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Celebrating VE Day and giving support during lockdown

Helen, one of our Finance Officers, celebrated the 75th anniversary of VE Day in style!  She dressed up in a replica of her grandma’s WAAF (Women’s Auxiliary Air Force) uniform.

Helen’s grandmother was based in Belfast during the war as a plotter, due to the Troubles in Ireland; she only managed to revisit Belfast in her late 80s.  Helen thinks she probably worked somewhere that looked at bit like this

We think Helen looks amazing and marvel at how clever she is to have recreated this!

During the pandemic of coronavirus, Helen has been working remotely and her work life has had to change to accommodate.

Here’s what she has to say about life in lockdown:

“Supporting our services during lockdown has been quite demanding – the workload has changed and the number of invoices I’ve been processing has increased a lot!  I’m conscious though that the work I do has a direct impact on whether our services get the PPE supplies they need.

“We’ve also changed some of our practices to make them less paper based ie not producing cheques for payments and recommending the use of company debit cards where possible.  We were already on this route within our Finance department but the lockdown has just moved us on a bit quicker!

“On a personal note lockdown for me has been (and is) testing at times – having two children to home school whilst working full time can be interesting to say the least!  Although I don’t miss the daily rush to get everyone to school/work/clubs etc.

“Having worked remotely sometimes prior to the lockdown, doing this everyday does present its own challenges and I do miss the interaction of the office environment but we will get there eventually.  I always think that there are people who are worse off than me, as Monty Python said ‘Always look on the bright side of life’.”

Supporting our services during lockdown has been quite demanding – the workload has changed and the number of invoices I’ve been processing has increased a lot!  I’m conscious though that the work I do has a direct impact on whether our services get the PPE supplies they need.

- Helen, Finance Officer