The Government’s “Stay at Home” message is particularly poignant for our Young People, and the anxiety caused by this virus is often difficult to manage. The need to offer a safe and supportive family-like environment and continued personal support is therefore doubly important at this time. To this end arrangements have been made which minimise the risk to our staff whilst maintaining the delivery of the services and support we are so proud of at Young People and Children First.

Both our houses, Cornerstone and Rebecca House, are fully occupied which means that we have been unable to respond to new enquiries for assistance. The need for a third house is clear and we look forward to progressing this initiative when life returns to normal.

During these uncertain times, we will be paying even greater attention to our cash flow position aware of the potential difficulty of obtaining the grants and donations we rely on to sustain our Charity and our work.

I recognise how difficult it will be for our wonderful supporters to raise funds at this time. My message to you is “please don’t forget us”. We look forward to re-engaging with you in person in the not-too-distant future. For now, do please keep in touch via our website and Facebook platforms where news updates and alternative fundraising initiatives can be found.

Finally on behalf of the trustees I want to say a big Thank You to our CEO Tracy and our wonderful staff as they continue to support our young people and look after their own families whilst staying safe… for everyone’s sake.

Best wishes,

Tim Dyson