Experiences from people's diaries
Al W
Today Relaxarion of self isolating rules came down from 10 to 7 days. Again the UK Gov changing the narrative...
Diary on 05 January 2022
Blessing K
Well I'm not gonna lie I actually can't wait till the kids are back in school the decorations are taken down and Christmas is done with. I actually hate the stress and pressure with comes with xmas...
Diary on 04 January 2022
Fiona T
Today has been a really rough day - as was yesterday. Covid caught up with me just after Christmas and I was quite unwell for a week - my husband had to take unpaid time off work to look after me...
Diary on 04 January 2022
😷 Covid-19
Utilities
Care
🧒 Children
🚧 Work
Cost of Living
Erik J
Happy New year to you all. Is this going to be a new year with new problems and difficulties ? As far as Covid is concerned I just don't know what information to believe any more, it seems like the government is set on herd immunity but what happens when new variants arrive that may be more serious? Then there is the rising cost of living...
Diary on 04 January 2022
🚀 Future
Politics
🔮 Hopes + fears
Cost of Living
Al W
The Conservatives teaching children that studying and hard work gets you nowhere but deceit, corruption and lies do
Diary on 04 January 2022
Politics
Al W
Mind is in overdrive. Too much caffeine...
Diary on 03 January 2022
⛑ Support
👥 Covid Realities
💸 Money + debt
Al W
Brexit caused workers from overseas to leave their jobs in the NHS. Now the NHS is short staffed...
Diary on 03 January 2022
Al W
Please Boris, disappear with the other corrupt elite preferably to a Jurrasic Park type island. ...
Diary on 03 January 2022
Al W
Weather is changeable every day. Yesterday it was 13°C TODAY IT 3°C I've been drinking lots of hot coffee and tea to stay warm and now I'm shaking with too much caffeine...
Diary on 03 January 2022
Al W
My anxiety is worsened by knowing our home is not permanent. Moved 8 times in 9 years from private lets...
Diary on 03 January 2022
Cost of Living
🏢 Housing
Al W
The renewal for my PIP and ESA benefits are due. My stomach is in knots with anxiety about this...
Diary on 03 January 2022
🔮 Hopes + fears
🌦 Mental health
Al W
If we allow to be walked over, then we allow out children to be treated the same....
Diary on 03 January 2022
Al W
Bring them down. Let them struggle as they force the working class ...
Diary on 03 January 2022
Al W
The UK Gov underestimate the intelligence of society. Brexit caused staff to be cut from the NHS...
Diary on 03 January 2022
Politics
🕰 Lockdown, rules, and social distancing
Al W
Resilience was the buzz word of 2021. School staff told Additional Support Needs pupils to be resilient when bullied by peers...
Diary on 03 January 2022
Politics
Al W
The Covid saga continues....
Diary on 03 January 2022
Politics
🧒 Children
🏫 School
Al W
What will the Consevatives have in store for us this year?
Diary on 01 January 2022
Al W
New Years Day 2022. I have a migraine had it from yesterday...
Diary on 01 January 2022
Meg T
It's New Years Eve & I woke up to my worst nightmare. Due to an incoming payment delay at my bank, the payment of Child Tax Credit & next week's Carers' Allowance weren't paid in time so I was unable to meet my payment obligations & I defaulted - this potentially has the knock on effect of affecting my credit worthiness...
Diary on 31 December 2021
🧒 Children
Children's wellbeing
💛 Health + disability
🔮 Hopes + fears
🌦 Mental health
Meg T
It's New Year's Eve and I've woken up to one of my worst nightmares. I expected to find that my child tax credits and carers allowance had been paid...
Diary on 31 December 2021
💸 Money + debt
🔮 Hopes + fears
💛 Health + disability
Paige E
So there it is. Christmas is over...
Diary on 30 December 2021
🎄 Christmas
🧒 Children
🥰 Lovely moments
Al W
My sleeping pattern is all over the place. It's that awkward week between Xmas and New Year...
