Focus Trustee, Zoe Allen gives her thoughts on all the things she has got up to during lockdown.

Like many people, I have got through a mountain of box sets and books during lockdown. Other than work, my role as a trustee and DIY, I have had to find new ways to keep busy, such as rekindling my love of playing the piano and organising everything in my house to within an inch of its life!

My interest in criminology tends to mean I watch, and read a lot about crime. In terms of box set recommendations, I have watched all series of Ozark and Money Heist on Netflix and found these pretty gripping! Other series I have binged have been Mad Men and The Marvellous Mrs Maisel, however, at the moment my Saturday nights are filled with strictly come dancing. 

Two of my lockdown favourite films have been the invisible man (thriller) and family friendly Christmas film Jingle Jangle, which also happens to be a musical so win win.

 I began helping as a telephone befriender for Focus in lockdown and have found this extremely enjoyable and rewarding. I look forward to my calls on a Wednesday lunchtime, which makes sure I get away from my desk and usually end up laughing with the person I have been buddied up with. I find her fascinating, one week we discussed how she found living through the war, and she told me about a time when she was 7 and her bomb shelter was machine gunned. We chatted about how hard that must have been for her and her family, not knowing when it was going to end, and how that has been the biggest struggle with the pandemic too. 

The key things I have learnt is how to appreciate the little things in life, like being outside in the fresh air, a snuggle with my dog and husband, or a telephone call with a loved one. 

If you would like to know more about our befriending and welfare service, call us on 0121 478 5200 or email [email protected]