The Next Step Project
One Voice Blackburn will deliver an 18 month project (starting in september 2020) focused on boosting the emotional and physical wellbeing of our young people with sessions framed around the five ways to wellbeing led by volunteers and older members of our groups but with additional support provided by our Emotional Wellbeing Coaches in group workshops and through 1:1 sessions as appropriate, particularly for the young people most affected by the pandemic. One Voice will work with both young people already engaged with One Voice and take referrals from local schools and mosques into the programme.
These sessions will be made available to both our boys and girls groups. All of the sessions will be delivered digitally on video calls during the first 1-3 months and whilst One Voice will continue to follow social distancing guidelines with the aim to move towards face to face sessions in the second half of the project but still maintaining some sessions online for those who would benefit most from this alternative offer and for those whose families are most concerned about a return to face to face sessions. One Voice believes that supporting as many of the members to return safely to sessions in person is critical to their personal development and we will engage with families regularly to reassure them about the safety of the sessions and encourage them to allow their children to join in a phased return.
The project is aimed at reducing social isolation which young people are currently facing during the Covid-19 pandemic. Increased virtual and eventually face to face contact for the participants will reduce loneliness which impacts on quality of life and increases anxiety and can lead to poor mental health.
The project aims to improve the confidence and self esteem and overall mental wellbeing of the children and young people by increasing their sense of worth and resilience, increasing their capacity to deal with adversity positively and confidently.
The project aims to increase connectivity between young people and their peers, both off and online with an increased respect and appreciation for one another, improved relationships and greater sense of belonging to a wider community.