What does this new lockdown mean for you?: "The new lockdown brings a real mixed bag for our family. My ASD daughter (14) is relieved that she doesn’t have to face attending school. She enjoys having learning to structure her time at home and she is less anxious because she doesn’t have to deal with the difficulties that arise with other pupils not social distancing and following rules. She is pleased that there are clear rules and doesn’t feel pressured to go out anymore. For my eldest daughter (17) lockdown brings worries about her college studies and university applications. She studies a CACHE diploma and her workload remains the same despite a levels being cancelled. My youngest (8) takes everything in his stride but as my husband is a key worker I am left to ensure home schooling is being done. We are lucky that we have enough devices for everyone to study but space is limited and trying to find quiet areas for various online lessons etc is difficult.
As for me... I’m in my final year of my degree. My dissertation should be my priority right now but it’s having to wait. I can feel the effects on my mental health and I’m struggling to get out of bed in the mornings and it feels like none of us have anything to look forward to.
Financially we are doing ok compared to the last lockdown. My husband still hasn’t returned to his proper job but now works as a grocery delivery driver so at least this time we have more money coming in.
What can the government do to help? Make sure the vaccines are being given. Give support to university students who are still having to carry on studying whilst taking on schooling responsibilities at home and recognise that not all level 3 students take a levels!"