Here at M13 Youth Project we are continuing our work with young people, as young people still want to connect with us and some continue to need our support. However, as a result of the government's guidelines regarding keeping safe during COVID-19, we have shifted our on-the-streets detached youth work and building-based work to the world-wide internet!
We are promoting our work on facebook and Instagram and chatting with young people through phones calls, text messages, WhatsApp, facebook, Instagram, Discord, PS4 online and Zoom. We’re sure young people will be updating us on other relevant apps where they hang out online! Working online with young people has enabled us to stay connected, continue relationship building and provide support to our young people and community through these hard times.
Through our facebook and Instagram pages, we have been encouraging young people to connect with us as we would in our usual work. We’ve been running fun, creative and thoughtful challenges, tasking young people to spark their creative side, connect with their friends and community, and become actively involved in supporting each other.
Young people have lots of questions about COVID-19, what’s happening around the world and our government’s response. So, we have been updating our young people on news regarding COVID-19, in line with the official government guidelines, to ensure that young people are keeping themselves safe; and that they understand what the changes across the world and in the UK mean for them and their lives at the moment.
We are still a presence in the community with our young people through posting daily #isolationappreciation posts and stories to our social media accounts, encouraging young people to reflect on their experiences and feelings about isolation and to share their experiences with us. And we are available to chat via phone, message, WhatsApp, whatever.
We are a safe space to talk about any worries, thoughts or confusions young people may have in the midst of this outbreak; and we are also a place of laughter, encouragement and fun for all our young people.
If you have any concerns about yourself, your family, a friend or other young person, whether that's about getting enough food, any financial worries, anxieties or mental health concerns, or you think someone needs a little help or is not in safe environment, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE YOUR CONCERNS WITH US. We will listen to you and together, we can work out how to support you or the person you are worried about. Call the youth worker you are most comfortable talking to: numbers on the Help page.