For many of us, some of our happiest childhood memories are from summer beach holidays, camping adventures and ice creams in the park. Summer is often associated with feelings of happiness, freedom and adventure.
However, for many children and young people across Wales, the reality of this time of year can be very different.
Although it can have its own challenges, school can provide a vital lifeline for many young people, often giving them a safe space in which to express themselves and to feel nurtured and supported.
Without it, as we’ve seen over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, many can find themselves increasingly lonely, anxious and even unsafe.
Summer holidays can also be a challenging time for struggling families, as inequality becomes apparent through inadequate access to provisions and childcare, perhaps coupled with reduced income.
That’s why at Barnardo’s, the UK’s largest children’s charity, we have launched our Unseen Summer campaign. We would like to ask readers to help support some of the country’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable children and families by making a donation.
The money will be spent on fun summer activities for children with disabilities, those who are disadvantaged in some way, and young carers who can feel isolated at home caring for a parent or siblings. It will also support mental health and wellbeing services, provide food parcels for those in need and help protect those at risk of abuse and exploitation. You can find out more and make a donation at www.barnardos.org.uk/unseen-summer.
On behalf of the children, young people and families we work with, a huge thank you, your kind donation will help us to make a real difference.
Sarah Crawley, Director, Barnardo’s Cymru