A Young Volunteer’s lockdown blog Part III

Lucy's June blog in her own words, along with a yummy banana bread recipe.

All Different. All Equal

I was I’m looking forward to Respect Festival this year, and then it has been cancelled due to COVID-19. I am so disappointed and annoyed because I was looking forward to it this year.

I have been to the Respect Festival Since in 2018 and 2019 and it was so fun, music, arts, food, games and more. In 2018, I have been involved with space* and it was a best time at the festival, I know space* staff and volunteers and they are all lovely and treating me well.

In 2019, It’s my second time and I went there both days, also I’m in the team with space*, which is was really good and fun, I have joined a Youth Centre and it was really nice and friendly, so they were going to have a smoothie bike unfortunately it’s not working – which is a shame, also they have some activities, music and more. I had a best time in my life about the Respect Festival. I’m sure it will be back next year and I am so excited and so delighted to be back to normal.

“Exeter Respect is the city’s annual celebration of diversity where we use the performing and creative arts to engage the wider community in saying no to racism and all forms of prejudice. The Respect ethos is a simple one: racism and prejudice often spring from fear, and fear is often based on ignorance, so let’s overcome ignorance by getting to know one another and sharing not shunning our cultures. One of the best ways to get to know someone is to enjoy yourself with them, hence our celebratory event and adoption of the old Commission for Racial Equality slogan:
All Different, All Equal!”

The Start of New Normal

I am really happy because the town market is open, Retail shops and some of the cafes are open and I’m so excited because I haven’t been there before the Lockdown and everyone is so pleased when it’s re-opened but I had to be 2-meter of social distancing.

Breaking the Barrier

I have joined Breaking the Barrier with LifeWorks so I do Zumba, Hula Hoop and Fundraising activities and I’m so proud of myself and we raise £9,000 for Breaking the Barrier 2021 for next year.

I have been out for walks, some by car and it was nice to go somewhere different places so I have look around to see what’s happening out there.

I was on the course for Eight Ways improve my CV, completing a job application and Getting started with job search I really enjoy it because it helps me for my job.

Banana Bread

I have bake banana bread, Marble Cake and Rock Cake; I have never baked this before and it was really delicious. I have made Rocky Road before and it was delicious so I would like to do it again.

Here is the banana bread recipe – enjoy!

Preparation time: less than 30 mins

Cooking time: 30 mins to 1 hour



  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
  2. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs, mashed bananas, buttermilk and vanilla extract to the butter and sugar mixture and mix well. Fold in the flour mixture.
  5. Grease a 20cm x 12.5cm/8in x 5in loaf tin (2lb) and pour the cake mixture into the tin.
  6. Transfer to the oven and bake for about an hour, or until well-risen and golden-brown.
  7. Remove from the oven and cool in the tin for a few minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely before serving.
Banana bread

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