Esther’s story: ‘Do you remember the sky was so clear?’

Esther is a film maker and single parent in her late forties who lives in Bristol with her sons, Joe, 11 and Alex, who is 14 and autistic. She home-schools both of her children. ‘At the beginning of lock down I was really fucking bereft, I thought ‘shit, I cannot do this, I really cannotContinue reading “Esther’s story: ‘Do you remember the sky was so clear?’”

Anna’s story (part one): An army of mothers

Anna Halsall lives in inner London, with her partner, who is a GP, their 1 year old and her 9 year old from her previous relationship. As lock-down started she was just returning to work from maternity leave. Friday June 12th. At the beginning of lock-down – when life seemed clearer than it does nowContinue reading “Anna’s story (part one): An army of mothers”

Carrianne’s Story: ‘People say thanks for everything you do, but I did nothing’

Image by Carrianne and her husband are both nurses, She usually works part time doing bank shifts, he is a ward manager at a local hospital. They have two kids.  ‘This is the story of the nurse who didn’t work for six weeks during the biggest pandemic in one hundred years. I started workingContinue reading “Carrianne’s Story: ‘People say thanks for everything you do, but I did nothing’”

Ellis’s story: ‘Overall, my life hasn’t been affected that much’

Photo by Gijs Coolen on Unsplash Overall my life hasn’t been affected much. I didn’t realise how antisocial I was. When lock-down was announced my wife was a little panicked as were my kids. Me personally? Not so much. I work in a food distribution warehouse so I have to make sure all the shops are well stocked.Continue reading “Ellis’s story: ‘Overall, my life hasn’t been affected that much’”

Molly’s story: A story of school, a lost finger, and crowded isolation.

Photo by Dan Burton on Unsplash Molly is a senior member of staff at an inner city primary school, and the school’s SENCO (special educational needs co-ordinator). She has been working full time throughout lock-down, whilst the school has been open to vulnerable children and the children of key workers.  She is a single parent, and lives withContinue reading “Molly’s story: A story of school, a lost finger, and crowded isolation.”

Zoe’s story: ‘Where there is a will there’s a way’.

Zoe Sharam is a social worker and lives in Chudleigh, Devon with her two teenage sons. She supplemented her income by having lodgers until recently. She also has an adult son who lives close by with his partner. She has shared care of her children with her ex husband. Zoe used to be on theContinue reading “Zoe’s story: ‘Where there is a will there’s a way’.”

Kelly’s story: ‘Blessed, with a side order of guilt’

Photo by Erik McClean at Unsplash To fully understand I guess I need to tell a little of my back story.  I’m in my 40s, married with 2 wonderful children, but I’ve known hardship from a very young age. This has led to keeping my cupboards full as much as I can so my familyContinue reading “Kelly’s story: ‘Blessed, with a side order of guilt’”

Claire’s story – My son took an overdose in lock down

TRIGGER WARNING – SUICIDE ATTEMPT Photo by Mitchell Luo on Unsplash So, week 2 of lockdown and everyone is still shellshocked, numb, confused and adjusting. How long will it last? Have my year 11 and my year 6 kids REALLY left their schools for the last time ever?  My 15 year old has been struggling with his mentalContinue reading “Claire’s story – My son took an overdose in lock down”

The humans behind the numbers – Justine’s story

Photo by Daan Stevens on Unsplash Dad died on 7th April. He had dementia – a younger person’s dementia – he was 72 when he died, he started showing symptoms of his dementia in 2006 when he was 58. He had been in the care home for a year before he died. He was fit and healthy inContinue reading “The humans behind the numbers – Justine’s story”