Ideas and good practice for youth work

You may want to join our newly created Facebook group, which aims to provide a supportive community of practice for workers for the duration of the Covid-19 crisis:

The Well: Virtual Youth Ministry Forum

UK Youth, the National Youth Agency and The Mix have also joined forces to produce the Youth Work Support website, with sections on staying calm, keeping connected and being safe.

For school chaplains, here are ten ideas for building relationship during lockdown, and the return to school.

The Children, Youth and Family team has created two new resources to help your work with young people:

  • Zoom games

    It can be great idea to meet with your youth groups via Zoom (our advice on how to do that can be found here) just to play some games and have some fun together. If you are wondering what games would be good to play with a group of teenagers on Zoom, then look no further! This resource offers 20 ideas of games you can play with a youth group on Zoom.

  • Social distancing at home  - a guide for young people

    Finding things to do while you are at home might feel difficult, but here’s a little guide for young people that they might find helpful to get them into a rhythm of living. You could email it to them, or print off and post to them. If it is appropriate for your group you could ask them to journal or note down what they have been doing under the four different headings, noting any good resources they want to tell others about, and how doing it has made them feel. Referring to this in weekly zoom calls could offer some structure that young people may find helpful. (You might find it helpful for yourself too!) You may want to set your youth group a challenge to choose one of the ideas and all do it at the same time, or in the same week, so that you could talk about it when you meet virtually.

    We would also love to know what your young people have been doing, reading or watching under the four headings, so please do email us or share it in our Facebook groups, as it would be good to share these ideas with others.

More will be added to these web pages in coming days and weeks. Keep coming back!

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