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04 August 2020

KCW London has published a piece on the impact of COVID-19 on London’s youth sector and the reaction by the Mayor of London. Please click here to read the full article.

The article references the work that London Youth has done to reflect the impact of COVID-19 on our members in our report ‘Running on Reserves’:

Almost a third of London youth groups could shut their doors in the next six months because of financial pressure during the coronavirus pandemic, a survey suggests. Nearly half the capital’s youth charities and community groups (47 per cent) have furloughed staff, according to polling by London Youth. And more than three quarters (78 per cent) are reaching fewer youngsters than they were before the Covid-19 crisis, the charity found.”

Rosemary Watt-Wyness, our Chief Executive, is also quoted:

London Youth chief executive Rosemary Watt-Wyness said youth clubs play a “crucial role” in many young lives. “Over lockdown [these organisations] have been at the heart  of communities, supporting parents as well,” she said. “Now, just when young people are facing huge challenges to their wellbeing and employment prospects, many youth projects face a very uncertain future.” Ms Watt-Wyness said we must “turn the tide of years of cuts” and invest in youth services.”