Health & wellbeing

Wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do, and we want all young people to be able to live happy, healthy lives.

The Covid-19 pandemic will have significant consequences for the health and wellbeing of people of all ages, and research shows that young people – and especially those from low-income backgrounds – are seeing some of the most significant impacts.1

Both mental wellbeing and physical health have been affected by this crisis. We have seen young people staying inside for long periods of time, isolated from peers and navigating a climate of fear and anxiety. Challenges that young people were already facing in their home environments are likely to have been exacerbated during the lockdown. And this period has seen many more families plunged into poverty, so that making sure children have enough to eat has become a matter for national debate.

These challenges are sadly nothing new for many young people. They are issues that we have been working to address, alongside our charity partners, for many years, and they have always been urgent. Over the coming months, we expect to see the need for these interventions continue to grow.

£1,027,000has been given to charities supporting young people’s health and wellbeing in 2019/20 through grants, fundraising and Give As You Earn


Working in partnership

This year, we invested £1,027,000 in projects designed to improve young people’s health and wellbeing. This included the Mayor’s Fund for London’s Kitchen Social programme, which is reducing hunger across the capital.

Adding value
Berkeley staff raised an impressive £472,000 for our health & wellbeing charity partners through fundraising, Give As You Earn, and match funding.

Learning & sharing
Renaisi’s external evaluation of our Improving Youth Mental Health programme was completed in July 2020. This has been published online, so that other charities and funders can learn from our work.

1,890Our partnerships have supported 1,890 young people with their health and wellbeing this year

100%of young people who took part in Anna Freud’s peer-mentoring programme reported improved mental health and wellbeing

82%of participants in St Matthew’s Project’s Fit for Life programme reported increased self-control and discipline

94%of Super 1s participants said they were now more able to make friends because of the programme

Case studies

James & Super 1s

Super 1s is a cricket programme for disabled young people. It delivers coaching and competition and has recently expanded into 19 counties across England, and Scotland.

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Amy & Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families

The youth-led States of Mind project has supported young people in Hackney and Camden to take part in discussions around mental health and help each other to overcome their anxieties.

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Kitchen Social & Loughborough Community Centre

Kitchen Social works with local organisations to create hubs where children, young people, their families and carers can play, make new friends, learn, and get a good balanced, free meal during the holidays.

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Olivia, Luke & Demelza Hospice Care for Children

Demelza Hospice Care for Children supports children with terminal conditions and their families, making sure they can enjoy the time they have together

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Understanding the need

Improving mental health
The public conversation around mental health has opened up, but young people still find it difficult to access the right support. With long waiting times and high thresholds for entry into statutory services, only a quarter of young people facing mental health challenges get the professional help they need.2

Promoting healthy lifestyles
Good food and exercise are the foundations of a healthy lifestyle, but for children from low-income backgrounds, the school holidays can be a difficult time. With no free school meals or teacher support, food insecurity and social isolation are a reality for thousands of young Londoners. In 2019, the Greater London Authority estimated that 400,000 children aged 16 or under were in food insecurity – and this number has grown as a result of Covid-19.3

Providing the best available care
When a loved one is diagnosed with a serious health issue it affects the whole family. A ‘new normal’ might include regular hospital visits and stays, adapting your home, finding a new routine, and taking on additional caring responsibilities. High quality support is needed to help families – including young carers – to get through difficult times.

1 Institute for Fiscal Studies. Joyce, R and Xu, X. Sector shutdowns during the coronavirus crisis: which workers are most exposed? April 2020.
2 NHS Digital. Mental Health of Children and Young People in England, 2017. November 2018.
3 Greater London Authority / Mayor of London. Nearly two million Londoners struggle to afford or access enough food. June 2019.


Getting involved

Many of the Berkeley Group offices’ local partner charities are organisations that care for children.

Engagement is high, and colleagues have raised £472,000 this year for our health & wellbeing partners.

This year, events have ranged from trekking the Sahara desert for Evelina London Children’s Hospital, to football tournaments for MERU and Demelza, and dragonboat racing for Home-Start London.


Berkeley Homes Southern got muddy raising £1,400 for MERU.

Evelina London Children’s Hospital

Carly from Berkeley Homes South East London raised over £4,000 for Evelina London Children’s Hospital, trekking across the Sahara Desert and camping under the stars.

Home-Start London

Berkeley Homes North East London held their annual dragonboat race. The rain didn’t stop them from raising an incredible £50,000 for Home-Start London.

Lord’s Taverners

The St Joseph team umpired at the Lord’s Taverners table cricket event in Birmingham.


Berkeley East Thames raised a fantastic £47,000 for Demelza at their annual football tournament.

Momentum, READY and The Connection at St Martin-in-the Fields

A team of riders from Berkeley St Edward took part in Pedal to Paris, setting off from Greenwich Observatory and finishing in Paris on Bastille Day. They raised over £20,000 for Momentum, READY and The Connection.


Other focus areas

A safe place to call home

Ensuring young people have secure, stable accommodation.
1,149young people reached this year

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Access to employment

Enabling young people to overcome barriers to work and kick-start their careers.
875young people reached this year

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The skills to succeed

Helping young people develop the skills and capabilities they need to thrive.
1,429young people reached this year

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Read more by downloading our Annual Review 2020.

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The Berkeley Foundation is the working name of The Berkeley Charitable Foundation, a registered charity in England and Wales (Charity Number 1152596), a company registered in England and Wales (Registration Number 8548400).

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