FLO (Family Liaison Officer)
Virtual Youth Offer – Online Youth Services for Young People
Kent commissions seven independent providers to deliver open access youth services across twelve districts of Kent for young people aged 8-19 (up to 25 for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities). Following the start of the Covid crisis, all of these providers have been developing their own virtual youth offers to replace what would they would normally deliver face to face.
Each provider’s offer differs and may vary from week to week, but they all seek to offer a number of open access online group activities via social media or other platforms, including sessions based around music, physical activity and emotional wellbeing. Sessions offered can be live and interactive or pre-recorded for young people to dip in and out of as they choose. Crucially, each provider also makes youth staff available to chat, either with other young people in a group or on a one to one basis; giving support, advice and guidance as appropriate, but often simply being a familiar or welcoming face for young people to talk to.
Young people are not limited to accessing sessions delivered by their local provider – they can choose to join in with sessions in other areas if these appeal to them more. The whole offer is subject to ongoing development and is explained on our page “Online Youth Services” which contains links for each provider and can be found here: https://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/young-people/online-youth-services
Additional Resources for Young People and Families
We would also like to remind you that there are a number of additional services commissioned by our public health and other colleagues that can be of real benefit to young people and their families at this time. Further details on these services specific to young people are being maintained by our Headstart colleagues on Kelsi and can be found by clicking here . Services detailed on this link include:
Kooth (https://www.kooth.com/) - a supportive space for young people who are missing their friends and need to talk. It includes discussion boards, Kooth Magazine & Help Articles, free counselling and self-help tools.
Moodspark: (https://moodspark.org.uk/) - A place where young people aged 10-16 can learn how to look after their emotional and mental health and find ways to help them bounce back when life gets tough
Other sites and services that may be particularly relevant to young people and their families include:
Kent Resilience Hub (https://kentresiliencehub.org.uk/) - a resource that helps young people, parents and carers and professionals to understand emotional growth and resilience. This is shortly to be updated with a wide range of emotional wellbeing support resources for young people
Sexual Health Service (https://www.kent.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/health/sexual-health) – information on the local service offer - including online STI testing – which is still live and accessible Kent wide. Information for the general public about what to do on contraception, emergency contraception, abortion, sexually transmitted infections, HIV and sexual assault during Covid-19 is on Sexwise . This includes links to other organisations providing information and support.
Mental Health Resources and Support for Parents and Carers (www.kent.gov.uk/wellbeing)
School Health (https://www.kentcht.nhs.uk/service/school-health) – a range of emotional and physical health resources and details of how to get support for school age children and young people – regardless of whether or not they are in school.
One You Kent (https://www.kent.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/health/one-you-kent) – a range of links and resources around improving physical and mental health.
FREE ADULT EDUCATION COURSES
Kent Adult Education’s free Family Learning courses for your parents and wider school network:
1.Online county-wide courses May-June
Attached are two posters which contain the details of the online county-wide courses which are running between May and June 2021. The courses are free to attend and all anybody needs to do is enrol through the Kent Adult Education website.
Foodtastic! Let’s Cook Together - using simple affordable ingredients. Parents and children cook together:
Simple healthy tomato pasta sauce
Chocolate Cornflake cakes
Crafts: - Parents and children create together:
Gratitude/Happy thoughts or happy memories jar
Paper craft - weaving and cute animal bookmarks - (coloured paper or card, glue stick, scissors, anything to decorate)
Milk bottle elephant (Elmer) (Empty clean 2litre milk carton, tissue paper, markers, glue, scissors)
Sock Worry Monster