The CUBE launches fundraising appeal
The CUBE youth centre at Symingtons Rec, part of Churches Together in Harborough, has launched a birthday fundraising campaign because of loss of income during the coronavirus lockdown.
It needs to raise at least £5,000 by the beginning of September if it is to continue employing sessional staff to oversee a Mentoring project for at-risk young people next academic year. It would also enable small group sessions at The Cube between now and Christmas and some extra counselling sessions.
The appeal follows reports in the national media that young people have suffered disproportionately from mental health issues during the lockdown period when schools have been closed and contact with friends and mentors has been restricted largely to social media. Part of the CUBE’s ministry is in schools, supporting their ever stretched Pastoral Teams, and with a particular focus on Year 7 who have just joined secondary school at this difficult time.
Youth Work Manager for the Harborough Youth and Community Trust (HYACT), Charlotte Cooper says, “there is an increase in young people needing counselling. Some has continued during the lockdown and on-line youth work has continued too, but has now stopped for the summer.” Charlotte, who is herself currently trapped in the Leicester area lockdown, adds that “we’re planning to have groups in person outside at The Cube in the next few weeks when I’m out of lockdown.”
The CUBE’s usual sources of income such as lettings and events like the Carnival have dried up and other potential funders have placed application processes on hold. Apart from personal donations, Charlotte suggests a novel fundraising idea, with community benefits, is offering to make cakes for neighbours in return for a donation to the CUBE. A leaflet is available electronically to give out.
Donations can be sent via gofundme.com/f/the-cube-fundraiser and Charlotte can be contacted for more information at charlotte at thecubeyouth.org.uk.