Virtual Activity Sessions
The Covid-19 lockdown brought significant concern for young people’s mental health, particularly due to the environments some were contained to, with little contact from their family. The Involvement Team for Children in Care worked hard to provide physical activity sessions, to help infiltrate positive mental wellbeing.
By consulting with the young people, they were able to understand their needs. It was suggested that they have some activities to do virtually, to help occupy their minds and give something to look forward to. The Mid Essex relationship hub team at Active Essex worked with the Involvement Lead to design a weekly virtual timetable of activities for the young people to participate in. This included, boxing/martial arts, yoga, street dance and HIIT workouts, as well as music sessions.
The support from the various partners involved in this project, meant that the sessions gave the young people something to look forward to and a chance to socialise with other like-minded individuals, where they were able to offer one another support. Many carers of the young people have commented about how important these sessions were for providing a lifeline for many, during the challenging months of the lockdown restrictions.