Update 6 May: Including offline donations and gift aid, we have now raised an amazing £7,400 together. Thank you! As we enter the last few days of the campaign, can you help us spread the word? Our appeal closes Friday.
This pandemic is placing a strain on Brixton’s young people and families like never before. CHIPS is helping them get through this crisis, and we need your support.
We know parents who’ve lost jobs, families struggling to afford the basics, young people feeling isolated and frustrated, and teachers worried about the wellbeing of vulnerable students while schools are closed.
Can you help Brixton to make it through this crisis? With your support, we can help struggling families with their urgent practical needs, and young people with their mental health and development during the disruption.
When one mum lost both her jobs recently, we were able to give her employment advice and how to get relief on her bills. She told us “I felt like God got you call me just at the right time!”
When we checked in with the family of one vulnerable student and invited them to join our online programme, they said “We've been struggling to cope since the school closed. This is exactly what we need right now!”
Your support will help Brixton’s struggling families to get back on track, and Brixton’s young people to stay connected, positive and healthy, by:
- Providing a listening ear and advice on planning a way forward on employment, financial and other issues through regular phone check-ins and a helpline.
- Delivering a programme of innovative online activities to help young people combat isolation, including group challenges, fitness and creative activities.
- Offering practical help for families’ most urgent needs, such as assistance with shopping, prescriptions or food and fuel top-ups when nobody else can help.
- Directing families and young people to specialist support from our partner charities, community groups and local authorities.
- Providing resources young people need to continue learning while schools are closed.
And we’re working closely with our local partners such as schools and other community organisations to maximise our impact.
We need your help! As a smaller charity, the coronavirus will have a significant impact on our income. But with your support, we can deliver the support that Brixton’s families and young people urgently need. And the more money we raise, the more people we can help!
You can make a difference. By making a donation, you’ll be providing critical support to vulnerable young people and families. You'll be helping us to keep our services running during a challenging time for charities. And you’ll be helping Brixton to make it through this crisis.
Now is the time for us to pull together! Will you be there for the community by making a donation today?
It will cost us approximately £30,000 to deliver this project. We’ve been able to repurpose some money from other grants and we're applying for other funding. We currently estimate that we’ll require at least £10,000 in additional donations.
We'd love to be able to update you on progress and send you any rewards you've signed up for, so when making a donation please consider ticking the 'product owner marketing' box to allow us to communicate with you by email occasionally.
Photos are from our work in Brixton and do not relate specifically to this project.
We’re a charity of Christian peacemakers. Invited to Brixton in response to the growing knife crime epidemic, we’ve been working with young people and their families since 2014 to help build peace and a brighter future. We aim to empower stronger communities, to tackle the root causes of violence including mental health, and to prevent youth violence.
Read more at chipspeace.org