We have been working around the clock to ensure young people are receiving the support they need during lockdown. For most of our services, this has meant moving support online, getting in touch with young people over the phone, through video chat and messages. This continues, and we continue to take referrals. You can see our full programme here. 

Not all young people we work with have online access, and others do not feel comfortable or do not have the privacy to talk to their youth worker from homeFrom 6th July, therefore, for those young people we know are not getting the support they need, youth workers will begin meeting 1:1 in open spaces abiding by social distancing guidance.

Then, from the 20th Julywe will be offering the chance to meet with our staff at the Station, Kingswood, the Greenway Centre and the Park on a one to one basis or in very small groups. 

To enable this, our buildings have been reconfigured to conform to social distancing measures, with clear signage and updated cleaning regulations. We will continue to be shut to the general public and our open access clubs will remain online

We are also starting to talk to more young people in local communities, parks and around youth centres. This outreach work is to ensure young people are social distancing, to encourage positive engagement in the community and to check on young people’s wellbeing. We also offer support and guidance and build positive relationships.

Our priority remains providing the best support possible for young people in ways that are safe for them and our staffOur non-youth work staff team, youth workers who are shielding or living with a vulnerable person who is shielding will continue to work from home and provide support remotely.

Whilst we continue to support as many young people as possible, in common with other organisations who work with young people, we expect future demand for our services to be greater than ever   

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