We've all felt the sting of this year's crisis. We can understand what it can be like to feel unsure, uneasy and at times, extremely isolated. Thankfully, many of us have been able to muddle through with friends and family, and have had access to some sort of support network to help us make it through.
This hasn't been the case for some others. There are young adults who have left their foster home and are living on their own in all kinds of accommodation (bedsits, flats, hostels etc.) Experience tells us this group of vulnerable young people are often overlooked at Christmas due to their age. Yet they are often most in need.
For many, it’s their first Christmas on their own, not with a foster family nor with a family of their own.
This, coupled with this year's challenges, has made it painfully difficult for many of these young people. Some have been extremely isolated and lonely.
"The Covid-19 pandemic has been the most difficult period we have ever experienced, in supporting young people in our care. Very sadly we have suffered the loss of four young people due to their mental health and vulnerability during lockdown. This has been devastating for us and we have pulled together, to support our young people and staff during this time."
- note from Kent County Council (KCC)
In partnership with KCC, we would like to be able to give every young person who has left, or is leaving foster care a Christmas present in 2020.
We know this will be a massive task...
We need to raise £10,000 to support these 2,000+ young people.
But with your help, we can make this happen.
We appreciate that you can only give what you can, which is why we ask for as little as £1, up to anything you are able to donate. This money will help provide a chocolate box and toiletry gift set for every single one of these care leavers.
Your generous donation will allow a vulnerable young adult to open a gift this year and be reassured that someone cares about them this Christmas.