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What is The Hive Youth Zone planning to do?

During lockdown, we have been providing remote support and maintaining interaction online and via telephone calls in group and 1-2-1 sessions with thousands of young people.

We are pleased to announce that from Monday 20th July we will be running a holiday club for our junior members. This will be a smaller offer than usual, and we will be posting up details of this soon including how to book. (Booking will open on Monday 13th July 9am)

From Monday 27th July we will start to invite young people into The Hive for specific sessions in small groups. We will also start to share sessions that young people can book onto so that they can come into The Hive for a specific activity, for example an hour’s art session with Treena, or a salon session with Rach.

Week by week over the summer we will introduce new activities and sessions, and we hope to continue to increase these each week. Sadly, due to social distancing measures and health and safety regulations, for a while at least, our sessions will be very different and for the most part you will need to pre-book a place by choosing your activities. We will however still have a great range of opportunities to choose from, and the team are ready and waiting to chat, guide, support and have a laugh with.

Achieving this whilst protecting the health and wellbeing of young people, employees, volunteers, and the wider community is our primary focus.

Strict capacity management, social distancing, and hygiene measures will be in place that are in-line with guidance from the government, National Youth Agency, Public Health England, the NHS, Health and Safety Executive and wider stakeholders including the local authority, local schools, and Wirral Council.

Measures will involve staggering and rotating attendance to maintain safe capacity levels, increased outdoor activities where possible and a limit on the amount of time young people spend at the Youth Zone.

All plans will be closely monitored and may adjust in response to internal and external factors.

How are services and provision going to change?

Our current provision, which includes remote support and maintaining group and 1-2-1 interaction online and via telephone calls, will continue.

Our plan is to enable a limited number of young people to safely attend the Youth Zone facility in line with Coronavirus restrictions and guidance. We hope this number can increase over the coming weeks and months.

Our Targeted Outreach started on 21st July ensuring a number of young people will be able to engage face-to-face with youth workers in community settings.  We will increase the number of evenings we are out over the summer holidays.

When is the Youth Zone building going to fully re-open?

Unfortunately, this is not yet clear and will be dictated by wider Coronavirus restrictions and guidance. We are constantly reviewing the situation and will provide additional detail when we are able to.

With your plans, who will be able to access face-to-face provision (indoor or outdoor) and how have you arrived at that decision?

The Youth Zone will partially open on 20th July for Holiday Club. Closed, established groups such a Junior Council and Young Leaders will be invited to attend. Over time, we will increase the number of sessions and activities available to other young people who will be able to book onto them.

Our Outreach Team will ensure they engage with groups of YP whilst out in Wirral a couple of evenings a week. The evenings will change on a weekly basis depending on staffing.

How many young people will be able to access face-to-face provision (indoor or outdoor) at any one time?

This will depend on the activity and the room the activity is being delivered in. We will try to do as many activities as we can outdoors, weather permitting, however if we are indoors each room has a maximum capacity for young people as per the Covid guidelines.

What hours will the face-to-face provision be available, and where will it take place?

The Hive Youth Zone building opening hours will be from Monday 27th July. The times will depend on the session, most will be after holiday club has finished and cleaning has taken place.  Each member invited to these targeted sessions will be able to attend one activity in one area of the youth zone.

Weather permitting, we will do some of the activities outside, such as fitness sessions. These will take place on the kick pitch.

What activities will young people be able to take part in?

We will have a range of activities across the week including (sewing, creative arts, music lessons, games and outdoor sessions including sports, skate park activities, fitness)  In line with the current guidance the Gym, Sports Hall (for some sports), Climbing Wall and Dance Studio (for dancing) will not be operational, although some of these rooms may be used for other activities. The activities will change as and when we receive further guidance.

Will my child be able to attend with their friends?

This will be possible if your child and their friends have booked on to a particular session on the same evening, but they will need to maintain social distancing.

Is it still 50p per visit, and will you be accepting cash?

Yes, it will  cost 50p for the activity they are coming to and we will accept cash.

What measures have you taken to ensure your plan is safe and how will you be managing social distancing and hygiene measures?

 

We have conducted a detailed risk assessment and modified aspects of service delivery and building use in line with restrictions and guidance.

For more information please click here WYZ RA 60 Pandemic Aug V1.10 to download our Risk Assessment.

