Although we had to close the doors of The ClementJames Centre in March 2020, from the very first day of lockdown, we continued to support the community. With many people losing their jobs and applying for benefits; many families struggling with home-schooling; and many members of the community struggling with isolation, we ensured that we adapted our services to meet the needs of the community.
In the first lockdown we provided support by:
We also continued making mentoring calls via video and telephone, offering Information, Advice and Guidance appointments and making regular welfare checks to the most vulnerable members of the community who were no longer able to pop into the centre for an afternoon to say hi.
We are pleased that despite the challenges of the pandemic, in 2019/20 we were able to support over 1,200 children and young people and over 1,100 adults.
At the beginning of the third lockdown in January 2021, we brought all of our services online once again, reaching all of our students and clients remotely. Although we are currently looking forward to welcoming everyone back into the centre, a transition period will take place ensuring the safety of our clients, students, volunteers, and staff.
Find out more about our Covid-19 response in our latest Impact Report: