The Buzz Project based in Studio 2 on Fort Williams High Street has been delivering opportunities through youth work since 2014.
The project has developed a shop front into an accessible café, arts, performance and training space and is usually open 6 nights a week to young people for open and more specialist youth work sessions. They also have an outreach bus which enables them to take music equipment and youth work to outlying communities to work with young people.
With the arrival of corona virus the club initially continued to offer access to young people with increased hand washing and cleaning procedures, but in mid March just before lockdown was announced they decided to cancel sessions and move to delivering support using digital youth work.
The Buzz project knows that young people have needed consistency and for youth workers to be able to offer support to young people during such a strange time. Maintaining relationships has been their priority over lockdown.
Buzz youth worker Bronwyn is responsible for youth work and is active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, Zoom, Skype and Messenger. Young people predominantly use messaging platforms to maintain contact and connection with trusted youth workers. Bronwyn is running twice weekly ‘chit chat’ sessions with young people which enables peer support and social connection.
Throughout lockdown Project Manager Julie has been helping at the Caol Community Cupboard which is providing food and other essential support to people in the community. This initiative has enabled local organisations and volunteers to work together to meet the needs of the community.
The Buzz Project is already considering what it will do as lockdown eases. They know that youth work is needed but recognise it may need to be delivered in a very different way in the future. The projects main desire is to continue to meet the changing needs of young people.
Bronwyn has said that many opportunities are beginning to come out of lockdown and that youth work delivery may need to change. The Buzz project is planning on creating programmes encouraging young people to explore social skills and relationships and looks forward to working in partnership to deliver best outcomes for young people online and in person.
For more information about The Buzz Project contact them through their social media sites at:
Check out the website www.thebuzzproject.org
WhatsApp – 07391 003575
Skype & Zoom Bronwyn Buzzyouthworker