2020 has seen HRF rising to the challenge of COVID19 and the implications for our lives and homes. Look here at our 2019 Directors' Report to find more details of our many other activities and events over the last 12 months. Our commitment to build a research-base on the study of the work of the home, to champion recognition of the value of this work and to support homemakers, has never been more vital nor more timely.
The COVID-19 Family Life Study is a research study that explores the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on family life across cultures. Twenty-one researchers from 40 countries across five continents will be participating in this study, HRF is one of the fourteen international partners.
One of the emerging themes of the current crisis is the awareness of a previous undervaluing of carers. As one carer has put it, “We have gone from ‘low-skilled’ workers to ‘key’ workers in less than a month – but our jobs remain the same, caring for the most vulnerable in our society.”
In this article, Baroness Hollins talks about disability and autism in Coronavirus Time. "Having someone with an intellectual disability or an autistic child at home during coronavirus is a real blessing and an invitation to spend our days more mindfully but creating a new shared rhythm may take families like mine a little longer."