Help young refugees affected by COVID-19
We don't want young refugees to face Coronavirus alone. Donate now to ensure they get the vital help and support they need.
RSN's Coronavirus response
At RSN, we are putting in place a range of measures to respond wisely and compassionately to COVID-19 and its far-reaching impact.
These include following NHS guidance on managing the spread of Coronavirus.
- maintain a culture and ethos of hope, faith and generosity in the face of uncertainty, fear and scarcity;
- keep providing high quality educational and psychosocial support and community to young refugees and asylum seekers while our office is closed and face-to-face meetings are suspended, in line with public health guidance;
- respond to the acute needs of some of the most vulnerable young refugees and asylum seekers as they cope with Coronavirus alongside pre-existing significant mental health and safeguarding challenges;
- promote the wellbeing of our staff team and the 150 volunteer mentors who provide the weekly educational support which enables young refugees and asylum seekers to move forward in education, feel less isolated and become more integrated in their local communities;
- plan ahead with wisdom to ensure the sustainability of our work in the long term, especially as we embark on our new building project to lay the foundations for years of service to young refugees and asylum seekers.
These are challenging times for us all, and particularly for young asylum seekers and refugees, most of whom are already in precarious situations.
In this context of challenge, we are grateful for so many things:
- the generosity of partner organisations who have been so quick to share ideas and resources;
- the backing of grant-makers who have told us that they’ll keep supporting us even when we’re unable to run projects as planned;
- the unexpected words and donations from supporters which encourage us that our needs will be met;
- the thoughtfulness and adaptability of our volunteers and staff members who remain determinedly committed to young refugees and asylum seekers;
- the resilience and courage of young refugees and asylum seekers who have so much to teach us about how to navigate life when all our notions of safety and security are under such threat.
To show young refugees and asylum seekers that you’re on their side, and to enable us to provide the additional support our most vulnerable young people need at this time, would you consider making a gift to RSN?
Click here to make a one-off gift and/or click here if you’d prefer to make a monthly contribution, enabling us to plan well and respond to emerging needs.
We will be communicating more detailed information to relevant stakeholders in the coming days. In the meantime, if you have any questions about RSN’s response to COVID-19, please get in touch with our Chief Executive, Catherine Gladwell.