Includem has donated £500 each to 10 voluntary and charitable groups around the country to help see them through the Covid-19 emergency, so they can continue to deliver essential services to young people and families in need.
The impact of coronavirus on young people and families in Scotland will be immeasurable. At this time more than any, we value the holistic support we can provide to young people and families through partner organisations within the communities where we work. As we move beyond the immediate crisis, our communities will need support to pick up the pieces - it is essential that local community resources will still be running.
That’s why we asked our 10 service delivery teams from across Scotland to nominate a local organisation to receive a £500 donation from Includem reserves.
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Iain Forbes as our new Chair of the Board of Trustees.
Former Managing Director of The Herald and Evening Times, Iain takes on the role after a career spent supporting a number of third sector organisations.
“Your life will get better, maybe not today or tomorrow, or next week but it will get better eventually.”
I have always liked quotes, sayings and how wonderful wordsmiths can capture and articulate what people are feeling so adeptly. Me, I struggle with that. I am a passionate speaker; if you meet me you can see that I believe in what I am saying and sometimes I get carried away with that!
So, I am sat at home writing this reflection. I am here with my wife and not my children, not just because they have their own homes, but because my wife and I fall into the high risk category for Covid-19. Who would ever have thought two boring mid-50 year olds would ever be at risk by seeing their own children? This is something I am struggling with and has led me to reflect on the challenge of what is happening, especially in regards to my fundamental beliefs:
The health and wellbeing of the young people and families we support, and of our staff, is of the utmost importance to us.
Includem is committed to ensuring, as far as possible, that we continue to deliver support to young people, families and our colleagues, and keep working positively throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Continuing to provide this support, where possible and safe, is our first priority.
Given the current situation, we are taking a number of reasonable and responsible steps to protect our colleagues and the young people we engage with.
As we mark Care Day 2020, Includem reflects and considers what the implications are for Scotland’s most vulnerable children and families following on from the Independent Care Review that heard the voices of over 5,500 people. What is clear is the need for us to consider the wellbeing and happiness of our young people currently experiencing care as well as what this review means for the future of care in Scotland.