The Door has always been open during the last 18 months, even if many of our physical buildings have been shut or restricted. So, we are delighted to be opening up these spaces again, over the coming weeks as we step along the roadmap back to the new normal. 

For Youthwork:

Most of our youth clubs are now open indoors! Rainy days are no longer an issue with NYA guidelines allowing indoor youthwork without restrictions on numbers. Instead, we are only restricted to how many young people and staff can fit in our centres while following social distancing. And when we are outdoors the same applies – it’s amazing how many young people you can fit in a field!

Community Youthworker Leah says: “I’m excited to be back in the youth centres, providing safe spaces for young people. Also I’m really looking forward to bringing back activities in sessions for young people to get more involved”

Community Youthwork Coordinator Kathleen adds: “I can’t wait to see young people on a more regular basis, we’re going to be able to extend opening hours again and we’ll be able to reintroduce more hands-on activities!”

For Intensive Support

Mentoring and Family Support can also now take place face to face (within government guidelines) and our teams are starting the transition from digital to physical meetings. Of course this is all being done at a speed that suits both volunteer and mentee so some sessions will continue online as and when they are needed. All our new digital services such as web chat and The Door Line will also continue.

Door To The Future Support Worker Hannah says “I’m most looking forward to meeting up with all our volunteer mentors in person. Especially those that have trained with us during lockdown. Zoom is OK but nothing beats a proper face to face chat”

If you would like support from our friendly team there are lots of ways to reach us:

Staying at home in Social Isolation is taking its toll on all of us. Whether you’re a young person struggling with learning at home and missing your friends or a parent trying to juggle the demands of working from home and educating your children, The Door understands where you’re coming from. We are the leading youth charity in Stroud with nearly 30 years experience of supporting young people and their families when times get tough. One of our highly skilled professionals is there for you.

In order to protect the identity of the young person /parent in our stories some details including names and places may have been changed

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