The Young Lives Foundation (YLF) continues to demonstrate great innovation and adaptability ensuring support is received by some of Kent’s most vulnerable children and young people through these difficult times. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, YLF staff and volunteers have sourced and delivered over 400 care packages and food parcels, continued to act as key workers alongside Kent Police in the county’s custody suites, offered regular catch ups and check ins to hundreds of young people and published weekly online tutorials and challenges.

As restrictions ease over these summer months, YLF volunteers are partaking in face-to-face visits with young people, offering support in a safe way whilst observing social distancing measures. The charity’s newly launched LEGENDS activity programme has resumed, and small youth groups are taking place in outdoor spaces and the children are loving being back! Chloe, aged 10 said, “I love being back and seeing my friends again. I don’t mind that it’s a smaller group and we can’t do as much – I’ve missed it so much.”

Stephen Gray, CEO says, “I am so proud of how we pulled together to keep children and their families supported, even when under very tight restrictions.  I have been blown away by how well we were able to adapt, the energy and enthusiasm of the whole team and of course the generosity of those who have supported our fundraising efforts.  None of this would have been possible without the additional funding received – the generosity we have seen in such uncertain times has been truly humbling.” YLF is still appealing for donations to support their young people. You can help by texting ‘DONATE YLF H72’ to 88802.

In addition, YLF is now offering its supporters a free Will to launch their new collaboration with The Goodwill Partnership. Read more about the offer at www.ylf.org.uk/gifts-in-wills