Steps Students Stay Connected at Youth Zone

Posted on the 20th November 2020

Our Steps Toward Employment & Progression Programme (Steps) has been finding creative ways to keep learners connected throughout the pandemic. It is so important for learners growing in confidence and communication skills on the course and isolation is a huge barrier to this. One of the ways staff has torn down this barrier is by introducing students to the fantastic HideOut Youth Zone in Gorton. Students are even able to visit during lockdown.

What Is the Steps Programme?

The Steps Programme is a two year course for young people with an Education Health and Care Plan and is designed to enable them to fulfil their potential.

It awards qualifications at levels dependent on the individual learner’s abilities. Classroom teaching is supplemented by learning from experience on work placements, life skills activities, work place visits and enrichment pursuits.

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HideOut Youth Zone

Steps staff organised a visit to HideOut before it opened for the day, so students could be shown around the building while it was still quiet. They absolutely loved it and soon signed up.

Students can take part in a variety of exciting activities to keep active, relieve stress and have fun with their peers. Facilities include:

  • Gym
  • Football and basketball pitch
  • Music room & recording studio
  • Boxing ring
  • Climbing wall
  • Relaxation room
  • IT room
  • Art Room
  • Outdoor vegetable patch
  • Hairdressing room

Students have already started making progress and becoming more social.

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The HideOut Youth zone is providing an ideal safe, friendly environment for our local students. Parents have agreed that once lockdown ends peers can attend straight from college with their taxis dropping them off after education sessions have finished. They can then participate in any of the activities they want, or sit and relax and have a cooked meal for £1. This is an ideal way for the students to socially interact outside of the college environment.

Simon Ingham - Steps Employment Officer

Connections Continue

The Steps Programme has also been finding new ways to deliver the course during the pandemic. Pure staff have been teaching employability skills while out on socially distanced walks. There are also regular Zoom meet-ups allow students to learn while staying in touch with friends and staff.

Steps’ football sessions have been so popular that they have received more funding so City in the Community can now provide a second coach. These sessions have been put on hold while we’re in lockdown, but everyone is looking forward to when they can resume.

We are so glad our Steps students are staying connected as much as possible during the lockdown. We look forward to seeing what they achieve!

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