Youth Works updates - Coronavirus

Youth Works update – Coronavirus

We continue to be committed to supporting vulnerable young people and families who benefit from Youth Works whilst keeping everyone as safe as possible.

Our message is that ‘we are still here for you’. This is a time when everyone’s mental health is vulnerable, and our service users need guidance and support. Our staff and young people have demonstrated their dedication to Youth Work’s values and have some great ideas about how to adapt. This is the time to model the calmness, courage and creativity needed to cope in difficult times.

Youth Works service delivery update 1 June 2020

Here is our current position which is subject to change. We promise to keep everyone up to date.

Counselling and Emotional Wellbeing Services

Over the past 10 weeks we have followed the government guidelines and transitioned from face to face contact to online/telephone counselling. From 1 June we are looking to provide:

  • a small number of face to face counselling sessions for our most vulnerable clients
  • a second face to face drop in - Corby Young Minds Matter on a Tuesday from 5pm – 7pm in Corby Mind, 18 Argyll Street.

Alongside these we continue to offer the following:

  • Youth Works continue to accept referrals into the service. These are picked up and responded to within our current resource.
  • Assessment and individual counselling or support sessions are offered via telephone or video
  • Young people, parents and carers are able to ring 01536 518339 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday to get help, support and practical ideas to manage mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • The Crisis Café in Kettering offers face to face support for young people who are approaching crisis point on Thursdays from 4pm - 8pm. Please ring ahead if possible, on 01536 518339
  • Online support via messenger on Facebook and Instagram is available on Monday and Tuesday evenings between 5pm and 7pm
  • Our social media offers daily updates, information and strategies/ideas for managing our mental health
  • We will ensure signposting to other avenues of support  and  helplines for times of crisis
  • Remote supervision will be available as usual
  • We will continue to follow our safeguarding policies

School or education provision

Over the past 10 weeks we have been providing a restricted timetable for our key worker and vulnerable young people alongside an online curriculum for all our learners.

From the 15 June, and following government guidelines, we will be extending our face to face provision and inviting our year 11 students to come in, again on a restricted timetable, focussed on possible examinations. In the weeks that follow we hope to extend this further to our year 10 students.

Our online curriculum continues as before:

Continued provision of education

  • Work will be emailed to students and parents by individual tutors. Where requested, work will then need to emailed back to tutors (photographs of written work or uploaded scans can be sent through text/WhatsApp message facilities)
  • Further packs of work will be delivered to students by subject tutors, parents will be informed of the work given out
  • Use of a WhatsApp group and ZOOM (on line conferencing) facility were risk assessed and are used to enable group chats between tutors and students with the aim of continuing to provide a group discussion element to education, on line activities and lessons

Socialisation, communication and wellbeing

  • Following some consultation with students, a number of ideas are being explored to enable students to engage with each other and with tutors. This will be focused on a WhatsApp group. Students will be encouraged to connect with discussions and updates on how we are all managing whilst being socially isolated.
  • Ahead of any closures, students were given a bag of ideas and activities to try at home and will be encouraged to feedback on how they are doing via the WhatsApp group
  • Students will be given creative tasks (not necessarily linked to the curriculum) to complete at home Students will be contacted regularly by allocated staff (either face to face, via telephone or WhatsApp and emails, dependent on the severity of isolation recommendations)
  • Students will be encouraged to access our social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) where we will aim to provide information, advice and support on how to look after our mental health during the weeks ahead.
    We will continue to monitor vulnerable students and follow our safeguarding policy

Thank you for your time, stay safe and we look forward to when we can all come together again.