Baytree’s Lockdown 3.0 Update:
In light of the lockdown 3.0 announcement back in January, Baytree has re-adjusted its three key services: women, youth and volunteering, to cater for the needs of women and girls in our community and to ensure no one has to miss out.
Our Social Mobility coaches have been making regular wellbeing check-in calls to all women, as they did in the first lockdown, helping women access emergency support such as foodbank vouchers and universal credits. This is essential for those with greater barriers to services due to poor English skills and low literacy. Our coaches pay special attention to the most vulnerable or isolated users, offering telephone sessions as often as needed. We have increased our Welfare Advice with our Welfare Advisor now working 4 days a week.
This year, we have introduced an additional beginners class and literacy class to our remote ESOL timetable. We have also launched our Wellbeing Wednesdays, an initiative where women take part in wellbeing-related activities every week, such as a Vitamin D workshop, yoga and meditation.
The Youth Service has been delivering a remote after-school programme to support girls academically in Maths, Science, Literacy and Reading. The mentoring programme has been expanded to offer mentoring to an additional 21 girls in the community. As such, a total of 91 girls receive weekly wellbeing check-ins, academic and personal development support.
Girls in the Spark and Junior Spark programme are taking part in a young women’s leadership programme, where they will plan and deliver their own youth social action projects in the Spring.
Every Saturday morning, the Youth Service team hosts two Wellbeing & Art sessions. 37 girls were sent boxes packed with the resources they need to make bird feeders, nature mobiles, botanical watercolour art, herbal tea, soundwave portraits and more.
‘I really liked making the polymer clay bowls and my favourite part was mixing the colours to create a marbled effect. I also liked it because it helped me relax and feel less stressed.’ – Jessica, 15
The Volunteer Service has been busy recruiting and training volunteers who provide invaluable support across all Baytree‘s programme of online activities. An additional 25 volunteers, who are engaged in facilitating workshops, mentoring and online youth sessions, have joined us since January. We are grateful, motivated, and inspired by all our volunteers for their ongoing dedication to Baytree during this time!
Tackling digital exclusion
According to Ofcom, around 9% of children and one in five financially vulnerable adults in the UK are without home internet access. Lockdown makes it impossible for them to engage in online learning and access employment support services. That’s why since the start of January, we have distributed 49 laptops and tablets, and 18 internet routers to help close the digital divide, ensuring our women and girls stay connected.
Baytree’s Road Map to Re-opening:
On 12th April we will be opening up the Centre (albeit in a reduced capacity). Our reception staff, Senior Management Team and a member from each key Service (Youth Service; Women’s Service; Volunteer Service) will be on site during our usual opening hours which are Monday to Thursday, 10am to 6pm.
- In the week commencing 19th April, the Youth Service will be taking registrations for the Summer term of their after school activities programme (the timetable will be shared before the start of the Easter break)
- All Youth Service activities will commence on April 26th. We will run a hybrid of online and face to face sessions, with two a maximum of 2 to 3 Youth activities being delivered on-site each day.
- Youth mentoring will continue to take place online, with the exception of a maximum of two 1-1 mentoring sessions per afternoon, to cater for girls with higher support needs.
- The Women’s Service ESOL classes will commence on 19th April. All delivery will remain remote until the half term holidays (31st May to 4th June).
- Women’s Services workshops will be delivered on-site from April 26th.
- Women’s Service one to one sessions and welfare advice will be delivered on-site from April 26th, by appointment only.
With the opening of the Centre on 12th April the hands – face – space principals remain in place. Please note that this roadmap is subject to national and local government guidance. Should their roadmap and guidance change, so will ours.
Key Review dates:
- w/c 24th May: Review delivery of ESOL classes
- w/c 21st June: Review of all service delivery in line with the government’s Step 4 review date
You too can support women and girls in our community by donating via this link.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch:
- Senior Management: email@example.com / 07740 438002
- Women’s Service: firstname.lastname@example.org / 07507 410419
- Youth Service: email@example.com / 07944 532096
- Volunteer Service: firstname.lastname@example.org / 07494 679713
Thank you to all our volunteers, donors and funders for your ongoing support!
Stay safe and healthy and please continue to follow government guidelines and don’t take any unnecessary risks.
Lots of love from everyone at Baytree 💚