Experiences from questions and answers
Alex R
I live in an affluent town near Braemar. Its beautiful with the seaside, a castle and woods with history...
Q&A Text on 25 June 2021
🏢 Housing
🌦 Politics & stigma
Aurora T
I live in the middle of an industrialised part of London. It is one of the small pockets of housing in the area...
Q&A Text on 21 June 2021
🏢 Housing
💸 Money + debt
Bereavement
Meg T
As far as the Government goes, I have no trust in them whatsoever. And the problem is, the opposition hasn't been up to par either to challenge them on the mishandling of the Pandemic...
Q&A Text on 18 June 2021
🌦 Politics & stigma
Chrissy N
I live on a post war council housing estate, where a large number of houses are now private. It’s very green and was designed that way...
Q&A Text on 18 June 2021
🏢 Housing
🕰 Lockdown, rules, and social distancing
💛 Health + disability
Fiona T
We suffered extreme abuse from our downstairs neighbours which resulted in us having to leave during lockdown. The neighbours had become extremely volatile and threatening to myself and my family due to noise from my two small children...
Q&A Text on 17 June 2021
⛑ Support
🏢 Housing
🌦 Mental health
Erik J
I have very mixed views about the area I live, Chessington, is just on the outskirts of london, despite being a short distance from industrial units and small factories it is reasonably quiet as far as noise is concerned, However since the lockdown has been eased I have been more aware of the amount of people walking locally which is affecting me venturing out to far in order to keep myself and my daughter as safe as possible...
Q&A Text on 17 June 2021
🏢 Housing
Children's wellbeing
😷 Testing and vaccines
Nellie K
There have been ups and downs about where I live during the pandemic. Fortunately we moved in December 2020 to a house with a bigger more private outdoor space...
Q&A Text on 16 June 2021
🏢 Housing
🍳 Getting by
🌦 Politics & stigma
Maisie L
That life has changed since the Covid started. Was looking at going back to work but that has been pushed back for know...
Q&A Text on 16 June 2021
🕰 Lockdown, rules, and social distancing
🚧 Work
🧒 Children
Maisie L
Hi. I live in Plymouth which is a city and countryside and beach and it nice to live here and have some self to do with childern...
Q&A Text on 16 June 2021
🏢 Housing
Destiny K
Through my time studying at school, college and university, I’ve learnt that the media is a source of information you can not fully trust as it is easily manipulated to serve the individuals in charge...
Q&A Text on 14 June 2021
🌦 Politics & stigma
Fiona T
Life on a low income during the pandemic has felt like a monumental weight to carry. It's often felt like we've been forgotten about in the system and that our voices have not been heard...
Q&A Text on 08 June 2021
🗳 Benefits
🌦 Politics & stigma
🌦 Mental health
Blessing K
No worries about the work schedule and I hope to hear from the rest of the team at the end of the week so hopefully I'll have a better chance to organise something...
Q&A Text on 08 June 2021
🏫 School
Connie G
I claim Universal Credit and hate how the system makes me feel for that. I don’t work enough hours for them, so they frequently send links to job fairs or job roles, despite them having no idea of my skill set and abilities...
Q&A Text on 07 June 2021
🗳 Benefits
🚧 Work
Connie G
I feel I have coped very well throughout the pandemic, definitely better through the initial lockdown than the subsequent ones (particularly winter). I’m fortunate that i haven’t experienced major illness and the pain of losing loved ones, but this pandemic has certainly been a trauma...
Q&A Text on 07 June 2021
🕰 Lockdown, rules, and social distancing
👦 Single parenting
🌦 Mental health
Alex R
I can't do this any more The support services are not there any more. Sitting waiting to be made homeless due to landlord selling the flat...
Q&A Text on 07 June 2021
🌦 Mental health
Children's wellbeing
🏢 Housing
Lois N
High as being away for a little while, not very well, and been arrested busy. Now, that life's opening back up again for a people...
Q&A Video or Audio on 07 June 2021
🏫 School
😷 Testing and vaccines
🕰 Lockdown, rules, and social distancing
Alex R
There have been many times I wanted to end it all. Just leave this world that causes life to be difficult...
