These are difficult times for everyone in the borough, and particularly for the most vulnerable – people who are lonely, unwell or struggling with their family or financial situation.
Lockdown has put a huge strain on our sense of security, and the mental well-being of us all, but those already living in hardship are going to be disproportionately affected, even as lockdown eases. At Islington Giving we are doing all we can to help local organisations who work with them directly.
We launched an Islington Giving Crisis Fund at the start of the lockdown. The generosity of Islington’s residents, businesses and local and national funders has meant that nearly £400,000 has been raised and given out. Every penny has gone directly to where it’s needed, as Islington Giving’s costs are funded by one of its founders.
Money from this fund will go straight back out to organisations we know and trust, working in the community with residents who are isolated, anxious and in most need of financial support through this crisis.
Some of the fund money has gone directly to residents in need of food or help with fuel bills via the London Borough of Islington’s Residents Support Scheme, as well as through our other trusted partners.
But still more is needed. Lockdown may be easing, but the crisis isn’t yet over. There are questions over the opportunities our young people will have, issues around supporting the mental health of all and pressing needs for those still struggling financially.
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