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
For younger kids we are providing play packs to give them some fun activities at home, but also help relieve some of the tensions that are building up. If you have kids stuck at home, you will know what this means. If you have autistic kids or you are a single parent with 4 kids, it can seem overwhelming. We are fortunate to have UNA Exchange student volunteers working hard to keep the kids busy and creative.