Right now in Britain there are children and young people who are experiencing neglect, abuse, bullying, homelessness, or challenges with their mental health.
The pandemic has trapped these children at home, facing increased danger of abuse and neglect. They're all alone, trying to cope with their worries and fears.
Thanks to supporters like you, The Children's Society can be there for them. Last year we helped more than 11,000 children and young people through our direct support work. But during the Covid-19 crisis, the demand for our services has been greater than ever.
We have to reach every child that needs us. Because it's not enough that children survive - we want them to thrive. We give young people additional support: from practical necessities to the little extras that make life less daunting.
When young people have hope in their lives, they feel happier, better prepared and more able to make choices about their future to fulfil their potential. That's why we're asking you to Give Hope, and share a gift with young people. Every Give Hope gift you buy will fund a similar gift for a child in need. You can choose whether to give to a child in Birmingham, Essex, Newcastle, Nottingham, Yorkshire or where the need is greatest.
Our front line workers have selected each present for its ability to make a vital difference to a vulnerable child - particularly in these challenging times.
At The Children’s Society we support young people whose hopes and happiness are threatened by abuse, exploitation and neglect.
Children like Alice.
Alice was only 6 when her Dad touched her. When she was drugged and abused again at 16, she thought it was a normal part of life.
Left traumatised, she spiralled into deep anxiety and started to self-harm.
She wanted to tell her Mum but couldn’t. So she suffered in silence, alone, not feeling able to leave the house, or even see her friends.
Thankfully Alice found Suzanne, one of our specialist support workers. She started seeing her regularly, and slowly, she rebuilt her confidence and began her journey to recovery.
“I know I can talk to her about anything. I know I can talk to her about anything. I was able to ring her even when we weren’t in sessions.”
Now a signed musician, Alice is excited for a future doing what she loves. She still feels anxious and scared at times, but she doesn’t let it drag her down.
Pause, provided through Forward Thinking Birmingham, is our centre in Digbeth. It's a lifeline to children, young people and young adults in Birmingham, and we often help whole families.
Our Soothe Boxes are an amazing antidote in these uncertain times. These shoe boxes full of self-care essentials, hygiene products and handwritten messages of hope and resilience help vulnerable young people find a moment of calm and positivity.
Thank you for Giving Hope, and helping us reach even more children.