Rightly so, we are hearing much about the amazing work of the NHS and emergency services. Alongside these heroes there are people in all walks of life who are making a difference. One group that often goes unnoticed is residential care workers. Workers in Dean and Cauvin Young People’s Trust have been working round the clock to provide love and support to children and young people in care.
Christopher Ogunbor, a Night Awake Residential Care Worker, said “this has been really tough for the young people living here. They often don’t have a family they can speak to. We have been working hard to come up with activities to reduce their anxiety. It’s also been challenging for staff. A number of colleagues are self-isolating so can’t come in. We all have had to chip in so we can keep the young people safe.”
Adele, a young person living in Portland Street said “Sharon, well you’re great and a loving and caring person, you’re good to be around and I love seeing your beautiful face with your wonderful smile. Portland Street thank you for being there for me.”
Nick Ellis, QC, Chair of the Trust said “I would like to pay a special thanks to the residential workers. This is a very difficult job at the best of times, but this crisis has made it even more challenging. I am so impressed with the dedication of those staff in the Trust who are stepping up during this period. I would also like to extend my gratitude to our supporters. I would like to pay special thanks to Leith Gin Company who have provided us with hand-sanitiser which we had been unable to source. This is vital for protecting the staff, young people and babies we support.”
The Trust has launched an Aftercare Coronavirus Fundraising Appeal for young people that have left care. These young people and their children are really struggling just now as they don’t have a family to support them. Front line staff from the Trust are offering additional help to these young people who were already living in poverty. The fund will be used to stock their foodbank with baby formula, household essentials, toiletries, power cards and more. To donate please visit www.justgiving.com/campaign/Aftercareappealfund
Tyler and Aubree receive a food parcel from the Aftercare Service