Suicide Squad of South Wales

I first came up with this idea for this after seeing a post on Facebook by a postal worker:

I started looking at the parallel’s between keyworkers and the original DC Comic characters of the Suicide Squad.

Suicide Squad: A secret government agency recruits some of the most dangerous incarcerated super-villains to form a defensive task force. Their first mission: save the world from the apocalypse.

Anti heroes who put their lives at risk to save the world!

Until the onset of the Corona Virus and several months of Lockdown, our keyworkers were very much under valued. But these were the jobs that held our communities together when everything else was shut down. They risked their lives every time they went to work, when the majority of the population were under instruction to stay at home, without these keyworkers our civilisation would have fallen apart.

I wanted to make a piece of work to show how much they have been appreciated throughout this whole episode, so I replaced the original Suicide Squad characters with real people who were keyworkers throughout this time.

Suicide Squad of South Wales: Keyworkers employed to do the most dangerous jobs on the frontline, whilst protecting the public from the risk of contracting the Corona Virus.
Their everyday job: to keep civilisation ticking over.

From left to right:

Aimee Monk
Supermarket employee at Sainsbury’s, Pontypridd

Judith Griffiths
Senior care assistant The Laurels Care Home, Aberdare. Rhondda Cynon Taff

Simon James.
Recycling and Refuse Operative for Pembrokeshire County Council.

Alan Davies-Camplin
Butcher at Andrew Rees Butchers, Narberth

Paul Aston Jones
Keyworker in the Welsh Ambulance Service, Frontline EMS in Pembrokeshire 

Rhodri Davies-Camplin
Primary school teacher for Newport County Council

Extra duties performed during lockdown:
*Delivering food parcels, free school meals, learning packs (including pens, pencils, paper etc for our underprivileged families).
*Working in the hub for key worker children.
*very regular contact with pupils and parents through seesaw (online learning tool), phone calls, video chats.

Terri Camplin
Postal Worker for Royal Mail,Aberdare. Rhondda Cynon Taff

Delivering more parcels than the run up to Christmas as people couldn’t go shopping they ordered everything online.

Nadia Lloyd
PCSO Dyfed Powys Police Pembroke Dock Pembrokeshire

Educating and enforcing new Covid-19 laws and rules brought in by Welsh Assembly

Barry John MBE
Military Charity peer mentor and Founder of the VC Gallery Organisation, Pembrokeshire and West Wales

Extra duties performed during lockdown:
Actively making sure our Veterans, their families and the community have support during lockdown. With food, mental health support, medical liaisions and hospital admissions. Making sure our members are still active creatively and mentally during the pandemic.