COVID-19 Care Leaver Relief Fund #BecauseWeCare

This is not the time for catchy slogans and memorable images. Care leavers need your help to get through this crisis and they need it now!

“My fears are that I will be on my own with no food and no electricity and can’t afford to feed my cats. As I have depression it will make me feel separated and alone.” – R. 23, care leaver

The current crisis affects us all. Nevertheless, care-experienced young people will disproportionately suffer the consequences of the world fighting the Coronavirus. Many of them have lost their jobs or student bursaries with no recourse to advance payments from public funds, no savings in the bank and no family to support them financially or emotionally.

“For us, where do we turn when we have no money or no money for bills? Organizations are exhausted and have little to nothing to be able to give. Universal Credit is unable to give out advances as you’re still paying off the one you owed from last year not knowing that a crisis was looming.” – T. 21, care leaver

These young people are eager to move forward in life, and in times of crisis, they rely on all of us to support them.

“I’ve struggled with my depression and anxiety for a number of years and it tends to worsen as I feel demotivated or unable to get out and about.” – M. 19, care leaver

Your donation will help them:

  • pay their gas, electricity and water bills, helping them not fall into debt;
  • cover their broadband and mobile phone bills so that they can stay connected, continue their education and find support;
  • help them buy daily essentials from food, to toiletries, to flu medicine, to baby nappies and pet supplies;
  • access additional support to help the cope with the current situation.

Together, we can help care-experienced young people get through this crisis. Thank you for your support today!

“Thank you so much I was freaking out thinking no one cared. I’m so grateful. You messaging me shows you thought about me in these hard times. I really do appreciate it.”  – Paige, 19, lost her job at a London cinema

To further boost your donations our fantastic partners at Tideway have made £5,000 available and will match any amount until the pot is full!

"Because it's important to show we care and hope that even through the small gesture of paying for one month's worth of bills, it means that I can help make a difference to that being one less worry on someone's mind during these hard (maybe mentally challenging) and unusual times."
Georgia Boyd
Corporate Responsibility Lead, Tideway

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