As President of Young Bristol I am compelled to write to you at this time, as we head towards the end of this extraordinary year, to share the remarkable work that Young Bristol is carrying out for the vulnerable children in our local communities.
Whilst young people have thankfully been largely spared from the direct health effects of COVID-19, the crisis is having a profound effect on their wellbeing. The harmful effects of this pandemic are expected to be most damaging for children in the poorest neighbourhoods, and for those in already disadvantaged or vulnerable situations.
Issues such as tightening household finances, hunger, domestic abuse and falling behind at school are compounded by the closure of places offering support (school and youth clubs), loss of interaction with other young people and respite provided by extended family members.
For some children, the impact will continue to be significant in the years ahead.
As a charity, Young Bristol has also been significantly affected by Covid 19 and as we now come through a second lockdown, children and young people in Bristol need your support more than ever before.
Young Bristol rely on our local supporters and face to face community fundraising events to provide much needed and relied upon income so that we can keep doing our important work.
We would usually be sharing our stories of success and the impact we are having at local events which is where we normally meet new supporters and partner organisations and develop innovative ways of working together.