My Lockdown - Joanne Jamieson

Read local mum Joanne Jamieson's personal account of lockdown and how Charlie House has supported her family. Thank you to Joanne for sharing her thoughts with us.

"When COVID-19 first appeared, it was terrifying for most people, but maybe a bit more so for the families of our vulnerable children. We went into isolation before lockdown was imposed so the novelty had worn off before lockdown even started. 

I don’t think any of us appreciated just how much it meant to have our support network of carers, support groups and friends to get us through life, until we had it taken away. But in true Charlie House style, they quickly adopted a new norm for our community and suddenly we had access to online support, activities for our kids and siblings and interactive ways for us to connect. Not only this, but we now have a library of activities to be used at any time, which is helpful when you have a child who may spend a lot of time off school, siblings who need support when their brother or sister needs more attention than them or just something to connect the family together. 

On a personal note, it's not always taking part and calling for support, it's just knowing that it's there. Our daughter Mollie has had a lot of support from Leigh, the Charlie House Children & Family Support Manager, and now when she is having a difficult time, we ask her in terms of whether she needs just a hug, or to talk to Leigh. In her mind it lets her work out whether it's a big deal or a small deal.

For families like ours, that kind of support is a lifeline."

To enable us to continue our work and to support babies, children and young people with complex disabilities and life-limiting conditions and their families, please donate £10 today if you can: https://www.charliehouse.org.uk/support-us/ways-to-give/donate/

In these uncertain times we are incredibly grateful of your support, it is support from donors like you that makes this vital support work and lifeline possible for local families.

Thank you – Team Charlie House 

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