Like all Advent’s operations across the world, the London team was tasked with selecting organizations focused on Covid-19 relief in their local community.


Big Issue vendors supported through the crisis

Efforts were concentrated on seven areas in the UK: domestic abuse, elderly care, financial security, homelessness, mental health, coronavirus crisis funds and healthcare.
After carrying out a detailed review of the charity landscape, six UK charities helping those most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic were selected to receive financial aid: Action for Children, The Big Issue, Frontline19, Helpforce, Refuge and The Wellcome Trust.
Action for Children supports vulnerable children, young people and families across the country, providing online guidance, mental-health support, fostering and adoption services, and residential care. Funds will be used to ramp up helpline services during the pandemic and provide much-needed emergency grants for necessities such as food, nappies and household supplies.
By offering the chance to sell the magazine of the same name, The Big Issue helps homeless people get back on their feet and achieve self-sufficiency. Since the start of the Covid-19 crisis, the charity has provided extra financial and emotional support for its network of over 2,000 vendors, keeping them warm and well-fed, and helping them with access to welfare services.
Frontline19 was set up by experienced psychotherapists as a direct response to the pandemic. Its mission is to provide mental-health and emotional wellbeing support for those on the frontline of the emergency – including healthcare workers coping with long hours in extremely stressful conditions.
Helpforce is a new social movement that uses the power of volunteering to improve the health and wellbeing of people across the UK. It aims to inspire communities, individuals and other organisations to get involved with the nation’s health through volunteering, outreach and advocacy. At this time of severely constrained healthcare capacity, the charity is helping to ease pressure on the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) by providing volunteers to fulfil back-office functions and support both staff and patients with essential practical support.
Since the outbreak began, Refuge has seen a spike in calls to its 24-hour domestic-abuse helpline. The organization also runs a digital platform where those suffering abuse can contact expert counselors, and has 46 of its own refuges across the country. With the period of heightened demand expected to continue, the charity has launched a specific Covid-19 appeal to keep its services running.
As a world-leading healthcare and research organization, the Wellcome Trust is coordinating Covid-Zero, a coalition of businesses and philanthropic organizations who are raising funds for research and development into new vaccines, treatments and tests to support an exit from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The London initiatives are funded from the Advent Global Relief Fund and are part of our global commitment to help all those engaged in the fight against Covid-19 and its effects.