Help is at hand for chil­dren

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WE are all aware that the coro­n­avirus pan­demic is hav­ing an im­pact on ev­ery­one in our so­ci­ety, with the most vul­ner­a­ble be­ing ex­posed to even more risk.

Wor­ry­ingly, thou­sands of chil­dren are in dan­ger of be­ing left be­hind if their needs are not met.

The pan­demic has meant that vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren and young peo­ple are in­creas­ingly hid­den from sup­port ser­vices.

But with the help of a £7m pack­age of sup­port from the Depart­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion, Barnardo’s is bring­ing to­gether a coali­tion of na­tional and lo­cal char­i­ties to iden­tify and sup­port those most at risk at this time of cri­sis.

Barnardo’s is proud to be man­ag­ing the See, Hear, Respond re­sponse cen­tre.

Through our tele­phone re­fer­ral ser­vice, we will re­fer any con­cerns about a vul­ner­a­ble child raised to the lo­cal part­ner agency best­placed to help. Sup­port will in­clude an on­line hub of in­for­ma­tion, on­line coun­selling and ther­apy, face-to-face sup­port for those most af­fected and at risk of some of to­day’s most per­ti­nent is­sues.

There is also help for chil­dren and young peo­ple to rein­te­grate back into school.

The new ser­vice will see the col­lec­tive of char­i­ties work­ing along­side other com­mu­nity-based or­gan­i­sa­tions, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, schools, col­leges, po­lice forces and health­care pro­fes­sion­als - all pulling to­gether to pro­vide so­lu­tions to the chal­lenges fac­ing chil­dren and fam­i­lies.

The pro­gramme will fo­cus on find­ing and reach­ing out to chil­dren around the coun­try who are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing neg­a­tive im­pacts on their health and well­be­ing, as well as those at risk of harm.

Helplines are open from 9am to 9pm Mon­day to Fri­day; 10am – 6pm at week­ends. Read­ers can call 0800 157 7015 to make a re­fer­ral or go to barnar­dos.org.uk/see-hear­respond to find out more.

As we all con­tinue to nav­i­gate the coro­n­avirus and its af­ter­math, this Govern­ment pack­age of sup­port will help us to en­sure that those chil­dren across the North West who are most at risk have ac­cess to a life­line and do not fall through the cracks.

Steve Oversby North re­gional di­rec­tor Barnardo’s WALK FOR DE­MEN­TIA

UN­DER nor­mal cir­cum­stances, many thou­sands of peo­ple would have by now signed up to take part in an Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety Mem­ory Walk.

These hugely pop­u­lar events bring peo­ple to­gether in a va­ri­ety of stun­ning lo­ca­tions to unite against de­men­tia, whilst rais­ing vi­tal funds to sup­port those af­fected by the con­di­tion.

It would have been my 10th year at­tend­ing such an event.

While it sad­dens me that we can’t all get to­gether this year, I’m de­ter­mined with my fam­ily to walk my own way in mem­ory of my nana. Peo­ple with de­men­tia have been the worst hit by the cur­rent cri­sis and need us more than ever – in the UK a quar­ter of those who have died of coro­n­avirus had de­men­tia.

Wher­ever you are, we can all still help make a dif­fer­ence and I en­cour­age you to sign up ei­ther with your house­hold – pets in­cluded – friends, or an­other house­hold in line with cur­rent govern­ment guide­lines.

Cre­ate your own route, from lap­ping your gar­den or lo­cal park to re­vis­it­ing some­where spe­cial.

This year’s San­tander-spon­sored Mem­ory Walk is free to reg­is­ter.

Walks can be or­gan­ised any­time be­tween now and Oc­to­ber – or you might choose to do it on Septem­ber 20 to mark World Alzheimer’s Day.

Sign up now at mem­o­ry­walk.org. uk and with ev­ery step, you’ll help change the lives of peo­ple af­fected by de­men­tia.

Vicky McClure Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety am­bas­sador

If you can’t find a Sus­pended Cof­fee or Pay it For­ward scheme near you, why not give a do­na­tion to a food bank?

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