Carlisle Youth Zone are deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We know from the many causes she chose to support, that Queen Elizabeth ll was an unwavering champion of young people and those that support them. We were very fortunate to experience this support first-hand, when we gratefully received vital funds from The Queen’s Trust to underpin our future sustainability following the devastating floods of 2015. We send our condolences to the Royal Family during this difficult time and offer assurance that our heartfelt thanks and gratitude will live on.
As a youth charity, we remain focused and committed to supporting our members at this time, and can confirm we will remain open during the National Mourning period. We understand that children and young people will experience this time with a range of feelings and emotions, and we will ensure Carlisle Youth Zone continues to be a safe and trusted place for them to meet and have access to our skilled youth workers. We will run our youth club provision as normal during this time, so our members can continue to see friends and enjoy the activities they love, alongside offering time and space to explore and express their feelings should they want to.
As is supported in the National Mourning Guidance, all other events and activities that are vital to the work of Carlisle Youth Zone as a charity will continue, although we will consider the tone of these activities and communications associated with them in order to convey our respect to the Royal Family. As more details and guidance becomes available about arrangements for The State Funeral, we will communicate again regarding any impact on routine opening.
We encourage all young people, parents and carers to reach out and connect with us if we can be of any support. We have also found the following resources which may be of help to young people:
- Newsround have created a youth-friendly special bulletin >> https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/news/watch_newsround
- Young Minds have a guide to grief and loss for young people >> https://www.youngminds.org.uk/young-person/my-feelings/grief-and-loss/