"YOU ARE NOT ALONE!" covid-19 relief project

RJ4All, through its youth-led FRED campaign, is deliveing a Covid-19 relief project to support vulnerable young people suffering  during the pandemic. Through high quality volunteering, we are delivering a range of online and remote social action. 

FRED STEPS IN TO HELP DURING THE COVID-19 Pandemic

Our youth-led FRED campaign is fully aware of the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown is having on young people’s mental health. These issues include: depression and anxiety about unknown futures, cancelled exams, being taken out of employment, stress and fear seeing close friends and family getting ill, and loneliness due to their isolation, as well as other bad health outcomes, including eating disorders.

Some of our service users have indicated really worrying levels of bad mental health that might lead to self-harming or a long term illness. While most require support in the form of advice, others are asking for Personal Protection Equipment or just food that they are not able to purchase due to lack of income or support from their family. A small minority are homeless, or are dealing with drug or other addiction issues.

We also know that the NHS and public services are currently overburdened and there are few resources to provide young people with specialist mental health support or immediate relief and food. 

Moreover, the economic affects of the social distancing policy impacts disproportionately on young people as they are overly represented in low income sectors which are worse affected, such as hospitality.

Well … you are not alone! 

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ABOUT FRED 

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 recieve support from our wonderful sponsors, including the London Community Response Fund and Southwark Council’s Community Response, which we have pulled together along with in-kind resources to develop this project. We are running in the project in conjunction with our Mayflower 400 Youth Awards 2020. To get in touch email us at RJ4All Secretariat contact@rj4all.info

 

#YouAreNotAlone! #SwitchTheStory #SwitchToRemote 

WE ARE PROVIDING...

Free food and PPE

We are giving free food and PPE to vulnerable young people and their families in Southwark.

Covid-19 Helpline - 0333 332 4050

Our helpline is open 10am-10pm Monday to Sunday. Our team of young volunteers are here to speak with you about any concerns or difficulties you have and to offer mental health support and practical advice.

Online bank of free resources and activites

Please scroll to the bottom of this page to view these resources, which we update on a regular basis. They include free classes, games, competitions and much more!

A secure chat room & Facebook

Where you can share your concerns, thoughts and fears with others, build safe relationships and stop feeling lonely. You can also join us on Facebook for regular updates on freebies and much more https://www.facebook.com/groups/fredandyou

Meet our Covid-19 Helpline Team

Thirza

In the current situation, many of us are likely to feel anxious or isolated at times. Although it might feel easier in those moments to not speak, it can be the most important time to connect. Even just to say what’s on your mind when you’re upset can be a relief. 

Rebecca

My name is Rebcca and I am volunteering at he RJ4ALL Covid-19 helpline. I decided to joing the helpline team as I wanted to use the free time that I have to help those who may be struggling during this time. 

Anoushka

The reason why I am happy to volunteer for RJ4All is that I cannot think of a better way to contribute to the global fight against Covid 19 than to offer my time and support to others who may be facing difficulties at this time.

Hannah


Marta

These are unprecedented times and it is common to feel overwhelmed and isolated. Fortunately, technology allows us to stay connected and create communities while at home.  I am proud to assist the project to support young people who may be struggling in these difficult times.

Dr GUNJAN SHARMA

As a junior doctor working in Psychiatry I realise the importance of understanding and empathetic care and how this can transform a young people and enable them to continue to achieve their full potential. I have been proudly supporting the helpline team with training. 

Desiree

There are a lot of unknowns about the immediate and long term future. These sudden life changes and uncertanties affect people’s mental wellbeing. It is important for us to come together and support those who may be struggling during this difficult time.

Josh

 

The pandemic has had an impact on all of our lives. This is especially true for vulnerable young people. I am coordinating this project to ensure that we reach out to those in need and offer valuable support during these difficult times.

Dr Theo Gavrielides

As the director of RJ4All I am proud to oversee the work of the youth-led FRED campaign delivering this crucial project during such unprecedented times. 

Free resources & Signposting

RJ4All is registered with Southwark Council as a food business establishment (reference number “southwark-959326”)