Pre-pandemic, almost 200 young people were reliant on ERA for vital services including youth club, sports coaching, homework support, and activities for individual needs. It was important that ERA could continue their work during the pandemic and adapt their services not only for regular users, but for even more families. As Andy says, we are witnessing ‘a pandemic on top of a pandemic.’ Not only in Easthall, but across Scotland. Lockdown has not only led to growing concern for children and young people’s mental health; but also emphasised an urgent need to address issues that impact mental health – such as poverty, drugs and alcohol, domestic abuse, stigma and inequality.
At the heart of Easthall Resident’s Association is a recognition of how important it is for children and young people to be able to communicate, identify and understand how they are feeling. They are supported to share their thoughts and feelings in a way that is comfortable for them and with someone they trust. Those values made ERA a perfect fit for the Tiny Changes Covid-19 Fund.