Little Lives UK were delighted to make a donation to Barking & Dagenham Youth Dance’ Street Dance Fitness project. As part of our ‘Children’s Community Support Programme’, we were inspired by the work they have done in their community, benefitting over 40,000 young people since they established in 2003.
Tiny Tim’s Children Centre recently got in touch with Little Lives UK, referring to some of the difficulties they have been facing due to Covid-19. As a charity, we know how much the pandemic has affected many tremendous organisations with the work they do helping young children. After chatting with them for a while, we were in no doubt that it would be worthwhile for us to offer some support to their centre, with a donation of £2,000.
Continuing with our Children’s Community Support Programme, one of the organisations we accepted into the programme are Sonshine Club. Specifically, our donation is going towards the weekly football sessions they arrange, which are very popular amongst children in their community.
Our new Children’s Community Support Programme is aiming to help children’s organisations based in London that are in need of support following the events of the past year. The second of these projects that we have chosen to support is The London Reading Centre’s ‘Music Marvels’ project.
Our donation will assist them with their efforts in helping children and young people, who have learning difficulties and are experiencing mental health related issues. Their ethos in aiming to support young people in the London community, to help them become confident and happy adults was a major factor in our offer of support.
Last week was mental health awareness week. At Little Lives UK, we are doing everything we can to help make sure that many of London’s children can receive much needed support for their mental health issues. We want to highlight some of the key facts on the mental health problems that children and young people are currently experiencing.
It has been a frustrating start of the year for Little Lives UK. Lockdown across the UK meant that our stores were closed for just under four months, and our projects put on hold. Unsurprisingly, this has meant that we have been unable to function as we would ideally like. Nonetheless, as a charity, we were determined not to do nothing throughout this time. Therefore, we set out to identify how we can not only help children through lockdown, but also how we can help the organisations that work with them.
Every April in the UK is Stress awareness month. In 2021, when everyone is feeling the stresses of lockdown and our uncertain futures, thinking about ways to control our stress level is critical this year. According to the Mental health Foundation, 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. So here are a few ways that you can regulate your stress.
The Coronavirus pandemic has presented enormous challenges to hundreds of organisations over the past year. Therefore, Little Lives UK’s fundamental aim of 2021 is to ensure we are doing everything we can to support the important work these organisations do in helping provide opportunities and support to children across London.