Warrington Youth Club
Warrington Youth Club believes in ‘Inspiring young people to achieve’. They exist to support young people’s development, offering opportunities to gain, increase and develop skills, knowledge, self-awareness and confidence to make positive and healthy life choices through a wide range of programmes.
Funding from the NET Coronavirus Appeal, through Cheshire Community Foundation, has enabled the club to deliver five strands of work in response to the pandemic. This includes providing the most vulnerable children and young people with regular phone and video calls to support their wellbeing, reduce anxiety, help them stay motivated and keep a positive mindset.
Online activities have been provided to help the children and young people to stay connected, physically active and mentally stimulated, with sessions including arts and crafts, storytelling exercise, music and dance.
Essential care packages including food, sanitary and hygiene products have been delivered to families in the local community that have needed them, while the team has collaborated with the Peace Foundation, NSPCC and NHS to offer childcare for the children of Warrington Hospital workers. Club staff have provided games; and been there to talk with the young people.
The club has also developed a programme of online emotional wellbeing, focusing on mindfulness and relaxation techniques to help people remain positive and to reduce anxiety during this challenging time. This includes 1:1 support via video calls for young people whose mental health has been affected during lockdown, and the launch of a phone and text service so that young people can contact the charity for further support when needed.