Youth engagement through the pandemic

More than 3,000 young people across Bolsover District received advice and help from our Extreme Outreach service during 2020.

Extreme Outreach is an innovative service developed by our Extreme Wheels team in response to Covid-19 and services being closed to young people overnight.

The programme helped to find out their concerns and help educate them on Covid-related issues, health and wellbeing, and general advice.

The service was relaxed and aimed at allowing the young people to speak openly without worrying about repercussions.

The discussions gave the Extreme Wheels team an insight into where young people were gathering and enabled them to gain intelligence on problem areas and to work with partner agencies.

By focusing on young people the team was able to engage with a wider range of people from different communities. The team engaged with young people who were keen to dispel myths around perceived anti-social behaviour, discuss Covid matters (rather than fake news) and were pleased that their concerns were being listened to, based upon their lifestyles.

Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, Councillor David Downes said, “These sessions were held to try and engage with young people who had lost all their support networks in one go thanks to the pandemic.

“What Extreme Wheels managed to achieve was superb, they broke down a barrier between the authorities and the young people and learned how to better assist them in the current difficulties and beyond.”

The Extreme Wheels team is now looking at the information gathered during their outreach initiative and how best to apply that knowledge for future youth provision and Extreme Wheels events post Covid.

Extreme Outreach was funded by the Community Safety Partnership, Building Resilience and a number of Parish Councils, with the teams visiting Bolsover, Barlborough, Shirebrook, Tibshelf and South Normanton.


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