We address the disadvantages faced by children in poverty. The impacts of insecure housing, lack of places to play, in-work poverty and the digital divide have been magnified by the Covid-19 crisis. At the Centre, families access learning support, crisis advice and fun activities.
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1090836)
“I would have struggled more if I didn’t have somewhere like this. I would have felt more lonely. The Centre made life a lot easier. Before, I was speaking to no one and wasn’t seeing any people face-to-face. My son is learning something new every time he comes and he’s started talking a little."
In Westminster 44% children live in poverty, and the council has identified over 1,000 families in the local area experiencing severe deprivation, such as homelessness, low income, unsuitable housing and limited access to resources. The ongoing uncertainty around the pandemic has demonstrably hit low income families hardest. Parents with infants have reported their children missing key development milestones, education, and socialising opportunities.
Throughout the pandemic we maintained a safe family service, open to the most vulnerable, isolated families. As we emerge from the crisis we will relaunch after-school support, weekend and holiday programmes. The return of more families to our wraparound service for supported learning, childcare, outdoor activities, critical housing, immigration and income advice and food vouchers ,will mean more families find stability and the means to overcome the setbacks of the pandemic.
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