The COVID-19 pandemic has forced Southend YMCA to change the way it delivers its services. It has shut all communal areas and young people are now self-isolating in their rooms, this has been really difficult for young people who rely on social interaction and support from staff to maintain their mental health.
LandAid's £9453 grant will help cover the cost of a psychologist, who will provide coaching for their staff team and specific support for residents. It will also provide PPE for Southend YMCA's staff to help protect both workers and residents.
Southend YMCA is a local grass roots charity, seeking to meet the needs and aspirations of disadvantaged children and young people. It has been providing support to nearly 1,000 young people for over 20 years.