Lockdown has ‘disastrous’ effect on isolated children
Youth project visiting homes and parks to provide support for vulnerable youngsters
29 May, 2020 — By Calum Fraser
THE coronavirus lockdown has had a “disastrous” impact on vulnerable children who feel “isolated and displaced” as they have lost access to safe spaces around the borough, according to a youth club.
The Copenhagen Youth Project, which serves children from around Caledonian Road and Barnsbury areas, has had to close the centre in Copenhagen Street and employees are travelling to homes and parks to provide support for children.
The club has set up a crowdfunding page and has raised more than £3,000 of its £5,000 target as the centre’s bosses try to make ends meet while funding is reduced during the coronavirus crisis.
Stephen Griffith, project director at the centre, said: “Some of the young people we serve come from very difficult backgrounds with homes that are not good for their mental health.
“A lot of them thrive on one-to-one support so we are sending out workers two evenings a week to speak to them – while socially distanced of course.”
The Copenhagen Youth Project supports more than 300 children every year.
“We are usually funded by trusts and foundations, many of whom are holding off their funding and redirecting it to Covid activities,” Mr Griffith said.
“Covid-19 has had a disastrous impact on our members, as many have now lost their safe space and social outlet. Because of this many young people are now feeling isolated and displaced.”
CYP is also offering an online platform for children to get involved in. To donate to their fundraiser go to www.localgiving.org/appeal/cypappeal/