It’s been a strange year hasn’t it? Doom, gloom, lots of restrictions and so much negativity in the world. We could be forgiven for thinking that the rest of the year will be just as bleak…and indeed it could – IF we let it!
Imagine moving to another country (for whatever reason).
Imagine arriving not knowing a word of the language.
Imagine having entirely different culture, religion and beliefs to your new homeland.
Imagine being treated as unwelcome, undesirable; and facing constant discrimination for jobs and housing.
Imagine feeling as if no one understands your wants and needs.
Imagine being isolated from wider society.
It’s hard isn’t it? Impossible even, for those of us born and raised in the UK, to put ourselves in the mindset of an immigrant. Yet the points above are all things that people moving to the UK from other countries may experience, and they are magnified for those people from Ethnic Minority backgrounds.
During the Covid 19 pandemic and lock down many charities, ourselves included, have had to cancel our ‘face to face’ fundraising activities. This is having a devastating effect on our finances, not to mention the fact that we are really missing interacting with all the lovely people who help us by organising and running events.
There are however ways you can help us (and other charities of course) which are purely online and require nothing more than for you to modify your online shopping processes. You shop; we benefit from a small donation. Win, win.
Would it surprise you to know that people between the ages of 25 and 34 are actually the LEAST likely to have offered their services as a volunteer? >.
We’ve all been affected by this strange year in different ways; some people may feel there’s been little difference in their daily lives, particularly if they were retired and not going out to work. Yet others have seen jobs, savings and even businesses disappear during this lockdown. Whatever the changes – big, or small – there have been some for all of us.
You’d have to have been living on the moon for the last month or so to not be aware that the whole of the UK, most of the world in fact, is living in the shadow of COVID-19. Our last blog gave you some hints on staying safe and keeping yourself protected from infection and now we’re going to give you some ideas to keep your mind and body busy.
There’s a lot of scaremongering going on in the media at the moment over ‘coronavirus’ – in particular the strain causing COVID-19 (named because the first instances of the disease emerged in 2019). We’re going to try and cut through the hysteria and provide you with simple, clear facts and ways you can minimise your own risk.