Impetus, like everyone, is responding to a rapidly changing and unprecedented set of circumstances.
As of today our office is closed, but we are fortunate that we can work from home and so we continue to be available and contactable.
As both a fundraising charity ourselves, and a charity funder, we understand the anxiety many in our sector are experiencing. We are reviewing our upcoming events and donor engagement and we are very grateful and encouraged that so many of our supporters are already asking if they can do more to help.
We are working shoulder-to-shoulder with our charity partners to help them weather these unprecedented conditions so that they can continue to deliver their outstanding support to young people who need support now, and will continue to in the challenging days ahead. Our funding model, of providing long-term, unrestricted funding and dedicated support to leadership teams, allows us to be both flexible and responsive.
Finally, we know that although it will be tougher to operate over the coming months, we will be needed more than ever. We exist to ensure that young people from disadvantaged backgrounds get the best chance to succeed at school and in work. The virus will hit rich and poor alike but it will hit those with the least the hardest. If schools close, better-off parents will be able to pay for online tutoring or buy interesting books for their children to read, parents with less money won’t. If parents fall ill, young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to have to take on caring responsibilities. And if the job market gets tough, we know that young people without good qualifications will take the hit.
In the short term we will be exploring with our charities how we can support young people now and if and when schools and other facilities close. In the longer term we’re keen to engage in what will no doubt be a national conversation about how we can build core resilience within communities, public services and the wider economy to withstand external shocks like this, so that all young people get the right support to succeed, no matter what the circumstances.
We are one of the signatories of London Funders statement on behalf of funders across the country, which offers reassurance that we stand with the sector during this time. Read the full statement here: covid19funders.org.uk