As part of our involvement in #GivingTuesdayNow, we wanted to spotlight local charities and community groups during these uncertain times caused by COVID-19. We wanted to highlight the fantastic things they are doing and let you know how you can help them right now.
As part of our spotlight series, we caught up with Louise Wylie, Centre Manager at Eyres Monsell Club for Young People. Louise talks about how they are helping with the care effort in their community during the coronavirus lockdown, how important it is for charities to be flexible in their services, and their need for funding during these unprecedented times.
Find out more about the EMYCP and what they do here: https://www.eyresmonsellcyp.co.uk/
1. What does your charity do?
“We are a youth and community centre providing support and informal education to young people aged 8-25 years old.
“We open 5 evenings a week for young people and run a variety of different sessions for young people with additional needs, junior age groups, a volunteer academy and a dance group.
“As well as this we provide a full programme of activities for the community, a café 3 days a week, a community pantry where the community can buy cheap food, armchair areobics and a weekly bowls club.”
2. Are you still providing all of your services? Have you had to adapt any?
“The club is currently closed to the general public, however we have started a food delivery service in partnership with Fareshare who provide and deliver the food to us.
“We have been helping between 40-80 families in the local community over the last 5 weeks through packing and delivering food parcels to members of the community that need it most.
“Focusing on the elderly, vulnerable and those that are shielded. As well as taking referrals from social care and the local councillors.”
3. What have been the main challenges from the impact of COVID-19?
“Funding!! No income at the moment and have lost out on all membership and hall lettings , but still the same outgoings in terms of utilities.
“Working safely and building effective systems so as not to put anyone at risk!
“Having to furlough our staff, not being able to work face to face with our young people.”
4. Are you currently fundraising or holding virtual events/activities?
“Not fundraising but we are doing some online sessions with young people, and completing several funding forms to help raise money for our work.”
5. Do you have any tips for charities who are struggling with the pressures of COVID-19?
“It is important to be flexible to be able to adapt your work to meet community need! Keep doing what you are doing, we all have an important part to play.”
6. How can the public help you right now?
“Sharing our social media posts, any fundraising greatly appreciated!!!!
“Supporting our club so that we will be able to re open when this is all over.”
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