Age UK is a national charity that works with a network of partners, including Age Scotland, Age Cymru, Age NI and local Age UKs across England, to help everyone make the most of later life, whatever their circumstances. In the UK, the Charity helps more than seven million older people each year by providing advice and support.
Older people have been particularly vulnerable during the pandemic, and at the beginning of lockdown calls to Age UK’s Advice Line increased by up to 88%, and the demand for its telephone friendship service increased by 290%.
Age UK is using National Emergencies Trust (NET) Coronavirus Appeal funding to help support its national Advice Line, website and telephone friendship services, as well as the services provided by Age Scotland, Age NI, Age Cymru and Age UK’s subsidiary charity The Silver Line Helpline.
Barnado’s works to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children and every year helps thousands of families to build a better future. In 2019 around 300,000 children, young people, parents and carers were supported by Barnardo’s through more than 1,000 services across the UK, such as young carers, care leavers, foster carers and adoptive parents, training and skills or parenting classes.
Barnado’s is using NET Coronavirus Appeal funding to:
- Launch the UK’s first helpline supporting vulnerable Black, Asian and minority ethnic children and families impacted by Covid-19. It will run from 1 October, 2020 until September 2021.
- Launch the See, Hear, Respond helpline and support service in NI, Scotland and Wales, building on the therapeutic work being carried out by Barnado’s See, Hear, Respond programme in England, which is funded by the Department of Education to provide therapeutic support to children and families impacted by Covid-19.
Through our partnership with Comic Relief, your donations help to support communities experiencing racial inequality.
Research continues to show that these communities are being disproportionately affected by Covid-19, so we are making every effort to ensure they receive support.
Comic Relief’s Global Majority Fund works with intermediary organisations that have valuable lived experience to find, and fund, locally-led grassroots projects.
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Cruse Bereavement Care
Cruse Bereavement Care is the leading national charity for bereaved people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Cruse offers support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies, and works to enhance society’s care of bereaved people. It also provides training and consultancy for external organisations and for those who may encounter bereaved people in the course of their work. Its coronavirus website resources are available here.
Cruse will use NET Coronavirus Appeal funding to increase capacity on its helpline, improve data collection to reach a wider, more diverse audience and to become more accessible to those most in need.
DPO COVID-19 Coalition
DPO COVID-19 Coalition, led by Disability Action NI is a partnership with Disability Wales, Inclusion Scotland and Inclusion London. These organisations are run by and for disabled people and are inextricably linked to the communities in their regions through vast networks of member and partner organisations.
Funds from the NET Coronavirus Appeal will help to bolster information and advice services within the organisations, employing a grants officer and distributing funds to grassroots DPOs to ensure disabled people are less isolated, more independent and their voices are heard and reflected in recovery strategies.
Heads Together Coalition
The Heads Together Coalition brings together charities with decades of experience in tackling the stigma around mental health in the UK. Its charity partners intend to build on their rich histories of tackling stigma, raising awareness and providing vital help for people with mental health challenges.
The Heads Together Coalition, which includes mental health charity Mind, will use NET Coronavirus Appeal funding to support its remote support offering. This will include Mind’s Infoline and web support – enabling those in need to access the support they need. Funding will also go towards the upcoming Heads Together Campaign, which will encourage people to seek support around their mental health.
LGBT+ Consortium is the UK’s umbrella body for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans+ voluntary and community organisations, with a membership of 370 organisations. The Consortium’s eight helpline partners are all member organisations who provide direct services to LGBT+ people and communities across the UK. The partners are: Switchboard LGBT+, MindOut, Galop, Brighton and Hove Switchboard, LGBT Health and Wellbeing, Cara Friend, The Intercom Trust and LGBT Foundation.
The Consortium is using NET Coronavirus Appeal funding to address the additional needs of LGBT+ people and communities most adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and to support and strengthen LGBT+ organisations that have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Refuge is the largest operator of services for survivors of domestic abuse across England and will be working in partnership with:
- NEXUSNI operating Northern Ireland’s 24 Hour Domestic and Sexual Abuse Helpline offering support, signposting and referrals for victims, family, friends and professionals
- Scottish Women’s Aid, the lead organisation in Scotland working to end domestic abuse and serves as an umbrella for 36 member groups that provide specialist services, including refuge accommodation, advocacy, and support
- Welsh Women’s Aid, the national federation of specialist organisations in Wales, working with its members and wider society to end all forms of violence against women domestic abuse and sexual violence.
The partners will use NET Coronavirus Appeal funds to increase the capacity of the helplines across the UK, and each organisation has identified projects that will reach out to those who face significant barriers when accessing services.
Shelter is the UK’s leading housing and homelessness charity and believes that everyone should have a safe home. It helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through its free emergency helpline, webchat service, and local advice, support and legal services. And it campaigns to make sure that one day no one will have to turn to Shelter for help.
Shelter will use NET Coronavirus Appeal funds to support 31 new advisers for the charity’s emergency helplines in England and Scotland. It will also help to fund support delivered by Shelter Cymru in Wales, and online advice for Housing Rights in Northern Ireland. Since March, three in five calls to Shelter England’s helpline have been from people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. And in England alone, and estimated 322,000 private renting adults have fallen behind on their rent as a result of the pandemic.
The Refugee Council
The Refugee Council, in partnership with Scottish Refugee Council, Welsh Refugee Council and Bryson Care in Northern Ireland, supports refugees and people seeking asylum from the moment they arrive in the UK. These organisations provide crisis advice, practical and emotional support for children and adults and help refugees to integrate into their new communities.
The consortium will use NET Coronavirus Appeal funding to deliver an emergency infoline for refugees and people seeking asylum in need of urgent help. It will also deliver crisis support for those at risk of homelessness and destitution, resources to facilitate digital inclusion, mental health support for adults in the asylum system, and mental health and case work support for unaccompanied children.
UK Community Foundations (UKCF)
UK Community Foundations (UKCF) and its network enables your donations to reach small charities and groups right across the UK.
These groups have been incredible at spotting neighbours in need, and finding creative ways to help them – fast. Whether that’s transforming the local sports club into a soup kitchen, or investing in IT equipment so that they can continue to offer vital support services from a safe social distance.
Find out more about UKCF’s work here