Stockport Viaduct Magazine

The editor of The Viaduct spoke to some of his friends from across Stockport to see how the last few months has affected them personally

Ryan Prescott, 31, Inbound Telephone Operative

How has lockdown affected your job?
I was furloughed at the start of the lockdown, but then I got offered a new job which I’m currently in.
Best thing about lockdown?
Taking part in House Party quizzes at the weekend.
Worst thing about lockdown?
Boredom.
What are you looking forward to doing the most?
A night at Bredbury Hall with the editor of The Viaduct!

Grace Cash, 31, Director’s PA

How has lockdown affected your job?
I went into work the first full week of lockdown but was then furloughed for the foreseeable.
Best thing about lockdown?
Quality time. Obviously not so much face-to-face but the world has stopped for a bit and we’re able to appreciate the small things – phone calls, walks in the fresh air, quizzes with friends. I feel like I’ve got a bit of time back, as I don’t usually have a minute!
Worst thing about lockdown?
Two things. One is loneliness, as I’m on my own all day every day because my husband Liam is at work, and if you’re not in good spirits it can be hard on you mentally. The other is not being able to celebrate special occasions. We’ve missed our nephew’s first birthday, Mother’s Day, both our mum’s birthdays and now Father’s Day. All days where more than ever you want to celebrate with your families and hug them. Doing it all from the end of the drive just isn’t the same.
What are you looking forward to doing the most?
Finally moving into our first home which has been on hold since lockdown started, and having a barbecue with all our friends!

Louise Wright, 35, Compliance Officer

How has lockdown affected your job?
I’ve been working from home every day. I’m still very busy, along with home schooling two young children.
Best thing about lockdown?
Saving money and getting jobs done in the house that you normally don’t have time for.
Worst thing about lockdown?
The fear of the unknown.
What are you looking forward to doing the most?
Getting my hair done!

Simon Calvert, 51, Window Cleaner

How has lockdown affected your job?
In the beginning my work was affected, but after a few ‘UPS AND DOWNS’ I’m near enough back to full time.
Best thing about lockdown?
Getting an insight into my younger County fans’ lives, via the Saturday night quizzes.
Worst thing about lockdown?
Missing all the normal everyday things in life we take for granted.
What are you looking forward to doing the most?
Seeing family and friends in person and not via a video link. And last of all, a bloody big piss up!

Jack Street, 49, Director of Project Management

How has lockdown affected your job?
I work as a healthcare construction project manager so this has made me even busier. We work remotely a lot of the time so working from home hasn’t changed much, other than endless MS Teams calls. And I’ve been getting out to site frequently to check on progress too.
Best thing about lockdown?
Spending more time with the kids.
Worst thing about lockdown?
Missing seeing close friends and other family members.
What are you looking forward to doing the most?
Going on holiday! We do frequent weekend breaks which we have really missed. Also looking forward to seeing some cricket eventually.

Pete Cope, 48, European Planning Manager

How has lockdown affected your job?
Work has been crazy since the start of March when Italy went into lockdown. I plan our French, Italian and Spanish service operations and we’ve had different challenges depending on the country and where we support from.
Best thing about lockdown?
As an agoraphobe, not seeing as many people has been a bonus. Also made me reevaluate what’s really important in life.
Worst thing about lockdown?
Losing family and friends and worrying about my parents 60 miles away with me as their primary support.
What are you looking forward to doing the most?
Seeing family.

James Stambach, 35, Customer Support Operations Manager

How has lockdown affected your job?
I have also been fortunate enough to work from home, since before lockdown was enforced. It’s been strange not seeing work colleagues, other than via MS Teams, but we’ve adapted.
Best thing about lockdown?
No commute to work!
Worst thing about lockdown?
Bigger picture, all the deaths, but from a selfish, personal perspective, being unable to play football and travel.
What are you looking forward to doing the most?
Play as much football as physically possible and head to foreign shores.

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