News from the Mag June 2021
Reverend Matthew Price
COVID-19 has had a massive impact on almost every area of life. But it seems to me that our children have been particularly affected. A report I recently came across, which analyzed the effect of the pandemic on children and young people, found it had resulted in increased levels of loneliness amongst young people
Social distancing and school closures meant that young people felt disconnected from their friendships and social interaction, impacting their feelings of loneliness and subsequently their overall wellbeing. As a governor at both a primary school and high school in Gorleston, I have also heard concerns about young people’s wellbeing and mental health expressed by teachers and school leaders as the children have returned to school
More positively, it has been so heartening to hear of all that teachers are doing to support the wellbeing of their pupils and help them to reintegrate into school life. All those who work in schools have repeatedly gone above and beyond in the last 15 months. However, I passionately believe that the whole community needs to be working together as we come out of the pandemic. As the African proverb goes, “it takes a whole village to raise a child”
We are delighted that, at St Mary Magdalene, we are able to contribute to this return of normality by relaunching our drop-in youth club, “Mags”. For all young people in school year 6 and above, we will be relaunching at the usual time, 6pm-7.30pm on 11th June. And, very excitingly, we will be joined on 11th June by local street artist S.T.A.N.E., who will be leading a workshop at our first meeting. Come along and have a go at some street art – every participant will be able to take their art home!
Because of COVID restrictions, young people will need to book a place in order to come along. If you would like your young person to come along, please drop an email to email@example.com or find further details on our website www.stmmgorleston.org.uk/youth. Alternatively, you can call the Vicarage on 01493 494248
published in the Gorleston Community Magazine
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