This message was originally sent via our Supporters’ Newsletter on 24 March. Sign up for this newsletter to stay updated.
Amid the current pandemic, we wanted to reach out to our supporters with an update.
Firstly, a big thank you. Many of you have already been in touch assuring us of your support and understanding at this difficult time. At SHS we have been working hard to do all we can to support vulnerable children and families in the current situation. We know that the families we support will be facing huge challenges in terms of feeding children, heating homes during the day and struggling to pay the bills in situations of more fragile employment. We are here for them.
Here’s what we’re doing:
SHS Practitioners supporting families
We are currently speaking with our schools remaining open for key workers and vulnerable children. SHS Practitioners will continue to work with vulnerable children in school. In addition, SHS Practitioners will be in touch with families by phone, working remotely to provide practical support and conducting home visits where possible. More to follow on our website soon.
The SHS Welfare Fund
We continue to provide essential items to children and families in desperate need. Due to a decline in food bank donations at this time, and with families now needing to feed children during the day, we anticipate an increased demand for food vouchers for the foreseeable.
Providing brand new toys and games
Thanks to the Childhood Trust we have a significant donation of toys and games which we are distributing to families in need. This will help children stay entertained and stimulated at home as well as providing a much-needed boost to morale. Thank you, Childhood Trust!
SHS Book Drive
Thanks to all our corporate partners for getting involved in our Book Drive, a “just in time” initiative earlier this month has seen around 3,000 books being donated. Supplies have been used to boost school resources and books have been given to children to take home.
How you can help:
Make a one-off donation to SHS
Like all charities, the current climate and postponement of events will have a real and immediate impact on our vital fundraising for this year. A one-off gift to SHS at this time will be hugely appreciated and will help steer us through this unprecedented and challenging time.
Support your local food banks
Donations to food banks have fallen as employment has become less secure, particularly for those working in the gig economy or on zero-hour contracts. Now is a good time to donate to your local food banks and if you can, encourage family, friends and colleagues to donate too.
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