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Conversations about Covid

I’m most looking forward to breathing outside without fear

I thought I was educated but Zoom has made me realise there is so much to learn!

We need more help, training and technology to access online services like banking and shopping.

Many people are afraid of online scamming.

Conversations about Covid is all about the stories and experiences of Leicestershire residents from the last year. The project is a led by the Policy Team at Leicestershire County Council in partnership with the Participation Team, and with input from citizens and community organisations across the county.

We want to hear how the pandemic has been for you – the good and the bad, the small things and the big things. These stories aim to build a picture of how the pandemic has had an impact on people across county and to create a historical record of this unique time for future generations. You can find out how to tell us your story here

 

These people have told us their stories already…

Leicestershire Publicans talk to LCC

Several local pub owners and managers told officers from the council their Covid story, revealing the differences of experience across the sector and their difficulties in plans for the future. The video is an edited version of their stories.

Abi’s lockdown story in poetry

Lockdown 2020 by Abi Akram

 

Two months and counting

No gentle touch.

 

One day – a slow gliding Ferris Wheel

Gazing at the world at my feet

The next – spinning out of control

Dizzy, anticipating catastrophes

Breath, whipped away.

 

Despite videos on WhatsApp

Activities on YouTube

Memes on Twitter and Instagram

Jokes and fake news

I’m at the top or the bottom each day.

 

The daily briefings

The daily death toll

For some, catastrophe

Grief with no outlet

The weekly applause does not ease.

 

The risk of Human contact

Delay and delay

Your gentle touch.

 

2020 and Covid-19 (Pantoum) by Abi Akram

 

New rules were written on shifting sands,

Easing the Earth but darkening minds,

And homes became refuges, and prisons.

Modern-day saints arose – Key workers and the NHS.

 

Easing the Earth but darkening minds,

Sleep was mired in a hard, exhausting strangeness.

Modern-day saints arose – Key workers and the NHS.

Every bird, a songwriter – in air which had tasted so sweet.

 

Sleep was mired in a hard, exhausting strangeness,

A year when Humans became the endangered species.

Every bird, a songwriter – in air which had tasted so sweet,

Tails high, cats had strolled where cars had driven before.

 

A year when Humans became the endangered species,

New rules were written on shifting sands.

Tails high, cats had strolled where cars had driven before,

And homes became refuges, and prisons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shree Sanatan Mandir Temple Women’s Group

Officers from the council talked with over 50 women from Leicester and Leicestershire associated with the Shree Sanatan Mandir Temple. Their stories included how Zoom has changed the way that they exercise, socialise and learn new things (from cooking to Sanskrit), and most of the group are going to keep using it after the pandemic. They told us that they were really looking forward to going to the temple or mosque once the pandemic is over, and to celebrating religious festivals and sharing food with friends and family.  

 

 

 LCC Children in Care Council

The Children in Care Council talked to us about their stories of the last year. Here are some quotes that capture some of the experiences of the group:  

Time goes faster”  

“The schooling system – I feel bad for new students coming in. It’s great that teachers are now properly online but you have less time off” 

“I have a different way of communicating, even when I am at home” 

“More spare time so more boredom but also more time to do things as I haven’t got a journey to school anymore”  

“I’m spending so much more money buying things I don’t possible need” 

“Social media got so toxic during the first lockdown. I just stopped using it.”  

The group also created a wordcloud to express what the year has been like for them.

 

For more information on this project, please contact conversations@leics.gov.uk

Click below to view the stories and experiences of Leicestershire residents

The Joys of being a Covid Vaccination Centre Volunteer

“Do you remember that bitterly cold spell at the end of January early February? Why then stand out in that cold that seeped into your bones, with snow flurries swirling...

Find out more about 'The Joys of being a Covid Vaccination Centre Volunteer'

Leicestershire Autistic Society

Officers from the council spoke to parent-carers of children and adults with autism about their experience of the last year. Here are some of their reflections in their own words....

Find out more about 'Leicestershire Autistic Society'