As many parts of society slowed down, our charities have seen demand skyrocket. The marginalised children and young people that rely on Raise Your Hands charities have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus crisis.
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It’s the most disadvantaged young people and children in our communities that have been hardest hit by the pandemic and lockdowns.
RYH charities were already providing a lifeline before coronavirus.
Now the need is even greater.
For some children and families, home might not be a safe place right now. Calls to the National Domestic Abuse helpline are up by 49%. At Dandelion Time, 88% of their referrals have experienced abuse or domestic violence in some form. The number of their monthly referrals has more than doubled since the start of the crisis.
There has been a 97% increase to their Grieftalk helpline over the past four months, with a 10% further rise forecast in 2020. Coronavirus deaths mean that at least 250,000 people are now grieving a loved one.
The UK’s biggest baby bank usually support 450 families a month. In the height of the pandemic, they were supporting 650. They’ve answered over 1,900 requests for support and are on track to support around over 6,000 children this year – double the 3,000 kids they helped last year.
The challenges posed by the pandemic have shown the best side of our charities.
We’ve seen just how nimble and adaptive these small, well-run organisations can be. They’ve adapted their ways of working and innovated like never before, so that they can continue to help vulnerable young people.
Now that the dust is beginning to settle, our charities are looking at ways to bridge the void left by the virus. No-one knows what’s coming next but it gives us confidence and optimism to be moving forward alongside these community leaders who are determined that we build back better.
“We are yet to see the full impact of lockdown on children and young people. Some reports suggest we may see a third of children with PTSD. Children are telling us that they are very anxious about the return to school. We are concerned about issues like bullying and children’s emotional health, and the ability of schools to support their pupils with increased needs and limited resource. We are working with other children’s charities, consulting with children and families, and will adapt our programmes and services to meet these emerging needs.”
Lauren Seager-Smith, CEO Kidscape
We’re looking for individuals to invest in RYH charities, to meet the increase in demand: