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Help to make local ‘Life in Lockdown’ book a reality

Derbyshire Voluntary Action are working on an exciting project to publish a ‘Life in Lockdown’ book, documenting the Covid-19 pandemic as seen through the eyes of residents in Chesterfield and surrounding areas.

Submissions will be welcomed from amateur and professional artists, poets, photographers, creative writers, crafters and song writers. This book aims to unite residents through a common goal, celebrating how we rose to an unprecedented challenge and showed that community spirit is alive and kicking.

To make the book a reality, Derbyshire Voluntary Action are hoping to raise funds to cover the publishing, marketing and distribution costs for the initial run of 500 copies.

As an organisation, Derbyshire Voluntary Action proudly supports hundreds of voluntary sector organisations and community groups. They are passionate about championing the work of the community and its volunteers, and are incredibly proud of our strong working relationship with Public Health, NHS, local businesses, and funders.

Charlotte Higgins, who is leading the project, said “The young, the elderly, volunteers, health care workers, survivors of Covid-19 and the bereaved… everyone has their own unique story that deserves to be told and preserved for future generations. Volunteers can put in to words why they felt compelled to give their time, how attitudes have changed towards the community they live in and what next? How small businesses have adapted and been hugely resourceful in order to survive but in many cases became a crucial life line for local people. Photographs capturing special moments of hand clapping, rainbows in the windows, VE day celebrations on the drive, emotional reunions and exhausted masked care workers. The first-hand accounts of Covid-19 survivors and the agony of relatives unable to bring comfort to loved ones.”

The ‘Life in Lockdown’ book will be for sale to the public with the proceeds going towards supporting local charities or the community.

You can help make to the ‘Life In lockdown’ book a reality by submitting content for the book – this could be a photograph, a story, art work or a poem telling your experience of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Find out how to get your work featured in the book here – Donations can also be made to help fund the book through their GoFundMe page.

Derbyshire Voluntary Action hope local people will join them to be part the communal ‘Life in Lockdown’ journey, and be instrumental in not only preserving history for future generations, but at this time, providing something for us all to look forward to.

If you have any questions, or would like further information about the ‘Life in Lockdown’ book project please contact Charlotte Higgins on 07907 484835 or

Brogan O'Callaghan

Destination Chesterfield Coordinator (Marketing and Investment)

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