The Covid-19 pandemic has had an impact on the wellbeing of young people, including lack of social interaction, increased screen time, and limited human contact. Springboard Opps, who are core funded by the Community Relations Council, created a video to capture what young people were feeling while living through lockdown.
“We wanted to ensure that young people had an opportunity to reflect and process their emotions whilst surviving a global pandemic,” said Angila Chada, Executive Director of Springboard. “It was important they had space to reflect on their life and ask what they wanted to leave behind and what they wanted to take with them moving forward.”
As unprecedented as lockdown is, it was important to capture young people learning positively, which in turn could be used to help shape a resilient mindset for the future.
“Amidst the anxiety and uncertainty,” Angila continued, “young people recognised they could have hope, creativity, resilience and still learn positively from a negative situation.”
Unique snapshot of time
As society emerges from lockdown, there are continuing levels of anxiety and issues surrounding clarity of advice. “Confusion around what can or cannot be done due to Covid-19 can impact on wellbeing,” Angila explained. “This is also further impacted by economic and social disadvantage and marginalisation which is faced by many of our young people. Moving forward, it is essential a holistic focus is placed on the wellbeing development of young people.”
This could mean mental health, as well as personal, civic and economic health.
“Any response must be holistic and therefore sustainable,” Angila continued. “Key to recovery is provision of training and employment opportunities to ensure marginalised young people are not squeezed out of the market. Action is needed now!”
A new way of thinking
Springboard Opps met the challenge of Covid-19 by reframing their programmes and learning strategies with new technology platforms, such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Zoom. The key was to utilise technology and communication platforms that participants not only preferred to use but were also comfortable with.