A new Mission Australia Youth Survey called Young Voices of the Pandemic: Youth Survey COVID Report 2020 brought together voices and perspectives from young people in Australia aged 15 and 19.
The report revealed that young people have felt that the disruptions that Covid-19 has brought to their everyday lives has made them feel worried and stressed and without access to their usual supports. Nationally, more than two thirds of those reporting mental health concerns due to COVID-19 were young females (68.9% of females compared with 23.9% of males).
While many of CityCare’s programs have had to pause, particularly in schools, our CityCare teams have been looking at ways to continue to support young people in this season.
Nancy, who is one of our Community Workers and Shine Girl Facilitators said “For students who were part of our Shine and Strength programs in schools prior to lockdown, our team put together care packages for our students. It included a few snacks, face sheet masks, an encouragement card with practical self-care tips, a find-a-word, and a few quotes cards.
This was just a small gesture to show that we are thinking of them in this tough season and that we are here for them.
The feedback that we have received from sending these packages has been so encouraging. The Student Support Officer (SSO) emailed me thanking our team for our care packages. She said that the students were so surprised and loved what was in the packs. But more so that we took the time to value them in this season. The SSO also mentioned that the office ladies were receiving calls from parents thanking us for our generosity in this season. They were so thankful, and it just goes to show that a little kindness goes a long way.”
There are bound to be flow-on effects on young people’s lives with extended lockouts and pressures, but CityCare is poised and ready to reconnect through our Schools programs, Safe Spaces and Youth mentoring activities and reaffirm our commitment to young people in the days ahead.
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