Health For All run a project that supports young people who have been in care from across Leeds. The young people are often on their own over Christmas so the project organises lots of activities and special events in the lead up and over the holidays. They also give each young person a gift and a card to spread a little festive cheer and to let them know that they’re grateful to know them and proud of all of their achievements over the past year.
Project funders, the Co-op Foundation, launched a campaign this year that focused on highlighting loneliness and isolation for young people and how it impacts their mental health. As part of the campaign they raised awareness by asking people to wear yellow socks to show that loneliness can often be hidden, just like our socks, and how we should remember that young people often feel isolated.
Libby Tinworth, Health For All’s Care Experienced Project Coordinator commented:
“This is so very true for care experienced young people who often don’t have anyone to turn too. So, to keep in theme with the campaign, we are asking if people could donate a pair of fluffy/warm socks that we can wrap up and deliver to care experienced young people in Leeds this Christmas!
“We understand that there is a lot of expense and lots to do at this time of year but if you see a pair of comfy socks on the end of the aisle in a supermarket and you would like to buy them and give them to a young person this Christmas then we’d be ever so grateful!”
Donations can be collected or left at Tenants Hall Enterprise Centre (Acre Close, LS10 4HX) or Middleton Family Centre (256-262 Sissons Road, LS10 4JG).
“Bevy of socks” by Aine D is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0