25 March 2020

As of the 18th March YMCA Mendip & South Somerset’s Youth Clubs and Young Carers Groups have temporarily closed during the uncertain times surrounding the COVID-19 virus.

Whilst these services are closed, teams in other aspects of what we do are working as hard as ever. Teams in our housing support projects are providing an essential frontline service, supporting vulnerable people who need a safe place to stay and someone that they can trust.

As a charity we are committed to health and wellbeing and supporting families; and so we will see how in the current context we can evolve to provide that support in new and accessible ways.

We will also need to focus on essential services to ensure sustainability during this period of financial challenge. Anyone who would consider supporting us at this difficult time, please get in touch fundraising@mendipymca.org.uk , or donate via the button at the top of our homepage.

We are asking everyone to follow the current government advice when making lifestyle choices; but in so doing, please find ways to ensure you look after you and your family’s wellbeing and find new and innovative ways to support each other. This link from Mind may help you with this:

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

Whilst the news headlines can cause panic, in the midst of the challenge there are some wonderful signs of hope. Communities are rallying together to support each other.

We find ourselves in an unprecedented situation with the Covid-19 pandemic affecting our families, our businesses and communities. We know that in such times it is more important than ever to keep in touch and look out for one another. YMCA we have been through global challenges before and we will continue to be here and offer support through this one.