Thrive LDN has released a radio documentary called ‘Taxis Talk’ to capture the experiences of Londoners during lockdown.
In the documentary, London taxi driver and BBC’s The One Show contributor, Dale Forwood, take listeners on a unique journey speaking to passengers about their experiences during the coronavirus pandemic and exploring how life has changed for them.
The 30-minute programme brings a human perspective to a global health crisis, exploring how resilient Londoners are and what they have been doing to cope during such a challenging situation.
The programme aims to capture many diverse voices and experiences from across London; from a young singer-songwriter, NHS key worker, to retired grandmother and even a stand-up comedian. Dale Forwood provides a warm narration to the programme and talks to listeners about how she has been a supermarket home shopping delivery driver during lockdown.
Dale Forwood said: “It’s been moving listening to people’s experiences during these past months and how they have been getting through each day. There are plenty of top tips for staying positive and looking after yourself now and after the pandemic.
“For me, I sometimes woke up in the morning thinking this can’t be happening, like a bad nightmare, but as a key worker doing the food deliveries and a few jobs in the taxi, that kept me active and gave me the drive to get up and go.”
Dr Jacqui Dyer MBE, Mental Health Equalities Advisor for NHS England and Co-Lead of Thrive LDN, said: “These remain incredibly challenging times, and some people will find it harder than others because of their health, where they live and the impact COVID-19 has had on their financial situation. We can’t forget or underestimate the emotional distress this whole pandemic has had and will continue to have on communities across London.”
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