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.
This £12,400 phase two grant will be 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 will enable WiFi boosters to be installed throughout the hostel, improving connectivity for young people undertaking online learning. It will also enable the purchase of laptops, software, COVID-safe furniture and the repurposing of space both internally and externally for support and group work.
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.