Donate BIG with the Summer Give

Written by Alice Skeats

While most children cannot wait for the summer holidays and enjoying fun activities with their family and friends, there are many children in London who won’t have anything to look forward too.

In London, 50% of disadvantaged children will be on their own all day and 66% will be left without enough food to eat. 54% will have witnessed violence and a further 48% will have seen drug misuse.

With help from the Childhood Trust and the Big Give we can greatly improve the summer break for thousands of children across the city.

The Summer Give Campaign supports London’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people and this week all donations to the campaign will be doubled. Every £1 you donate will be matched, so be quick and get your donation doubled now.

Last year the Summer Give raised £778k for 36 projects and helped around 12,000 children and young people.

This year the initiative will raise funds for 48 wonderful charities supporting 15,000 disadvantaged children across every London borough. Here are just a select few of the very many that are making a difference:

  1. Kitchen Social – Kitchen Social is a Mayor’s Fund for London holiday food provision programme which provides nutritious meals and fun activities for thousands of children during the summer holidays
  2. Carney’s Youth Crime Prevention programme – Through a wide range of fun activities, sport and mentoring, this project helps to turn young people away from crime and in to upstanding members of their community, to be the best they can possibly be.
  3. Bexley Moorings Summer Activity Group – This project reaches out to some of the most isolated and vulnerable young people in the community, many whom are referred by social services. Through positive engagement and a wide range of activities it supports those struggling with emotional issues, anxiety, low confidence and self esteem
  4. iCAN – ‘iCAN’ provides fun, enriching sport, art and recreational activities for 160 disabled children and teens from 0 – 19, including swimming, horse-riding, ice-skating, cycling, music and exercise
  5. Summer Play for Child Survivors of Abuse & Slavery – Hundreds of children each year take refuge from domestic abuse and modern slavery in safe houses across London. Summer play provides these children with the chance to get their childhood back – to play, to smile, to run, to laugh – knowing they are safe

Nextdoor is proud to be partnering with the Childhood Trust and is encouraging Nextdoor members across all London boroughs to reach out within their own neighbourhoods to see what they can do to make a difference. Whether it’s giving up some time to volunteer, donating food items or contributing financially, every little helps.

The Nextdoor team will also be doing their bit and volunteering with some of the charities supported by the Summer Give. Watch out for a blog post on this soon!

Chief Executive of The Childhood Trust, Laurence Guinness said: “Across London this summer children are facing hunger, violence and neglect. With reduced government funding it’s left up to charities to change this. Our Summer Give campaign doubles donations to provide a lifeline for London’s most disadvantaged kids, funding projects to help keep kids safe, well fed and engaged in fun activities throughout the holidays.

“We are so pleased to have the Nextdoor team on board to support and promote our Summer Give campaign to Nextdoor members and look forward to having them volunteer with several of the charities we support.”

To donate and have your contribution doubled click here.

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