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Rosh

Rosh

Heeley, Sheffield

In the first few months, there was this real big outpouring of people desperate to help each other. There were mutual aid groups that sprang up, we had groups of us going around here, putting flyers and leaflets through all the houses in the local area, WhatsApp groups, Facebook groups, were set up. There was this massive show of compassion and care and solidarity with everybody else who was in the same situation. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced anything like that in my lifetime, that really universalising event that we were all a part of, that we all felt swept up in, and we all wanted to protect each other from. You know you saw that with the clapping on the Thursday nights. It feels so bizarre thinking about it now, but you remember that first Thursday, when everybody came out and you see these videos all across the UK, there was this noise of people. It was like we were not just trying to commend health workers but we were reaching out to each other to say we’re still here.

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