Are you being home schooled for the first time? Are you unable to see your friends?
Are you finding new ways to communicate?
I had a FaceTime with Jane and Ella recently where we discussed some of the above and also their amazing new song!
Here is some things from Ella’s perspective and some top tips!
Ella, why are you home schooled?
School didn’t treat me with respect, they didn’t treat me right.
Do you have any top tips for people that have never been home schooled before?
- Don’t wear a uniform
- Work first play later
What are you most looking forward to after coming out of isolation?
- Trying some new things
- Seeing some friends
- Having some space back!
You and Jane have written a beautiful song together, what is it called?
What is your song about?
The things we’re both scared to do and the people we love are part of what helps us to try.
What kind of things are you scared of?
- The dark
- Sometimes going outside
- Sometimes meeting people
- Being somewhere new
How do friends make that better?
- Being with someone you trust
- Being with someone who respects you and the things you are scared of.
You & Jane recently wrote a post about friendship and what it means to be a friend, what was that list?
(7) Gives the best hugs
(12) In some ways be like Connie
Here is Ella's and Jane's song ‘Let Go’. I’m sure you will agree that it is beautiful:
Staying at home is something that people are being advised to do but some people are finding it hard to even do that.
What they might not understand is that many people are more comfortable in their own homes, for example I am more comfortable at home as it means that I don’t have to go out and face the world around me. For many years I found it hard to go outside and socialize with those around me as they didn’t understand me properly. I used to stay at home a lot in my room where I had my own space where I felt free from my anxieties.
There were always times when I wished I could go outside and play with the children my own age, but I was unable to due to the fear of being bullied by the other kids for being different.
I was scared of coming out of the house for the smallest of things which meant I couldn’t see my real friends or my Grandma. Now, due to the technology of today, I can see people face to face without being outside. I was able to face some of my fears with the help of The Turning Tides Project. Before the lock down I was using public transport and going outside to get shopping and to socialize with those around me. At first this it was a really hard process, but it did get easier with time but for some people this can't happen, and it certainly can’t happen now. So, whilst people are complaining that they are stuck indoors maybe they should stop and think about what it is like for the people around them that face these day to day troubles of not being able to go outside due to their anxieties and fears, all of the time.
If you’re bored why don’t you write a song or something like I do.
Here’s a link to one of the songs I have written. It’s called ‘Finding the Pieces’:
Last night’s BBC news presented the following 2 items, back to back:
I sincerely hope that the BBC’s programming was intentional.
We are not ‘all in this together’. The experience of those who have and those who don’t will be, and always is, unequal.
I could not have survived the current situation, in a bed-sit with 2 children. I have huge respect for those of us who are having to do that.
I could not vacate to my country residence knowing that others can’t even vacate to another room.
These are not new issues for our society: the current situation has simply removed all the distractions and brought the extent of our unequal, exclusive, consumerist society into sharp relief. I am ashamed to be a voting member of a democracy that, in allowing this extreme inequality has implied that it is acceptable.
It’s not acceptable.
The current crisis presents us with the opportunity to identify what’s unacceptable and make plans for permanent change. The Turning Tides Project is collecting lots of ideas: we will act on them. We’d have a far greater impact if our action was part of a bigger plan.
Who is collating the national action plan?
And how can we get involved?
See the change, be the change, make the change.
Written by Jane Williams, Published by Dom Palfreman
I’ve heard so many people in the last few weeks, greet our current situation as a wake up call, a time to reflect, a time to look at what we can all do to acknowledge the things humanity isn’t getting right and agree how we make that different.
What I know is that human beings are wired to forget painful experiences. Maybe sometimes that’s useful, it’s got us this far. In order to use what we’re currently learning I firmly believe that we need to ACT NOW, to take the reflections and the realisations and use them to inform decisions, plans and agreements before we forget the pain.
The effort that’s been made by central and local government to rapidly design and publish, one-size fits all solutions to keeping us all afloat in the short term are hugely impressive. Nothing done that fast was going to be without its flaws and I have no doubt that the intentions were principled and human. Unfortunately for many forward thinking, outward facing organisations, like The Turning Tides Project the ‘emergency measures’ are unlikely to save us. As a creative organisation that takes a Social Model Approach, we simply don’t fit and whilst in good times, that’s applauded, when the going gets tough the system reverts to what it knows best. Certainly, in terms of our Local Authority, the response favours exactly the traditional model of ‘care’ that they’ve professed to wish to move on from. Perhaps that’s an inevitable first phase in society’s reaction to a crisis. If it is , then I’m optimistic that the second phase is about looking to the future and preparing now , to ensure that we’re not only ready for it but ready for a more respectful, generous and equal future than the one we were predicting a few short months ago.
Many things have moved me to tears in the last few weeks, I know I’m not alone in that. I will never forget the interviews I saw on the news, of homeless people in Liverpool who have been housed by Liverpool City Council taking out leases on unoccupied apartments. Thousands of people are homeless in this country, and yet, when it benefits us all for them not to be, that’s an issue we can resolve. Surely, it always benefits us all to take such good care of each other. And surely, no one with any kind of social conscience is going to put people back on the street when the current restrictions are lifted?
The Turning Tides Project is NOT a charity: Equal Access is a right, but charity has its place. As part of this year’s Business Plan, we’d already agreed that we’d be declaring 2 good causes for which we would raise funds: one environmental and one, addressing the issue of homelessness. If The Turning Tides Project survives the current crisis, we will do that.
If every business in this country took similar action could we make ‘homelessness’ a distant memory? Could we repair some of the damage we’ve done to our environment? Yes, I’m sure we could.
We can all make a difference: That difference will be brought about by ACTION, not by discussion alone.
See the Change, Make the Change, Be the Change you’d like to see in the world.
Written by Jane Williams, Published by Dominic Palfreman