“YOU ARE NOT ALONE!” COVID-19 RELIEF PROJECT
RJ4All, through its youth-led volunteers, was delivering a Covid-19 relief project to support vulnerable young people suffering during the pandemic. Through high quality volunteering, we delivered a range of online and in person social action available at our community centre.
Our youth-led FRED campaign was fully aware of the impact that COVID-19 and lockdowns had on young people’s mental health. Some of our service users indicated very worrying levels of poor mental health that could lead to self-harm or long-term illness. While most required support in the form of advice, others were still asking for PPE or, simply, food that they are not able to purchase due to lack of income or support. Our food pantry also offered products for personal hygiene from dental, skincare and sanitary products; sanitary products in particular can cost tremendously.
A small minority were homeless or are dealing with drug or other addiction issues therefore may not be in receipt of welfare or not have the capacity to complete the requirements.
We also know that the NHS and public services were, and still are, overburdened. There were few resources to provide young people with specialist mental health support or immediate relief and food.
The economic effects of the social distancing policy have a disproportionate impact on young people. They are often represented in low income sectors, which are worse affected, such as hospitality.
Well…YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
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Food & ppe
We are giving free food and PPE to children, vulnerable young people and their families
Online competitions & awards
We are celebrating the contribution of migrants and refugees across the UK!
This competition is for all ages and abilities. Submissions can be made into one of the following categories; Art, Writing, Community projects and Drama & Dance. This is a great idea to educate your children and keep them entertained over summer.
FRED youth-led Forum
A forum run by trained young people and created to offer young people a free space to share their feelings, concerns and ideas.
Secure chat & Facebook
This is a place where you can share your concerns, thoughts and fears with others, build safe relationship and stop feeling lonely. You can also join us on Facebook for regular updates on freebies and much more.
We have collected a long list of resources from a variety of organisations, as well as our own, that will help to minimise the impact of the pandemic aimed at a range of ages. This includes free classes, games, competitions and much more.
We participate in the local giving coronavirus fund. This means we will receive extra funding that allows us to continue with our project. You can support us by donating directly to the ‘You Are Not Alone’ project page.
We are also looking for volunteers to take calls and fundraise while we accept ‘in kind’ donations of food and PPE. Click here to find out more!
FRED is a youth-led campaign, hosted by the Restorative Justice for All International Institute. We deliver social action projects and high quality youth volunteering opportunities. Our projects focus on promoting Fairness, Respect, Equality and Dignity (FRED).
We are delighted to receive support from our wonderful sponsors, including the London Community Response Fund and Southwark Councils Community response, which we have pulled together along with in-kind resources to develop this project. To get in touch, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
RJ4All is registered with Southwark Council as a food business establishment (reference number “southwark-959326”)