Life in lockdown – positives in a pandemic

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

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If Lockdown and 2020 has taught us anything, it is perhaps the value of time.

Many businesses, ours included, have had the time to pause and re-evaluate. As a team we have invested time into the business that perhaps wasn’t possible before. Personally we have made time for the DIY projects we never got round to, given up time to charitable causes and taken up new interests and hobbies.

Like so many others, our team has had to adapt to the new ‘normal’ – remote working, homeworking (with toddlers and pets!) zoom and teams meetings, lack of face to face contact and isolation. All of which has required patience and the need to find an ‘off’ switch or coping strategy.

In addition to servicing our clients and supporting online North East business forums / groups created as a result of the pandemic, in the last nine months, we have:

 

- Relocated offices – now at 8 Fellside Road, Whickham
- One team member has run over 250 miles
- Another has walked in excess of 150
- Over 100 loaves and cakes have been baked and shared with the community in Greece
- One of our colleagues – registered nurse – has returned to the NHS on her days off to support the ongoing incredible effort made by healthcare staff during the pandemic
- We have registered with ‘GoodSam’ and the ‘Christmas Together Campaign’ to give up some of our time to make a phone calls to those feeling isolated
- My wife (Beverley) and I have taken on three stray puppies and their mum, with a view to weaning them all and keeping one with our retired Greyhound, Rosso and returning the other two – with a clean bill of health and vaccinations – to their owner (the local farmer).

 

 

Paul Dobbie