Simon Community NI’s young people had been hit hard by COVID-19. 80% of its clients already had complex needs such as mental health and addiction houses, which made self-isolation extremely difficult.
LandAid’s £9,768 grant helped to cover a range of support packages. These included cooking classes, mental health and well-being packages, hygiene packs and an emergency clothing fund.
This £19,077 phase two grant enabled Simon Community to paint and refloor 20 of its bedsits most in need. The Community were also able to provide new furniture since during the six -month lockdown the furniture has seen significant wear and tear, and occasional damage, due to young people’s deteriorating mental health, at this time. The grant was also used to install a small television in each bedsit. This improved physical environment will mitigate issues of emotional distress and support wellbeing and recovery.