CWVYS REPORT ON THE IMPACT OF COVID-19

The response to our survey has demonstrated that the voluntary youth sector in Wales has responded and risen to the challenge of Covid-19 swiftly and admirably, less than 8% of Members surveyed reported no operational change.

You can find the full report here: CWVYS Report on the impact of Covid-19 on the Voluntary Youth Sector in Wales. It should automatically download and those using screen readers should be able to access text descriptions of the graphs and charts.

While it is clear the sector has serious concerns about the future post lockdown, many have quickly adapted their services, repurposed resources and continued to support the communities they work within.

We are grateful to all who responded to our survey, given the demands on peoples’ attention and the increase in stress and uncertainty over the last few months, the fact that our Members took the time to respond is not something we have taken for granted. Thank you to those Members who supplied us with a wealth of information, we hope this report has been useful to all CWVYS Members and the wider sector.

We aim to continue this survey quarterly this financial year. If the issues raised in this report resonate within your organisation, or you see opportunities for engagement and support across the sector, you can find a list of CWVYS Members on our website: https://www.cwvys.org.uk/members/

We are sure Members would welcome the connection. The value of the sector is in its Members and how you support each other.

If you have any questions please email helen@cwvys.org.uk

YOUTH WORK WEEK IN CAERPHILLY

  • Caerphilly County Borough Council Youth service Youth Forum is hosting a meeting with the Leader of the council to discuss learners’ to help prepare young people for a return to School that week – this will be discussed at a wider Youth Forum later in the week and any local young people wishing to get involved in the Youth Forum may get in touch at JONESCL1@CAERPHILLY.GOV.UK
  • Throughout the week, outreach staff will work closely with Gwent Police to advise young people out and about regarding social distancing and how to stay safe – watch out for our youth workers on your street corner!  Online quizzes will take place in connection with this activity on different evenings.
  • Monday-Thursday, youth workers will be running online group sessions and quizzes focussed on the UNCRC, with prizes and certificates linked to this
  • The service is also running a competition for young people to design a picture/poster/poem on what youth work means to them.
  • A mixture of fun activities and wellbeing/self-esteem promoting activities are to be delivered all week (and have been since lockdown began) but this week sees celebration all young people’s fantastic achievements and efforts during lockdown – certificates for this are to be sent out this week.
  • Virtual cooking sessions to make celebratory cakes for Youth Work Week.
  • Online parties
  • A 7 day challenge to create a video on what youth workers mean to young people.
  • All week, the Youth Service is distributing Period Dignity products
  • The Youth service’s/County’s LGBT group for young people meets to celebrate Youth work Week on Saturday 27th.  For information about this group, contact GETHFN@CAERPHILLY.GOV.UK
  • The Youth Services education (EOTAS) groups return to activity from the 24th.