Coronavirus Pandemic

SWAY Response Club – Responding to the impact of Coronavirus

We have always recognised how young people today face many challenges such as social exclusion, poverty, mental health, education, employment, violence, drugs/alcohol, sexual behaviour, media and peer pressure, the list can seem endless.  And now most recently Coronavirus – these are exceptional times with exceptional challenges.  In response to these new challenges SWAY have received funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to provide a service to young people aged 12-18 years impacted in different ways from Coronavirus.

“SWAY Response Club” has been developed from the service we provided over Summer 2020 when staff delivered lunch packs to participants which also included socially distant doorstep support e.g. mentoring, advice and signposting.   However though we are now permitted to return to delivering Face to Face activities, we have had to make several changes in the way we deliver our services in accordance with Government Coronavirus guidelines (full details in Registration Pack).  Generally sessions will consist of Young people receiving a takeaway lunch/ toiletries pack and engaging in  workshops and discussions alongside mentoring and signposting information according to the individual area of need.  Sessions will be delivered once a week in two bubbles, young people will be allocated to a bubble (max 12 participants per bubble) and each bubble will be allocated separate time slots for their attendance to the project.

This project will provide a safe and secure space for young people to receive support in addressing any issues of concern particularly those around Coronavirus  such as the disproportionate challenges concerning health, socio-economic status and inequality.  Participant should benefit from:

  • Improved mental health – self esteem
  • Improved attitude towards re-engaging in education and educational attainment
  • Improved knowledge of reducing health risks and keeping safe during Coronavirus
  • Improved understanding of equality and identity

SWAY’s approach of delivering learning social activities supports young people through their adolescent development.  This includes facilitating their learning and understanding about themselves, others and society, helping them develop stronger relationships and collective identities, and respecting and valuing differences.  Our approach is holistic as our aim is to engage and develop the whole person (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual).  Our starting point is based on the needs of the young person with emphasis on the relationships we form through the learning social activities provided.

NB -FURTHER RESTRICTIONS MAY BE APPLIED TO THE WAY WE DELIVER OUR SESSIONS INLINE WITH CHANGING GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE.  PLEASE CONTACT SWAY STAFF DIRECTLY FOR FUTHER INFORMATION

Samantha: sam@swayproject.co.uk / 07904 167 586

Richard: richard@swayproject.co.uk