Throughout COVID, YMCA Derbyshire regularly adapted its services to meet the ever- changing and increased needs of young people and their community. In delivering one-on-one support, the team quickly realized that many were struggling with poor mental health, food and digital poverty, loneliness and isolation.
In response, YMCA Derbyshire created more than 1,000 emergency food parcels for individuals and families in need, as well as cooking and delivering more than 200 warm meals a month for those who could not buy fresh produce due to mental health or financial issues.
Thanks to fantastic relationships with community members, businesses also donated laptops, mobiles and dongles, which came as a huge relief to so many who would have otherwise been completely isolated with no connection to the outside world.
In addition, YMCA Derbyshire is fortunate enough to have a Community Connector, whose role is to keep in touch with organisations and individuals in the community and keep everyone engaged, which offered vital support during such a challenging time.