During 2020 the Covid-19 pandemic has spread across the world closing public spaces including schools, businesses and places of worship. The UK entered a period of lockdown in March which then began to be eased in the UK from May.
On the Life on the Breadline blog we have hosted 10 guest blog posts to hear about the impact of Covid-19 on communities, charities and organisations in the UK. Click on the links below to find out more:
In our first guest blog post, Paul Wright shared about his experience of asset-based community development as a Street Connector Mentor in Birmingham at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020.
In our second guest blog post Bob Jefford, a foodbank volunteer, reflects on the impact of Covid-19 on foodbanks and questions whether it will mean that foodbanks become ingrained in UK society.
In our third guest blog post we heard from a volunteer at Citizens Advice in Surrey about how Covid-19 has affected the help people are asking for, particularly in relation to employment and benefits.
In our fourth guest post Hannah Deakin, a disability blogger and activist, explores the impact of Covid-19 on the disabled community in the UK – “The disabled community are used to these battles, but it concerns me that the biggest one may yet to be endured.”
In our fifth guest blog post we heard hear from Naomi Maynard, a food pantry volunteer in Liverpool about how the food pantry is adapting to Covid-19 to develop a sense doorstep community whilst they are unable to meet in person at the pantry.
In our sixth guest blog post we heard from Rebecca Stockman who works with YMCA St Paul’s Group in delivering Merton Winter Night Shelter. Rebecca shares her experiences and reflections of being involved with the night shelter and people who are homeless during the Covid-19 pandemic.
In our seventh guest blog post we heard from Suzanne Vernon Yorke who is a Church of England priest in London. Suzanne shared with us her experience of being a priest in the pandemic.
In our eighth guest blog post TLG shared the work that their MakeLunch programme and volunteers have been undertaking to combat children’s holiday hunger during the pandemic.
In our ninth guest blog post we heard from Val Barron, a community practitioner and William Temple Scholar, who reflected on how we can challenge food poverty through empowerment and participation.
Our tenth guest blog came from Alison Briggs who is a 2nd year PhD student at the University of Manchester. Her research explores experiences of food insecurity in and through the relational spaces of family, friendships and other social relations.