The coronavirus pandemic is a worrying time for all of our communities. We think it is especially difficult for young refugees living in the UK without their families – social interaction with their peers has become much harder and the loneliness and isolation can add to existing stress and worry.
In light of the government rules, we have sadly had to close Injera Club during the lockdown. However, we want to continue to provide the same level of support that we did to young people – and to make sure they don't feel that they have been abandoned. During this lockdown period, to keep everyone safe and protected, we are doing the following:
1. Our volunteers are phoning each young person who attends Injera Club for a regular chat and catch up, to find out their news and what we can do to support them through this difficult time – whether that means listening to a worry or helping them to speak to their social workers about a problem or finding a second hand laptop to send to them so they can continue their english classes online.
2. We are starting occasional deliveries of home-cooked food to young people living alone without a foster family – what would Injera Club be without Injera!
3. We are working with other organisations to continue to make referrals where young people need extra support – whether it is a housing issue or an immigration issue, we can connect them with our partners who can help them navigate the challenge. We are also helping to put together resources to help young people understand the new police powers.
We're hopeful that we will be back to Injera Club sooner rather than later. If you'd like to support our work in the mean time, please consider a regular donation! Thank you