Diary on 30 December 2021
💸 Money + debt
🎄 Christmas
Lolarose J
So as the new year approaches it’s still a whirlwind of craziness and unsettlement - will the world shut down again? Will schools return? Will the Omicron variant really be as destructive as the media suggest? Will life ever return to normal again? Has our view of abnormal events now become the norm? It’s so difficult for those questions to be answered...
Diary on 29 December 2021
🔮 Hopes + fears
🚀 Future
😷 Covid-19
Blessing K
How are they counting the number of omicron cases out of a positive test result or are they only including people in hospitals? I don't bloody know no more...
Diary on 29 December 2021
Pat G
These bloody fear mongering news reports and the new variants are getting on my nerves. How do they know omricon rates are going up when they are not testing for certain variants, they are testing for covid...
Diary on 29 December 2021
😷 Testing and vaccines
😷 Covid-19
Aurora T
Christmas plans were thwarted. Two members of my family from the other household are down with Omicron...
Diary on 29 December 2021
🎄 Christmas
😷 Covid-19
Cost of Living
🚀 Future
🍳 Getting by
Al W
Feeling unwell has me thinking what will happen when the NHS is sold off. I can't afford my child or myself to be unwell...
Diary on 29 December 2021
Politics
Al W
Unwell again. Earache...
Diary on 29 December 2021
👦 Single parenting
💛 Health + disability
Care
Erik J
Christmas was very quiet for the two of us again this year, at least we got through without covid symptoms and it has not been overly cold. I am very concerned about the school return in the new year as covid cases for my local area are over double the national average and rising fast...
Diary on 28 December 2021
Cost of Living
🍞 Food / food banks
Utilities
🔮 Hopes + fears
Al W
Thank goodness Christmas is over. I couldn't do anything right in my daughter's eyes...
Diary on 26 December 2021
🎄 Christmas
🤹 Parenting
Teddy W
Today is Boxing day. My child is spending a few days with her dad...
Diary on 26 December 2021
🚧 Work
Cost of Living
Tilly B
I had my booster yesterday and am feeling a bit rubbish today. Hopefully the side effects will pass but it's really affecting my suspected fibromyalgia...
Diary on 23 December 2021
😷 Testing and vaccines
👦 Single parenting
💛 Health + disability
Al W
Another cold snap in the weather. Temperature is minus 9 tonight...
Diary on 21 December 2021
❄️ Winter
Al W
No doctor or nurse has spoken up yet
Diary on 21 December 2021
Al W
For a variant of a virus that is spreading fast but much less deaths from it, why the panic? Why the threat of lockdown again?
Diary on 21 December 2021
Victoria B
I seem to be in a state of perplexed perpetual panic of late. The fear a steady buzzing in my heart n brains that follows me like a cloud, no, a swarm of locusts...
Diary on 21 December 2021
😷 Covid-19
🔮 Hopes + fears
🌦 Mental health
🕺 Keeping healthy
🧒 Children
🤹 Parenting
Al W
I'm still struggling as daughter not back into education in nearly 3 years. Bottom of pile of priorities of the Conservatives...
Diary on 21 December 2021
Politics
Al W
School is out. It makes no difference to us...
Diary on 20 December 2021
🎄 Christmas
Cost of Living
❄️ Winter
Utilities
Al W
There is only myself and my younger daughter at home who is 15 and is autistic. It will be a quiet day in our house...
Diary on 20 December 2021
🎄 Christmas
Erik J
Christmas is nearly here now, It will be another quiet one for us living on a very limited income. We will however make the most of what we do have and my daughter can take a break from her school work...
Diary on 20 December 2021
Utilities
Cost of Living
❄️ Winter
Teddy W
Well the kids are now finishing school just as temperatures start to dip and the rising cost of fuel and electricity. Lovely...
Diary on 17 December 2021
Cost of Living
Al W
Migraine headache had me awake most of the night. My body is tired...
Diary on 17 December 2021
Rosie J
It’s supposed to be my graduation ceremony in January. We heard today that it has been cancelled...
Diary on 16 December 2021
🕰 Lockdown, rules, and social distancing
Al W
Wealthy politicians treat the working class less than an animal
Diary on 16 December 2021
Politics
Fiona T
Today has been a hard day, many of the Christmas events we had planned for the children have now been cancelled, and the prospect of stricter measures or another lockdown seem imminent...
