Palace for Life mentors are using video calls to check in with young people who are at risk of crime.
Staff at the charity which helps 13,000 people each year, inspiring them to find a better path and to lead a healthier life, are also supporting the football club to contact season ticket holders aged over 70 to offer practical help, or simply have a chat and check they are OK.
Coaches are continuing to support schools delivering curriculum subjects like English and Maths, but with a football twist.
The Foundation which runs a number of sessions at the Salvation Army on the High Street for young people, are also supporting parents and children at home with video challenges and activity plans for the whole family. Visit: www.palaceforlife.org; Twitter @palaceforlife
Palace for Life CEO Mike Summers said: “Our very reason for being is to support those people in our south London community who need it most. Right now the demand is higher than ever and we are determined to adapt what we do and support as many people as possible.
“Despite the challenges, our coaches are delivering in 10 local primary schools, running activities for children of key workers and others who remain in education, using the power of Palace to bring joy to young lives. They have also been creating videos and resources for those families at home.
“We have unfortunately had to cancel many sessions in line with Government advice, however, our team has reacted quickly to change the way we work and offer a support network where we can.
“One of our key focuses this season has been mentoring young people who are at risk of crime and we are committed to continuing this. Our mentors will be using video calls to check in with the young people they have been supporting to listen to any concerns and flag these to the appropriate services when necessary.”
The Foundation is also committed to continuing its ‘Super Draw’ match day lottery, and raises money to support its work.
The Foundation now have plans in place to run this virtually, with fans encouraged to play online, with proceeds going to the Norwood and Brixton Foodbank https://palacesuperdraw.matchplus.co/