Our Covid-19 emergency funding is coming to an end and what a lifesaver it has been. The dedicated National Lottery fund has been invaluable helping us to cover overheads and admin costs for six months.
Over those six months we’ve juggled being in and out of lockdown and negotiated strict (and less strict) restrictions, constantly reviewing and adapting policies and procedures to keep everyone safe. Despite this we’ve managed to deliver over 1000 individual support sessions for young people.
We have worked face to face work wherever we can supporting some young people with their mental health and wellbeing (60%); providing English and Maths tuition for others (25%) and advice and information for people in need of housing and benefits help (15%). On top of that we’ve also been out and about on the streets in Sherborne and Gillingham where we even managed to complete the film, “Covid and Me”, at a safe social distance.
We’ve helped young people persevere and stay in college at times when they were overwrought with anxiety, we’ve helped young parents resolve problems with housing and piloted a short mental health group project in collaboration with the Dorset Mental Health Forum and CAMHs.
However, as a charity, we can’t just look to the present. We must always be mindful of the future – the future needs of young people, changes in society and services and of course our future funding needs to keep doing what we do. Without long-term financial security we always strive to be one step ahead and plan for the future. We have some exciting plans in the pipeline. It’s too early to share them but we think you’ll be excited too.
A big thank you to The National Lottery Community Fund for helping us get to this point.