Life during Lockdown: Keeping families connected
Published: 2 Jun 2020| Central Office
Bea, a single mother of 2 children in her 30s, was referred to Welcare earlier this year in order to access our MySpace programme. When the country locked down due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Bea began to feel isolated and reached out to ask for help.
Bea was referred to Welcare’s Myspace programme to support her and her daughter’s recovery from domestic violence and to help restore their own relationship.
Bea initially struggled to engage as she was suffering from PTSD and depression, but with support and encouragement, through our MySpace programme Bea began to implement strength-based, solution-focused interventions, and feel more positive and in control. This allowed her to engage more fully, and commit to bringing herself and daughter aged 8 to the weekly group. Bea found that her mental state improved while she was in a safe and non-judgemental space, where she was given permission to be herself.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the country’s forced Lockdown in March, groups had to be suspended. Without the benefits of peer support, Bea was left feeling cut off and isolated from her newly found support system, and worried she was at risk of undoing all the progress she had made. Bea was also struggling to help her daughters to complete weekly homework sent home from school, due to having no computer or access to printing facilities.
With her newly acquired resilience and confidence, Bea felt able to ask Welcare for help and support, and we were able to provide her with a Catalyst Support Grant (for household items). This enabled Bea to order a laptop for her household, which would allow her to help with her children’s homework but also allow Bea herself to continue to access virtual support, from peers and from Welcare.
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