In March 2020, as the Overspill project was drawing to an end, the world went into lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Here we explore what life in lockdown has been like for some people in Langley

Cath

Cath lives alone in a block of flats in Langley.

Loneliness is hard. I’ve learnt its okay to talk to your self. You’re not insane, just lonely.

Cath

What changes might I make because of this experience? Buy only what I need, cherish everyday like it’s my last, love life.

Cath

Sheila

Sheila lives on her own and has only been leaving the house to shop. She lost her brother to Covid-19 at the beginning of lockdown.

I have been very down. I haven’t enjoyed any element of lockdown at all.

Sheila

What have I learnt through lockdown? Do not take anything for granted and be kind to each other.

Sheila

Burnside Community Centre

While the Burnside Centre has been closed to the public, staff have continued to work from the centre offering free meals and food parcels. Knowing people have been isolated in lockdown has been the driving force for the centre staff while the centre itself has been closed.

(There’s been) lots of activity behind the scenes and a real sense of teamwork among all staff members. We all just want to help and reach out to people. As a Manager, I’m so incredibly proud of every single staff member. We have really rallied around each other and have shown our best in such uncertain times.

Kerry, Centre Manager

I have learned that…people on Langley truly have a deep community spirit which can help lift people in times of need

Kerry, Centre Manager

Claire & her boys

Claire lives in Langley with her husband and two sons.

My typical lockdown day? Trying to get through homeschooling which has been challenging at times with a 5 & 8 year old and whilst I have been working from home part time but I’m lucky to have been able to be at home with my children during this crazy time! My husband has still gone to work daily as an essential worker.

Claire

I’ve loved the slower pace of life no frantic rushes to places!

Claire

There has been tough times, mainly trying to motivate and become a ‘Teacher’ to my sons whilst also trying to work myself

Claire

Emma & Family

Emma lives with her husband and 4 children, 2 girls and 2 boys. We visited Emma on day 100 of lockdown.

If it’s nice we will go for a walk……we have attempted school work but this didn’t work ha!

Emma

I have actually enjoyed being able to spend more time at home with my family.

Emma

Remy

Postman Remy has been working in Langley throughout lockdown.

Imran

Imran runs a shop on Wood Street and has remained open throughout lockdown

Royal Crown Taxis

Business had finally started to pick up when we visited Royal Crown Taxis on day 100 of lockdown.

We were just sat here watching the walls at the beginning. It’s been tedious

Shahid

The Pavillion, Bowlee