The Lord Mayor’s Appeal has announced a new charity partnership with Samaritans, Place2Be and OnSide Youth Zones.
This is the first time three charities have come together in a partnership to work with the Lord Mayor's Appeal and any funds raised will go towards helping a range of people of all ages, across the capital over the next three years.
All the charities understand the importance of people of all ages being more aware of their emotional wellbeing in order to cope with the challenges that life can sometimes come their way.
Funds raised for Samaritans will be put towards developing a revolutionary online programme and will pioneer new volunteering opportunities, which offer flexibility to the City work force. Every six seconds somebody contacts Samaritans for help and their team of 20,000 volunteers offer a safe space to talk for those struggling to cope. Last year the charity’s 201 branches responded to 5.7 million requests for help across UK and Ireland.
OnSide Youth Zones
The partnership with the Lord Mayor's Appeal will enable OnSide Youth Zones to: offer high quality mentoring, personal development and employability skills training to ensure young Londoners are future-ready and partner with local voluntary organisations to provide a range of inspirational and developmental activities. It will also help young people with disabilities through the provision of specialist equipment.
The partnership with the Lord Mayor’s Appeal will enable Place2Be to help schools in London to meet the needs of their most vulnerable children by equipping 360 school leaders with the skills and knowledge to develop their school’s mental health strategy and to support their pupils’ emotional wellbeing, reaching 81,000 children.
The partnership will also help Place2Be to support the recruitment and training of volunteer mental health professionals who will work with 20,000 children and young people in schools over a five-year period.