Q&A Text on 03 June 2021
🌦 Mental health
🏢 Housing
🌦 Politics & stigma
Paige E
Started back to work last week after five full months off. I don’t know how those five months went by so quick...
Q&A Text on 01 June 2021
💸 Money + debt
🚧 Work
💛 Health + disability
Nellie K
As things are opening up again I’m noticing a common theme. Prices have gone up...
Q&A Text on 01 June 2021
🌦 Politics & stigma
💸 Money + debt
🍳 Getting by
Erik J
During the period of the lockdown my daughter and myself have really struggled living on benefits, it was not easy before but with the extra cost involved and equipment needed for home schooling it has been a huge pressure on us both...
Q&A Text on 01 June 2021
🕰 Lockdown, rules, and social distancing
🗳 Benefits
👥 Covid Realities
Danni M
That the pandemic has highlighted the plight of children living in poverty, abusive households, being carers and social services allowed all of this to be normalised...
Q&A Text on 31 May 2021
Children's wellbeing
Danni M
I don’t trust the government at all. The media are often missing the point about what needs to be publicised and what doesn’t...
Q&A Text on 31 May 2021
🌦 Politics & stigma
Danni M
Home has been difficult at times. I really don’t like what homeschool did to my relationship with my children...
Q&A Text on 31 May 2021
🕰 Lockdown, rules, and social distancing
🏫 School
🏢 Housing
Danni M
Not having to self isolate and not having a 2nd job that is a 0 hour contract, no work - no money. Cant work if isolating...
Q&A Text on 31 May 2021
😷 Testing and vaccines
🕰 Lockdown, rules, and social distancing
🚧 Work
Danni M
The biggest change has been losing my childcare. I feel now that I am farming my kids out all over the place just so I can go to work...
Q&A Text on 31 May 2021
Children's wellbeing
🚧 Work
👦 Single parenting
Danni M
When there was a bonus for front line workers I didn’t see any of it because I receive UC. That pushed me into taking a 2nd job so any future extras I will benefit from...
Q&A Text on 31 May 2021
🗳 Benefits
🚧 Work
💸 Money + debt
Gracie H
I think for me it’s been the uncertainty about EVERYTHING, mainly for my daughters GCSEs/college place and unforeseen expenses- PPE, extra petrol as buses my daughter was allowed to get on were halved (some buses were for school kids, others for everyone else)...
Q&A Text on 31 May 2021
👥 Covid Realities
🕰 Lockdown, rules, and social distancing
🚧 Work
⛑ Support
Erik N
Feel uncertainty of the future whether this pandemic go forever or not, freely mix up with people without restrictions or not, job uncertainty etc. I believe some politicians and business man playing with this pandemic whether they don't have value for people's life...
Q&A Text on 31 May 2021
🚀 Future
🌦 Politics & stigma
Alex R
The Conservatives hate everything about me and are determined to make me feel as worthless as possible. Im a single parent I am long term ill My daughter has a disability Vital funds they an spend on armed weapons to sell to kill other human beings in another country...
Q&A Text on 31 May 2021
🌦 Politics & stigma
💛 Health + disability
👦 Single parenting
Mindy S
I have little to no trust in the government ministers and cabinet as they seem to only care about themselves and lining their pockets. I feel like the media is heavily right leaning although people complain it is leftist...
Q&A Text on 27 May 2021
🌦 Politics & stigma
Alex R
The fear and panic that the governement and media fed to society has had a damaging effect on mental health. For a virus that affects 0...
Q&A Text on 27 May 2021
🌦 Politics & stigma
Alex R
The main stream media is steered by the governement. What I wasn to know where was all the other news in the world while the pandemic was repeatedly shoved in our faces 24/7...
Q&A Text on 27 May 2021
🌦 Politics & stigma
Alex R
The Government have used the pandemic to line the pockets of their friends with PPE contracts
Q&A Text on 27 May 2021
🌦 Politics & stigma
Aurora T
The government has of course prioritised the economy. It is in their best interest to do so...
