The Focus is a not-for-profit venture that has been established specifically for furloughed and out of work journalists, editors, producers and other media professionals who want to volunteer to provide content or editorial support to raise revenue for mental health and NHS-related charities during the COVID-19 pandemic. All revenue generated from this initiative will go to charity.

But this project is much more than that. During these difficult times, tens of thousands of journalists have been laid off, had their freelance work reduced or cancelled, or been furloughed and are unable to work. In these circumstances, many journalists will be feeling isolated, undervalued and will not have an outlet to showcase their writing talents. The Focus has therefore been founded to enable journalists to publish their views, opinions and take on the news. It has been designed to assist with mental well-being and self-worth and is an opportunity for journalists to provide content on any subject or matter that is close to their hearts.

There are no set hours, or minimum article counts. Journalists / editors will work when they feel inspired to do so. No reasonable subject will be off-limits – and it’s an opportunity to give back, as all revenues made during the UK Government Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be donated to NHS and mental health charities.

Get involved – this is your chance to contribute and give back.

If you are interested in volunteering or finding out more, please follow the link below:

Support The Focus by volunteering