Demand for the support and guidance that JAN Trust offers has increased as a result of COVID-19 and lockdown. We understand that the effects of the pandemic are far-reaching, and do not only include health-related or economic trouble. We are committed to supporting our beneficiaries in these difficult times.
Lockdown has prevented many from leaving their homes safely, and shopping in a supermarket may not be an option for everyone. We have assisted our beneficiaries with essential needs by delivering food and medicine to women in the community.
Loneliness is also an issue which has only been made worse as people are required to stay home. People who might have interacted with others at community events such as markets, may now be unable to engage in social interactions. Not everyone has access to digital communication services or people to engage in digital socialising with. JAN Trust has provided online support to women who are experiencing mental health issues, especially from loneliness or isolation from family.
Unfortunately, lockdown has also led many women to be trapped in abusive domestic circumstances. JAN Trust has also continued to support women in these situations impartially, sensitively and confidentially, by offering guidance and advice. If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic violence, please call the free National Domestic Violence Helpline (24 hours) on 0808 2000 247. They can provide advice to access refuge space and contact details for local services to aid you. If you are in imminent danger, please call 999 immediately.
We are also aware that the effects of the pandemic cannot all be solved at community level. That is why we have consistently called for UK government institutions to recognise and ensure that disadvantaged communities get the support they need in these times. This includes acknowledging that BAME communities are most at risk to suffer financially, and directing funds towards this cause.
We are planning to re-open our centre and our adult education classes. This includes ESOL lessons and other face-to-face activities that bring the community together and teach invaluable skills to women.
If you are experiencing loneliness, poor mental health, or other difficulties, do not hesitate to contact us. We offer support and guidance to women and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and in our over 30-year-long history we have prided ourselves in being a strong positive presence within disadvantaged communities.
In order to continue its core work, and diversely competent community support and education, JAN Trust is in need of donations. If you want to help contribute to our vital work in encouraging, educating and empowering women from disadvantaged communities, please consider donating to us.