Thinking Outside the Box
We are conscious that the lockdown can mean people feeling further isolated than they already do and the lack of face to face contact only heightens this. We needed to think outside of the box and look at how we can ensure that people felt connected even when they aren’t seeing people. Natalie, our Stockport and Trafford project worker puts together a weekly schedule of things to get involved in which young people can opt in and out of depending on how they feel.
Natalie is a hairdresser by trade so is delivering learning sessions on how to curl your hair, French plait and other styles. What more could you want during lockdown than your own personal stylist?
Matt, Lucy and Ami, our Psychological Wellbeing Workers are delivering weekly mindfulness sessions via video chat and Jackie, our mentor coordinator in Trafford has started “Feel good and Stay Motivated” all with the view of keeping the momentum going and continuing to remember that we need to take care of ourselves, especially when things around us are so uncertain. We now have a number of group chats that young people and mentors can communicate with each other through. Some are focussed groups for people to talk about their mental health or get some parenting support and some are for fun, for sharing memes and having banter during a time when things are so serious. These are working so well and it’s great to see mentors thrive in in supporting other young people.
Additional to this, we have set up a number of closed focus groups on Facebook across area’s for both young people and mentors. Mentors have been matched to their groups based on their skills bases and experience to enable the young people to hear and gain support from experts in their field.