Right now in Britain there are children and young people who have experienced neglect, abuse, bullying, homelessness, or challenges with their mental health.
Lockdown has trapped these vulnerable children at home, facing increased danger of abuse and neglect. They're all alone, trying to cope with their worries and fears.
The Children's Society is there for them. Last year we helped more than 11,000 children and young people through our direct support work. During Covid-19, the demands on our services are greater than ever.
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.
That's why we're asking you to Give Hope, and share the love. Every Give Hope gift you buy will fund a similar gift for a child in need. You can choose whether to give to London, Birmingham, or where the need is greatest.
Each present has been selected by our workers for its ability to make a vital difference to a vulnerable child - particularly during lockdown.
The Children's Society is a lifeline for children who are homeless, or at risk of running away - something that's even more dangerous during Covid-19. Maddie was forced to run away from home at just 15...
'I couldn’t go home. My mum was abusive, my stepdad was abusive. So, I ran away. I was homeless. I just felt like the world had ended.'
With the help of The Children’s Society, Maddie got her life back on track. We made sure that she got help, staying with her every step of the way. With our support, Maddie is now a social worker, fulfilling her ambition of helping other young people in a similar situation.
Hello from Lockdown in Birmingham!
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.
With our physical centre currently closed, our staff are reaching out to young people by phone, online and via home visits if it's vitally needed.
Our Soothe Boxes are an amazing antidote in these desperate 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.
London is locked down, but still reaching out...
Our Stratford hub is a lifeline to London children. We help young people up to the age of 25, and often help parents too.
Our Project Workers offer a listening ear and support through difficult times, and at the moment we are receiving so many calls from families struggling to cope with the impact of Covid-19.
Give Hope is helping us reach even more families, and providing a beacon of light to those most in need.
Thank you so much for your generous gifts!
Stratford Hub, The Children’s Society