Stories from our community - Barry Thompson

Stories from our community - Barry Thompson

As a community, have all demonstrated incredible resilience and strength through the recent COVID-19 restrictions. We asked our community to share their stories of the recent level 4 lock-down. Here, Barry Thompson from Dunedin shares his story.

What was the best thing about being in isolation?

Peace and quite solitude of no industrial noise.


What was the hardest thing about being in isolation?

Not having freedom to go anywhere, living at Summerset the “mens shed” was closed to me and I missed making projects and using that time to create.


Did you learn a new skill during this time, or learn something about yourself or a loved one that you didn’t know? Tell us about it.

This took me to a new level of patience, not being able to use “mens shed” and projects still waiting to be finished.


Was there an act of kindness that you experienced during the lockdown that you would like to share.

Living in village with 116 able bodied folk going out for walks in complex led to tricky footwork to keep our bubbles intact.


What is the first thing you are going to do when the restrictions are lifted?

Go to favourite coffee bar and watch the world go by and communicating with other folk.


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