YMCA Norfolk provides vital services to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. These services have been deemed essential by the UK government and YMCA Norfolk are continuing to operate during the Covid-19 Pandemic, with new ways being found to provide support whilst adhering to the government’s guidance and social distancing measures.
Despite the closure of many services across Norwich and Norfolk, the need to support vulnerable young people and families is ever-present, and YMCA Norfolk continues to work diligently to meet this need, through the provision of safe accommodation, and services to support young people’s mental health, wellbeing and independence.
YMCA Norfolk staff members wearing personal protective equipment
Head of Communities, Louise Hinchley said:
“Our families team continues its work to provide support to families across the county through this difficult time. To protect both families, and workers, many support and counselling sessions have moved to online video calls, whilst other clients are being offered telephone support.
“A coordinated effort has seen the delivery of food and toiletry supplies to families in need, and we are also assisting with the swift move of new mothers into safe accommodation. Meanwhile, frontline workers continue to visit those most in need, in their homes, and provide these families with vital support.”
The Youth and Communities Team have also moved their support base online, creating virtual youth groups for young people who would normally attend in person. These groups offer daily devotions, challenges and games, and an opportunity to socialise in a safe and secure environment. The Team are also working hard to provide resources to keep young people engaged in positive activities, such as podcasts from the Mind Matters Team, and videos on crafts, cooking and exercise.
CEO Tim Sweeting said:
“The support we provide to young people and families is more essential than ever in the current situation. I am so proud of our team for the agility they’ve shown to ensure we can continue to offer hope and practical support for those most in need.”
Coronavirus is having a significant financial impact on YMCA Norfolk, and if you would like to offer support to keep these vital services in place please donate via the giving page: