COVID-19: Changes to services

Following Government advice we are not currently operating any face-to-face or group activities. We are continuing to provide practical and emotional support to young people remotely.

Our Monday night football sessions with Leicester City in the Community are suspended until further notice.

The venue where we have our group activities is also closed until further notice.

Our education support is now being provided where possible online. All thanks to our wonderful volunteer tutors for helping to make this happen. We will continue to advocate for a fair process for the students we had entered for GCSEs this year.

The young women’s group also continues online and has seen lots of chat and even a bit of exercise! A good thing about online groups is that former participants who aren’t normally able to attend in person because of work, childcare, study or health are able to join us again.

At times like this it becomes clear just how small our service users’ support networks can be. We are working hard to provide information and reassurance for young people.

For those who would like the NHS advice in their home language, please share these translations in 44 languages with thanks to Doctors of the World (produced in partnership with the British Red Cross).

The Big Leaf Foundation has also produced written and audio translations of Government advice surrounding COVID-19 in several languages. Please share with anyone you think would benefit from these.

After18 is included in this Leicester Mercury round-up of how local charities are affected by the coronavirus lockdown.

We are working hard to ensure all young people have access to food and a safe internet connection which allows them to isolate at home but stay connected with friends and education. If you would like to help us cover these extra costs please consider donating via our Support Us page.