Credit: The Renewal Trust

A Nottingham charity boss has stated that more needs to be done to deal with young people’s mental health.

Renewal Trust CEO Cherry Underwood also spoke about the impact that the Coronavirus has had on family’s wellbeing.

The regeneration charity works with the aim to renovate the areas of Sneinton and St Ann’s.

The virus has made it a struggle for charities like the Renewal Trust to do their duty in providing support for people that look to them for help.

But now faced with another lockdown, the trust has made it a goal to try and prevent restrictions from affecting local families.

Underwood, 47, said: “We are dealing with a global pandemic now but soon we will move to a different type of health crisis around our young people’s mental health.

People have got to be kept connected, their social networks are damaged above and beyond anything you and I can comprehend.

“We’ve just got to keep connecting our kids, bringing them together and giving them opportunities in order to try and help them through this so they can start to regrow.

“They were getting food and essentials, but they were also getting activity bags for the kids; footballs, skipping ropes, soft balls, playing cards, all the sorts of things that a lot of us would take for granted, we took out for those families.”

The organisation used the half-term period to bring kids in the area together via their Autumn-Live events.

Now with more government restrictions, charities like Renewal Trust continue to try and find new ways of helping their communities.

Nic Williams, 42, Community Lead for the charity said: “There has been so many regulations and changes that we’ve been constantly having to develop.

“COVID has made us think differently, be out the box a bit more and take some chances.

“We have been delivering food parcels, delivering breakfast bags to families.

“There’s a little bit about looking at what the need is in the community and what people are saying and reacting to that quickly.”

For more on the charity, visit http://renewaltrust.co.uk

 

By Jack Thurlow