We hope you and those close to you are all keeping safe and well during these unprecedented times. At the HOA we are keen to ensure that the HOA funding organisations, schools and other providers have received to deliver specific projects on literacy, maths, mental health, attendance and broadening young people’s horizons can be used flexibly to meet the needs of children, young people and their families in Hastings during this extremely challenging time.
Organisations across Hastings have risen to the challenge of adapting their programmes of work in creative ways to support local children, young people and their families. And over the last week, we have been working with partners, to understand the range of activity and support that they are able to continue to deliver. This includes :
- Get Hastings Reading, our Hastings wide literacy programme led by Education Futures Trust who has adapted its scheme to provide free books to children by offering a non-contact delivery service alongside developing new ways of taking forward the campaign virtually;
- Attendance key workers who are currently focused on working with a wider group of families to provide telephone support and guidance and practical support around housing and food, and
- Continued mental health support for children and young people with emerging mental health needs, through a revised telephone and on-line key worker service that will be launched after Easter for example.
Our Broadening Horizons team are working with local schools, community organisations and local employers to engage young people in enrichment activities that take place in self-isolation. We are currently up scaling our Badge Bonanza website platform to be able to sign post children young people to current online enrichment activities provided by celebrities and community organisations and to encourage them to take part in these?
The CEC have produced a document for children to learn more about careers, which you can access here.
We will continue to innovate and create opportunities for all young people whether they are at home or attending a local school.
Our aim, over the coming weeks, is to support local organisations and schools to adapt HOA projects where possible or to re-timetable projects until community organisations and schools have fully reopened. We will be publicising, through our website and social media, the schemes and projects that are being delivered, and to sign post schools, community organisations, parents carers and young people to other websites and relevant information.
We have set out in the link here, an update on the mental health work that is currently being delivered or that is planned to be delivered after Easter, across the town alongside a brief update on our plans to continue to support enrichment activities for children and young people. We will be providing updates on other areas over the coming months as we all adapt to delivery services and supports for children and young people in new ways.
For more information please contact programme director Helen Kay:
For more information regarding broadening horizons: Emile Tambeh@eastsussex.gov.uk or Ian.Gillespie@eastsussex.gov.uk