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The HOPS team are currently in isolation but working non-stop to ensure its farms have the labour they need to help harvest crops during the Covid-19 outbreak.

It’s business as usual for HOPS as the team adapt to working from their respective homes and communicating via online platforms.

HOPS farms are encouraged to continue calling their usual contacts on their direct telephone numbers as these calls are all being diverted to mobiles during the crisis.

As HOPS is involved in the food sector, we are also classed as key workers during the crisis. We asked the team how they were coping working in isolation and what they missed most about their old lives!

Sarah Boparan

What are you missing the most now you are in isolation? 

I am missing skinny vanilla lattes! And visiting friends and family, thank goodness for zoom, Microsoft teams and FaceTime.

Your top tip for coping in isolation?

Working in agriculture – you don’t have time to be bored! Also keep balance, I am enjoying walking my dog, spending time with the kids and this weekend I will be building a new shed to hide in when I have spent enough time with them.

Caryn May

What are you missing the most now you are in isolation? 

I miss my colleagues/friends the most. I am a people person who needs to be with other people! I find working alone very difficult. Added to which not being able to visit and see family makes it all the more lonely. 

Your top tip for coping in isolation?

I try and work to a routine and after three weeks at home this seems to help the most. I am so shattered at the end of the day I don’t do a great deal but I am enjoying my daughters being isolated at home too, so time spent with them. I have also been reading, which I never normally make time for, and baking – well baking without flour that is!

 Jim Minshaw

What are you missing the most now you are in isolation? 

Going to concerts, running in races, but mainly seeing friends and family, especially the younger children, who it’s more difficult to connect with online.

Your top tip for coping in isolation?

Mainly to stay connected with people. Social media, group messages and video calls are helping me.

Emma Wain

What are you missing the most now you are in isolation?  

Socialising with family and friends but finding other ways to stay connected remotely has been fun!

Your top tip for coping in isolation?

Try to maintain a healthy routine. It’s important to keep a sense of structure by creating a daily routine that may consist of work, house projects, mealtimes, exercise and downtime.

Please remember to stay safe and follow Government guidelines on social distancing.