This 20-year-old homeless woman just got her first job in a supermarket

Catriona Harvey-Jenner
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From Cosmopolitan

It's hard not to feel a sense of doom and gloom during the coronavirus crisis; with death tolls rising, fear spreading, and life looking completely unrecognisable to the way it did just weeks ago, it's a very weird time.

All this means that hearing good news is more important than ever before. Little sparkling gems of hope among the darkness now have the power to raise your whole mood, helping you to get through another day in lockdown. So every day, Cosmopolitan UK pledges to bring you some of the good news stories that may have been buried among all the sad stuff. Don't forget to come back each evening to get your fix of positivity with our Good News, Gathered series.

Today on the good news agenda:

Big news for The Big Issue

The Big Issue, the magazine that gives employment opportunities to people in poverty by allowing to sell it on the streets, has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Its entire model relies on sellers being out and about, but with lockdown rules enforced that has now been deemed too dangerous.

But in some really brilliant news, The Big Issue is now being sold in shops for the first time in its 29-year history, to ensure the enterprise continues raising money for those who need it most. You'll be able to find the magazine in Sainsbury’s, which is the first major supermarket to stock The Big Issue, in hundreds of stores across the UK and online. Soon, newsagents McColl’s, Martin’s and RS McColl will also sell the magazine across 1,400 of its stores.

What an excellent idea.



A supermarket job for a homeless woman

It's tough enough trying to manage throughout this pandemic with a roof over your head; but for those who are forced to sofa-surf or sleep on the streets because there's nowhere permanent for them to stay, it's been unthinkable. But things are looking up for one woman, 20-year-old Giulia, who just got a job as a supermarket assistant at Asda, with some support from social enterprise Beam.org.

Beam enables members of the public to fund a homeless people back into work by paying for training, childcare, course fees and work mentors. Giulia had been jumping between friends' houses in London, having never had a stable home life. But now, she's got a job in a company that needs her - and will have some income and stability along with it.

"I’ve wanted to work for a long time now, so I can be independent and have a better life. I want to live on my own, make my own money and be the best in whatever I do," said Giulia. "I’m so excited to have landed a job as a supermarket assistant at Asda during this difficult time, as it will really help me to get on the right track financially. It is really satisfying being able to help people with what they need most right now to survive - food and essentials."

A birthday carnival during lockdown

All you Aries' out there, we feel your pain having your birthday during lockdown. But let this cheer you up: A 9-year-old girl was sad she wouldn't get to celebrate her birthday properly, so her mum (Twitter user Ruth Jays) asked a few of their neighbours to put out some balloons to make it feel a bit special. And, boy, did they deliver. "I did not expect the whole street to put on a carnival," Ruth wrote on social media, sharing pictures of her street decorated with bunting, balloons, and banners.

What a way to make a little girl smile.

And now, take a look back at what made us happy yesterday:

Joe Wicks' PE is raising money for the NHS

Joe Wicks, aka The Body Coach, has been keeping the nation moving while on lockdown, hosting a 9am PE lesson every weekday for families who are homeschooling, and anyone else who wants to keep active. But his YouTube lessons aren't just benefitting the great British public, it seems. For every view his live broadcasts get, Wicks earns money through advertising from YouTube, and he's donating it to the NHS.

Taking to Instagram today, the personal trainer revealed he had raised a staggering £80,000 for the NHS in just over a week of doing his daily PE lessons. Speaking on Good Morning Britain, the Body Coach said: "Every penny of every workout that we do from now and forever, all of the money is going to the NHS in the UK."

What an absolute champion. You can catch Joe's PE lessons here.



Promising medical trials into COVID-19 treatment begin in the UK

Trials on a drug that could help treat coronavirus is soon to begin on a small number of patients in England and Scotland. The studies have been fast-tracked by the government, and seek to discover whether existing drug remdesivir, which was considered in the SARS pandemic in 2002, might prove an effective means to treat COVID-19 patients.

Dr Andrew Ustianowski, a consultant in infectious diseases who is overseeing the trials, told the BBC: "What we really need, and what we really want, is a specific treatment against Coronavirus that delays the infection, treats the infection, and hopefully makes people better. I think this drug is promising in the laboratory, and we're hopeful it will be as promising in humans."

We'll keep our fingers crossed.

Photo credit: Andrew Brookes - Getty Images

Socially distant dancing

If there's one thing that will make you feel instantly better during an otherwise-depressing lockdown, it's dancing. Put on some upbeat music, pump it loud, and just dance. One street in the north west of the country found so much pleasure in dancing, they decided to make it a daily ritual and do it all together (from a safe distance).

Writer Elsa Williams posted a video on Twitter of her neighbours during their 11am dance meeting, and it's gone viral. "Socially distant dancing happens every day on our road at 11am during #lockdown," she explained. "It was only meant to be a one time thing, but it lifted people round here up a bit and they wanted more. It’s also worth noting that our road hardly spoke to each other before all this!" she added in a later tweet.

Right, who wants to rally their own neighbours?

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