These are extraordinary times. The Coronavirus crisis has followed hot on the heels of devastating flooding in our communities. People had no time to recover their homes and their normal lives, when the lockdown was imposed, with the terrible threat of losing loved ones added to an already intolerable situation. Continue reading
Each year Valleys Kids works with around 2,400 disadvantaged and vulnerable young people. They have been hit hard by the lockdown restrictions. No respite from sometimes, stressful and fraught family life cooped up with no escape or social interaction with their peers. They miss their friends, they miss the social activities they usually attend at Valleys Kids each week.
Sparc, our youth arts project, is working digitally with our teenagers running virtual groups online and offering a weekly opportunity to talk together and respond collectively to this crisis. Become a Friend on Sparc Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/wearesparc/
Check out these films made by young people from all our hubs and in Riverside as part of the UK wide CoronaVirus TimeCapsule Project:
Week 1 – The Beginning
Week 2 – Home Life
Week 3 – About Us
“This space is very important, not just for me, but for everyone. It gives us opportunities to be able to talk to people, especially for people who suffer with anxiety, depression or disabilities. It keeps us sane and our feelings whole and warm. It gives us a place to grow as a person.” Young person attending online group
Through each of our Community & Family Hubs in Penygraig, Penyrenglyn, Rhydyfelin & Dinas we are reaching out to 3,000 people every week.
We are maintaining our weekly contact with isolated families and older people who would normally come to our support groups, but are stuck in their home and often lonely and frightened.
“Taking part in weekly video chats and the one to one phone calls really helps me with my mental health and I do not feel so isolated”
Isolated older person