26 April 2020
In normal times, the London Youth team would be running the water station at mile 25 of the Virgin Money London Marathon, cheering on runners as they head towards the finish line.
But times are not normal and this year on 26th April, like others, we’re staying at home.
The COVID-19 pandemic has already had a huge impact on our society and the ramifications will be felt for years to come.
Charities, like our 550 members across London, are playing a vital role in supporting our communities through the pandemic. And they’ll play a vital role as life begins to return to normal.
We don’t yet know when that will be. But what we do know is that our young people and our communities will need all the support they can get. Community youth organisations will need to be there to support millions of young Londoners as they get back to their normal lives.
The last decade has been challenging for community youth organisations. Local authority funded youth services have been decimated, and hundreds of youth worker roles and youth clubs have disappeared in London alone. COVID-19 has only exacerbated this further.
Our members are struggling: staff have been furloughed and youth clubs sit empty. And while Government support has been announced, this investment falls far short of what charities need to remain open once life returns to normal.
We’re supporting #TwoPointSixCampaign to raise awareness of the challenges faced by community youth organisations across the capital. As life returns to normal, we’re going to need these organisations more than ever.