Valleys Kids support over 3,000 people every week. We are doing things we have never had to do before. The demand has been overwhelming and humbling. From single parent families with 4 children who have no opportunity to leave the children to collect food, through families with very sick children who are terrified to leave the house and risk bringing infection home with them.

Valleys Kids has been part of the community for over 40 years, but we haven’t seen anything like this. Our buildings are beginning to reopen, staff are refocussing on trying to return to some kind of ‘normal’ having made superhuman efforts to respond flexibly to the needs of a community in lockdown and struggling to make ends meet and feed their families.

The legacy is high levels of anxiety, stress and depression which is affecting children, young people and adults across all age groups.  Like Long Covid, the impacts on wellbeing, emotional and financial resilience will not be a quick fix.

We have always tried to offer what people told us they need. We are committed to continuing to help local people help themselves overcome the obstacles they face.

Our endeavours during the period of the lockdown, reflects the high levels of need and what we were able to achieve.  We need to secure further support to safeguard this provision into the future.

Community is Kindness 

Community is Kindness – We are now providing: