As we reported on Tuesday, the first payments from our COVID-19 campaign have reached the charity beneficiaries.
A range of voluntary local organisations are now receiving their cash injections and after highlighting S6 Foodbank yesterday, we now hand over to Emily Bush, Events Fundraiser at Roundabout, the charity for the homeless in Sheffield:
To everyone at Sheffield Wednesday
Thank you so much for thinking of Roundabout during these unprecedented times. Your incredible donation of £5,000 will help us continue to be there for over 250 young people who we support on a daily basis.
Whilst government advice is to stay at home and work at home where possible, here at Roundabout we know that not everyone has a home to go to. That’s why we’re doing everything we can to make sure our young people continue to feel supported and safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
In our Group Living Project, which supports some of our most vulnerable young people, we now have a Firestick in the lounge so that they have access to a greater range of TV channels such as YouTube and Netflix.
We have also bought a selection of arts and crafts materials so that a variety of different activities can be delivered, and have increased our cooking and baking sessions so that our young people are developing vital life skills that boost their confidence and allow them to live more independently after the lockdown period has ended.
Our young people have also been keeping busy in our Residential Hostel. Just last week, a group took part in Pete McKee’s new cartoon workshop on YouTube and others have been learning some new dance trends too!
We are also aware that these unusual and challenging circumstances could be placing additional strain on families. This could be a catalyst for relationship breakdown, which is the main cause of youth homelessness, and we want to be there to offer timely advice to anyone needing it.
Although we’ve had to close the doors to our Homeless Prevention Service, our staff are still working tirelessly around the clock to offer advice and mediation support online and over the phone to families who need it to prevent more young people from having to experience homelessness.
We are so grateful for your support during this difficult period. Your donation means that we can continue providing fun activities and emotional support for so many young people across the Sheffield region who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Thank you very much for remembering.
Sheffield Wednesday’s official COVID-19 charity donation page remains open, with all pledges however big or small gratefully accepted. CLICK HERE for full details – and thank you for your support.