Q. What does Covid Realities mean to you right now?
I joined Covid Realities because as the pandemic began I very quickly felt things getting harder for us. All of a sudden everyone was buying all the food, bulk buying and preparing. And I realised that we couldn’t afford to do that, so what did that mean for us. I remember the day before lockdown my parents travelling up to see us, and bringing with them some baked beans and loo roll that they’d managed to find in their local newsagents. Those first weeks of empty supermarket shelves were really scary. Having 2 small children who are picky at best, I really worried about what I was going to feed them. If there were things left to buy they were top brands, twice as expensive. So I joined Covid Realities because I thought people needed to know. Over time the recording of thoughts and experiences grew into a proper community. It has been so nice to feel heard, and listened to. All the researchers have been incredibly supportive. I’ve loved meeting other participants. I’m really grateful for the opportunity to share my ideas about big issues, and to take part in the zine workshops. It has become a really nurturing little community. And, I have to be honest, the vouchers have been an incredible help at such a tough time. I’ve been able to buy clothes for my children, and gifts at Christmas and birthdays. Thank you so much for this opportunity. It has made me feel worth something again.