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Coping in the new normal

The world has changed around us and the pandemic has greatly impacted our lives. But you're not alone in the new normal.

What the new normal looks like

We all talk about the new normal - but what does it look like? A Google search will tell us all the ways we're living in the new normal. But what does it actually mean? It's different for each of us and it's changing every day. That's why it's important to find ways of coping through the change. For some, the new normal means not being able to make ends meet because they've lost their job. For others it means working from home while trying to take care of a family. And for some it's just an incredibly overwhelming time.

What our normal looks like 

We might have changed where we work from - with most of us working from home - but we haven't changed what we do. What we do is make sure our community is supported through any challenges they might face. We make sure that as your needs change we have the right support available for you. 

Finding solutions together

We know that nothing happens in isolation and that there isn't a standard 'fix all' solution. That's why it's important to talk to us. We'll talk about the ways your life has been impacted by the pandemic and together we'll find the right solutions to put you back on your feet. 

Whenever you're ready, we're here to help. Get in touch with us.

Ways we can help you during the pandemic

Work support

  • Unemployed for at least 6 months
  • Returning to work following a longer break
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Financial support

Losing your job is going to have a big impact on your income. The constant pressure of making ends meet can be incredibly stressful and have a negative effect on other areas of your life. But we’ve got your back. We striving to make sure that nobody in our community faces challenges like this without support.

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Emotional support

We often put our feelings on the backburner when we’re in a crisis. But our mental health is just as important as anything else. We can’t function at our best when we have poor mental health. So, if you’re feeling anxious, stressed or depressed, there are ways we can help.

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Your stories

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Foothold’s support has been unforgettable during the most difficult time of my life and I really appreciate the team's involvement in helping me and my family. View story
Jenna Corker, author of Raising £23,000 with Gattaca to fund vital wellbeing support

Raising £22,950 with Matchtech to fund vital wellbeing support

Foothold colleague Jenna shares how our collaboration with Matchtech has helped us make a difference to the wellbeing of the engineering community.

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Engineer and coach Lorraine West

Human engineering: How I learned to be the best version of myself – and you can too

Engineer and coach Lorraine West reveals how human engineering helped her learn how to thrive – no matter the challenges she faces in life.

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Michael Hargreaves, author of How Foothold’s new Engineering Neurodiverse Futures programme can support you to achieve your career goals

How our Engineering Neurodiverse Futures programme can support students and apprentices to achieve their career goals

In this blog, we explore how we can support engineering students and apprentices through our Engineering Neurodiverse Futures programme.

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