Easter 2020 and our world in many ways is unrecognisable from what it was at New Year, just over three months ago. In the UK and in Ireland, and all across the world, everyone is having to deal with unprecedented challenges in our homes, our businesses, our towns and villages – no area of our lives remains untouched by the threat of coronavirus.
The Government support package for charities will give 50% of the funding to small local community charities, around £200 million to hospices and similar care, with very little remaining for medium to large size charities. We therefore do not expect to be able to benefit very much, if at all, from this support.
Quite rightly people are giving to meet the current need to combat the threat of COVID-19 but that means a change to normal giving patterns which sadly threatens the long-term work like ours which supports the isolated and vulnerable all year round, not just in a crisis. Like others, we’re changing the way we work to support people through this crisis. We’re continuing to provide safe accommodation for homeless women at the Marylebone Project and for homeless young people in Cardiff, support services for young people with experience of self-harm at our Amber Project, as well as all the work done by evangelists around the country, especially through our centres of mission. But adapting the way we work is costly.
The work we do is not simply crisis management, just for a season, it’s long-term and life changing. We need to continue to walk with people through this transformation process long after the coronavirus threat has lifted, but the work will be threatened if the funding dries up.
There’s significant increased risk in these days to the well-being and mental health of so many we work with. We cannot risk not being there for them and so many of our people are out looking after the elderly and the vulnerable, there 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for the women and young people in the hostels, and supporting the young people of Amber through difficult and anxious times.
Will you be there for them too?
The change in people’s giving because of COVID-19 and our increased costs in this period means we are facing a potential deficit of nearly £80,000 per month. We need to act fast. If you support us regularly, thank you, but can I ask you to consider doing so again? If you haven’t given for some time or you’ve never given to us what we're asking is that you stand with us now so we don’t have to consider pulling back from the vital work we are doing.
Those we support need you to play your part in being there both in the crisis but also in the long-term.
Thank you so much for your generosity.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me."