"You are our lifeline."
This is what one young mum responsible for three small children, also caring for her parents and sister during lockdown, said to the Children 1st family support worker who is supporting her every day throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
Many children and families are facing the incredible pressures of extended lockdown and financial hardship. Thanks to our players, Children 1st is doing everything possible to keep them safe from harm.
Now more than ever, the combination of practical help and emotional support Children 1st provides is preventing families reaching breaking point and keeping them strong enough to weather the challenges of coping through COVID-19.
Across Scotland, Children 1st family support workers are providing families with the food and funds they need to survive. They are making sure children have the toys they need to play and that everybody has access to laptops and the internet to keep them connected to school, friends, family and essential sources of support.
Professional money advisors are making sure families can pay their bills and preventing children from experiencing greater levels of poverty. Parentline, the charity's national helpline, continues to offer every family help and support to address the difficulties they face on the phone, over webchat or online.
Thanks to players of People's Postcode Lottery, as vulnerable families see other sources of support disappear, Children 1st is continuing to be there for children and families struggling with unprecedented levels of distress and loneliness. The charity offers children and families calm and reassuring support, giving them space to share their worries and concerns. They also give ongoing support to reduce their sense of isolation and help to manage their emotions and find the strength to continue to cope.
Since 2009, Children 1st has received over £6.9 Million from our players. Now more than ever, that support is preventing and protecting children and their families from harm.
Mary Glasgow, Chief Executive at Children 1st, said, "I cannot thank players enough for their continuing support, at what is such an incredibly difficult time for everybody. Right now, your support is giving families the lifeline they need to keep their children safe."
32% of the People's Postcode Lottery ticket price goes to good causes and enables organisations such as Children 1st to receive funding. Find out more about other amazing Charities supported by our players.