Q&A Text on 25 May 2021
🌦 Politics & stigma
🗳 Benefits
Fiona T
Yes at the very start of lockdown, we were unable to aquire basic essentials such as nappies and formula milk because of the sudden rush of people who were panic buying...
Q&A Text on 24 May 2021
🍞 Food / food banks
Howie P
I have just watched a webinar aimed at providers of activity for the summer holidays. I have realised that this will be the only way that struggling families will be able to get food help for their children (outside of going to a food bank)...
Q&A Text on 23 May 2021
🌦 Politics & stigma
🍞 Food / food banks
🗳 Benefits
Rosie J
I have never had much trust in the government to support families on low incomes. The pandemic has highlighted so many inequalities...
Q&A Text on 20 May 2021
🌦 Politics & stigma
Chrissy N
The media has failed to hold the Conservatives to account - investigative journalism is very thin on the ground. Cabinet aren’t questioned or pulled up on their comments...
Q&A Text on 19 May 2021
🌦 Politics & stigma
Nellie K
I’ve never liked the Tory government, and their behaviour is what is to be expected. I agree that they do not care about people, especially people they deem beneath them...
Q&A Text on 18 May 2021
🌦 Politics & stigma
Fiona T
I completely agree. I feel people's mental health has been completely disregarded by the government...
Q&A Text on 18 May 2021
🌦 Politics & stigma
🕰 Lockdown, rules, and social distancing
Syeda F
Having lived through 10yrs of Austerity my trust in this particular Tory brand of government was already low. But I think the Pandemic and the way certain high up members of the government acted have worsened my trust in them...
Q&A Text on 17 May 2021
🌦 Politics & stigma
Erik N
Experienced the difference between good and evil. A friend in need is a friend indeed...
Q&A Text on 17 May 2021
⛑ Support
🕰 Lockdown, rules, and social distancing
Erik N
I used once or twice when everyone have Covid positive last December....
Q&A Text on 17 May 2021
😷 Covid-19
🍞 Food / food banks
Connie G
I totally agree with you - the government has absolutely prioritised the economy over people. I’m disgusted with the continued list of mistakes and u-turns that have shaken any trust I might have once had...
Q&A Text on 17 May 2021
🌦 Politics & stigma
Erik N
The experience at home during pandemic is not good. Life gone bore to stay home and huge pressure on mental health...
Q&A Text on 17 May 2021
🏢 Housing
🕰 Lockdown, rules, and social distancing
🌦 Mental health
Alex R
Big question of the week Housing I stay in a 2 bedroom private flat with my 14yr old daughter who has autism. The flat is very small...
Q&A Text on 15 May 2021
🏢 Housing
Children's wellbeing
🍳 Getting by
Dorothy T
My son has Global developmental delays and low functioning autism, and his full-time career. So I'm not expected to look for work, which is Understandable, because life's hard enough...
Q&A Video or Audio on 12 May 2021
Children's wellbeing
🗳 Benefits
🚧 Work
Dorothy T
I've never had to use a Food Bank not because I'm trooper. I do you see I just have a very large family of six, brothers, and sisters, and a woman that...
Q&A Video or Audio on 12 May 2021
👧 Relationships
⛑ Support
Dorothy T
I'm quite lucky because I know you had moved on just two years ago so I have a large from garden with real ins and I have a good back garden with a swing set for my daughter and my son and the weather last year was brilliant...
Q&A Video or Audio on 12 May 2021
🏢 Housing
Nellie K
We moved into our house in December 2019, and I’m so glad we weren’t in our old house for the pandemic. The tiny yard was so cheek by jowl with the neighbours it would have been impossible to be outside and social distance in our own yard!...
Q&A Text on 11 May 2021
🏢 Housing
🕰 Lockdown, rules, and social distancing
Paris M
Our Landlord has been great, actually, helpful & supportive but with maintenance, etc. The Estate Agency was really difficult, we asked for help / time to pay rent / reduction (as I wasn't furloughed when off for 3 months with health conditions), they said the rent money for all their clients was for their pension...
Q&A Text on 11 May 2021
Children's wellbeing
🏢 Housing
💸 Money + debt
Lexie G
My experience of home during the pandemic has been stressful. I have four sons ages 17, 11, 10 & 7, my husband and myself in a three bedroom house...