National Youth Agency Guidance 

We have marked out 2-metre spacings within the Youth Zone to help young people and employees maintain this distance. We will remain vigilant and enforce this rule as best we can recognising that the participants need to take responsibility for their actions.

All members will need to have their temperature taken prior to entry and put hand sanitiser on – if a member’s temperature is 37.8 degrees or higher they will not be granted access to the building. Hand washing /sanitising facilities will be available at many locations throughout the building and regular handwashing/sanitising will be encouraged.

There will be regular cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and objects that are frequently touched by young people and staff during sessions. A deep clean will be undertaken prior to opening and regular cleaning will be scheduled for when the Youth Zone is closed.

We will continue to follow guidance from the government, NHS, National Youth Agency, Public Health England, Health and Safety Executive and wider stakeholders including the local authority, local schools, and Wirral Council.

All plans will be closely monitored and may adjust in response to internal and external factors.

Will young people be able to or be required to wear face coverings?

The latest update to government guidance states that youth centres have been added to the list of places that people must wear face coverings. This update applies to our members age 11+ and to all visitors to our building (including parents / carers) For more information please click the link below or get in touch with our team.

Have you made changes to the building and how it is used?

We have mapped out 2 metre markings within the Youth Zone to help young people and employees maintain this distance.
We’ve also stopped free-roam sessions, restricted areas and have put in place a one-way system around the building to maintain social distancing in corridors and doorways.

Who has been consulted regarding the plan?

The plan has been created using guidance from the government, NHS, National Youth Agency, Public Health England, Health and Safety Executive and wider stakeholders such as the local authority, local schools, and Wirral Council.

We will continue to follow this guidance and the plan will be closely monitored and may adjust in response to internal and external factors.

Have workers and volunteers received additional training?

Yes. All staff and volunteers will be re-inducted and receive regular training to remind them of the measures that we have put in place to make the building covid-secure. All departments and activities will have additional risk assessments to control the spread of the virus which all staff will have read, understood and signed.

Will workers and volunteers be wearing PPE such as face coverings?

No. In-line with government guidance, workers and volunteers can choose to wear a covering if they wish and do not have any health conditions that would prevent them from doing so.

Staff and volunteers will wear a mask, apron, and gloves in exceptional circumstances where it is essential to be closer than two meters, such as if someone becomes unwell or requires medical attention during a session.

Will workers and volunteers be regularly tested?

In line with the current government guidance our staff members do not need to be routinely tested.

We request that staff, volunteers, and young people do not attend the Youth Zone if they, or someone in their household, display any Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms. They should follow government guidance on self-isolation, using the track and trace service, and being tested.

What will you do if someone involved in a face-to-face session or one of their family members/guardians is showing symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

If someone involved in a face-to-face session or one of their family members/guardians is showing symptoms of Coronavirus they will have been asked not to attend the session.

For whatever reason a member is showing symptoms they will be isolated in our intervention room until collected by a guardian. A control measure we have in place for this is we are checking members temperatures on arrival. If a temperature is 37.8 or above they will be asked to leave.

If a member does not have a temperature on arrival but starts to display symptoms throughout the session, they will go into an isolation room with a staff member until they are collected by a parent/guardian.

Are there plans to increase the number of young people who can access face-to-face provision?

Our plan is to enable a limited number of young people to safely attend the Youth Zone facility in line with Coronavirus restrictions and guidance. We hope this number can increase over the coming weeks and months.

We’re aiming to work with small groups of young people on specific nights at the Youth Zone from Monday 27thJuly. Our hope is to increase the numbers able to attend when safe to do so. Whilst this is far from ideal, it is important to balance the needs of young people with Coronavirus restrictions and guidance.

We will be continuing to provide universally accessible remote support and maintaining interaction online and via telephone calls and are increasing our provision with Targeted Outreach and Mentoring.

When will the Youth Zone building be open to all members again?

As with many organisations, we are currently unsure as to when we will be able to open the building to all members again.

We continue to closely monitor guidance from the government, NHS, Public Health England, Health and Safety Executive, National Youth Agency and wider stakeholders including the local authority, local schools, and Wirral Council and will provide additional detail when we are able to.

Who should I speak to if I want more information about Wirral Youth Zone’s phased reopening plan?

You can email talktothehive@thehiveyouthzone.org with any questions – we will try and provide a response as soon as possible.