Art and Awareness for NextSteps2: Before and After Lockdown
Prior to lockdown, NextSteps2 had several programmes to engage young people, including Chalk and Talk, a social session where the young people could discuss a variety of topics. Unfortunately, these in-person sessions had to stop with the COVID-19 pandemic, but the youth support workers continued to engage clients through weekly phone calls and texts. Now, with restrictions steadily lifting, the plan is to reintegrate these sessions back into the services NextSteps2 offers to the young people of the community.
Since the lifting of lockdown restrictions, NextSteps2 has been able to host a variety of events and workshops to reengage with the young people who are a part of the programme. Lockdown had been hard on several of the young people, so it’s fantastic to see them participating with these unique and fun opportunities!
To help work out some emotions in a healthy way, our youth support workers accompanied some of the young people to the local driving range in Forfar.
One of our trainee support workers, Wilson Taggart, has been hosting a weekly art workshop, providing an opportunity for our young people to learn a new hobby. Some of them had never drawn before, so it was exciting to see the results of the first session!
Another event running is our Gambling Awareness workshop, hosted by trainee support worker, Chloe McColl. Chloe talked about signs of gambling and how you could see how you have a gambling problem, and how to ban yourself if that ever needed to be done. She also showed some tv adverts to illustrate how they reel you in and make you think your going to win. The young people were also given information about organisations that can help if they find themselves having problems with gambling.
As restrictions continue to ease, NS2 is dedicated to continuing to offer helpful workshops and social sessions to the young people involved, and is looking forward to offering this necessary support to young people of the community.