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Looked after by my neighbours

T's contribution to our Stay Home collecting project
06/04/2020

I live in a one bedroom flat on the ground floor with my 5 year old son.

The flat is part of a block of 14 flats and we have a communal garden at the back.

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This is living room where most things happen. My son is in every photo as he is everywhere I am!

In what ways has the coronavirus pandemic changed the way you use your home?

I am working from home full time now and home schooling so my living room has become an office, gym and school. The already small space now has multiple uses.

How do you feel about your home? How have these feelings changed?

I feel proud that I have been so adaptable and creative in making a multi use space.

I feel very fortunate to have so many lovely neighbours.

I am glad to have the outdoor space more than ever and to be able to go out the back and see a friendly face.

I am happy to realise how much I like my home and how personal it feels to me.

But I also am craving another bedroom, a space that I can escape to when it gets too much...

How does staying at home affect your relationships?

I feel inadequate as a teacher, parent, worker. As they are all colliding as roles.

Being with a 5 year old all the time is tough, but I am also cherishing this time with him as this is so unusual.

What do you appreciate most about your home?

The location, that it is all my taste! My neighbours.

How is your sense of home affected by your neighbours or those living nearby?

I feel very lucky, supported and looked after by my neighbours. They watched my son in the garden whilst I went to the supermarket to stock up on provisions.

You can see my dining table, office, tv and craft trolley for school work

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