Level Two Youth Project Update

Thanks to the continued support from all our funders, we are able to continue to provide a much valued & needed service to the children, young people & families in Felixstowe & surrounding villages.  

These new ways of working are not without challenge for us as a Charity, or for my Team individually & collectively.  That said, I am super proud of how they have adapted & risen to the challenges the current situation has inflicted on them, & on the children, young people & families we are supporting.

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Our Current provision: – 

  • We have retained all our Staff, all working from home, continuing to support children, young people, families & the wider community in these challenging times.
  • We have set up a Staffing Team WhatsApp group chat.  This is being used by the Team to boost morale & share ideas of how best we can continue to support children & young people & families.
  • The Team are contacting our regular service users for a phone call or message to keep in touch, offer support, & to sign-post to other community support schemes.
  • WhatsApp group chats are really popular with our service users.  The group chats are set-up managed & overseen by different members of Staff.  Each day they are set a daily challenge, quiz or activity aimed at boosting their morale, confidence & self-esteem.
  • 1-1 Mentoring & Counselling is going really well, either via Skype, WhatsApp video or phone calls. The Team is supporting over 40 young people through 1-1 support in whatever form this is taking.
  • We are supporting Primary Schools with delivery of work packs & lunches to children who would normally receive a free school meal, but are not in-school.  We are adding to the lunch parcels Level Two information & other resources for the family to support their mental health. This will now continue each week day until schools resume normal services.
  • We are in touch with local community help schemes such as Food Banks, Helping Hands, Basic Life & Salvation Army offering help if needed.

As we begin to come out of this current Lockdown situation, what we will be able to deliver is still unknown.  However, I believe our services will be even more in demand & of great value to assist with dealing with the impact of COVID-19, particularly the mental health of children, young people & families.

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