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During the pandemic, the United Kingdom depended on its key people, often on low wages and difficult personal circumstances. Her diaries catalogue a few of the countless sacrifices they have made.
It was her first day back at Work , the care of older people in their homes, after 10 months of maternity leave. When she left to Her Daughter In July 2019, no one had heard anything Covid-19. At the time, an apron and gloves would be during the visits, but she had never needed to cover her face.
Now she wondered: would recognize your long-standing customers? Would be the new to be afraid of her? Those who understand with dementia would be, what was going on?
But it was while returning to The Job in mid-pandemic in may 2020 scary, it was also a relief.
the Lockdown was hard for Kayleigh, 28. As well as their baby daughter, also her three-year care-old son, in the two-bedroom ground floor duplex apartment in Plymouth, she and her partner Adam Lowther rented from a housing Association. Adam, 27, worked nights in a nearby Supermarket , and keep the kids quiet while he slept, was never easy. Now , her maternity leave was over, when she and Adam were, are considered to be key-Workers , you could use nursery places.
At the outbreak of the pandemic, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, which is looking at ways of tackling poverty in the UK, asked key people to the United Kingdom about how they were coping. One Day at The Height of the lockdown, Kayleigh confided to her.
Wednesday, may 8. April
I have The Feeling , anxious. When I left Last Year , everything was normal. Now , I'm going to have to return To My children every night thinking about whether I bring home The Virus . In some ways, it is a kind of normality, but I'm scared because I'm Out There . But there is no choice. My Family can't afford not to Work for me.
Each week, Kayleigh would carefully write the meal plans and take a list to the Supermarket . The pandemic had, was not affected, your weekly budget a lot, but you and Adam used To Live month-to-month. You would stick to Supermarket brands and cooking batches of spag bol or curry, that you could last.
in search of the three-year-old, the biggest challenge was. The tantrums were terrible when it came. He was Old Enough to know that something was going on, but to understand, to young to be, what exactly it was. The routine of His Normal Life , nursery, friends, older Relatives - they were gone.
Friday 10. April
We would give anything to sit for a garden, right Now it would have been so nice to the little space that is Our Own . We also have our daily walk is the highlight of The Day . I feel like I'm grieving for our old Life .
the easing of The lockdown restrictions at the beginning of June made everything a little easier. The Family was well-might trips to the coast and Kayleigh, visit their parents in your garden. But still, The Baby , the grandparents, had not kept her and her brother for months.
And every time Kayleigh went to Work , the responsibility, the responsibility of it weighed against felt their older customers than ever before.
"Some days I feel really anxious, and other days I Wake up and think: 'Well, I just can't think today," she says. "I don't know how The Feeling of uncertainty. I'm not good at that at all. "
It was 6 o'clock in the morning, when Owiya Kambeja awoke on The Floor of His lounge. Through The Wall , in the apartment, only the bedroom, His 11-year-old son and eight-year-old daughter were still asleep. Owiya body felt stiff, but he was used to these forms of Life today. The Most difficult thing was the mood of The Day in a cheerful. Still, he had trained a long time ago, to suppress, to Bubble Up to any negative emotions, if you began.
for 10 Years Owiya, 62, a had lived in this one-room apartment on The First floor of the building on Tottenham's Broadwater Farm estate. Every time he asked The Council for a bigger property, The Answer was the same always: "Nothing available. "It was hard to arrived enough raising two growing children, here, in front of The Novel coronavirus. Well, it was a daily struggle.
at 8 o'clock, The Children would Wake up, make their beds, and share warm milk and chocolate bread for Breakfast. Owiya a strict routine had drawn For You . An educated man who seeks himself, was Owiya, they do not fall behind on their lessons, the schools had closed. But it was hard without a Laptop had damaged irreparably in a flood the previous year. They would do their best, with two cell phones between the three of them.
Thursday, 9. April
We have an old exercise bike, We Are riding in The Bathroom and The Children take turns each day. We feel to have so much luck, because it is not Safe For You to go outside on this property for A Number of reasons.
Broadwater Farm is a dense residential area and The Virus is likely to spread very quickly here. There are still kids sitting in groups of 10-15 on a daily basis. This place is not Safe at all. All we can do is pray It Comes to our door.
after moving To the UK from Uganda in the year 2002, Owiya studied for a degree in oil and gas management, but as a single parent - His wife was denied the Visa , he was not able to last until the jobs he was offered, in Iraq and in other high-risk places. When the pandemic broke out, he had already been working in A Day centre for people with learning disabilities.
On the 16. In March, he received a call from His employer to tell him that the staff as "reduced". Three months later, he still had not managed a clear answer from you about holiday pay.
Saturday, 11. April
We had toast and milk for dinner with some salad on the side. I try to ensure that The Children are The Most balanced diet I can give you, but it is even more difficult in a time when you need vitamins to strengthen your immune system The Most .
As of the lockdown Owiya was less restrictive Life was a little easier. But still, if he lie down to sleep on The Floor of the Living Room every night he was kept awake, thinking about what would happen if he or one of His children caught The Virus .
"We know that, if you are infected with Covid-19, thou shalt not go. You need to insulate on the inside. But for the people in a single bedroom apartment with The Children , how is it really possible?"
started Early in the pandemic, Charlotte Pilling to notice, to notice that The Butterflies in her stomach; around the same time she began, she was shaking also. It not A Day has passed since then, she says, if you are sensations of the mind, both.
Charlotte, 40, from Blackpool, Lancashire, England, was used as an outdoor person, a picnic and a walk with The Dog for hours, and a convivial soul. "I like to go to the houses of the people, and have a quick brew and catching up on gossip, you know what I mean?", she says. "It is not quite difficult to do this, as well. "
It was another big adjustment. To Covid-19 arrived, the only time that you ever worked, if she took maternity leave. She had always had a job and was assumed that they would always do. The Feeling that history was vulnerable and dependent on the new to you, and it was hard.
the cut But were early in the pandemic, the hours that you cook as a school, to the 16 week. Her partner, Justin Hindel, 35, an air-conditioning-unit-engineer, had halved His hours. To make ends meet, was a struggle. She had tried to spend an hour and a half on The Phone at a time to claim Universal Credit.
Monday, 6. April
last week, I'm ashamed to say, I have years of frustrated to do with a project My Daughter needed about Extinct Animals , I stormed out of a 10. And as for the factions, it is like a Foreign Language to me.
Thursday, 9. April
It was a rare day out with your family for Justyna Kmietowicz, and happy, until she made the mistake of watching The News .
Friday 10. April