During lockdown, we have been providing remote support and maintaining interaction online and via telephone calls in group and 1-2-1 sessions with thousands of young people.
We are also planning the partial opening of the Youth Zone building on Monday 13th of July for limited numbers of young people who would benefit most from regular, face-to-face engagement with youth workers.
Achieving this whilst protecting the health and wellbeing of young people, employees, volunteers, and the wider community is our primary focus.
Strict capacity management, social distancing, and hygiene measures will be in place that are in-line with guidance from the government, National Youth Agency, Public Health England, the NHS, Health and Safety Executive and wider stakeholders including the local authority, local schools, and Wigan Council.
Measures may involve staggering and rotating attendance to maintain safe capacity levels, increased outdoor activities where possible and a limit on the amount of time young people spend at the Youth Zone.
We’re aiming to work with a maximum of 15 different young people each night at the Youth Zone from Monday 13th July. Our hope is to gradually increase numbers overtime when safe to do so.
All plans will be closely monitored and may adjust in response to internal and external factors.