Local women’s charity, Kyra Women’s Project, has published a book of poems and images which capture its members’ experiences during the pandemic and lockdown. The launch, on 29 March, coincides with the lifting of the ‘stay at home’ order by the Government.
The charity aims to help women to make positive changes in their lives. It provides a range of informal drop-ins, groups, courses and interventions such as counselling – mostly online since the Covid-19 pandemic – and supports more than 300 women a week. One of its groups is a fortnightly poetry group, whose members have contributed the text for the booklet; and the images in the book have mostly been provided by the art and crafts groups.
Glynis Werndly, who runs the poetry group, says: “We’re really pleased to be able to share our members’ experiences in this way. Lockdown has been very hard for people who are already vulnerable, isolated or even in danger in their home from domestic abuse. These writings show how much Kyra’s normal services have been missed during the lockdowns.”
Ann Griffiths, who started the poetry group, adds: “Lockdown put an end to the Kyra Poetry Lunches but, thanks to Zoom, we continue to come together. Members have often written poems about their lives and feelings. Now, in the pandemic, many have reflected on our new and unexpected circumstances. The Kyra Covid Capsule, with its remarkable collection of words and pictures will provide a record and reminder of these strange and challenging times.”
Kyra CEO Rosemary Cook adds: “It seems appropriate that we should share this wonderful collection of heartfelt writing and images just as the ‘stay at home’ order is finally lifted. And we are hugely grateful to York Rotary Club which has funded the printing of this unique time capsule of women’s experiences during the pandemic.”
The booklet, called ‘Kyra Covid Capsule’, is available from Kyra Women’s Project, CMC, St Saviourgate, York. The charity suggests a minimum £5 donation which will be used to support its work.
Kyra has previously published ‘Reflections’, another collection of poems and images by members. Copies of this booklet are also available from the charity.