Young people in North Edinburgh need to stay connected now more than ever.
Here at the Ferrywell Youth Project, we have had to adapt and adjust, just like everyone else. Some young people are very ready to connect online but others have disappeared off our radars and it is hard to know how they are getting on. We miss them and we know that they will miss the stability and positive relationships that come from being part of FYP.
It is frustrating not to be able to connect with all of the young people that we normally see, but that is the reality we are dealing with at the moment. We have been using the good old phone to stay in touch with families and also making (socially distant) visits around the estate, to get permissions from parents for young people to take part in the online activities. That means we’ve had more contact with parents than usual, which has been a positive outcome, but we are missing the direct contact with young people.
We’ve also been blessed with some funding that we have used to provide our primary aged children with an activity bag and a Morrisons gift card for our young people who are S1-S6.
We have invited young people to connect with us via Facebook Messenger and have set up small groups that way, with volunteers involved to run the groups. Online, the challenge is to find good ways to help young people to relax and feel comfortable – but at least it means we are in touch. We even ran a Sunday event for a few weeks – effectively online church for these young people.