Barnardo’s has a 150 year history of serving the most vulnerable children and young people in our society. In these unprecedented times of crisis, we remain as committed to this mission as we have ever been.
The Covid-19 crisis has created a perfect storm of acute need and a sudden loss of income for the charitable sector. Estimates suggest charities will lose over £4bn over 12 weeks, and whilst Barnardo’s is in a relatively strong position coming into this crisis, our income has already suffered significantly too, losing a third of our monthly income.
Despite this stark backdrop we are working flat out to ensure that our 1000+ services across the UK continue to provide essential support. We are still providing face to face support to the most vulnerable children with complex needs, including those in residential care, in our special schools and in supported accommodation.
Beyond that, in line with Government guidance, our buildings are closed but our doors are open. We have invested in moving other services online, by phone or through other digital platforms, and redesigning many services so staff can provide effective support from the safety of their own homes.
However, like many others, we have made significant changes to ensure Barnardo’s is able to withstand the prolonged impact of the Covid-19 crisis on our ability to bring in essential income. This has included closing our 700+ Retail shops and cutting back on spend wherever we can.
We’ve redoubled efforts to make the case for greater support for vulnerable children and their families to senior ministers, parliamentarians and key officials through direct dialogue and through the media.
In addition, Barnardo’s has launched an emergency fundraising appeal to inspire members of the public, philanthropists, foundations and companies to donate to Barnardo’s at this critical moment.
I can assure you that we are taking decisive action to ensure we can continue to support the children and families who need us now and in the future. We will continue to have a strong voice, and to be bold and brave on their behalf.
Your support makes a difference. So please continue to advocate on behalf of the vulnerable children and young people we support, to partner with us, champion the issues, and spread the word - to your colleagues, friends, family and wider networks.
We know that every action you take for us will make a difference. Now, more than ever we need the support of everyone who, alongside Barnardo’s, Believes in Children.