This month’s update comes from CEO, Victoria:
Lockdown, restrictions and Covid will no doubt feature in the most prevalent words of the past 12 months. As we emerge from the shadow of the pandemic, adjusting to the easing of regulations, we are all yet again in a period of change. Yet again needing to move towards another ‘new normal’.
It is certainly a very unsettling time for us all, and for some young people, this time of year is doubly unsettling as they come to the end of the academic year. For most, it will be an easy jump up to the next year group, but for others, the step will be much bigger; leaving their school or college and starting to look forward to the next phase in their education, or indeed life.
For year 6’s the next step of going to ‘big school’ can be a challenge. Thankfully, walking alongside those facing challenging times is what The Door team does best.
Thanks to County Council Support we have been able to roll out a new programme. Supporting a number of local Primary schools throughout May and June. Bringing our youthwork team into the classroom both virtually and in person. It has enabled the team to harness their newfound ability to engage young people through YouTube while helping pupils get to grips with the changes ahead. Giving them a space to share their concerns and be supported in thinking through the things that trouble them most.
Covering different aspect of going to ‘Big School’ it has not only given us a fantastic opportunity to build relationships with potential youth club attendees but, has also provided the young people with an introduction to all that is on offer for them.
As well as walking alongside our service users many of The Door’s staff team and amazing volunteers have been endeavouring to conquer the #100kinMay challenge. It has been great to see so many getting stuck in and taking the opportunity to literally walk alongside each other in their personal quests. As well as raising vital funds to #KeepTheDoorOpen.
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