“There is life beyond the pandemic”

We were delighted this year to have new residents move into a brand-new housing estate in Wicklow. One such resident is Winifred, who is sharing her story as part of our ‘No Place like Home campaign’.

“I feel very lucky to have moved into a new home. I work with the Simon Community and sometimes work at home due to Covid-19. In Simon, we have our fingers on the pulse of a lot of social issues presented by the pandemic. Having a good space to work in at home has made such an impact on my routine and outlook in life.

CHI Member Winifred in front of the door of her new home in Rathnew Wicklow. She is photographed to raise awareness of CHI's No Place like Home campaign. Winifred wears a black floral dress and statement earrings. Her door is black with a small opaque rectangular window, with larger windows either side.
Winifred received the keys to her new home before the outbreak of Covid-19 earlier this year.  “It’s been a difficult year but moving into my new home has been incredibly positive for me.” Photo: Conor Healy

“There has been so much uncertainty for me personally, well before the Covid crisis. The security of my new home came at such a fragile time which has helped me greatly. It’s wonderful to have rent that can adjust according to my income.

 “It’s been a difficult year but moving into my new home has been incredibly positive for me. The space is stunning. I have rented for years and I don’t think I have ever had a place this nice. I love the communal garden and I can open the double doors when there’s fine weather and enjoy it even more. The community here look out for each other in whatever way we can.

CHI resident and Member Winifred Kelly at her home in Rathnew, Wicklow. She is pictured in front of a beautiful Native American wall hanging in red, black and yellow colours.
Winifred and a piece of her Native American artwork. Before the Covid 19 outbreak, Winifred volunteered every year in the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota, USA. Photo: Conor Healy

“I’m feeling hopeful for the future and excited about returning to activities I was involved in. Before Covid-19, I volunteered with a charity that supports Native Americans in the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota, USA. I took part in an online arts event they held recently and was surprised at how much of a lift that gave me. There is life beyond the pandemic and so many things to look forward to.”