The people behind the stories of the ExcludedUK Community.
Helen was employed as a surveyor prior to lockdown, returning to this male-dominated industry just 8 months previous after being at home taking care of young children for several years previous. In the wake of Covid-19 she had to shield as her son has an undiagnosed lung condition, but when she asked her employer to furlough her they refused and instead laid her off. She has no employment protection as she had been in role less than a year. No other staff members were refused furlough or laid off. Helen's story also highlights the disportionate effect upon women and childcarers during this pandemic.