Diary on 15 December 2021
Cost of Living
Utilities
🎄 Christmas
Lolarose J
Just another week closer to Christmas and worried sick about the rising costs of gas and electric and worried about being cold over Christmas. I’m dreading the children being off as it’s so expensive now to heat the house...
Diary on 15 December 2021
Cost of Living
🎄 Christmas
🔮 Hopes + fears
Al W
I have always been one to ask questions, why and how do situations arise. The greed of the affluent minority is destroying the world and blaming ( gas lighting) everyone else...
Diary on 15 December 2021
Al W
Boris Johnson denies the party happened. He diverts interest in investigations into the party at Downing St, by announcing birth if his daughter...
Diary on 10 December 2021
Al W
TV is a hullabaloo with the prime minister's aid, leaked video of her admitting the prime minister held a party last Christmas while everyone was banned from seeing their family and friends...
Diary on 09 December 2021
Politics
🕰 Lockdown, rules, and social distancing
Erik J
The tightening of restrictions has now been announced. Is this going to be the start of a slippery slope for many people...
Diary on 09 December 2021
🕰 Lockdown, rules, and social distancing
🍳 Getting by
Cost of Living
🎄 Christmas
Al W
A lady from the autism support group on social media messaged me to say her teen daughter took an overdose of paracetamol last weekend. She is safe and home despite numerous GP appts over last year, the wait for NHS CAMHS appts was not coming quick enough due to long waiting lists...
Diary on 08 December 2021
🧒 Children
Children's wellbeing
💛 Health + disability
🌦 Mental health
Al W
Anxiety today. Overwhelmed again...
Diary on 08 December 2021
🤹 Parenting
🍳 Getting by
Fiona T
I am feeling really good today (surprisingly!) because I’ve decided to help myself feel better by looking for volunteering roles. Even though the pandemic is not over, I would still like to have a social network of people and feel this is a good way to go about it...
Diary on 08 December 2021
🔮 Hopes + fears
🚀 Future
🥰 Lovely moments
Meg T
Surprised to receive a cheque to the value of £25 in the post from my local council's Household Support Fund to go towards the increased cost of food, energy & water bills...
Diary on 07 December 2021
Cost of Living
💸 Money + debt
🍳 Getting by
Al W
Restrictions due to new variant Omricon are introduced again where I live. More people to work from home...
Diary on 07 December 2021
😷 Covid-19
😷 Testing and vaccines
Milly U
Hi everyone hope everyone is doing well. I am feeling quite worried with many of my friends tested positive for COVID...
Diary on 07 December 2021
😷 Covid-19
😷 Testing and vaccines
Rosie J
Like many others, Christmas is high on my agenda right now. My daughter is due to come home from university for Christmas...
Diary on 07 December 2021
🧒 Children
🎄 Christmas
😷 Covid-19
Dorothy T
I am really struggling with my budget atm. I have spend £40 on gas this week alone...
Diary on 06 December 2021
👥 Covid Realities
Cost of Living
🎄 Christmas
💸 Money + debt
Teddy W
I'm feeling frustrated this week. Parents changing working hours etc and it all has an impact on my ability to earn and take in more kids...
Diary on 06 December 2021
🚧 Work
🌦 Mental health
🚀 Future
Lola P
So it is currently 2:30am, this is the 3rd time in 5 days that I love found myself sat on the sofa in the dark while the rest of the family is asleep. I love Xmas it’s my favourite time of year but this year feels different...
Diary on 06 December 2021
🎄 Christmas
Cost of Living
🍳 Getting by
🤹 Parenting
Lexie G
I am exhausted, how are we meant to deal with Christmas and general living when the £20 uplift has been taken away, the cost of energy has shot through the roof and the kids being at school/college has them in direct contact with other people which is leading to so many track and trace calls to be tested and the kids just generally catching EVERYTHING that is going around because it’s that time of year and then needing to be tested, it’s costing us a fortune in fuel getting too and from test centres...
