Manchester Young Lives Provision Update 26/06/20

Our Independent School welcomed back Year 10 students from the week beginning 15th June, as well as continuing to provide care for vulnerable students and children of key workers. Our School Staff have worked extremely hard to ensure that our  centres continue to be a safe & welcoming environment to learn and we were delighted to see so many  Year 10 students back in school . Staff have also been in regular contact with students who are not currently  attending school  to ensure that they have access to learning materials and good quality information advice and guidance on opportunities for further education, employment or training. Staff have also been checking in with students by phone to ensure that they have support to help them to stay safe and healthy.

Play and Youth staff have continued to support families and young people in our communities including delivering our popular “doorstep playbags”  and creative activity packs directly to children and young people Although this hasn’t replaced the centre-based play sessions it has provided access to engaging activities for children to create their own play session while at home! Regular updates on activities for families continue to be shared via our social media accounts to help people remain active and engaged while staying home and staying safe.

Detached Keyworkers have continued to support young people throughout the COVID-19 crisis  in specific areas identified by the local authority as needing further support. This targeted work has allowed staff to get out in the community, providing information, support and guidance to young people to ensure that they stay safe and healthy. In partnership with Odd Arts, our teams have supporting young people to make a short film understanding how they have coped during lockdown and how the crisis has impacted their lives.

Our other staff teams are continuing to work remotely, maintaining contact with young people via phone and email as much as possible.

As an organisation we are working hard to ensure that we are ready to gradually open our provision alongside government guidelines. The has included a series of staff team days focussed on the maintenance of our outdoor areas. These days have been a huge hit amongst staff, and we would like to thank everyone involved. The safety and wellbeing of the young people we work with is our top priority and any increase to activities in any of our provision will be carried out in the safest way possible.

We realise that this continues to be a very challenging time for everyone and appreciate the continued support of our funders and partners. Again, we would also like to take this opportunity to once again pay tribute to our staff teams who continue to demonstrate resilience and commitment in adapting to new ways of working in order to continue our work in supporting local communities.

Our thoughts continue to be with those who have been affected through illness at this time and we encourage everyone to respect government guidance in order to stay safe.