In line with government guidelines, One Wednesday and Thursday, Enthusiasm Youth Club on Cotton Lane ran a 2 session support group called Project lockdown.
The first session was talking about feelings and pressures within lockdown before brainstorming how they could be overcome.
For some, this was quite overwhelming and it was decided to stretch the project over 2 sessions.
Everyone in attendance realised that this support was so valuable and needed every week because it was the only support some of the young people were able to access.
The staff developed a plan to make a positive outcome for project lockdown, deciding to do something that everyone could get involved in without feeling uncomfortable, a weekly session was created.
Cotton Lane Youth Club has young people with lots of different talents including:
- Spoken word
- Special effects
So the sessions were built around these skills and talents.
One session was based on looking at different songs to gain an understanding of the emotional connection between the artist and the listener. This educated not only the young people on different kinds of music but also the staff.
A volunteer played their guitar at another session of the spoken word. Young people were encouraged to write their feelings on a piece of paper and get someone to do perform it as spoken word.
A session about influencers and how they can be both negative and positive influences was run by an Enthusiasm staff member who has 20k follower.
Another session focused on makeup hair and outfits, which encouraged young people to design their clothing. This exercise discovered many budding artists within the youth club which inspired the art sessions.
A play was also organised by the young people.
All of this helped improve the mental and physical well-being of the attendees.
The sessions have been a roller coaster of emotions as well as a fantastic outlet for the young people because some were struggling to show their emotions.