Now more than ever, we are committed to the health and well-being of everyone involved with Youth Options.
At an understandably worrying and uncertain time, we would like to take this opportunity to reassure you that we are doing all we can to mitigate risk and reduce the spread of COVID-19. We are making sure we are following the latest advice from UK Government and Public Health England and will continue to adhere to current policies and procedures; alongside an organisational COVID-19 Policy and Risk Assessments, which are available upon request.
Most importantly we remain dedicated to supporting young people across the county.
We are still doing all we can to help young people in need. If you need support at this time, please contact us and we will do our best to help. At this time we:
- have reduced face-to-face delivery.
- have closed The Hub & MP3.
- are running office-based projects remotely.
- are remotely supporting young people via phone calls, WhatsApp, online and other appropriate methods of engagement. This includes 1:1 and group sessions.
- are resuming detached youth work.
- are supporting care leavers who are struggling due to the current crisis.
- are continuing to support families with NVR training and taking new referrals.
- are running holiday and after school clubsin line with government advice at The Scott Centre in Andover and at our outdoor learning sites in Eastleigh.
- are creating digital resources.
- are promoting the importance of mental and physical well-being at this time.
- are continuing to adapt our programmes to fit in with the needs of young people.
- are planning for the future!
** Please note that all our activities are run in line with Government Guidelines. As such, there is the possibility that services will be altered, postponed or cancelled to fit in with current advice and legislation. We will of course keep you up to date if any changes arise and refunds will be offered if necessary.**
Following advice from the UK Government and Public Heath England we will continue to ensure policies and procedures are in place to support everyone involved with Youth Options.
- Educating our staff on the virus and proper prevention methods
- Emphasising the importance of proper hand washing
- Cleaning high contact points at our settings
- Running programmes inline with government advice on social distancing
- Keeping in contact with partner organisations to ensure we have the full picture within the communities in which we work
- Adapting our services to fit in with changing needs
- Working from home where possible
We have adapted our services so that all activities are in line with government guidance. Risk Assessments and procedures have been adapted and are reviewed so they continue to be in line with current changes. We have also implemented new training and induction procedures for new and returning staff. At all our settings staff wear PPE as appropriate and have their own hand sanitiser.
Each session begins with social distancing instructions to make sure all participants are aware of the guidelines, and all activities are managed so that people from different households can stay two metres apart. The use of equipment has been reduced and we have made groups smaller to reduce the risk of infection when delivering face to face work.
How you can Help
Youth Options prides itself on offering a helping hand to those most in need. The issues encountered by those using our services have not disappeared. Instead, at this troubling time they are now faced with another set of worries. We need to keep offering support to those in need, but we cannot do that alone.
Any support you can give at this time would be a lifeline to those in need. If you are able to help, please donate here.
We Care Appeal
We have launched our #wecare appeal to raise funds to help care leavers in and around Southampton who are in desperate need of our support. For more information on how to get involved click here.
Support the Small Charities Coalition Campaign
Many charities are facing an unprecedented situation. Charities are needed now more than ever, however without urgent help, many of these charities and voluntary organisations are facing imminent collapse.