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Life in Lockdown


Here’s the sixth part of a selection of ‘Life in Lockdown’ blogs from inside Acorn Village, thank you to all of our wonderful carers, volunteers and Acorn VIP’s for sharing their challenges and fears throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

These are the exact words from some of our supported living tenants and how they view the current pandemic. Anything in italics is added in by us.

How do I feel about lockdown? At first I felt a bit bored and fed up but now I can sit outside my flat I feel a lot better

Lockdown has to happen because there is a virus called coronavirus and it’s spread like wildfire and it could be dangerous to catch.

My frustrations of lockdown is that you are not allowed to go out and it feels like you are a prisoner in your own home. Frustrating days of lockdown is when I have to have my temperature done twice a day and my temperature keeps going up and down and I had to have a test for coronavirus and have another one now and it frustrating that I can’t walk around Acorn at the moment (Luckily all the tests have come back as negative).

The best bits about it is that the weather has been nice and also it been nice to get stuff done like sitting outside and doing paintings and also it’s nice to have visitors but is also nice not to where u can sit outside and not worry about them asking questions

What makes me happy about lockdown is that I get to spend more time with my guinea pig and catch up with my favorite programmes

The advice I would give to other people in lockdown would be to keep your head busy and do things you love doing like reading art craft etc.

From LL

I’m keeping busy during lockdown. I do my puzzles and colouring. We have loads of stuff from the craft centre. I’m really looking forward to seeing my advocate. I’m looking forward to lockdown being over. I’m going into town to buy food and coffee at Costa. I want to look round New look then come home on the bus. I had my birthday celebrating in the garden with food and cake. The bubble machine was fun.

From C

I miss my family. I want to see my doggies. I’ve done pictures of cats and dogs and coloured them in. We coloured in some bunting and made some pictures stuck them up on the front window. People walked by and waved. I love washing up so I done that loads. I water the plants in the garden, runner beans, sunflowers. I do my washing and hang in the garden. I’m really looking forward to my parents picking me up.

From L

I’ve been planting in the garden. I’ve listened to music and watched TV in my room. I didn’t like being isolated. I felt lonely.

From H

I think so many of us can relate to their feelings during lockdown, the staff have supported them to have as much independence as is safe to do so and come up with different ideas to keep everyone occupied.

It certainly hasn’t been easy though…… Well done to all of the staff and the Acorn VIP’s for proving ‘Life is For Living’ even in extreme circumstances.

Despite the challenges there’s still time to smile

When lockdown was eased and we could finally go out for a walk! The smile says it all…

At least we have the walled garden and the beautiful weather to enjoy


We love our pets at Acorn Village and they make such a difference to our lives.

We know that yours do to you too.


Can you help us raise vital funds by taking part in our online virtual pet show?

Click on the image below for all the details and thank you so much for your continued support. It makes such a big difference to the lives of adults with learning disabilities.

If you would like to help adults with learning disabilities then please read the below


Visit the Manningtree High Street Charity Shop – yes that’s right we are now open with lots of safety features. We’re currently open Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm.

Buy from our E-bay Account –  Don’t forget to save ‘acornvillagecharity & acornvinylrecords’ as your favourite sellers if you use e-bay as they are listing new items everyday.

Sell items on E-bay and give a percentage to the AcornVillageCharity

Buy Vinyl LPs / Records from Acorn Vinyl on Discogs
Or check out the additional Ebay Vinyl sales

Put items out the front of your house to sell with donations to Acorn Village (please adhere to all government guidelines – don’t touch any money in pots for at least 72 hours)

Create Zoom parties with games and quizzes for your friends and family with donations coming to Acorn

Do a Sponsored Challenge – run 5k, walk everyday for a month, bake cakes, grow the tallest sunflower competition with your neighbours, there are so many ideas and ways you can help support adults with learning disabilities. We will share your challenges through our social media channels.

Share your free Acorn Activity Pack from the last news letter to friends to spread the need for support

Sign up to The Essex Lottery choosing Acorn Village as your Charity

Use Easy Fundraising selecting Acorn Village as your chosen charity.

If you want to give a financial donation then THANK YOU.

There are lots of ways you can do this:
Ways to donate:

Make a direct payment or set up a direct debit directly into our bank account – 100% of your donation will go straight into helping adults with learning disabilities. E-mail us for the details: 

Via Paypal
Via Givey
Via Just Giving


Text HELPACORN to 70450 to donate £3

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From everyone at Acorn Village – THANK YOU

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