Diary on 06 December 2021
👥 Covid Realities
Cost of Living
🎄 Christmas
Utilities
Lolarose J
OMG discrimination on all accounts I’m vaccinated but don’t drive and don’t have another form of ID and so I can’t get a Vaccination COVID passport and so I have to cancel my daughter's birthday because the hotel won’t accept my vaccination card or out of date ID or a negative test - I wonder what the whole point on all this is as I’m not the only one who doesn’t have ID and there’s loads who never updated their passports because who travels really during a pandemic? Not a lot of us...
Diary on 05 December 2021
😷 Testing and vaccines
🎄 Christmas
👥 Covid Realities
Lolarose J
What a weird week. There’s been protests and children getting yelled at if they are vaccinated and my opinion is ‘each to their own and everyone is entitled to do what they feel is best for their family’...
Diary on 05 December 2021
🎄 Christmas
😷 Covid-19
😷 Testing and vaccines
Al W
I didn't sign up to be a carer. Autism wasn't on the agenda when I got pregnant...
Diary on 04 December 2021
Care
🚧 Work
⛑ Support
Al W
The great divide between wealthy and working class. Money is power ...
Diary on 04 December 2021
🌦 Politics & stigma
Al W
While the elite decide which alcoholic drink to have, there are human beings making decisions whether to buy food or put heating on....
Diary on 04 December 2021
Cost of Living
Al W
I had to leave my job and become a full time carer. I am stigmatised and ostracised by school parents...
Diary on 04 December 2021
👦 Single parenting
Care
🌦 Politics & stigma
Erik J
Listening to the news I felt sorrow for the people across parts of the country that have been affected by the recent storms, having been cut off from electricity / phone coverage and struggling to keep warm then I thought about myself again, living on a low income, the winter is setting in fast, yes we are connected to the grid but I am sitting here in the dark, only switching on lights if really needed, the heating is off as usual while I wrap myself in blankets, I am connected to the internet but this is slow as we only have a basic service and there is no credit left on my phone to make contact with the outside world...
Diary on 03 December 2021
Cost of Living
🍳 Getting by
Utilities
❄️ Winter
Howie P
I am really glad that this vital project has been extended. I have struggled to interact as much as before as work has been more full on and more crazy than ever, I'm pretty sure as a result of covid...
Diary on 03 December 2021
🧒 Children
Children's wellbeing
🌦 Mental health
🤹 Parenting
🚧 Work
Fiona T
The news over the past 1-2 weeks has been dominated by the news of another variant (Omricon) which has meant more restrictions in relation to mask wearing- it’s such a blow after what was beginning to feel like the “end” of the pandemic...
Diary on 03 December 2021
😷 Covid-19
🎄 Christmas
🔮 Hopes + fears
Al W
Snowing today. Power in area on and off and on again...
Diary on 02 December 2021
❄️ Winter
Victoria B
Got paid today. Stressful...
Diary on 30 November 2021
🎄 Christmas
🧒 Children
🗳 Benefits
Aurora T
Heating or eating?! Can’t have both. In huge arrears on rent, our boiler broken and the landlord refusing to fix it quite possibly because of said arrears...
Diary on 30 November 2021
Erik J
In my opinion the government needs to take hard and firm action surrounding covid 19 as the new variant takes hold. Firstly there needs to be stricter rules on the wearing of masks and social distancing...
Diary on 30 November 2021
Al W
The dance group my daughter attends is having a Christmas Raffle to raise funds. The group who are running it made it clear in a group what's app message that they wanted ' decent ' prizes donated by the dance parents (who majority are on 'decent' salaries and a husband who earns well) and not 'cheap tat'...
Diary on 29 November 2021
Al W
Give me strength. Despite lockdowns, the mask wearing, the immunisations, a new type of Covid is spreading fast...
Diary on 29 November 2021
Paige E
This week has seen me going away for a night for my daughter's birthday. I’ve been saving for this for over a year...
Diary on 28 November 2021
Victoria B
I had to have a conversation with my children's teachers last week. It wasn't fun...
Diary on 28 November 2021
Teddie G
So glad to be back able to sound off. My husband has started a new job that’s less hours so he will be home more to help with the children …...
