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You might want to take a look at our live archive of diary entries which have been written by parents and carers on a low income.

First, look at the timeline.

  • How many of these events do you recognise?
  • What was going on in your life at the time?
  • What was changing around the world?
  • What was happening in the lives of Covid Realities diarists at the time?
  • And what sounds familiar (or unfamiliar!) about their experience?

Secondly, you might want to look at the themes. This could be done individually, or in small groups.

Choose a theme that interests you (for example, ‘Christmas,’ ‘Winter,’ or ‘Getting by’) and read some of the entries.

  • What do they tell you about the experiences of families on a low income?
  • How much of this will have been new, and caused by COVID (or lockdown)?
  • How much of this reflects experiences of families on a low income, whether or not there’s a lockdown?

Most importantly, have a think about what problems families describe, and what could be done to change these – what could the Government do that might help?

Thirdly, look at our blogs. We recommend that you read two or three, mixing posts by professionals (e.g., ‘Lizzie Flew, Child Poverty Action Group’) with those of Covid Realities contributors (i.e., diarists).

  • What are the core messages in each – what are they trying to say?
  • In what ways do the blogs you read by professionals and diarists say the same things, and where do they differ?
  • Which did you get the most out of, and why?

Finally, you might want to think about the project as a whole.

  • Is it right to be doing what Covid Realities is doing?
  • Is it a good or a bad thing to publish people’s diary entries, and why?
  • What could be the problems associated with this kind of project?
  • Are there any things that you would think should not be published, even if a diarist writes them? Why?
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