Q. What are your reflections from a year like no other?
Well this year has been an absolute rollercoaster. It is the year that I finally sought and received mental health treatment, it’s still a work in progress but I’m proud of my bravery. As a nurse and a single parent my work and home school did not combine well, my children really grew up this year and started to see me as a human being. My financial situation is the same disaster that it was before the pandemic and I don’t see it changing anytime soon. As a health care worker in Scotland I am eligible for the one off bonus payment, but as I am UC claimant I won’t actually benefit from it in any way, the UC system really sucks. I lost 2 childminders due to the pandemic and I’ve had to rely on my unreliable domestically abusive ex to look after the children more. It is not a comfortable place to have to rely on your abuser so you can work. And now he has decided to make a claim against me through the CMA, he owes me a lot through the CMA but it’s a new claim so is assessed separately, again a government system that sucks. I’ve also had to rely a few times on food parcels from charities, that was soul destroying and life saving all at the same time. I’m grateful to have a job that will not be furloughed or be classed as no longer viable and for the first time in a long time and I felt that my job and skills were respected in society. I’m also grateful to have healthy children that I’m not frightened will be at risk of Covid.