Catalyst Covid Community Grant helps North Kensington project for young people

We have awarded Youth Action Alliance (YAA) a £1,000 grant to support their youth and community projects through the pandemic.

In response to the impact of Covid-19, we set up a ‘Coronavirus Voluntary Sector Support Fund’ to help charities and voluntary sector organisations continue to support their communities.

YAA works across North Kensington and surrounding areas delivering street-based support and project work for young people aged between 11–19 years old. The charity also works with young adults over the age of 18 who need advice on employment, education or training.

The charity’s goal is to help young people foster a positive outlook, develop social and communication skills, reduce boredom and isolation, and focus on positive plans for when the pandemic restrictions are lifted. 

Since the Covid-19 outbreak, a number of YAA’s projects were paused because of social distancing and lockdown, however the grant has enabled them to deliver services online and stay in contact with young people and the wider community.

As a result of Covid-19, YAA set up the Staying Connected project to help provide the most vulnerable families with access to emergency food and other essential resources. The Staying Connected project also provides young people with one-to-one support from a youth worker to talk about emotional health and wellbeing, and signposting to other sources of information and help during Covid-19.

Our Director of Community Investment, Sahil Khan, said:

‘We’re delighted that our grant will help YAA to continue to support young people in and around North Kensington.

‘We set up the ‘Coronavirus Voluntary Sector Support Fund’ to help charities and community organisations to continue to deliver their vital services during this unprecedented time, and to support people who are most at risk during prolonged periods of isolation.

‘The fund, which is now closed, has been open to organisations working in our neighbourhoods that are supporting those with low and insecure incomes, young people, older people, vulnerable adults, and those experiencing mental ill-health. This grant is one of 30 we’ve awarded since we launched the scheme in March to help cover costs such as staffing and volunteers’ expenses, equipment and general running costs.’

Jamie Holyland form the YAA told us:

‘The funding from Catalyst came at a time when YAA and our service users needed it most. This money helps to stabilise the work that we do so we can continue to provide much-needed services during the pandemic’.

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