24th April 2020 14:56pm
On Friday 3 April, Young Greenwich introduced its first weekly Lockdown Youth Party to help support young people across the Royal Borough of Greenwich, giving them 3 hours of enjoyment and positivity during the pandemic.
The party took place on Young Greenwich’s Instagram page, inviting all young people to watch the show & request a song for the DJ to play. In addition to this, young people also had the opportunity to win 1 out of 3 JD vouchers on the night as part of the random prize draw. Young Greenwich then introduced its Lockdown Family Party on Wednesday 15 April aimed at providing parents, carers and guardians with the same entertainment on Facebook. The party was a success, with a combined total of over 5,500 views and more than 12,000 people reached since its launch.
Marketing & Outreach Officer Shade Thompson has been working with staff to develop alternative routes of support for young people since the lockdown.
“The current situation isn’t so easy, people are anxious, some are bored at home and the feeling of uncertainty holds a strong presence. I wanted young people to feel the opposite, with these parties, they have the opportunity to still stay connected with Young Greenwich, be positive through music and conversations to contribute to their wellbeing.
“Seeing the comments from the young people and adults about the parties are priceless. I am so happy it’s making a positive impact in the community”.
Young people and families have responded positively to the parties by getting involved and sharing with others. Audiences have also commented on the live streams about past memories of Young Greenwich, some saying that they ‘miss the youth hubs’ whilst others are really happy about the parties.
The Lockdown parties have also reached people in a range of other countries, from Canada to Jamaica and Spain, with young people tuning in from there to speak with us and join the party.