Q&A Text on 10 May 2021
🏢 Housing
💛 Health + disability
Erik J
Hi, I am a housing association tenant living in a two bedroom house with my 15 year old daughter. Generally we have been kept well informed about what is going on with the pandemic but space has been a bit difficult along with keeping our home warm...
Q&A Text on 10 May 2021
🏢 Housing
Utilities
🍳 Getting by
Paige E
During the first lockdown I had just moved in with my pregnant daughter her husband and my grandson. This was to be for a few months to get renovations done to my home...
Q&A Text on 10 May 2021
🕰 Lockdown, rules, and social distancing
👧 Relationships
Connie G
I appreciated my home before Covid and have only felt even more of an affection for it whilst enduring restrictions. It’s a 3 bed terrace that I own via a mortgage (with my ex)...
Q&A Text on 10 May 2021
Utilities
🏢 Housing
🕰 Lockdown, rules, and social distancing
Destiny K
I feel like there is both positives and negatives. The positive is that it would be easier and perhaps quicker in calculating benefits but the negative is that it takes away the independence and emotional issues of those involved...
Q&A Text on 10 May 2021
🗳 Benefits
Destiny K
There will now be ways to keep my little one entertained aside from parks and nature walks which are not suitable with wet weather. The hardest part of lockdown has been trying to keep my kid from getting bored but now I have other places to go!...
Q&A Text on 10 May 2021
Children's wellbeing
👦 Single parenting
🕺 Keeping healthy
Destiny K
I’m on benefits but I feel like I’m in purgatory with employment: I’m medically signed off from working as my health issues are not under control BUT I’m not ill enough to get financial support in PIP...
Q&A Text on 10 May 2021
🚧 Work
🗳 Benefits
💛 Health + disability
Destiny K
I always worry going to food banks would shine a negative light on my parenting skills. I’m on UC and I don’t have a lot of money but I try to avoid getting help as I feel it would be admitting defeat...
Q&A Text on 10 May 2021
🍞 Food / food banks
🍳 Getting by
🌦 Politics & stigma
Paige E
My family live a one minute walk from me so if I was ever struggling I could go to them. Or even neighbours...
Q&A Text on 07 May 2021
🍞 Food / food banks
⛑ Support
👧 Relationships
Charlie B
Hi. Yes, I will time...
Q&A Video or Audio on 07 May 2021
🍞 Food / food banks
👧 Relationships
🍳 Getting by
Lola P
I’m glad I had the family time and I am thankful for that as it was scarce before
Q&A Text on 05 May 2021
🤹 Parenting
🥰 Lovely moments
Lola P
Constant ups and downs mentally. Worried and exhausted most days...
Q&A Text on 05 May 2021
🤹 Parenting
💸 Money + debt
🌦 Mental health
Lola P
Would you be able to cope in my shoes? If not why should I have to?
Q&A Text on 05 May 2021
🌦 Politics & stigma
Lola P
My son is 7 and has had two birthdays in lockdown, he’s has had so many ups and downs. We’ve had real lows with his behaviour as he’s frustrated but doesn’t have the capacity to express it yet...
Q&A Text on 05 May 2021
Children's wellbeing
🕰 Lockdown, rules, and social distancing
🌦 Mental health
Lola P
Computers aren’t empathetic and everyone’s situation is different. I’m not sure what the answer is but it’s clearly not working at the moment...
Q&A Text on 05 May 2021
🗳 Benefits
Lola P
Uncertainty once again. Going back to the original struggles we faced before lockdown...
Q&A Text on 05 May 2021
🍳 Getting by
Lola P
Yes I’m being pressured to do courses even though I’m not fit to work and have 3 children under 7, 2 of which are toddlers
Q&A Text on 05 May 2021
🗳 Benefits
🚧 Work
🤹 Parenting
Lola P
Depends on my state of mind, I’ll always make sure the kids have what they need no matter what, anything I don’t have is not an issue. Food bank is always a very last result...
Q&A Text on 05 May 2021
🍞 Food / food banks
🍳 Getting by
⛑ Support
Aurora T
We have not visited a food bank. Since last summer we've been sent weekly food packages of basic foods from a local charity, who have been involved with the school...
