Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic has affected us all in our own individual ways, the Aquarius Cares Project in Birmingham has found some of our Young People hit hard in ways we did not envisage. Emma Murphy, Senior Practitioner, shares some of the amazing work the Birmingham Young Peoples Service are doing.
Aquarius Cares supports looked after children and young people who are affected by a parent’s substance use or mental health to develop resilience and coping strategies, and build positive relationships. These unprecedented times have seen some of our young people move from the home they know to other family member’s homes, care homes or respite placements.
“These unprecedented times have seen some of our young people move from the home they know to other family member’s homes, care homes or respite placements.”
We have had to quickly adapt our ways of working and have amongst other things:
- Supported young people with IT equipment to stay connected online with others and staff.
- Delivered arts and craft boxes onto door steps to enable positive activities whilst stuck indoors and had video chats to keep in contact and supportive where possible.
- Completed new assessments over the telephone or video call to ensure we are still actively supporting new Young People in need of a service although we cannot work face to face.
- Engaged our younger Aquarius Cares children by completing art sessions and play therapy sessions over the phone and via video chats.
- Letting young people make things etc. using the arts and craft boxes in between sessions and then showcasing them in their next appointment.
It has been lovely to see how proud the Young People are of these achievements with a little bit of positive reinforcement. As ever, all of our Young People have adapted and shown us their resilience and positive outlook on things. I think as staff members we have learnt from them as well as they have from us. I would like to personally thank all of our Young Peoples Practitioners for the hard work and dedication they have shown to our Young People during these challenging times.
“As ever, all of our Young People have adapted and shown us their resilience and positive outlook on things. I think as staff members we have learnt from them as well as they have from us”
Who knows what the future looks like in our field of work but I am confident that as a team we will rise to the challenge and continue to offer Young People support where needed to the highest standard.