Diary on 27 November 2021
Fiona T
This week I am so so delighted to be able to be back writing in this diary again and excited for the launch of the Covid Realities book - both of which I feel honoured to be a part of...
Diary on 27 November 2021
Teddy W
I am at a stage in my life where I am now ready for a change. I have enjoyed participating with Covid Realities so much and being part of a collective voice...
Diary on 27 November 2021
Lolarose J
Another week towards Christmas and the fear and stress over Christmas presents is seeping in. This is a horrible way to live...
Diary on 27 November 2021
Pearl N
I feel very financially short after the £20 per week cut. My usuals I would be able to buy (essentials) I haven’t been able to afford which has left me quite short...
Diary on 27 November 2021
Meg T
Well it's been an expensive couple of months. Since July this year, my tumble dryer broke down (which I mentioned previously), my rabbit, Ragnar needed further dental treatment, the car needed an MOT, service & replacement of timing belt, plus a new exhaust & new rear windscreen as I had I minor bump which caused it to shatter & then my car broke down again this Wednesday just gone & I write this before I go to collect it from the garage...
Diary on 26 November 2021
Lexie G
This week I’m planning the Christmas Day meal because myself and hubby have decided that we will skip a couple more meals so we can provide the boys a “proper” Christmas dinner...
Diary on 25 November 2021
Erik J
Winter is settling in and Christmas is fast approaching, I think it is going to be another long hard struggle to survive. I live on the outskirts of a major city and the Covid rates are rising fast, my daughter is due to sit her mock exams in December but due to staff sickness and the lack of supply teachers she has not had enough qualified teachers for her subjects and is starting to worry about how this is going to affect her results which in the long term is going to affect her future...
Diary on 25 November 2021
Pearl N
Since I have dropped out of college, I’ve had to start paying council tax which is £114 and already 25% discounted from £163. I am going to struggle to pay it and waiting if council tax support can figure out a lower price because I’m only getting £441 per month on UC and £20 per week for child benefit...
Diary on 24 November 2021
Pearl N
It feels so horrible being in financial poverty, I suppose the government believe that we will have family and friends to help us out, but that isn’t the case for many...
Diary on 23 November 2021
Fiona T
Today I’ve put up our Christmas tree in the festive spirit, as I feel like having it up in the home will make us feel more cheery, but in all honesty we don’t feel very “cheery” at all...
Diary on 22 November 2021
Victoria B
Last night was cold. I thought it was cold inside and wore jumpers and such...
Diary on 22 November 2021
Pearl N
As the £20 per week has dropped, I feel the financial poverty. During lockdown I lived in supported accommodation where I did not have to pay gas or electric...
Diary on 22 November 2021
Aurora T
Everywhere I turn has been a dead end. Single parent life is tough enough...
Diary on 20 November 2021
Erik J
It's great to have this space back in order to share experiences of life with Covid. A lot has changed since my last entry...
Diary on 20 November 2021
Gracie L
We joined the covid club! Still can't smell properly and trying to retrain those nose holes with strong smells. Felt a bit isolated being stuck at home for so long but we did manage online shopping and went off sick from work to recover...
Diary on 20 November 2021
Victoria B
Yay! So glad this is back up and running, closest thing to therapy I can access these days. First thing to ramble about, hmmm, money, job center, mental health treatment, moving, personal trauma, how the poor are treated post pandemic...
Diary on 19 November 2021
Rosie J
So since my last diary entry I have a full time job and we 'should' be better off....
Diary on 19 November 2021
Paige E
Omg I’m so glad this is back. During the end of covid realities I was back at work and didn’t really get to join in...
Diary on 19 November 2021
Lexie G
I am SO glad the diaries are back open, it’s very much needed. It allows me to work through my feelings...
Diary on 19 November 2021
Erik J
As I am on legacy benefits I do not qualify for free school meals which also means that my daughter can't access extra school holiday activities....
Diary extract on 31 July 2021
🗳 Benefits
Erik J
Having to live on the money we have coming in and the issues with the pandemic as I am in the vulnerable group means we shall have to spend most of the summer holidays at home...
Diary extract on 31 July 2021
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