Government urged to support London’s youth clubs affected by coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government urged to support London’s youth clubs affected by coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has issued a warning about the future of London’s vital youth clubs and community organisations, which have been impacted significantly by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. ‘Immediate support’ from the government is needed for the services to not go ‘back to square one’, with almost one third of services facing closure within six months and 47% having had to furlough staff. Due to the valuable services provided by these youth clubs, often providing a ‘lifeline’ to the most vulnerable of young Londoners, losing the clubs could risk their physical and mental health, as well as risk them becoming involved in serious violence as lockdown eases.

So far, the Mayor has invested £70m in young Londoners and invested £2.1m with London’s Violence Reduction Unit to support projects for young Londoners over the summer and autumn. Additionally, City Hall is joining over 60 funders in a network to collectively invest over £20m to support civil society organisations.

Source: Mayor issues stark warning about the future of London’s youth clubs

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