Simona, a cellist from Italy, in her kitchen in the flat she shares with her Colombian husband. «There’s still a big question mark in my mind when I think about what Brexit might mean for people like me.» Leeds, 15th November 2016. ‘At Home’ series.
Alexandra, a mental health professional from Greece, in the house she shares with her three children. «Brexit shattered my illusions about the UK. I realise now that it wasn’t that they were more tolerant about immigration, it was indifference towards us rather than tolerance.» Nottingham, 9th October 2016. ‘At Home’ series.
Alzbeta, a music student from Slovakia, in her shared accommodation. «I don’t want to be looked upon as a foreigner who shouldn’t be here. There are people who are much worse for society, and they don’t come from Eastern Europe.» Leeds, 18th October 2016. ‘At Home’ series.
Andres, a pharmacist from Spain, in the house he shares with his wife and young son. «I am experiencing a mixture of emotions: fear, frustration, sadness, and a strong feeling of being unwanted.» Nottingham, 13th July 2016. ‘At Home’ series.
Maria, a University teacher from Spain, in her living room. «I felt left out at a time when I was working hard to fit in and adapt to British culture. I’ll leave as soon as I can, I see no other way out.» Nottingham, 26th September 2016. ‘At Home’ series.
Gabriela, a finance manager from Romania, in the house she shares with her British husband. «By the time I started feeling that I was settling down Brexit happened and everything changed. Nowadays the UK feels more like a place of transit, mainly because of all the uncertainty surrounding it.» Calverton, 29th March 2017. ‘At Home’ series.
Simon, a lecturer of Spanish-English background in the flat he shares with his Spanish girlfriend. «Brexit feels like a rejection of what’s different, and the indifference of a vast proportion of the population to the increasingly xenophobic actions of his government suggests their complicity.» Nottingham, 26th September 2016. ‘At Home’ series.
Rimante, an office worker from Lithuania, in her living room. «Personally I haven’t felt any bad effects, everyone at work has been really supportive. It’s important to remember that this is not just affecting EU nationals, but a good number of British people and businesses as well.» Nottingham, 7th February 2017. ‘At Home’ series.
Anette, a freelance journalist and photographer from Germany in her living room. «All the papers are full with stories about us but no one is talking to us and showcasing our perspective. We are side-lined and we can only watch and wait and see what other people decide is going to happen with us.» Newark, 24th February 2017. ‘At Home’ series.
A nurse at NEMS Platform One medical practice. «I was five when I first knew I wanted to be a nurse. I used to get a comic called Twinkle and there was a nurse in it called Nurse Nancy. I really wanted to be her.» Nottingham, 13th June 2017. ‘NHS Today’ series.
‘Nurse Nancy’ seeing patients at NEMS Platform One medical practice. «People are a lot more isolated nowadays. We also get a lot of people and families who come over from other countries and don’t have a support system for advice if they are not well. We are in some ways taking on that motherly role a little bit as well.» Nottingham, 13th June 2017. ‘NHS Today’ series.
A GP on his break at NEMS Platform One medical practice. «My GP trainer used to talk about the doctor being the drug. General practice is relational; huge amounts of your therapeutic value is in that relationship with the patient.» Nottingham, 13th June 2017. ‘NHS Today’ series.
Julian’s first donation was on February 14th. He invited people that he knew for a pint, only for them to discover that they were going to give a pint, rather than drink one. Many of these are still regular blood donors. March 2017. ‘Blood’, ‘NHS Today’ series.
«Seven minutes, that’s quick!» Julian is astonished, he tells me he usually finds the room quite cool, but today, as it is warmer, it seems to have «helped my blood flow quicker». He goes on to say that the particular shade of blue that is in the room is comforting to him, as it reminds him of “engineering blue” (his Dad worked as an engineer). March 2017. ‘Blood’, ‘NHS Today’ series.
Soon we are sat around in a comfy area surrounded by an array of sweet and salty snacks, and where cups of tea and coffee are drunk in a relaxed atmosphere. We depart the Blood Centre once Julian feels up to it, and decamp to a local coffee shop where we continue to talk. I start to wonder whether I should try to overcome my aversion to needles and become a regular donor myself. March 2017. ‘Blood’, ‘NHS Today’ series.