While many of us have been fighting off “cabin fever” during the COVID-19 lockdown, young people staying at our refuges have been enjoying their time indoors discovering new passions, skills and hobbies from a much-needed place of safety.
Like for many of us, the extra time inside during the COVID-19 lockdown has been the perfect excuse to take on big craft projects or artistic endeavours we previously didn’t have time for. For our young people especially, with the support of our youth workers, it has provided them with the opportunity to broaden their creative horizons, through art, cooking and gardening.
The range of fun and challenging activities organised by our youth workers included Saturday bake-offs, craft mornings and building flower and herb gardens with the aim of encouraging positive connections between our young people whilst developing new skills and building their self-confidence.
These group activities have also been a welcome distraction for our young people, who have come to us after experiencing family breakdown, homelessness or in need of crisis support as a result of COVID-19. Tessa* is one such young person:
“Making art during this time is really helping me stay in control of my emotions and has given me the freedom to express my feelings without any judgement”.
Another fun weekend project our young people participated in was learning how to bake homemade muffins. For some of them, it was their first time cooking in a kitchen and they loved having the freedom to mix their own flavour combinations, decorate their muffins with their favourite toppings and the most exciting part of all, give their yummy creations a taste!
“I never thought I would enjoy learning how to bake, especially anything from scratch!” says Joel*.
Certainly, our young people’s imaginations have helped keep spirits high and we couldn’t be more proud of how well they have adapted during these unprecedented circumstances.
*Names of young people changed to protect privacy