In light of COVID-19, the need for housing support has increased however due to lockdown measures, much of this support is having to be done via telephone. YMCA Thames Gateway has seen an increase in frustration caused by self-isolation, as well as added stress due to lack of income and illness.
LandAid’s £10,000 grant will underpin a chaplaincy salary to provide support to its residents, and cover the costs for mental health and well-being activities.
YMCA Gateway supports 320 residents in their hostels and move-on accommodation. It works in many diverse areas, such as health and wellbeing programmes and youth work.