2020/21 was very challenging for young people, but thanks to your help it was still an incredible year for the charity. We developed new services and were able to recruit additional passionate and talented staff to help children in need. We now have a team of more than 100 volunteers and staff. That means that more children now have someone to turn to when they need help.
The pandemic has created new challenges for children in many ways, and those who were already disadvantaged or struggling with their mental health have been affected even more. The continual disruption to school has made it difficult for children trying to learn at home when isolating or under lockdown, while returning to school has also been a cause of stress and anxiety for other young people. Even once back in school, there are children feeling alone and struggling to reconnect with friends. This all makes our work more important than ever. With your support, we will continue to provide safe places for young people who face a range of serious challenges.
“I was just feeling very anxious all of the time, and it was getting to a point where it was affecting my schoolwork and social life, and I was exhausted all of the time from like, the physical side of it and I was just really struggling to cope with all of that and do everything I wanted to do at school.”
“I was terrified of putting myself out there, which eventually led to some self-harm out of frustration that I couldn’t do any of that. But speaking to somebody really helped.”