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The Covid-19 pandemic

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 has begun to be eased in England in May.

On the Life on the Breadline blog we have hosted 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:

Challenging food poverty through empowerment and participation

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.

Holiday hunger provision during Covid-19 – how TLG Make Lunch is adapting

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.

Experiences of being a Priest in a 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.

Homelessness and Covid-19

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.

Becoming a doorstep community

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.

How will disabled people manage through the Coronavirus crisis?

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.”

Citizens Advice during the Lockdown

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.

Does Covid-19 mean foodbanks are here for good?

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.

A neighbourly response to Covid-19

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.

Would you like to write a guest blog post?

If you are interested in writing a guest blog post on responses to Covid-19 for the Life on the Breadline blog please contact Stephanie at stephanie.denning@coventry.ac.uk

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