The Coronavirus pandemic has presented huge challenges globally to the health and wellbeing of everyone. Boys & Girls Clubs adapted to the new circumstances, legislation and social restrictions whilst reducing disruption where possible to support services and programme delivery.
Our offices remained closed to the public in the first part of the year with staff continuing to work from home. As covid restrictions eased in the summer months, staff returned to the office on a rota basis and our services and activities transitioned to a hybrid delivery of both digital and Face 2 Face.
Despite the challenges, Boys & Girls Clubs had a lucrative year and successfully attracted project funding across a wide range of sponsors. These projects complemented the core services that we offer to support our membership organisations.
Throughout the year our priorities focused on developing these services and activities achieving this through a dynamic programme of youth work which included the Accredited Youth Work Programme,
(AYWP), an 18-month project that involved designing, trialling, piloting and developing the first ever youth work specific framework across five areas;
Living in Safety & Stability:
Participation: Health & Wellbeing:
Diversity, Inclusion and Equality of Opportunity.
The project was funded by the Education Authority and the resources have been uploaded onto the EA website.
We engaged & supported 2293 young people and their support staff during 2021-2022 through the
Do Something Healthy & Do Something Active ( health & wellbeing activities) :
TBUC, Together Building a United Community: work force development courses; Training programmes and the Youth Fest programme which was run over 3 days in August and provided the opportunity for young people to learn, enjoy and achieve together after a long year of covid-19 restrictions.