COVID-19 has swept across the globe, causing suffering for millions. But it is not just the virus that is the problem. The lockdown has seen the closure of businesses, local services, and schools, causing economic hardship and stress. We know that families living with children face particular challenges, especially when they are on low incomes and cannot access childcare.

Covid Realities is a new research project based at the universities of York and Birmingham. We are working in partnership with the Child Poverty Action Group to understand the challenges faced by families living on a low income during the pandemic.

We are working with parents and carers with children under 19, living on a low income, to document the everyday realities of life during the Coronavirus pandemic. Parents and carers can share their experiences in an online diary, take part in online activities, and participate in virtual workshops. Participants can do as little or as much as they like and they will be completely anonymous. More information about the project is available on the website.

Our aim is to understand the challenges families face, gather evidence of the impact of COVID-19 on families, and help policymakers make better informed decisions. Can you help us reach out to parents and carers in your networks by sharing our project with anyone who may be interested so that they can find out more. Let us know if you have any questions or would like more information about the project:

Geoff Page
Maddy Power
The COVID Realities Team