Skip to main content

Your web browser is not fully supported by BBC Children in Need, so parts of the website may not function correctly.

We have updated our Privacy Policy and our Cookie Policy. Click here to find out more about what has changed.

Life in Lockdown

Captured during early Autumn 2020, Life in Lockdown shines a light on children and young people experiencing a variety of challenges, as they cope with the effects of the pandemic.

Emma Willis narrates this powerful, uplifting and touching film which proves how brilliantly resilient children and young people can be in the face of a global crisis.  The programme shows how BBC Children in Need funded projects are providing vital support for families during this incredibly difficult time.

The current pandemic has affected all of our lives, but some families have additional and complex needs and challenges outside of Covid

Emma Willis

Here is a snapshot of just some of the inspiring stories you can find in the film:


Coby, aged nine, and his sister Addison, age four, who has recently been diagnosed with Poretti-Boltshauser Syndrome, a rare genetic condition that affects her brain development, feature in the film. The film follows the Newcastle-based siblings’ affectionate relationship, as Coby supports his little sister through this tough time, helping with her sign language, as they also receive some surprising news about her condition. The siblings are supported by LD: North East, which receives BBC Children in Need funding to provide project workers such as Gillian, who helps Addison improve her communication skills and runs activity sessions for Coby and other siblings of children with complex physical or learning disabilities.


Also featuring in ‘Life in Lockdown’ is Beatrice, age eight, from Greater Manchester, ose little sister Rosalind died from cancer a year ago. As Beatrice and her family headed into lockdown in March, they were also dealing with the many challenges of bereavement. Rachel, a family support worker from a BBC Children in Need funded project at Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity, has been hosting virtual play sessions with Beatrice to help her cope. Annette, Beatrice’s mother, explains how Rachel has been ‘a lifesaver’ for the family. The film follows Beatrice and her family as they prepare to mark the first anniversary of Rosalind’s passing, Beatrice wants to take the family up the hill where they scattered ‘Rosie dust’ where she dances and plays Rosalind’s favourite song.

More information

Swansea Autism Movement

Swansea Autism Movement CiC is a peer-to-peer project of parent-carers who have children and young people with autism.  We support autistic children, their siblings and parent-carers by connecting families through fun activities and regular contact.


Rainbow Trust

Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity supports families who have a child aged 0-18 years with a life-threatening or terminal illness.


We are a local charity supporting people who have learning disabilities across the North of Tyne area. Our work is all about bringing people together. We believe that everyone deserves to have fun, spend time with friends and feel good about themselves and we support people to do just that, from birth right through to older life. Our vision is to achieve equality and social inclusion so people can live their life their way.


Swansea Community Farm

We are a city farm where volunteers care for livestock, wildlife and each other to improve wellbeing and resilience.

Hertfordshire Vision Loss

Supporting and empowering people in Herts with a visual impairment

Stargardt’s Connected 

Stargardt’s Connected exists to raise awareness, give support and to do what we can to progress towards a cure. We are here to provide information to families affected by Stargardt’s, signpost them to available support, inform of latest research and also to promote a Stargardt’s community which we hope will assist in driving essential research forward.

addbankCN0891 Icons for Resources - No Background calendarCN0891 Icons for Resources - No Background CN0891 Icons for Resources - No Background CN0891 Icons for Resources - No Background chevron-down chevron-lchevron-rchevron-upcommentcross>CN0891 Icons for Resources - No Background detect-locationdocumentdownloadCN0891 Icons for Resources - No Background emailembedexportfavouritefilterhelphomeinfoiphone iplayer liveCN0891 Icons for Resources - No Background more-horizontalmore-verticalphonepingitpostCN0891 Icons for Resources - No Background quote-end quote-open searchsettingsshareshowcase-threads social-facebook social-instagram social-linkedin CN0891 Icons for Resources - No Background social-pinterest social-twitter social-youtube sounds CN0891 Icons for Resources - No Background CN0891 Icons for Resources - No Background ticktimeCN0891 Icons for Resources - No Background puzzle-shelfAsset 1