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Digital Youth Club Zoom session

Tom has been updating Facebook with how this vital service was able to continue during lock down by setting up an online youth club.

“Working from home during lock down brought up a lot of challenges for myself, Jan, Nic and our Young Leader Sophia but we persevered and set up our very own Digital Youth Club using Zoom (which I think everyone is familier with by now!) Youth work is an essential service for many young people and we felt the need to carefully balance the needs of the public health crisis against the need to provide essential
support to young people at a time of heightened challenge.

Being back in the Centre has made me reflect on everything the Beechtree Youth Club has achieved in this time. Since the first week of lockdown we have been delivering 4 to 5 Digital Youth Club sessions a week. That’s around 20 sessions a month and to date 107 Youth Club Sessions in total during the pandemic.

The young people have enjoyed Q and A sessions, guided learning sessions with origami, experiments making slime (led by the young people) live tours of where members are, a Netflix Party, contests, quizzes and much much more!”

Tom is planning to start some small group activities soon using our community garden and following social distancing guidelines. There is plenty to be done in the garden and it is a safe place to meet and have fun together.

Being Healthy

The Young Men’s project enjoyed healthy eating on Wednesday night. Back by popular demand the group made BBQ Beetroot Burgers!

This year the Young Men’s group have worked really hard to promote health and well-being. Young people have taken part in various healthy cooking activities and enjoyed discussions about diet, health, body image and the risks of smoking and alcohol.

The young people said the Beetroot Burgers were great! In addition, we feel that it is vital to provide young people with a safe stimulating and educational place to socialise and have these discussions so that they can reach their full potential.

The Young Men’s group meet on a Wednesday night 6 – 8 pm at the Beechtree and is for ages 12 – 18.

Tom Nielsen, Youth Worker