Blooming Youth Collective
Tees Valley Arts
If you’re aged between 16 and 24, missing your group of friends, and feeling like you’d like some new things to do, the Blooming Youth Collective is for you!
This online group is completely led by people like you, looking to meet like-minded people and learn new fun skills, get support and grow, through lockdown and beyond.
We have four main objectives:
- To give young people the opportunity to grow their skills
- To give young people an inclusive community platform based around their interests
- To signpost services addressing mental health, grief, loss and to increase social and emotional resilience
- To engage and participate young people from a range of backgrounds, focusing on accessibility and inclusion
HOW IT WORKS
The purpose of this project is to find out what group members want to learn and to give them the opportunity to grow in these areas.
Initially the project will take part on virtual platforms, aiming to create a welcoming, safe environment that tackles feelings of isolation, but ensures group safety. This will lead to groups meeting together at Tees Valley Arts space in the Palace Hub in Redcar, once lockdown rules make it possible.
The project will focus on being young-person led, with the direction and ideas stemming from what they want to see in the space.
Ideas could develop through:
- talks from local activist groups and influencers/young leaders
- discussions about social issues
- learning practical skills or economic life skills
- fun games and events
- supporting each other and finding out where to get help
The Blooming Youth Collective was created by Tees Valley Arts with support from the #iWill fund to encourage social action within groups of young people. We aim to give young people a safe virtual space to learn and grow from one another and provide them with the resources to further lead the discussions outward to wider communities. Above all, we believe input from the community of young people is invaluable and incorporation of this to be most important.
Social isolation from Covid-19 has shown to have greatly impacted young people especially, a large majority of them normally relying on community, friendships and daily communication for their wellbeing. This support has been forced to stop and many have struggled with social isolation and loneliness. At Blooming Youth Collective, we hope that by focusing on giving young people the opportunities to find meaning through community, creativity and fulfilment, that the overall health and wellbeing of those involved improves.