Money raised by the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal is enabling YSS to support more people in Worcestershire, through its Discretionary Fund.

YSS is working in partnership with the Worcestershire Community Foundation to reach out to people who urgently need money for food, toiletries or mobile phone data until they are able to get back on their feet. In one week the fund has already helped 10 people, including Simon*, who needed £10 for mobile phone credit. Simon's keyworker Rachel, said “his phone credit had finished and he wasn't due his next UC payment until 7th April. His mother is 80 and vulnerable and self-isolating due to the COVID-19 pandemic and he was unable to call and keep in touch with her. This has made a massive difference to them both.”

The National Emergency Trust distributes funds via the network of 46 Community Foundations in the UK, each one has an in-depth understanding of their local area so they can ensure the funding goes where it is most needed and can make the most impact.

Tim*, 34, recently lost his job and lives in Worcester:

I didn't have enough money to buy food because my universal credit hadn't been paid, and I was relying on the food banks. Now I can buy enough food to keep me going for the week. 

The appeal is continuing to raise funds; please consider donating, to enable local charities to reach more people who need extra support during this difficult time. Please click here for more info: Thank you

*names and identities have been changed