Since the Manchester Arena terror attack, many local charities and community groups have seen more people turning to them for support.

One of these charities is 42nd street, which supports young people aged 11-25 with mental health and emotional wellbeing.

The Co-op Foundation – the Co-op’s own charity – has worked with 42nd Street over the last year as part of our work to tackle youth loneliness. Knowing that their services were under extra pressure following the attack, we were keen to help.

We spoke to the Big Lottery Fund, who agreed to match-fund £50,000 from the Co-op Foundation. The £100,000 raised in total will enable 42nd Street to:

  • offer therapeutic support to young people experiencing longer-term trauma related to the attack
  • give grassroots organisations across Greater Manchester the skills needed to support young people in their own communities

The ripples of the Arena attack are far-reaching, and go beyond those directly involved. 42nd Street’s work will complement the support being given to victims and their families by the We Love Manchester Fund – which the Co-op and many colleagues have generously donated to.

The project will also work alongside the NHS-run Manchester Resilience Hub, to make sure those affected get the joined-up support they need.

For more information about the Foundation and how you can help with our work, go to our website or follow us on Twitter – @Coop_Foundation

Where to go for help:

42nd Street has advice and resources for people affected by the Manchester terror attack on its website.

If you’re a Co-op colleague you can access the Employee Assistance Service free of charge any time of the day or night on 0800 970 030. The service is provided by Validium, an independent third party, and it’s completely confidential.