In partnership with the Mayor of Broxtowe Cllr Janet Patrick, Citizens Advice Broxtowe want to create a lasting record of Broxtowe during a mayoral year like no other. The Mayor is asking people to send Citizens Advice their short thoughts on what the pandemic has meant to them. It’s not all been negative, as well as the sorrow of lost loved ones, illness and isolation there have been heart-warming stories of the community coming together to help people less fortunate and those that have had to shield. Lots of imaginative fundraising for charities and the NHS has taken place and many people found new ways to keep in touch or continue working through technology.
The Mayor would like to hear your thoughts and poems of:
- New activities
- Personal development
Contributions to this historical snap-shot of the pandemic are welcome from individuals and organisations that have helped people. The mayor would like to see these thoughts illustrated with pictures and drawings.
A dedicated webpage will be published with selected writings and pictures early in the new year and it is hoped that a booklet will be published marking the pandemic in Broxtowe. Citizens Advice Broxtowe are asking for donations from each submission to the Mayor’s charity to help with publication costs.
How will we decide what to publish?
Pictures and illustrations will be chosen for the publication by celebrated illustrator Jake Abrams who spent his formative years in Beeston and attended Roundhill Primary School. He will be assisted by Suzanne Dean the Creative Director at Random House Books whose iconic book cover designs have made her famous around the world.
Stories and poems for publication will be chosen by the Mayor herself assisted by the Chair of Trustees at Citizens Advice Broxtowe, Martin Wakeling.
There will also be prizes for the best contributions.
For most people in Broxtowe the COVID-19 pandemic has been the biggest upheaval of their lives. Since the outbreak Citizens Advice Broxtowe have been a barometer of the social and economic impact of COVID-19. Families who have always provided for themselves have had to turn to the state and charities for help. From the lockdown in late March to 31st August, 2,227 people in Broxtowe have turned to Citizens Advice for help with 5,269 problems. Many have also had to turn to food-banks or seek help from a mutual aid group.
For the first time people have had to claim benefits like Universal Credit or required help with employment and the Furlough scheme or have found themselves unemployed for the first time. Likewise Citizens Advice staff and volunteers have had to adapt to new ways of working to stay safe and maintain the service for those that need it.