Summer of youth activity and fun starts in Tower Hamlets
On 4 August 2020 Tower Hamlets Homes (THH) launched a five-week programme of activities for young people aged 12 -25 years, including arts and crafts, sports, social action projects and day trips, all of which are free. Youth workers are out on estates, engaging with young people and encouraging them to get involved in the large programme of events specially designed for local residents.
With Coronavirus restrictions only just easing and the difficulties that lockdown caused for families, it was even more crucial for young people to have ways to keep fit and feel engaged and valued with safe, socially distanced and virtual activities to occupy summer holidays. Covid-19 meant a worsening financial situation for families on low incomes and for many caused worry and stress about how to keep young people occupied, the summer programme provides the answer without increasing worries about money.
Following the success of our youth-work programme in summer 2019 we commissioned five organisations to deliver last year’s programme:
- Society Link, covered Shadwell and Wapping
- Valance Community Sports Association, covered Globe Town
- Osmani Trust, covered Chicksand and Collingwood, Bethnal Green
- Newark Youth, covered Whitechapel and Stepney
- Neighbours in Poplar & Splash, covered Poplar and Limehouse
Due to Covid-19 restrictions most youth centres remain closed, so in strict compliance with government guidelines, this programme provides a much-needed diversionary activity to keep young people busy over the summer holidays. We’re looking forward to hearing the stories and seeing the pictures from young people who have learnt new skills, had first-time experiences and most of all – enjoyed themselves.Chief Executive of Tower Hamlets Homes, Susmita Sen
I’m delighted that Tower Hamlets Homes will be running a series of free summer activities across their estates during the holiday period. This varied programme will be particularly welcome following the lockdown as a way to engage our young people and provide Covid-safe and free activities for all to enjoyMayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs