Global’s Make Some Noise is supporting charities like Kids Inspire which provides therapeutic support to vulnerable children, young people and families who are affected by issues that include mental health problems, emotional/ behavioural difficulties, trauma, family conflict, self-harming behaviours, suicidal ideation and child-to-parent violence.
The aim of the charity is to make a positive difference to young lives by shaping their futures.
Since the start of the pandemic demand for the services at Kids Inspire has rocketed, they received over 500 new enquiries for support and have started helping an additional 175 individuals.
In addition to their existing service users, the charity has established the Talk Together programme which gives a child, young person, adult or keyworker access to a mental health service where they can meet (virtually) with a qualified psychotherapist or counsellor online.
The long-term impact of the Coronavirus cannot be predicted but Kids Inspire expects that when schools reopen, they will have the highest demand for services in 13 years. This is especially challenging as they are also expecting a 50% reduction in income over the next 9 months due to the cancellation of events and fundraising because of the Coronavirus.
Lilly, age 4 lives with her foster carers and was hoping to find a forever home this September, before her 5th birthday.
Research shows that once a child reaches five years of age the chances of being adopted reduces by 60%.
Her foster father has cancer and was awaiting a lifesaving transplant that has now been put on hold . Also, in the house are two elderly parents and a relative who is recovering from spinal surgery. Currently, the family are self-isolating for a minimum of 12 weeks.
Lilly has loved the treasure bag provided by Kids Inspire [consisting of art and play materials] and with her foster Mum has engaged in her online sessions with her Trauma Therapist, which she described as a lifeline.
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