‘POINT on Your Doorstep’ was developed in May 2020 by youth workers during the height of the pandemic as a way of being able to stay connected with young people offering Covid19-safe, face-to-face ‘check-ins’ on their doorsteps. This provided support for young people's wellbeing and also encouraged young people to get active with a variety of activities.
The scheme was advertised to the local schools and the statutory Youth Service who made referrals for young people who they had concerns about, often due to their isolated location. Welfare visits and a whole range of support services could then be put in place.
POINT is very proud of how the team was able to adapt its services throughout the lockdowns during 2020, evolving as the needs of young people changed. Staff worked tirelessly to adapt services, in consultation with young people and with statutory services, to be able to continue to connect and reach out to young people.
The judging panel highlighted the extent of the team’s adaptation, determination and passion to continually evolve and find a way forward for the benefit of young people – a team that provided an excellent service that went far beyond their day-to-day role.