Supporting young learners and their families through a partnership of local organisations
Young people and their families have been affected heavily during the coronavirus outbreak and in its aftermath – with many families juggling home school, working from home, stresses of everyday life amplified by the health, job and finances worries. Those living in areas of low income have been affected particularly hard.
3VA, a local volunteer action group has been working with 6 local organisations and number of schools in Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden to deliver emergency support over Summer. The Sussex Learning Network was pleased to award 3VA funding through the ‘Emergency Outreach Fund’ which was set-up as a direct response of the pandemic. It has funded 14 different organisations to during Covid to support some of our most vulnerable learners.
Tubbs Computer Supplies, provided 36 refurbished computers to families in Shinewater and Willingdon Trees in Eastbourne in a space of just over 4 weeks. Machines which otherwise would have gone to landfill have been refurbished and delivered to families who don’t have suitable IT to help their children access online learning and resources.
Towner Art Gallery and CraftyAnnies developed nearly 300 activity learning packs for young people which have been distributed across Eastbourne and Seaford and across Wealden District with the help of local volunteers. Packs provided an attractive alternative to help alleviate ‘lockdown boredom’ and engage with quality educational content away from the formal school’s resources, helping young learners stay motivated.
Holding Space in Eastbourne is offering free support to parents and children and young people who struggle with mental health and wellbeing as a result of all the challenges related to the coronavirus outbreak, helping everyone cope with the situation and supporting children’s learning and development. Four families are already receiving professional help.
The Emergency Outreach Fund is part of the Uni Connect programme funded by the Office for Students.