This year has been a year like no other.
Before the pandemic, the Foundation was providing face to face therapeutic intervention services to children, young people, adults and families. Since the pandemic, the Foundation has had to adapt to using remote counselling services such as using video i.e Zoom and telephone counselling.
During the pandemic the Foundation has been in consultation with refuges, educational establishments and safer neighbourhoods teams. There has been a significant rise in children and young people experiencing domestic abuse and/or sexual abuse during the Covid-19 lockdown. The NSPCC helpline calls increased by 32% since the start of lockdown, to an average of one an hour. This will increase the likelihood that there will be a sudden increase of demand for therapeutic provision for children and young people within educational establishments, refuges and external organisations. Many children, young people and adults were unable to fully access mental health support during the lockdown, meaning that there will be a “catch up” period for mental health services. This means that many organisations that are already state funded, will struggle to have the capacity to accept referrals and many will have long-term waiting lists. Although our Foundation is small, we provide an extremely vital emotional health service that enables children, young people and adults to be seen within 48 hours. Not many organisations are able to organise sessions within this suitable time frame.
Our “Recover. Rebuild. Restart” project will provide one to one therapeutic intervention sessions virtually or face to face with children, young people and adults who have experienced domestic abuse and/or sexual abuse during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, and will also extend to supporting those who are victims of historic abuse. This will also support adults who have experienced job losses as a result of the economic pressure due to the pandemic. We will be able to offer a therapy session within 48 hours. The Foundation was funded by Kent PCC to provide these services to Kent based residents, and the project has been so successful that we are now unable to accept further referrals under this funding.
The Foundation learnt during the lockdown that refuges (who we have previously collaborated with) experienced over 40,000 more calls than normal. We were simply informed by the refuge that we are the only charity who has been able to provide funded therapeutic provision to children, young people and adults who have experienced domestic abuse and/or sexual abuse.
Also, with over 650,000 job losses as a result of Covid-19, for those adults who are self-employed or running their own companies, which at times often have limited resources in terms of both staff and finance, there is virtually no apparent easily accessible programme to help them recuperate and find ways to rebuild their resilience and often restart their means of providing income for themselves and their families. With emotional wellbeing declining and many individuals struggling financially this is why your support is essential in this project being achievable.
Mental health is not gender-based, it can affect any individual, especially when pressures are extreme and out of their control. Although many individuals will appear to be able to carry on, left unsupported emotional distress often becomes pathologized and results in the repetition of acute negative behaviours. Our project will be inclusive to all genders, including LGBTQ; it will tackle social issues on mental health for all genders and ethnicities. We will be collaborating with educational establishments and refuges (men’s and women’s) in the area of Greater London, South East London and Kent whilst reaching out to those struggling to maintain their businesses or careers.
The Foundation wants to create a sustainable emotional recovery programme, but is unable to do this without donor backing. In order to try and achieve this, we will need your support. Children, young people, adults and families will be able to access face to face and remote counselling support to recover from the pandemic.
The focus will be on helping participants to identify their challenges, acknowledge their feelings, understand their own role and that of others in interactions, and then identify practical, achievable strategies so that they are able to rebuild their resilience, recover from the trauma and restart the goals for their lives.
Although this is mental health based, this has a huge impact on education progression for children and young people and adults who want to obtain employment. The work that we plan to undertake will be individually focused but will offer a proven structure that ensures participants are able to find their own route to sound, sustainable recovery.
This is why we need your support, without your pledges, we are unable to provide emergency emotional recovery services.