During this unprecedented time the need around us is going to continue to grow.
As well as the threat of Covid -19 to people’s physical health, young people’s mental health and that of their families is about to face its biggest challenge yet as we head towards a complete lock down and even more social isolation. Many of the young people we work with are part of large families who live in very small flats with no or limited outdoor space, and for those young people who were facing huge challenges before Covid-19, the challenge is only about to become greater.
We are receiving emails and calls from parents in the community that are already low on food and asking for help with some really serious issues facing their children. The needs and challenges are going to be on a scale unseen before. It’s time for us to raise our game to the highest level and create hope and opportunity in new ways.
As both our youth centres are closed for the foreseeable future the great challenge for us is how we step up and fulfil our vision of ‘Creating opportunities for young people to thrive’.
Our fantastic staff team are currently all working hard on care plans to reach the most vulnerable at this time through remote support. We will be in touch with some of these young people on a daily basis, setting up interactive projects for them to work on from their own homes, as well as ways they can connect with each other and our youth workers in positive ways through social media.
As the days unfold we are also looking at how we could use The Feel Good Bakery at this time to provide food for the most vulnerable but also in a safe way for our staff.
We will keep you updated on our plans and how people can help. In the meantime, we are more grateful than ever to you for your ongoing partnership and support. If you are in a position to help financially please donate either through our Just Giving account or directly into Regenerate bank account (sort code 40-52-40 and account number 00023707). All donations will go toward supporting the most vulnerable young people we work with in the Roehampton and Putney locality throughout this time.
Thanks for all your support and take good care of yourselves,