The Honeypot emergency action plan: can you help?
Lymington Mayor's chosen charity for 2019/2020 plea to support young carers during this highly stressful and anxious time and afterwards
The Honeypot Children’s Charity offers both respite breaks and outreach support to young carers in the New Forest area, many of whom would otherwise have nowhere to turn. Honeypot was chosen by Lymington Mayor, Cllr Anne Corbridge, as the 2019/2020 charity.
Respite breaks for young carers have been cancelled
Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus outbreak Honeypot have had to cancel respite breaks until further notice and due to their financial situation, all operations staff are now 'furloughed workers'. This includes team leaders, play workers, operations office and site management staff. Although this is hard news to swallow, the alternative would have been redundancy, so at least this means that when the crisis passes, they will be able to come back to provide our critical support of respite breaks to young carers.
Honeypot run with reserves to keep the charity operational in case of a dip in income from fundraising, but are worried for the future because they won't be raising funds from events, corporate supporters, community groups and schools in the next few months, even though they have taken significant steps to reduce our costs at the moment.
The charity launched an emergency appeal on Wednesday to try to make sure that Honeypot is here to support young carers during this highly stressful and anxious time and afterwards.
Honeypot’s Emergency Action Plan will:
- Raise the funds now to pay for an intensive schedule of respite breaks for over 1000 young carers, as soon as the crisis is over. Having something to look forward to is a vital tool in coping with negative emotions. By raising the funds now, Honeypot will be able to let young carers know that they will be receiving a respite break in the near future.
- Work in partnership with other children’s agencies to create a safety net that will allow children’s support services to identify young carers who are in crisis and need immediate intervention.
- Post out colouring books, birthday and post cards, puzzles, games and arts and crafts supplies to combat anxiety and loneliness.
- Create virtual activities and signpost young carers to other useful online resources.
The charity asks everyone to share information about the appeal with contacts and friends.
Young carers need our help more than ever. Facing the prospect of looking after potentially vulnerable family members all by themselves, they’ve got a lot to worry about.
The Queen has asked us all to play our part in “protecting the most vulnerable within our society, finding new ways of staying in touch with each other and making sure that loved ones are safe.” With your help, we’ll be putting into place an Emergency Action Plan to make sure young carers are safe, have what they need to cope, and are given something to look forward to.
"We can’t let coronavirus stop us supporting young carers when they need us most. But in the face of cancelled events and fundraisers, we need your support to make it happen", says the charity on their website.
"The next few months will be challenging for all of us, but we can get through it together. You can let young carers know they’re not in this alone: donate now to our emergency action plan, and give young carers hope for a happy childhood."
Find out more about the Honeypot Emergency Action Plan here: https://www.honeypot.org.uk/news/emergency-action-plan/
If you can, please donate to the Honeypot Children's Charity here: https://honeypotchildrens.charitycheckout.co.uk/cf/10f4/emergency-plan#!/