Life in Lockdown – COVID-19 Book Project

Derbyshire Voluntary Action is to publish a book documenting the Covid-19 Pandemic as seen through the eyes of Chesterfield and surrounding areas residents…but we really need your help in doing this.

  • Do you have interesting photos of bad haircuts, VE Day celebrations, volunteer’s delivering food parcels, deserted streets and queues outside supermarkets?
  • Have you kept a diary during this time or have you expressed yourself in a short story or poem?
  • Have you or your children created rainbows for your windows or a scarecrow in your garden?
  • Maybe you now feel inspired to create something?

Submissions will be welcomed from amateur and professional artists, poets, photographers, creative writers, crafters, whether you are the young, the elderly, volunteers, survivors of Covid-19 or the bereaved…everyone has their own unique story that deserves to be told and preserved for future generations. This book aims to unite us through a common goal, celebrating how we rose to an unprecedented challenge and showed that community spirit is alive and kicking.

Allow your creativity to record your experience and consider the ways you’ve dealt with the changes, the ups and the downs, the feelings of isolation and loneliness and let’s not forget the heart-warming stories, the acts of kindness towards strangers and elements of lockdown we may not want to lose!

With your permission the work you submit may be featured in the Covid-19 book, our Network magazine, Derbyshire Voluntary Action website’s COVID 19 page, social media platforms and when it is safe to do so, an event for us all to meet and view the array of submissions.

By submitting your contribution you are agreeing to its publication and distribution, space will be limited in the book and therefore Derbyshire Voluntary Action reserve the right to edit that submission. 

Could you please ensure images are taken in a good light, in focus and not taken from social media but sent directly from your phone/camera/computer to this Dropbox account:

Please email your submissions to or by post to Charlotte Higgins, Derbyshire Voluntary Action, Offices 2a – 2c, The Market Hall, Chesterfield S40 1AR

To help ‘Life in Lockdown’ become a reality please donate to: