Online activities

Youth Advisory Boards (YABs) in Norfolk

All YABs are still operating and are here for young people across Norfolk. YABs are offering services over the phone, through social media or Zoom.

Young people can join a YAB if they are interested in making a difference to their local community, getting involved in local decision making and creating social change.

YABs are also producing online content and self-help advice through social media for young people. You can find all YABs on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Norwich

For more information get in touch with Jess Barnard at jessicabarnard@map.uk.net or see the Norwich YAB Facebook group. They have been running:

  • Youth Action groups and campaign groups
  • Quizzes, watch along online movie nights, online study groups and wellbeing sessions

Breckland

For more information get in touch with Michelle Bibby at michellebibby@map.uk.net or see the Breckland YAB Facebook. They have been running:

  • Their Smile Project, distributing letters, cards and pictures designed by young people to those that need them the most right now
  • Facilitating, meetings, radio interviews, university research consultations and funding applications
  • Zoom meetings on Mondays and Wednesdays for projects
  • Group wellbeing sessions, games, quizzes team challenges on Fridays (as well as via email, text or phone)
  • They're currently working to deliver future sessions on careers, nurture by nature and sound therapy

Broadland 

For more information get in touch with Emma Rush, emmarush@map.uk.net or see the Broadland YAB Facebook group. They have been running: 

  • One-to-one chats and catch-ups for wellbeing, which are ongoing and at any time
  • Instagram group chats
  • Zoom YAB meetings Tuesdays and Thursday
  • Top tips for wellbeing campaign – launching next week
  • A weekly campaign group 

Great Yarmouth

For more information get in touch with Karla George, karlageorge@map.uk.net or see the Great Yarmouth YAB Facebook group. They have been running: 

  • Youth action groups and campaign groups.
  • Cooking tips and recipes for cooking to improve mental health on our new project #Cookforthemind

North Norfolk

For more information get in touch with Mel Blanch, Melanieblanch@map.uk.net. They are running:

  • Zoom sessions Monday to Friday, 4pm–5.30pm. The sessions are a mixture of catch ups/check ins, YAB work, games and activities to promote positive wellbeing. Attendance at sessions is completely flexible, and you can attend whenever you want to –  don’t have to log on every day.

South Norfolk

For more information see the South Norfolk YAB Facebook page, email info@mtmyouthservices.org.uk or visit the South Norfolk YAB website. During lockdown all online events and activities are open to young people across Norfolk. They are running:

  • DYG Youth Club every Wednesday on Zoom
  • Zoom quizzes, wellbeing and social sessions
  • Themed fun days and evenings
  • Careers and job support
  • “How the Mind Works” course for young people
  • Online gallery art and poems
  • Volunteering and drug awareness sessions

West Norfolk 

For more information get in touch with Bob Casey at bobcasey@map.uk.net. They are running:

  • Weekly meetings and catch ups.
  • Usual YAB activity through Zoom and phone

Norfolk-based activities

YMCA Norfolk

Youth charity YMCA Norfolk that supports vulnerable young people 11-18 with independent living, employment and training. Join the YCMA Norfolk Youth Support Facebook Group.

They've also created a virtual hangout for young people with activities, health and wellbeing advice and a place to chat. Visit the YMCA Norfolk virtual hangout website.

The Mancroft Advice Project (MAP)

Offers free and confidential support and advice as well as activities for young people aged 11 to 25 in Norfolk. Visit the MAP website.

Norwich City FC Community Sports Foundation app

With drills, quizzes and coaches' challenges. It can be viewed on a desktop, and works very well on smart TVs or tablets/phones. Download the Community Sports Foundation app

Integrate Youth for Christ

The group has set up online youth cafes:

  • Tuesday - 3pm-4pm: Pulse Youth Cafe Online for young people living in Thetford
  • Thursday - 3pm -4pm: Diss and Burston Youth Cafe Online for those in Diss High School catchment area
  • Friday - 7pm-8pm: Banham Youth Cafe Online for those in Old Buckenham High School catchment area

They're also running a group with a Christian faith element called More2life Online on Mondays 1pm - 2pm. This includes games, discussion and looking at life's challenges from a Christian perspective.

For more information, login details and permission forms for the above groups, email steph@integrateyfc.org.uk

Nationally-based activities

Girlguiding

Girlguiding have launched a new section of their website called ‘Adventures at Home’, with activities and wellbeing tips for ages 4-18. Visit the Girlguiding Adventures as Home website.

ACC Virtual Festival

The Access Creative College (ACC) have put together an online event featuring all things creative, from music and gaming to events and media. Visit the ACC virtual festival.

Computer skills and coding

Over 11s

Scratch is a good game for complete beginners to start to learn to code. It's fun and interactive and could be used by younger children who enjoy the idea of learning to code and develop games. Visit the Scratch website.

Code combat is another game to use to learn how to code. It's similar to scratch but a bit more complicated. It would be a good follow on to use after you complete Scratch. Visit Code combat.

Under 11s

Go to Kodable for a simple introduction to how coding works. By playing simple games you learn the basics of coding and develop a simple game with several levels. Visit Kodable.

Cooking

These sites are suitable for all ages:

Comic book strips

Suitable for over 8s

The following sites provide templates and a variety of images to build your own comic strip on any topic you like:

Younger children educational games

Switch Zoo encourages children to build their own animal from a set of images. Each image used will support them learning more about that animal and its habitat.  We recommend it for younger children, but older children may enjoy building weird and wacky creatures themselves. Visit Switch Zoo.

NASA's Kids Club contains information about space, the work of NASA and plenty of puzzles and games to keep children entertained for a while. Visit NASA Kids Club.

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