Youth Blog

  • Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 16:51
    Countywide Quiz

    On Friday 17th July we hosted a countywide quiz via zoom to help celebrate the start of the school summer holidays. We had 7 teams in all, made up of young people and their youth leaders. We had 6 different categories and a picture quiz halfway through.  The picture quiz was all about working out references to sweets and chocolate, there were some that were trickier to work out than others, and others that were just say what you see type clues (and a bit cheesy), it certainly kept us busy for a while. We had a great night and plan to do this again later in the year, being able to do this virtually worked really well enabling us to host a countywide activity, without groups having to travel for hours to get to an event. Well done to Colburn Youth club who were the winning team! Who will take up the challenge of taking them on next time?!

  • Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 14:40
    KOOTH Virtual Visits

    During these new and strange times NYY youth clubs across the region have been adapting to life in lockdown and discovering new ways of delivering youth club activities.

    As part of this we have also looked at the other services of support for young people in these challenging times and how we can still let young people know about them and signpost to other relevant services.

    The impact on young people’s mental health during the pandemic is likely to be high and NYY have worked with KOOTH to continue to promote their service among young people.

    KOOTH is an anonymous digital mental health support service. It gives children and young people (aged 11 – 18) easy, free access to an online community of peers and a team of experienced counsellors. Young people can sign up themselves with no referral needed. It is ‘text’ based (live or asynchronous messaging) offering a range of therapeutic tools and activities. KOOTH is open 365 days a year with an Out of Hours Service, 12-10pm weekdays, 6-10pm weekends.

    Emma Handford from KOOTH has visited one of our virtual on-line youth clubs already sharing information with young people about the service, how to access it and its benefits. She is set to ‘virtually’ visit a further 7 clubs across North Yorkshire in the coming weeks and hopefully more clubs will want a visit from KOOTH too.

  • Monday, July 6, 2020 - 13:21
    Tang Hall Youth Club

    Along with lots of other organisations North Yorkshire Youth are currently unable to run Youth Clubs or large group activities in the local communities so we have been keeping in touch through other ways such as newsletters, phone calls, texts and messages.

    Virtual Youth Clubs have been available through Zoom for young people to keep in touch with Youth workers and friends with activities including Bingo, games, competitions and group chats.

    Staff also had to put a stop to detached/outreach work, being out and about with young people.   As restrictions are being slowly lifted we are hoping to soon be able to spend time in the parks and green spaces where we can chat with small groups of young people keeping within social distancing guidelines and start to plan future activities. 

    One of the projects we are really keen to get back on track is a poster campaign and short film including spoken word around positive mental health for young people aged 13-18 living in the Tang Hall area as well as getting back to delivering some physical activities such as cycling, dancing, rounders and football before too long.