Update from Shez Hopkins, Project Manager at Level Two Youth Project

Since lock down to July we have managed to deliver the following service: –

  • The Team has remained in contact with all our regular service users for a phone call or message to keep in touch, offer support where we can, & to sign-post to other community support schemes.
  • Mentoring & Counselling has continued & worked well via Skype, WhatsApp video, or over the phone.
  • We have supported Primary Schools with delivery of work packs & school lunches to children who would normally receive a free school meal, but are not in-school. This gave us the opportunity to engage with vulnerable families.  We added to the lunch parcels Level Two info & other bits & bobs for the children to do & little encouragement for parents too.
  • We have set up virtual Open Access sessions via Zoom.
  • WhatsApp group chats were set-up, with parental consent, & managed by our Team.
  • Loads of daily resources for young people, & parent survival tips on our Facebook page – also signposting to other great resources
  • During the last few weeks of term we were able to be in some of the schools delivering small group work sessions outside on the field.
  • The team have benefited greatly from online training courses, increasing both their skill set & knowledge on a wide range of topics, relevant to our work.

Our Current Provision

Mentoring & Counselling has continued in various forms, now mainly back to face to face delivery, socially distanced, outside in community spaces or for Counselling at the Hub / GP Surgeries.

Outreach & detached sessions have been really successful, raising our profile in the community & re-engaging with young people. We are currently out every day at different locations.  Once the schools return, we will continue with a regular Saturday morning Outreach session at two different locations & some evening detached work.

WhatsApp Group Chats will continue indefinitely.

In Schools Work will resume once the schools return.  We have kept in contact with all schools over the last few months & will be investing time & energy into re-establishing relationships with staff & pupils as soon as we can.

Sexual health drop-in will resume at FXA as soon as possible & with the use of our new bus, at other locations such as the car park at the Grove medical Centre.

Family Support has increased during the lockdown period & this is an area of work which I see increasing for us.

Challenging times for us all in different ways

 

 

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