Includem, Scotland’s youth and family support charity, has been appointed by the Scottish Government as the National Childhood Bereavement Coordinator with Denisha Killoh, former stigma co-chair of the Independent Care Review set to coordinate the project.
Includem has today released a report on poverty and the impact coronavirus is having on young people and families we support.
We asked families what their experiences of meeting day-to-day costs has been like over the past 12 months and what impact COVID-19 has had on them.
Our Chief Executive, Martin Dorchester, said: “We support some of the poorest and most marginalised young people and families in Scotland. We knew that coronavirus was going to hit them the hardest, and this research has sadly confirmed this.”
Today Includem has published our Staying Connected report which looks at the digital inclusion of young people and families we support.
We were already living in an increasingly digital world, but the Covid-19 emergency has accelerated the introduction and use of digital technologies at an unprecedented rate. With lockdown and social distancing measures in place, many services and organisations, such as Includem, are trying to continue to deliver services and support young people and families remotely via predominantly digital tools.
A recent evaluation report by academics from the University of Dundee and the University of Massachusetts has found our Transition Support Service is “highly effective” in helping young people achieve independent living.
Our Transition Support Service exists to provide young people aged 14 – 25 years with additional support to confidently live an independent life, beyond Includem’s support.
Months of hard work paid has paid off for one of our Dundee Project Workers, Claire Kelly, whose research paper on substance misuse amongst young people was published by the Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice (CYCJ).
Claire successfully applied to take part in the three-month research placement with CYCJ, which was in collaboration with Includem. The paper takes a look at the existing research literature on young people and substances, and includes the experiences of Includem staff.