Here are just some of the ways we've been supporting children and teenagers over the last 12 months...
Online youth events
Our weekly events for 11-18s have now been running online for a whole year!
We're on Zoom every Tuesday and Friday, for inspiring events where everyone is welcome. Each event has lots of games, opportunities to ask questions, and space to chat about life, God, and faith. Groups run every week in term-time: if you'd like to join in, please message us!
Our building has been turned into a mini film set with lights, cameras and green screens!
Woodlea Mission isn't closed - far from it! All the empty spaces are being used to create socially-distanced videos for children and teenagers. Our most recent filming project has been to create short videos to help 11-16 year olds find practical ways to manage stress. We hope to make this new content available to Secondary Schools next term.
We've set up a Mentoring and Counselling service for 11-18s who need extra support.
We used emergency Government funding to pilot a Mentoring and Counselling service for teenagers who are vulnerable and at risk of serious harm. Our Youth Support Team have led 160+ sessions at Woodlea Mission and at local schools, which have been a lifeline for so many teenagers who are finding life very difficult right now.
Vision gives young people opportunities to learn new skills and grow in confidence.
Alongside our live events, we've set 'lockdown challenges' for young people. Our most ambitious challenges have been to record music videos from home!
Vision's schools work is online, with interactive lessons streaming live into classrooms.
Before the pandemic we were already working closely with Primary and Secondary schools to provide Emotional Wellbeing support. With Covid-19 causing so much disruption and anxiety for children and teenagers, we quickly adapted our content and began offering livestreamed sessions for schools.
With our monthly events on hold, we've made Vision Kids videos for children and families.
Our most popular video of the last 12 months was Lite Nite, a virtual version of our biggest and brightest event. Lite Nite was watched by thousands of children, not just in Rossendale but across the UK and the world! We've also made shorter videos with Bible stories and craft ideas for children. Re-watch all our videos on our Vision Kids Catch Up page.