SILX ARE STILL SUPPORTING THE YOUTH OF BLYTH
In the light of recent events relating to COVID-19 we had to close the doors to the project on 23rd March 2020. Although youth sessions inside the building have been suspended until we are allowed to fully re-open we are very much still working from the office and from home and providing a service to the young people of Blyth.
Can you Contact Staff?
Yes of course, our staff are working from Silx and from home and are available 7 days a week. The staff are keeping in touch with young people via phone call, text, email, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Contact numbers: 07487535980 or 07950502919.
What are we doing to support young people during this time?
We are holding ‘youth sessions’ via Zoom call every day Monday-Friday at 1pm for our Employability Project and 4pm Monday, Thursday and Friday for our Teen Bar- these sessions are great as they are allowing the young people to interact with youth workers and get advice and support but they are also able to see their friends. We don’t just talk the calls are interactive too with lots of games, quizzes and activities going on.
Our staff are also keeping our social media platforms up to date daily.
Our over 16s group who usually attend our Employability sessions still have access to a whole host of online courses they can complete at home and now we are able to offer one to one socially distanced appointments at Silx, the building is COVID safe with a one way system, hand sanitiser, a test and trace QR code and we clean after each appointment. Please be aware that you must adhere to social distancing whilst here for an appointment and wear a face covering. If you need an appointment please contact us to arrange this.
Our team of youth workers are now out working on the streets of Blyth every Monday-Friday evening and during the day on a Saturday, keeping in contact with our young people from a safe distance and offering advice and guidance. The latest lockdown rules mean young people should not be out and the workers remit is to engage safely with the young people they do see and encourage them to go home and stay safe.
All staff are wearing Silx Uniform and carry ID so they can be easily identified and wear a face covering and keep 2m apart from young people. The staff can be found at various locations around Blyth each night between 5pm-7pm and Saturday between 1pm-3pm.
We continue to follow National Youth Agency guidance which allows our work to continue throughout the national lockdown.
(Updated 3rd February 2021)
We will be continuing to offer support and updating you on everything we are doing on our social media pages and on our blog which can be accessed here: https://www.silxteen.com/blog/
Registered Charity: 1118360
Silx Youth Project takes your privacy very seriously, you can access our data privacy notice here: https://www.silxteen.com/download/silx-data-privacy-notice/