Thursday 5th November – London - Leadership by Streetwise returned (briefly) to in-person activities during October Half Term. After unfortunately having to postpone the Second Residential Trip of the year back in March due to Covid-19, it was finally time for the young leaders to come back together physically and complete their course requirements.
With the return to school in September and government guidelines allowing youth group activities (prior to the national lockdown of 05/11/2020), Leadership by Streetwise ran three 6-hour, in person training sessions for young leaders who were ready and waiting to get back involved again.
65 young people participated in groups of up to 15 people at a time, taking part in socially distanced Leadership Training that included physical activity, teamwork games, Sports Leaders UK curriculum and much more!
The young leaders learnt how to adapt sports sessions to make them accessible for visually impaired, hearing impaired, people with various levels of autism, and those less/unable to stand. ‘Sports over zoom’ was also brought to their attention, giving ideas and an understanding of how to deliver sports sessions online.
With the ‘new normal’ of life, the young leaders learnt how to make sessions COVID-19 safe and were able to complete risk assessment forms to show this. The young people were all respectful of the rules and understood the importance of keeping their distance and ensuring others felt safe around them too. Other topics taught to the groups were Safeguarding & Welfare, barriers in sport, creating communal sports campaigns and more!
Through the delivery of the programme, Leadership by Streetwise were able to engage and teach our young leaders about how to be creative and keep interaction flowing, even at a social distance and without sharing/touching resources. The young leaders in training took part in quizzes, competitions, dancing, fitness circuits, freeze frames and many more forms of methodologies. We hope that the variety of sessions will inspire our young people in their own delivery at future events and activities they may deliver in the next year that will have to keep to COVID-19 Guidelines.
Harry Davis, Level 2 reflected by saying “It was great to be back in a live (Covid safe) leadership session today. We went over safeguarding and things to consider when running an event with a mixture of fun games and serious activities. A big thank you to Yvie and the team for making it possible”.
Tamzin Lester, Level 2, said “I found the two leadership sessions that I attended last week were extremely enjoyable and informative, especially under the tough conditions and circumstances. I felt that the sessions were thoroughly prepared to ensure that every participant was socially distanced and I felt very safe attending it. We managed to cover and recap a lot of important and useful information to consequently assist me in completing my course and overall they were successful sessions”.
Yvie Curtis, Maccabi GB Youth Engagement Manager said about the week-long training: “After spending the last 7 months seeing our participants online, it was really special to be back in person with them. Their positive can-do attitude was inspiring to watch and reassured us that physical programming was not only needed but really wanted too. It was clear that each of our young leaders wanted to get the most they could out of their short time with us and we are so grateful to have such passionate, motivated and caring young leaders. Despite having to socially distance and wear masks, each young person’s personality shone through and we are so excited to continue to develop them and assist in their journey with us as Maccabi GB and with the wider Jewish Community.”
During the first week of the March lockdown, ‘Chats & Snacks’ was launched – a daily one-hour zoom session with a special guest speaking about their personal experiences, typically within their career, finished with a Q&A by our participants. Over 50 speakers from a broad range of professions presented including finance, politics, charity work, start-ups, university experience, tech world and more! Online social events were also hosted throughout.
This Summer Leadership delivered the ‘Summer Activate Programme’ through zoom and physical meetings for up to four participants at a time. This was popular and we saw the need and want to return to physical activities from our young people & their parents/guardians.
The Leadership programme will continue to engage online during the Months of November and December and the 2021 Programme will launch in January. For more information on the Leadership programme, please visit https://www.streetwisegb.org/leadership