The COVID-19 pandemic had forced Southend YMCA to change the way it delivered its services. It had shut all communal areas and young people had to self-isolate n their rooms, this had been really difficult for young people who relied on social interaction and support from staff to maintain their mental health.
LandAid’s £9453 grant helped to cover the cost of a psychologist, who provided coaching for their staff team and specific support for residents. It also provided PPE for Southend YMCA’s staff to help protect both workers and residents.
This £12,400 phase two grant was used to improve Southend YMCA’s digital capabilities and capital requirements, to create a safe and secure space to support the young and homeless in the South East. This grant enabled WiFi boosters to be installed throughout the hostel, improving connectivity for young people undertaking online learning. It also enabled the purchase of laptops, software, COVID-safe furniture and the repurposing of space both internally and externally for support and group work.