Why The Children’s Society?
Children are facing the worst crisis they have ever experienced. Many have been plunged into poverty, cut off from support, left in danger of abuse and neglect by the pandemic.
The Children’s Society fights for the futures of these young people, by providing specialist support that empowers them to make positive changes and rediscover their hope. Working alongside young people, their families and community, they will not rest until together, step-by-step, they’ve created a society built for all children.
Here’s how the money you raise will help young people supported by The Children’s Society:
£10 could buy phone credit for a young person to keep a vital lifeline with their project worker
£30 could help a child who is homeless find somewhere to live
£50 could provide counseling to help a traumatized child regain hope
Helping young people
By streaming your gameplay you can help make a difference to the lives of young people like Alyssa, Molly and Suhail.
‘I didn’t know how to cope’
Alyssa is nearly 16. She lives in a small town with her mum, stepdad and two siblings. She loves debating politics and considers her voice her greatest strength.
But not so long ago, Alyssa felt like she was ‘drowning’. When she was younger, she watched her dad hit her mum. Other times he would hit her too.
They moved away. Alyssa was excited to leave it all behind. However, soon she was being bullied by the girls in her new school. She kept all her emotions bottled up. She felt like no one would understand.
‘Many times I struggled to keep my life’
When Suhail first arrived in the UK, it wasn’t easy. ‘You basically start a new life, in a new country, new culture, with new things around. It’s like you’re stuck in the middle of somewhere like clay or quicksand. When you try to get out, it’s really hard.’
Being alone, he had to learn to get by the hard way. ‘It’s really extremely hard because you don’t know anything. Especially if you have to do everything on your own without your family.’
At first, he felt desperately sad. He had no one to turn to. ‘I used to get really emotional, I felt like crying.’
‘I’m very keen to help other young carers’
Since 10 years old, Molly has looked after her mum, dad, nan and stepdad. But she hasn’t let caring get in the way of a bright future. Since joining our young carer programme, Molly has become more focused on her dreams and she regularly speaks out for young carers’ rights.
‘From the age of about 10 I’ve been looking after my mum, my nan, my dad and stepdad. I started off looking after my mum who had a slipped disc and a pacemaker fitted.
My nan is registered blind, my dad had a head injury a few years ago and he lost a lot of his memory, and then my stepdad had an aortic valve replacement four years ago that went wrong.’
Molly cooks, cleans, picks up medicine and pays the bills. But she hasn’t let that stop her, she’s grown in confidence and she’s finding the time to pursue her dreams.