I have been provoked to start this Topic by new Forum Member
I’m a self employed street theatre performer, linked to the events industry and my boyfriend has just started a street food business so we’re both out business, for the next 6 months or more most likely. So like many, many others with no financial security, we’re likely to be in a tricky situation regarding bills pretty soon.
Now that’s a highly relevant point…. and certainly worthy of us starting a new Topic.
Whatever happens over the next few months, the effects of both the Coronavirus outbreak and Brexit mean that we are going to emerge into a society which is fundamentally changed.
Like the wake-up call to the Climate Emergency in Spring 2019, our outlook on life will be different.
We can use these periods of self-imposed isolation to worry about our future, or we can do something about it.
I favour the second alternative. It’s unhealthy to live “under the circumstances”. We should instead try to change those circumstances, and create a future which is better than it would otherwise have been.
For myself, I tend to pick up new skill sets. In the past 2 years I have
- learned to design electronics operated by Arduino micro-controllers
- learned to plaster a wall
- learned how the Smart Meter system works
So I’ve already got items at home, ready for me to add yet more skills and knowledge to my armoury:
- teach myself and my 2-year-old to make scones
- learn how to Tig-weld
- learn how to pebble-dash a wall
- learn how to paint with acrylics
And if anyone has a suitable/simple scone recipe, then please post it here!
In the case of Paschale, both she and her boyfriend come from a background that is essentially creative and entrepreneurial. That’s a fantastic starting point from which to shape the future.
In the short-term there are jobs in the UK for which we have too few workers and those from Eastern Europe can’t travel here to help us out.
A: Fruit & vegetable picking. Strawberries and new-potatoes come to mind, and those who are picking will in any case be over 2m apart and be required to wash their hands!
B: Visiting homes with pre-payment meters that need topping up when the house occupants are quarantined. Not sure who will do this, but BEIS have just announced it, so look out for short-term job adverts!
C: Once someone has had Covid-19 and has immunity from re-infection, then I’m sure many there will be hundreds of care-workers needed. Personally I love the idea of a care home having someone from a theatrical background to work there for a few months
I’ll pause there and see what others think.