Q&A Text on 05 May 2021
🍞 Food / food banks
🍳 Getting by
⛑ Support
Meg T
The changes because of the Pandemic have been monumental. I am a disabled lone parent wh home educates my youngest son...
Q&A Text on 02 May 2021
Children's wellbeing
💛 Health + disability
🕰 Lockdown, rules, and social distancing
Meg T
I've never used a food bank because I always feel there are people much worse off than me. I've never had enough money to put money aside for savings...
Q&A Text on 02 May 2021
⛑ Support
💸 Money + debt
🍞 Food / food banks
Meg T
As an accidental activist & anti-poverty campaigner since 2018, the opportunity to tell those in power how the pandemic is affecting already precarious lives & livelihoods was far too good an opportunity to waste...
Q&A Text on 02 May 2021
👥 Covid Realities
🌦 Politics & stigma
Meg T
For me, because I am clinically vulnerable, even though my condition is not on any vulnerable lists because it is not well known about, I've been shielding as much as possible ever since the first lockdown...
Q&A Text on 02 May 2021
🕰 Lockdown, rules, and social distancing
🍳 Getting by
🌦 Mental health
Nellie K
We’re currently paying off a credit card (minimum payment)every month, we haven’t used the card for a very long time. But if things were desperate we would probably use it as it has pretty high credit...
Q&A Text on 01 May 2021
💸 Money + debt
🍳 Getting by
Nellie K
Our biggest change amidst the pandemic has been my eldest daughter starting school. It broke my heart...
Q&A Text on 01 May 2021
🏫 School
Children's wellbeing
Nellie K
With a child under 3 years old, I’m not currently expected to look for work. What has been annoying though, is that despite this I have had to attend appointments both in person (pre-COVID) and via the phone, simply to confirm this...
Q&A Text on 01 May 2021
🗳 Benefits
🤹 Parenting
🚧 Work
Erik J
I am a single parent father with a 14 year old daughter. Since my partner left around 5 years ago I found budgeting extremely difficult as she was the only full time worker...
Q&A Text on 01 May 2021
👦 Single parenting
🍞 Food / food banks
🍳 Getting by
Charlotte P
Years ago when I was a teacher I used to give food into my local foodbank at Asda in Rochdale. I never knew much about food banks then...
Q&A Text on 30 April 2021
🍞 Food / food banks
🌦 Politics & stigma
Destiny K
I wouldn’t say it was an upheaval but I’ve found the most difficult thing for our family has been adjusting to no baby/toddler groups. It sounds silly but it’s really been our biggest thing holding us back and I have seen the negative effects it’s had on my little one’s social skills...
Q&A Text on 29 April 2021
🏫 School
🕰 Lockdown, rules, and social distancing
Children's wellbeing
Enzo J
there's been 3 big changes in the last year for me ive lost my father and still trying to grieve for him I've taken in my brothers health wellbeing and mental health care and my child has started school I would love to be able to put moved house here but still not getting very much help with that finding it a little disheartening when people come and go above us all the time we're currently stuck with the worst ones of all time atm so I m thinking of moving town but it's all so confusing the only good thing in the last year I can think of is my daughter I'd now able to read books and is loads more confident because she has started school and both of us have gained a few good friends from her being at school
Q&A Text on 29 April 2021
Bereavement
🏫 School
🏢 Housing
Lexie G
My upheavals have been my husband lost his job due to COVID which was horrific, stressful and beyond heartbreaking. That left us needing to apply for benefit help which left us with no money for weeks which obviously resulted in debt (debt is something I don’t normally do, I was raised if you can’t afford something you save until you can) so the impact on all of our mental health has been major...
Q&A Text on 29 April 2021
🚧 Work
🥰 Lovely moments
🗳 Benefits
Howie P
The biggest change for me over the past year has been with work. Not one massive change but a series of massive changes, back and forth...
Q&A Text on 26 April 2021
🚧 Work
🍳 Getting by
Erik J
Hi, The pandemic for me has been extremely difficult as I suffer from mental health issues, I have strict routines and time frames that I would normally live my life around...
