Perhaps the best example of how society works is when the preservation of life and meeting basic needs are at the heart of everyone’s agenda, where only essential movement and work is carried out – exactly how our town and country are currrently functioning. We are all connected, and it’s our connectedness that helps us manage a crisis like this, and it’s what will help us carry on afterwards.
Every day we see countless stories about the virus around the world. We know that among these stories are ones of people working in hospitals looking after patients. There are teachers and school workers looking after children whose parents are hospital staff or doing other essential work; and supporting other families to maintain a level of learning at home.
Many more are keeping our food and essential shops open, staffing care homes and residential facilities, and working for charities to ease the effects of the coronavirus in our communities. Lots of vulnerable people are staying indoors, and neighbours and support groups are banding together to try and ensure everyone has what they need. All of these stories are important.
Through Stories from Lockdown we want to support and grow those connections by sharing local people’s stories. We know that these times are hard, and that for some people these past few weeks and what’s to come may be the hardest in their lives. Staying connected, supporting each other and remembering that we aren’t alone in our experiences are more important than ever.
We’ll be talking to people in Luton; key workers, those working for charities and support groups, vulnerable families, parents, young people and others over the next few weeks. If you want to share your story with us, you can:
- Use this online form
- Tag us in your own posts on social media or use the hashtag #LutonLockdown
- Email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org