Project Lockdown Book
A new book sharing the amazing work by the young people at Enthusiasm Trust during lockdown has
Project lockdown was born out of young people’s desire to maintain contact through the full lockdown. The young people were aged between 11 and 18 and came from the Derby City area including Osmaston, Allenton, Alvaston, Sinfin, Clifton, Mackworth and Nottinghamshire area. The young people came through the triage system which was set up during lockdown under the guidance of the national youth agency this was to help identify the most vulnerable young people. These were young people who lived in challenging, difficult, complicated and complex homes and were known to be struggling with isolation and mental health issues. The project started from the first lockdown and ran from 4 until 6 pm on a Thursday at Cotton Lane Youth centre. A high percentage of the young people were known to self-harm or have suicidal thoughts. These included cutting themselves, starvation, trichotillomania, overdosing and alcohol and drug abuse. Home situations were volatile.
The purpose of the Project was to give the young people a safe environment with people they trusted to express their most difficult-to-handle feelings and thoughts creating a cathartic effect that they would not be safe to do in their complicated, complex homes. The youth workers were aware of the difficulties the young people were facing and were able to identify any risks of suicide and self-harm. They could also work to carry out prophylactic activities to further reduce the risk of harming or worse. This was a regular 1-hour slot at the same time and place every week giving the young people some structure in their otherwise chaotic lives and something to look forward to. However, the team would often stay late and the sessions would run for 3 hours as the needs of the young people required extra support.