation for culture, arts, and wellbeing, we are remaining open to prospective projects and causes from all businesses, educational bodies, and communities. We are also continuing to work closely with local council and support them with their cultural and community initiatives.
Promoting awareness of hate crime prevention
As part of our work within the wider community, we are working with Hampshire Constabulary to promote awareness of the increase in hate crime since the start of the covid-19 pandemic. As a Chinese community organisation, we are working with Southampton Police and Hampshire Constabulary and contributing to their hate crime prevention initiatives. As part of this work, we are working with Chinese students from University of Southampton, the International Department of University of Southampton, and Chinese communities across the district. We are about to release a new campaign to raise awareness of hate crime and inform people on the ways to report it.
We hope that this summary gives you an insight into our undertakings during this period. While our organisation is adapting to the onslauhght of changes, as we all are, we have endeavouring to play our part in support the public and the wider community.
As we continue the transition into a ‘new-normal’ I hope we can meet again in-person very soon.
Finally, I do wish that you and yours stay strong, happy, and healthy.
Shi Yan Ming
UK Shaolin Temple