Millie is a resident at Together’s Clifton House Accommodation Service in Bournemouth and here she shares her experience of living through lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic:
“I don’t think anyone really knew what to expect when COVID-19 started or the effect it would have and what devastation it would cause. At first I didn’t believe it and I didn’t think it would be as dramatic as it was but my family were very worried.”
“I think it started to become serious when people were actually scared to go outside and cough in public because it was very extreme and crazy to begin with. Everyone would literally avoid going near anyone and would rather walk in the road then walk close to someone. At one point I was scared that this virus would knock everyone out and this would be the end of the human existence.”
“I found it extremely scary seeing what was happening around the world on the news. The reports that there wasn’t enough space in the morgues in Spain and all the number of people that were dying daily. But then I also found it soothing to see videos of neighbourhoods in Italy with people playing their instruments out on their balconies and when the planes stopped flying. Everything shut down but people found their way around it in different ways.”
“The staff at Clifton House have been bloody amazing (if you’ll excuse my french). On top of all their normal jobs, which I think is already enough, they had to bring new measures into place to try all they could to prevent the spread of the virus. They have been working more hours and risking their lives to make sure we are all fed and well. Under all this pressure they haven’t cracked and have been still very kind and caring. I feel like they’re not just my support workers but also my second family.”
I feel very safe and calm with the team at Clifton House around and they have helped me a hell of a lot. From the beginning since I moved in here they have really taken me and turned my life around and I will always be so thankful for that. They have remained calm and collected and still make me laugh. They are there if I have any problems and need to talk to them and are incredibly supportive so I can’t really put into words how great they have been. They kept everyone busy with numerous activities for us all and looked to provide some normality in the house while trying their hardest to see to everyone needs.
I have been very lucky to have moved in here it has really turned my life around. If you saw me 2 years ago compared to where I am now we would all win medals. So yes it’s been an incredibly weird experience this COVID-19. I don’t know where we’re at but I’m hoping one day we will go back to some form of normality and carry on with our lives.
Thank you Clifton House!
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