COVID-19 appeal

Help the most vulnerable in society during this crisis

This coronavirus outbreak is hitting the most vulnerable children and families the hardest – many of whom rely on our services every single day. 

We need to be there for them, but we cannot do it without you.

Our crisis appeal will allow us to respond to the new challenges these children are facing, helping us to fund the vital services these children depend on. 

Some of the services your support could help: 

  • Our Child Law Advice helpline, which is inundated with calls at this time, and is supporting families experiencing domestic violence
  • The wellbeing and learning of children no longer receiving support from schools
  • Our crucial adoption and fostering services

"Thank you for everything. You have been there for me when everything started to go upside down… you reassured me and showed me that you cared. You have seen me through to the other side.”

- A child in care who was supported by a Coram advocate 

Thanks to a group of generous supporters, every donation you can make this month will be match-funded so that every gift can help us change children lives now more than ever. 

We’re still here for those who need us

We are adapting our crucial services so children and families can access the support they need. Our staff are reshaping our services to offer them online and over the phone to keep Coram working for those who rely on us. 

Delivering virtual therapy sessions

We are providing remote Music and Art Therapy sessions for vulnerable children to ensure they continue to have the support they need during this crisis.

Providing crucial legal advice

Our Child Law Advice Service helpline is inundated with phone calls, and our staff are still picking up the phone to offer the education, health and family advice that is needed at this difficult time. 

Finding forever families for children in care

Our dedicated social workers are providing continued support to our adoptive families over the phone or via video call. We have also adapted our adoption information sessions to continue to welcome prospective adopters through virtual meetings, to ensure children waiting for adoption don't miss out.

Supporting children's wellbeing and learning

We are providing free, practical tools and guidance to help keep children safe - physically and emotionally - at this time of uncertainty. We've been overwhelmed by the number of young people in care and care leavers who are taking part in our regular online conversations aimed at giving them a voice to help improve the care system. And as parents struggle to home school, we are sharing tips and advice to help children get the most of reading, giving them somewhere to escape to and open up their imaginations.

  

Lucy* was referred to Coram for music therapy sessions when she was having difficulties at school.

 

Gradually, we were able to explore different sounds, instruments and song writing, so Lucy could try out new ways of expressing herself.

 

At one point music therapy was one of the only things lucy would engage with, and it is wonderful to see how much progress she has made since then.

 

Her confidence has grown and she is thriving.

 

She has found her voice, and it has been a joy to see her grow and progress like this

 

-  Music Therapist at Coram

 

 

 

*not her real name

 

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