Alan Karas, Community Connector at Centre81 in Clydebank told us:
“Given the school closures, there are challenges to local families, even more so with issues around reduced household income, increased energy costs, and restricted access to food – the steering group felt it was important to at least try to make an effort to support the local families we work with. The importance of activities and keeping busy for children’s mental health, self-worth, and physical health being considered alongside existing ‘holiday hunger’ issues we decided to redistribute our funding and activities to support local young people off site, rather than within Centre81, which after Govt guidelines could no longer be open to the public. Our youth work staff / volunteers have been taking referrals from social media they also have been creating the packs from their homes.
We made up 100 packs and promoted this with our usual partners and through social media that we would provide these activity packs to any young person in the local area.
We have been amazed by the response of the community with number of local citizens wanting to help.”