We are raising funds for our daily 4pm-7pm provision that provides a hot nutritious meal, arts, sports, and adventure activities, help with homework, mentoring, mental health support and countless other opportunities to 500 children a week, who are growing up in poverty.
The pandemic has negatively impacted the mental health, wellbeing and educational achievement of children growing up in poverty in North Southwark. It has created additional stresses for struggling families and increased the likelihood of children experiencing adverse childhood experiences in their homes, such as domestic violence and food insecurity. Children who did not receive homeschooling during the pandemic are behind with their schoolwork and at increased risk of exclusion.
We will offer an open provision between 4pm and 7pm five nights a week at our large purpose built youth centre in the heart of North Southwark. Here children can eat a free nutritious hot meal and access all of the activities that they enjoy across sports, the arts, and adventure; as well as help catching up with schoolwork, access to a trained mentor, access to a free professional counselling service, and loads of other support from our trained Youth Workers.