Covid was a shock to our system.

"We were a very close group of people, we were like a family. But then the next minute it was like, “we can’t touch each other”. I think a lot of people just went numb, basically.

Our jobs had to change, especially in the beginning. Before we got long-term children staying in residential, we were told to go on outreach. Then as time went on, you were either locked down in residential or you were doing outreach. We were used to going out; taking the children out of residential to the cinema. But everything was closed down. And all the long-term children staying in residential were really high-level cases. It was quite intense and stressful.

Having to wash your hands every minute, and take a test every time you go in, can be trying. I just try to stay positive. It was a big change for me to be going into communities. I felt like I was impacting families that I was looking after. With one family, the parents were terrified to take their vulnerable children outside. I was able to encourage them, that at some point these children needed to get some fresh air.

It was nice to see children being looked after in their homes. And it made you understand the child a bit more, in terms of why they are the way they are, and how they’re living in their environment.

We've been in survival mode of just trying to get through the whole pandemic. Now we're trying to readjust, still not knowing what we can do and depending on the child. Recently we were able to take a child to the cinema because things are starting to open up again.

It has been quite hard to create memories, in line with our values. But now we can get back to that: creating good memories for these children.

Our Care Team has been pushed to their limits. But seriously ill children still need their care. You can support Robynn to stop her reaching breaking point.