'Then, as I sat under the silver birch, came the silence, shaken only by the rustle of leaves.' Sarah wrote a poem about recent issues concerning her, coronavirus and global warming and shared this with us for our #HomeTruths series.
My story: Curlet
"We’re not happy and no one seems to care. The Prime Minister talks about it and doesn’t care. He’s not talking enough."
My story: Dorothy
"I think more could be done to help people in the black community right now."
My story: Chit
"The combination of coronavirus and Black Lives Matter has made me reflect a lot on racism."
My story: Mina
"One of my friends caught COVID-19, a young lad with no previous medical conditions, and it was a scary experience to hear about this."
My story: Amma
Staff member Amma shares her thoughts and experiences of COVID-19. She writes that structural racism is contributing to the stark pattern of inequality as identified in NHS and government reports.
My story: Patricia
For our Home Truths series Patricia shares of her experiences and frustrations over the inequalities in the treatment of people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
My story: Christina
"It’s disappointing that the Government is producing another of their reports after the rise of Black Lives Matter. Christina shares her thoughts on COVID-19 during this time of heightened awareness of racial inequality."
My story: Valda
Valda, 93, shares her experiences of COVID-19 during this time of heightened awareness of racial inequality.
My story: Ashraf
Ashraf shares his thoughts and experiences of COVID-19 during this time of heightened awareness of racial inequality.
Paying over the odds for energy bills
As part of Independent Age’s #HomeTruths series, Tony told us what he thinks should be done now, and in the future, to ensure that all older people are treated fairly by energy companies.
Missing the joy of children
Marie writes for our #HomeTruths series about how she is missing her day centre, the friends she has met there and their day trips, but more so the children that used to come and visit.
The importance of listening
Christina, 67, writes for our #HomeTruths series about her role as a Telephone Volunteer with Independent Age, and how lockdown has shown her the importance of listening.
Changes to care, part 3
Anne, 66, receives social care. For our #HomeTruths series, Anne has been talking with us and contributing to a series of blogs about her views on social care and the changes she is experiencing throughout the COVID-19 outbreak.
Care for the carers
As part of Independent Age’s #HomeTruths series, Margaret continues to write for us, and has offered some reflections on the situation carers will find themselves in at this time.
A community effort
Keith is 69 and has been a local Councillor in the Hertfordshire town of Watford for 20 years. He writes for our Home Truths series about the strength of communities during the COVID-19 outbreak.
You sho’ can’t choose your family
John is 70 and lives in Kent with his wife. For our Home Truths series, John has written about the support of his two sons during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Penny, aged 73, has two sons and lives in Surrey. In this instalment of our #HomeTruths series she writes about the importance of saying goodbye.
The importance of a funeral
Maggie, 73, now lives alone with her husband having passed away two years ago. Writing for our Home Truths series, Maggie explains how important she feels a funeral is for those that are grieving.
Lucrecia, aged 73, was born in Argentina but has spent most of her life in Spain. She regularly volunteers in Independent Age’s office and has written a blog for our Home Truths series about what she is looking forward to after lockdown.
The joy of my garden
John, aged 70, lives in Kent and is social distancing with his wife. He writes for Independent Age’s Home Truths series on how gardening has been a welcome distraction during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Caring for mum
Lucy lives in the South West and is a full-time carer for her 92-year-old mother, she writes for us about the additional challenges COVID-19 has added to her life as a full-time carer.
Changes to care, part 2
Anne, 66, receives social care. For our #HomeTruths series, Anne continues to share her views on social care and the changes faced by those who receive domiciliary care (care within people’s own homes).
Exercising in lockdown
Patricia, aged 68, loves to stay fit and exercise. For our Home Truths series, she explains how she is trying to keep active while in lockdown.
Life in Isolation
Jennifer, aged 70, lives alone in South Devon. She has been social distancing since mid-March and writes for Independent Age’s Home Truths series about how this has changed her life.
Accessing my medication
Sarah, aged 72, lives in a village in mid-Devon and is social distancing with her husband John. She writes for Independent Age’s Home Truths series about trying to access her medication.
Mrs Bennet and other stories
Sophia, writes about how she is dealing with social distancing, finding joy in things previously unnoticed, revisiting literary friends of old and embracing kale.
Supporting my community
Suzanne is Chair of Gosport Older Persons Forum, a Trustee of Gosport Voluntary Action and an Independent Age Telephone Volunteer. For our #HomeTruths series, she writes about her work to support older people in her community.
No answer on the telephone
Maggie, 73, is living alone and self-isolating. She writes today's #HomeTruths about unanswered calls, her difficulties getting food, and how others have stepped in to help.
Changes to care, part 1
Anne, 66, receives social care and has lots of views on carers, the care system, and what is it like to receive care during the COVID-19 period.
Don’t leave us disconnected
Padma describes herself as an octogenarian volunteer campaigner with dual sensory disability. For this #HomeTruths, Padma describes how she has learnt to use technology and the need for training to be accessible to those with specific needs.
Keeping mentally healthy
Our #HomeTruths series continues with a blog from Christine who has written about how she uses every tool in her toolbox to cope – without the help of a counsellor – during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Penny, aged 73, has two sons and lives in Surrey. In this instalment of our #HomeTruths series she writes about the importance of staying at home and following Government guidance, even at Easter.
Shopping & coronavirus
As part of Independent Age’s #HomeTruths series, Margaret has written about her experience of supermarkets and online shopping since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Raising your voices
Morgan Vine, Head of Policy and Influencing, introduces our #HomeTruths series, writing about how she's been inspired during this time of COVID-19.