In this time of need, we’re sharing a very important message from Benesys.
Please read below to discover ways that you can support the most vulnerable in our society during this global pandemic.The iMBARC Team
CHILDREN ON FREE SCHOOL MEALS
School closures put many vulnerable young people at high risk. Child and youth care providers are concerned about the wellbeing of young people, particularly children dependent on free school meals. The Avenues Youth Centre provides a safe, uplifting place and hot daily meals for vulnerable children. It is planning to operate a production kitchen to distribute meals to those families with children receiving free school meals or who are struggling to cope. It is also looking at alternative virtual delivery of its youth work. Funding has been massively impacted as the annual fundraising dinner due to take place last week had to be cancelled due to the virus. This has resulted in a loss of £50k in predicted income.
Covid-19 both medically and socially, with some people facing months of isolation. North London Cares service of in-person visits and activities with younger and older people has been halted. In response, it is trialling a number of pilots projects to mobilise its community: setting up a phone service to call older neighbours, running virtual social clubs, and sending out over 1,300 April activity packs to older Londoners with 30 days’ worth of activities to keep them active and connected to their community during self-isolation. The NLC team have set up a Covid-19 Emergency Crowdfunding appeal and all donations are currently being matched.
WOMEN & CHILDREN FACING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
For women and children in self-isolation with violent partners during Covid-19, the level and severity of domestic abuse can be an increased risk. Moreover, social workers’ have a reduced ability to support and help these women during the pandemic. Solace Women’s Aid is keeping their refuges open while developing virtual ways to keep women and children safe and supported during this frightening time. They have launched their Covid-19 Appeal, #StaySafeAtHome and are seeking to raise £150,000 so they can continue to provide their life-saving services during this crisis.
NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL GIVING
There are larger-scale impact responses to the virus that need support. These have not been Benesys risk assessed but are considered vital initiatives by the charity sector at this time of funding crisis.
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