COVID-19 had a significant impact on the mental wellbeing of Spring Housing Association’s young people as they were not able to go to college, engage in training or socialise with their friends. This was particularly difficult for those who were unaccompanied asylum seekers, who had to bear the loss of their council social worker, who had passed away of COVID-19. Two of their young people had started to self-harm, which Spring Housing Association believed is due to the effects of lockdown.
LandAid’s £9,260 fund covered the cost of resources that supported their young people’s mental health, such as Chromebooks and a wireless printer set. This also funded Wi-Fi for two of their schemes which promoted more engagement interaction through group activities such as watching films and playing computer games together.
This £7,500 phase two grant funded the refurbishment of a kitchen, which enabled two young people to safely cook and eat together. The plans for the kitchen created two separate areas for cooking and storage, and dining space for four people.