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Brigitte Hatfield

We asked women at Warwick to submit an image of themselves for inclusion in the Warwick Women's Montage and a short description of the challenges they've faced/continue to face and how they're dealing with them.

See Brigitte's submission below:

"Like many people, the need to work from home over what has become a protracted period of time has brought challenges. For me, the beginning of lockdown saw my husband confined to bed with Covid-19 and the consequential need to care for him whilst continuing to work and look after my younger son who, while in his early twenties is on the Autistic Spectrum and therefore requires more attention than your average 23 year old! I then succumbed to Covid myself although thankfully to nowhere near the same degree.

Beyond the first month, we then settled into our new routine with me continuing to work from home and my husband variously either in the office or also working from home. The challenges this presents with agreeing who is taking which room to conduct their daily activities in cannot be understated although we are eternally grateful that we still have work. We seem now to have settled into a 'one up, one down' office set up and having the flexibility of being able to work either early or later to fit around other 'life' commitments has been incredibly helpful.

The additional complexity and challenge we have faced has been having our son at home with his normal routine completely destroyed and no social interaction except with two middle aged parents who are there but not really 'present' because of our work. Again we are lucky to have not had to manage 'bubbles' - we are all in the same place - but it is amazing how claustrophobic your own home can be after a while. Revisiting board games, family jigsaws and lots of walking have definitely helped.

There is at least now light at the end of the tunnel; the vaccination programme is now rapidly bringing us all closer to that glimmer of hope and we are all still healthy."

Read more personal stories on the Warwick Women's Montage page.

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Taskforces and SIC - including Gender Task Force

* If you’re struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic find sources of support on the Staff Wellbeing Hub and access confidential online or phone support from the Employee Assistance Programme.