Oxfordshire Youth’s Covid -19 response

As we hear the news about schools closing, we know that youth provision and early years providers are also closing. Children and young people will no longer have access to physical safe spaces outside of their homes. It is important that we come together ti think creatively about how we continue to provide essential services.

We have had so many organisations reach out to us and we share the worry about the impact on children, young people and their families. We are keeping a track of the impact Covid-19 is having on organisations, on the sector and the impact on those we serve. Please do not struggle alone.

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It is really humbling to see the many ways in which the community and the sector are coming together in these uncertain times. The Oxford Hub is on an inspiring mission to signpost volunteers in a community response initiative called Oxford Together. The Oxford Community Foundation is also working with partners to create a community resilience fund to help the third sector respond better and recover stronger. And the OCVA has set up a local information page. There are many other inspiring examples of organisations mobilising communities.

The spread of Coronavirus has also seen the spread of misinformation. News feeds have been inundated with misinformation which can cause anxiety. It is important that we and young people are reminded about ‘critical thinking’ and ‘legit sources of information’. Always refer back to the NHS website, if not sure.

A number of our partners have been working hard to pull together resources for those working with children and young people and for children and young people themselves. Please see below for a range of good quality resources.

Day to Day working

Oxfordshire Youth have now moved to home working and will continue to work with and support the sector through these uncertain times.

For sector support or support relating to young people contact: [email protected]

For anything else please contact [email protected]

All staff can be reached on their mobile phones during their normal working hours, please get in touch for a listening ear, to explore ideas about how we can creatively work together or to share great ideas and stories that we can pass on to others.

We will be looking at digital alternatives to ensure that we all stay connected and keep learning throughout

Safeguarding

Oxfordshire Children’s Safeguarding Board has cancelled all training for the foreseeable future and are looking to create an online version. You can access basic online Safeguarding training on the OSCB’s website.

Mental Health considerations during Covid-19

Take extra care of yourself during this time and help children and young people to find ways to express their fear and anxiety. The World Health Organisation’s document on mental health considerations during Covid-19 offers some great advice.

 

How do we support young people through Covid-19?

Here are some really useful links and resources:

Support for Youth Workers and Young People from NYA and UKYouth

Coronavirus Basic Protective Measures for project staff and young people.

Covid-19 understanding for kids poster from Mindheart.

Helping Children Cope with stress during Covid-19 from the World Health Organisation

Hygiene Makaton signs

Mental health considerations during Covid-19 from the World Health Organisation

How to engage young people in conversation about Covid-19 youth work activity

 

Stay safe, stay well and stay connected!

Warm wishes,

Jodie Lloyd-Jones

CEO