"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
Over the last few weeks, our youth-led FRED campaign has received several emails and calls from young people who have developed new mental health issues or whose current ones have exacerbated due to COVID-19’s impact. These issues include: anxiety (e.g. unknown future, cancelled exams, taken out of employment), stress and fear seeing close friends and family getting ill, loneliness due to their isolation, bad health outcomes, depression as well as eating disorders).
Some 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 majority 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. It is likely that this situation will worsen.
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!
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 PROVIDING...
Meet our Covid-19 Helpline Team
In the current situation, many of us are likely to feel anxious or isaolted at times. Although it might feel easier in those moments to not speak, it can be the mos timportant time to connect. Even just to say what’s on your mind when you’re upset can be a relief. I’m volunteering for RJ4All’s helpline because I think it is more important than ever that we all listen to one another and talk. Alternatively, we can also signpost you to helpful orgnisations.
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. This current situation has left many young people feeling anxious and I think that everyone should have someone they can trust to open up to.
The Covid-19 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.
These are unprecedented times and it is common to feel overwhelmed and isolated. Fortunately, technology allows us to stay connected and create communites while at home. I volunteered for the RJ4ALL Covid-19 project to support young people who may be struggling to access food and PPE, or who are feeling anxious about the future and need advice and ideas to keep themsleves occupied during the pandemic. Having a safe space to talk to other young people will help us all feel less isolated.
Free resources & Signposting
Support for Young People with Mental Health Difficulties
Support with Finances and Daily Living
Education in Isolation!
Resiliencevoyage – have designed some resilience worksheets to support young people this time.They are also running live sessions on facebook!
Big Creative Education – Free English and Maths courses for more info firstname.lastname@example.org
Coronavirus Advice for Young People
Support for children and young people to understand domestic violence