Bit of a deviation from the norm, but I wanted to share a quick update with everything going on in the world right now. It’s so crazy the way things have suddenly been turned on their head and, although we’re all trying to carry on as best as possible, the impact the coronavirus has had on pretty much everyone is undeniable.
Over the next couple of weeks, I’m going to try to put out daily content to tide things over while we’re all self-isolating. I’m not sure how this will look as yet, but it’ll probably be a little shorter than usual – but hopefully equally informative and fun to read. In terms of themes, it’ll pretty much be the same as usual, although if you have any particular requests, let me know in the comments below.
I feel so blessed to be able to carry on working with relatively little distraction since I work from home anyway and have a steady flow of jobs coming in. As a journalist, writer, and blogger, I’ve definitely noticed a difference when it comes to launch events and opportunities arising over the past month – but having to stretch out content is inconsequential compared with what some people are going through.
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve seen family members and friends being forced to take unpaid leave as offices shut down, or even being laid off from their jobs, as we continue to deal with Covid-19. For that reason, I wanted to share some details with you guys for charities and organisations helping support those affected by the pandemic. I know money’s tight and there’s a lot of uncertainty around, but whatever you can do to help those affected will always be appreciated.
- Age UK – Helping to provide companionship, advice and support for older people in our communities. Donations will help the charity answer more calls to their advice line and provide regular friendship calls to those who are lonely during coronavirus self-isolation.
- Mind – By donating to Mind, you’ll help those in need of access to help and support for a variety of mental health issues. The charity is a lifeline for many and can help save lives for illnesses that aren’t visible, and will no doubt flare up during the pandemic.
- Shelter – While self-isolating is easy for many of us who have homes to go to, for those without it’s a constant challenge. Factor in access to services, which are shutting down due to the pandemic, and it’s near impossible. Shelter helps and homelessness and advise those who are struggling.
I also wanted to urge people to support their local food banks, as they continue to struggle with increased demand, due to panic buying clearing the shelves in stores. If everyone donated just £1 for every £10 spent, it could soon add up to make a significant donation, and help support a lot of families. And while we’re on the subject, please be considerate and only buy what you need – we’re not going to starve.
Finally, a call out to all bloggers out there – let’s do our bit to support each other’s blogs during these strange times. Over the next couple of weeks, I’m going to be putting out weekly newsletters with a list of pages to check out and posts to read from fellow bloggers. To be included, drop your email address, the name of your blog, genre, and a brief description in the box below. Let’s all take the opportunity to support one another!
I hope you’re all staying self and that you and yours are well. If ever you’re struggling and need someone to talk to, I’m always active on social media, so make sure you follow my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages where you can drop me a message and keep up to date. Stay safe and be sensible – it might seem tough now, but if we all take the necessary steps we can fight this off quickly and be back to normal in no time.