Q&A Text on 25 April 2021
Bereavement
🕰 Lockdown, rules, and social distancing
🌦 Mental health
Lois N
Nice to see you! I’ve not been here for a few weeks as I couldn’t face sharing anything. My sister died, 6/5/20...
Q&A Text on 25 April 2021
Bereavement
🕰 Lockdown, rules, and social distancing
🌦 Mental health
Callie I
Sorry I meant although imm seeing more money coming in, because of the debt I'm in, I'm yet to actually feel the benefit of having a little bit more cash...
Q&A Text on 25 April 2021
🚧 Work
💸 Money + debt
Callie I
I was on income support and my youngest is still 4, so under those rules i wasn't expected to look for work until my youngest turns 5. I know the rules are different for universal credit and that is a major reason why I stayed on the legacy benefit income support and child tax credits...
Q&A Text on 25 April 2021
🗳 Benefits
🚧 Work
🍳 Getting by
Callie I
So following from that last bit....
Q&A Text on 25 April 2021
🚧 Work
🔮 Hopes + fears
👦 Single parenting
Chrissy N
it’s been really hard to see my daughter go off to university and see her struggle so much with her mental health. My son couldn’t play for his under 15/under 16 football team for months...
Q&A Text on 24 April 2021
Children's wellbeing
Connie G
First of all, congratulations Jim and I hope the move is as stress free as possible. I changed jobs last year in Jun/July as restrictions were starting to ease but it still very much felt like lockdown...
Q&A Text on 24 April 2021
🚧 Work
Bereavement
🕰 Lockdown, rules, and social distancing
Charlotte P
Rent arrears which is a pain as 2 years on from me signing onto UC these glitches still have not been ironed out. Its ridiculous...
Q&A Text on 23 April 2021
🗳 Benefits
🏢 Housing
Charlotte P
Change the uniform policy as the uniforms are just far too expensive and it leaves people in debt. £390 for a secondary school uniform is astronomical especially when the local education authority only give you £75 towards the cost which doesnt even cover a blazer...
Q&A Text on 23 April 2021
🏫 School
🌦 Politics & stigma
🍳 Getting by
Charlotte P
This group has been an amaxing support network for me. I enjoy the zooms as we all get to talk about serious matters but we also have a laugh at the same time...
Q&A Text on 23 April 2021
👥 Covid Realities
Charlotte P
Yes I receive money from the government as my children are on Free school meals which has been a huge help....
Q&A Text on 23 April 2021
🍞 Food / food banks
Charlotte P
Technology can often go wrong. Its not entirely reliable...
Q&A Text on 23 April 2021
🌦 Politics & stigma
🗳 Benefits
Charlotte P
The biggest upheaval this year has been my 12 year olds transition from primary to secondary school. She didnt get much of her last year of primary school and ontop of that she moved to a school where she knew noone...
Q&A Text on 23 April 2021
Children's wellbeing
🏫 School
🍳 Getting by
Charlotte P
Today was amazing as my daughter, her best friend and my best friend were abke to go to a local park and we were allowed to sit outside the cafe in the park on the picnic benches for the 1st time in months and eat our food and drink our coffee...
Q&A Text on 23 April 2021
🕰 Lockdown, rules, and social distancing
🥰 Lovely moments
Charlotte P
I feel under quite a lot of pressure to get a job and my anxiety is through the roof. I used to be in a professional job and now there is no 'bridging the gap' between being unemployed and employed...
Q&A Text on 23 April 2021
🚧 Work
🗳 Benefits
Angie K
The things we wished we could do once lockdown is over, is for most part now, ironically, anything that means we do not have to be in a crowded place. Having had my first vaccine and now awaiting to get my second by May (given the way things are moving quickly with the vaccines) I can only be grateful for being one of those patients who have underlying health conditions...
Q&A Text on 19 April 2021
😷 Testing and vaccines
💛 Health + disability
Syeda F
I am fortunate to be in full time work, but I do claim Universal Credit. They leave me alone as I earn enough to keep them happy...
Q&A Text on 19 April 2021
🗳 Benefits
🚧 Work
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