Youth Zone at Home: OnSide’s response to Covid-19
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Young people need support now more than ever.
Our youth workers at all Youth Zones across the UK are continuing to support young people every day.
Working closely with their local authorities, partners and other stakeholders we are determined to meet the needs of young people as best we can at this difficult time, as well as support the wider community.
During lockdown, our Youth Zones had to close their doors to young people. While this added distance and restrictions, our youth workers creatively and dynamically delivered positive and interactive online sessions with a large number of young people, enabling them to stay in touch and stay active in light of the social distancing measures. Live streaming across social media platforms enabled literally thousands of young people to get involved live with their favourite friendly youth workers, whether it be a member of staff hosting a DJ session with requests, or youth workers answering young people’s questions on a wide range of topics, with conversations over the chat functions.
As Youth Zones re-open to young people in a safe and structured way, they are still engaging with those unable to access the Youth Zone how they once would. As well as maintaining a digital offer, Youth Zones are also visiting local parks and communities setting up games and activities for them to join in outdoors.
Like they did through lockdown, youth workers are reaching out by phone to give support to those we know will need us most and for any young people who want to speak one to one, supporting good emotional health and wellbeing and safeguarding vulnerable young people. Small Zoom groups are enabling us to replicate some of the high quality discussion sessions that great youth work is built on.
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