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Our charity partners continue to work tirelessly to meet the needs of the vulnerable people that they work with in and around London. As expected, funding and donations are dropping and volunteers are unable to get to the sites, yet the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic are making their services more necessary than ever.

The charities are adapting their approach, using digital tools where possible, and focusing their efforts where most needed.

OnSide Youth Zones' staff are supporting youth zone members and their families through the preparation and delivery of over 600 food parcels each week, focusing on households where young people receive free school meals. They are also making calls to over 150 young people each week, to ensure that the most isolated have someone to talk to. And 10 young people from Future Youth Zone continue to receive counselling support from their Place2Be worker, through weekly 45 minute sessions.

Place2Be’s team of mental health professionals are working tirelessly to help children, young people and their families, cope with the stress and anxiety caused by the coronavirus crisis. They have made over 3800 phone ‘check ins’ for young people and parents of younger children where pupils are not in school. For some families, these calls have been a lifeline – getting them access to basic necessities like food. They are also increasing support for teachers through mental health training and remote ‘Place2Think’ sessions

Samaritans is meeting the public need for emotional support during this unprecedented period by answering an increasing volume of calls related to Covid-19. Dedicated volunteers are contributing additional hours and the organisation has moved to a regional rota to prioritise capacity at times of day with peak demand. In partnership with the government a dedicated emotional support service for NHS staff has been established.

Now, more than ever, young people need their Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award to help them build resilience, keep positive, stay motivated, communicate with others and keep physically and mentally health. That’s why the charity is focused on enabling young people to settle into a new way of doing their DofE, their #DofEWithADifference, and ensure that they don’t miss out on the opportunity to achieve their DofE Awards.

If you are in a position to donate we, and our charity partners, would be incredibly grateful. Please use the donate icon to make a difference.

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