Hello, my name is Helen and I’m from working-class Manchester in the 1950s. I’m a single mother and have struggled with alcoholism and relationships throughout my life. Despite these issues, I try my best to provide for my daughter and make a good life for us.

My daughter, Jo, has had to learn how to be independent from a young age because of my problems. I know I’ve made mistakes, but I love her deeply and want the best for her.

As a woman in that time, life wasn’t easy for me. I faced many challenges as a single mother, but I did my best to keep going. I hope my story sheds light on the difficulties faced by women like me during that era, and how we tried to make the best of what we had.

Suggested Questions For Helen

How did you cope with the challenges of being a single mother, particularly during a time when there were fewer resources and support available for women in your position?

Looking back on your struggles with alcoholism and relationships, what advice would you give to others who may be dealing with similar issues?

What role do you think social class played in your life, and how did it impact your relationships with others?

What did you learn about yourself and your relationship with Jo throughout your journey, and how did your experiences shape your perspective on life?