We are aware that this pandemic has put a huge strain on young people and families. Being unable to connect to people for months has a huge impact on everyone’s mental health. We are concerned about the impact of Covid-19 on the safety and wellbeing of young people, particularly those who were already vulnerable before the pandemic. We believe that addressing and nurturing young people’s social and emotional wellbeing is key to managing Covid-19 related uncertainty and transitioning safely from lockdown. So now more than ever we feel having a mentor to walk and talk with a young person is needed.

Research by Kooth (2020) has found that many young people are feeling unhappy and lonely during lockdown while a report by Partnership for Young London and Good Thinking (2020) recently revealed that boredom and uncertainty are key concerns. If you have existing mental health needs, coronavirus could be putting even more pressure on you. In a survey by Young Minds (2020), 83% of respondents agreed that the pandemic has made their mental health worse.

The great thing about our service is that we can continue to provide mentoring sessions during this lockdown period in accordance with government guideline. We like to encourage all our mentors and mentees to enjoy activities outside as much as possible, utilizing the great open spaces London has to offer. We can offer safe and secure virtual mentoring sessions as well and are also happy to have doorstep conversations. Whatever it takes to keep us all safe and to keep having great mentoring sessions with the children and young people.