“Challenge4Youth” will encourage local young people to take up four out of six key challenges over 12-months [or all of six!!]:- (1) “Re-join & Enjoy”: participate in a weekly youth club and a range of fun activities to enjoy yourself after 12-months of lockdown constraints, (2) Learn a Skill: undergo training to gain confidence and improve skills such as communications, programme evaluation etc. to lead on your own programme, (3) “Befriend a Pal”: make and develop new friendships to bring young people who have been adversely affected by COVID to the club; become a befriender and smooth their way back to us, (4) “Make a lifestyle Change”: participate in a sporting activity and workshops to learn about healthy living, (5) “Work the Earth”: learn about conservation, nature and growing produce on our community allotment, (6) “Catch up with Schoolwork”: participate in study classes to pick up studies that have been missed.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Young people living in LBH&F experiencing exclusions, fragmentation, unhealthy lives and negative after-effects of COVID will:- • come together, access social activities and make new friendships to develop new and renew existing connections, • develop a strong voice which identifies their own needs to lead on their own programmes and influence local youth strategies, • learn skills and gain experience through volunteering, improving their confidence, skills and employability, • improve their mental, physical and emotional health • recover and safely return to the community in a post-COVID world.
Steps to get it done:
RDN is a charity whose youth programmes are well-established, engaging more than 100 young people every year, all of whom have been experiencing adverse effects of the COVID lockdowns since last March. Developing a full programme of fun and challenging activities will bring them back to us, safely; we will utilise on-line media for those who might still be self-isolating i.e. those who are vulnerable, and we will support everyone to return to the community as restrictions ease. Their key challenges are to:- •re-connect with friends and ensure others can make new friends, •restore their mental, physical and emotional health, •catch up with their studies, Rather than simply deliver a programme of youth activities, we will challenge them for which they will receive accreditation as we will log their progress as a type of Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme, conducted locally and they will lead on their own programme for which we will create the conditions e.g. training and a Youth Forum.
About the space
We will operate from the White City Community Centre W12 7QT [India Way] and engage young people from the whole borough.
London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
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