“I know it may all be a lot to read. However for me it is only to show the depth of my gratitude.
“I am an 18 years old student.
“I received a food parcel from Adira, who contacted me about whether we need support as we have been affected by Covid-19 since the beginning of March.
“Covid-19 has put my life on pause and thrown it into uncertainty due to the fact that I’m a final year Uni student and online teaching is not sufficient for my Art course. We had an upcoming Degree show planned to install our work and to create a name for ourselves in the art world to help us gain employment after graduating. Which is now halted and so much is unclear with how things will proceed for the Class of 2020 globally with graduations and assessments etc. I myself suffer from social mental health problems and am at higher risk than most ppl my age (20) due to the fact that I get sick for longer than normal periods of time and the last bad case for me was a 4/5 month chest infection that had me choking on air with no tests being able to identify what the issue was and a trial run of antibiotics. Being stuck inside because of this virus for me personally has meant the planned photoshoots for my art photography collab with other photographers has been put on hold. So my final piece ideas have been scrapped and I’m depressed trying to come up with solutions and other ideas that will still be as high in quality and go with the concept I have been developing for the past 3 years. It has meant the studio space I use so I can be around other artists to help me and build breathing room has been shut down and the fact that students have not been at all addressed by the Government makes me and others feel overlooked and forgotten. We are essentially going to be unemployed graduates straight out of graduation with no income to support us or government scheme once our last student finance pay out runs out. For some that will result in being homeless since student accommodations are still trying to force students to pay for this and next term while students don’t have the financial resources to do so at all. I’m with my mother and she has severe mental health problems and my sister came back from her University to be on lockdown with us so she wasn’t alone and I wasn’t left alone with my mum who would of wrecked my peace of mind. This then meant we needed to do shopping for 3 adults and find the money to do so by asking my dad and close friends while we wait for our student finance and my mothers limited benefits. So when Mama Ursula (we call her that because she is the community mum) dropped off the food parcel it really helped a lot because we were running out of some essentials and that topped us up to be able to have breakfast and get our minds off worrying about money to the point my mum broke down in tears daily feeling bad she couldn’t provide more. This food drop off was and Is very, very much appreciated and I wished many others could experience this kind of service and help because it’s not just the elderly that are in crisis it’s students as well and younger people some children only eat because of school dinners and students because of noodles and pasta since the rent is so high and fees for the course that food is basically scraps most can put together to last for months on end. So I’d like to thank the Organisation that gave Mama Ursula the funding to do this and the funders as well because in a time like this it helped to make England feel like a community that i grew up in rather than the Capitalist everyone for themselves Kinda way of living we’ve been seeing for ages.