Billie Ahouzan is one of the care workers and cleaners at Sage Nursing Home in north London who have gone on strike. Along with his colleagues, he says they were left with no option after attempting to negotiate over issues of low pay, sick pay and union recognition. Ahouzan, who has worked at the home for 12 years, describes his love for the residents and the challenges he faced during the pandemic.
Annemarie Plas, who launched the weekly clap, has renamed it Clap For Heroes during the third lockdown.
This group of over 100 students spent lockdown volunteering everywhere they could, bringing care packages to frontline workers, as well as support with research and childcare.
With the pandemic gripping their home area in South West London, two choir friends (Catherine Carrere and Yasmine Samhiry) came together to make reusable cotton masks for their local community and help volunteering efforts to overcome Covid-19. So far, the team has made over 950 masks for the community.
Soumya Krishnakumar’s social enterprise, The Crisis Project, is helping key workers with messages of support written by volunteers to help spread kindness and positivity during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Clap For Carers is amazing, but I don’t think it was enough," says 19-year-old Soumya, who has launched a letter-writing scheme to thank key workers.
“I will stop with our support after tonight,” she tells HuffPost UK.
Home secretary says ministers keep "everything under review" as she also faced questions on automatic visa extensions for carers.
A minute's silence has been held across the UK to commemorate the key workers who have died with coronavirus. More than 100 NHS and care staff have died with the virus, as well as many transport and other key workers since the pandemic began in Britain.
As cleanliness and hygiene move to the top of everyone’s agenda amid the coronavirus pandemic, the government’s criteria for some to be deemed a key worker excludes some cleaning staff. People within the industry are asking for more recognition.