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Become a Young Adult COVID-19 Community Champion (YACCC)

Why become a YACCC

Aims of YACCC

  • To engage with young adults aged 18-30 who live, work and study in Merton
  • To share the  latest information from the NHS and Public Health related to the pandemic
  • You are a key part of our approach to preventing and managing COVID-19 outbreaks in Merton

If you are aged between 18 and 30 and want to help stop the spread of COVID-19 register to become a YACC.

  • We have 2 projects aimed at young people; Young Adult COVID-19 Community Health Champions (YACCC's) and u18 COVID-19 Champions. 
  • Both are led by young people for young people, and both are seeking to recruit, induct and support a diverse network of young champions, to empower and disseminate the latest COVID-19 messages to their family, friends, neighbours and communities.

What you’ll do

  • Understands Government and NHS Guidelines on COVID-19
  • Raises awareness of the importance of COVID-19 restrictions
  • Engages with vulnerable groups
  • Tells friends and family about COVID-19
  • Shares consistent information from NHS and Public Health
  • Looks at Merton specific COVID-19 response. For example, testing sites capacity, Council and voluntary sector work
  • Engaging with BAME groups
  • Listening to the impact COVID-19 has had on younger residents
  • Developing a response to be able to work with Merton's Voluntary sector
  • Developing creative and collaborative responses to show Merton's residents they are supported throughout the pandemic
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What you’ll get in return

  • Access to more information and access to up to date data
  • Meeting like-minded people who want to contribute to COVID-19 response
  • Satisfaction from knowing that they are acting to improve on the response to the pandemic
  • Recognition from the Council
  • Get experience related to the pandemic response on your CV

Meet Martin, Lurdes, Anna and Toby

Four Young Inspectors lead this network through various communication channels including WhatsApp Broadcast, Eventbrite, Facebook, Instagram and email.  A drop-in meeting is held every 3 to 4 weeks for members and other interested young people who live and work in Merton. The online meetings, share the latest information, spread messages and gather insight on lived experience. The aim is to use this feedback to tailor messages to young adults and to address misinformation.

The under 18's group (12 – 17yrs) is still in development, subject to the re-opening of secondary schools. Digital media and marketing for this group is currently in development.

Video content for Secondary Schools

The Young Inspectors, Anna and Toby produce video content for secondary schools in support of these aims every two weeks, see their latest video on lateral flow testing in secondary schools.

Video transcript

A transcript will be added shortly.

Video transcript

A transcript will be added shortly.

Video transcript

Hey guys, I'm Anna, one of the young inspectors, and I hope everyone is doing very well today. In today's video, I'm going to be talking to you about mental health and wellbeing during lockdown, as well as when you go back to school, along with some useful tips that you can use throughout.

I'm sure many of you are very happy to be back at school, and even though you are still socially distancing, I'm sure it feels great to be surrounded by your friends and teachers again. But if you feel a completely different way, then that's okay; your feelings are completely valid. 

Sometimes we may feel less confident because of the pandemic, but that's okay; it's natural to feel less confident sometimes. 

Maybe the pandemic has left you feeling stressed, anxious, uncertain and a little low or even depressed at times, whichever way you feel is completely natural to feel this way because the pandemic is such a unique experience for us all, and we all respond to it in a variety of different ways. So remember, if you don't feel okay, it's okay not to feel okay because we all experience negative feelings but keep in mind that it's how you process your negative feelings that's important.

Maybe some of you may have experienced some changes because of the pandemic, such as losing a relative, having parents who are furloughed or even parents who have lost their job. Maybe you're experiencing long-term separation from important people in your life, such as your grandparents or your friends, or maybe you have had some challenging experiences at home during the lockdown period. It may be that you or your friends are experiencing a sense of loss or grief because of everything that has changed; we all respond to feelings of loss, grief and dealing with challenging experiences differently. 

Some of you may feel sad or withdrawn; others of you may feel angry, frustrated or anxious and not be able to function as you normally would. But you know what, that's okay because we all cope with things in a different way. Because our emotions go up and down, it's so important that you guys recognize that we can all experience the same event differently, so imagine a sliding scale; our emotions can go up and down between surviving or thriving. 

But if you feel stuck in struggling or in crisis, it's so important you guys reach out for some support, and if you feel a certain type of way reaching out for some support, it's okay, but do you know that at some point, we always get stuck. And you never know it could be your friend that would need your support one day, so knowing what to do is very important. 

So as I mentioned before, I wanted to share with you some of my personal tips for positive mental health. You can use these tips for yourself and you can even recommend them to your friends whenever they need some support.

Talking through and sharing your feelings with someone who you can trust and who is a good listener is such a great way, honestly, to get through your difficult times.

Be sure to exercise regularly because it can boost your self-esteem, help you concentrate and sleep better. By the way, it doesn't have to be in the gym; just walking outside taking in some fresh air does so much for your body. Also, who doesn't love some good food? Make sure to munch on something that you really enjoy; personally I love making waffles with strawberry and whipped cream but try not to overdo it! Where you can, keep it healthy!

Be sure to keep in touch with the people you love by dropping them a text or even a call. And just to mention being kind to yourself is really important, so make sure you have some me-time. You can do this by learning something new, watching some stuff you enjoy, getting creative and maybe practice some meditation and mindfulness too. I personally find that meditation and mindfulness helps me stay focused on my breathing and my feelings, so be sure to try it out. 

And try limiting the amount of time you spend on social media because even though it's very enjoyable, which I get, it can also be a source of stress and online bullying, so please try and keep it to the minimum.

Try and get a good night of sleep and take some time in a day to reflect on yourself, on who you are as a person. And just to add, even though there could be some things we might want to change about ourselves, that shouldn't change how much we love ourselves because we are all unique and we should be proud of that, and I am proud of every single one of you.

Guess what you just reached the end of the video but stay tuned for part two to get more information about managing your mental health and wellbeing. And remember, if you have any further questions feel free to email us, as we're always happy to help you! 

Remember to speak to your MYP if you have any particular subject you wish to talk about. 

Once again, thank you for listening, and I hope you guys have a wonderful day and remember hands, face and space so that together we can beat that virus.

Hey guys, it's Anna. I hope you enjoyed the video and found it very useful!

Video transcript

Hey yoo, I'm Anna, one of the Young inspectors. I hope every single one of you is doing very well today. Welcome back to part two of a mental health and wellbeing video. In the last video, I gave you a lot of tips on how to deal with mental health issues if you feel like you're just surviving, along with reassuring you that sometimes you may feel a certain type of way during the pandemic. But whichever way you feel, your feelings are completely valid, and they're perfectly normal.

Although general tips I offered are great, sometimes we can't make changes on our own. That's why if you feel like you're struggling, or you're in crisis, all you guys gotta do is seek some professional support. I do understand that sometimes taking that step can be extremely overwhelming; the kindest thing you can do for yourself s take care of yourself and take time for yourself. So that's why to make sure you guys are going to be okay going forward, I will be providing you guys with some apps and links to pieces you can access whenever if you guys need support.

Make sure you watch to the end of the video, as we have a really special guest who will be talking to you really soon.

We don't always need support, but what if you know someone who's going to need that support. Well, there's one simple thing you can do. All you got to do is ask them twice if they're doing okay. So be like, hey you okay? And are you sure you're doing okay? If they tell you they're doing all good, then all you got to say back to them is, I'm always here for you if you need me, and you know where to find me. If they open up to you, make sure to listen, as this is one of the best things you can do because it shows that you really care about them. If they don't open up to you straight away, then that's okay because you have shown that you were there for them, and you are open to listen.

In order to be there for someone, you need to be a good listener because, remember, everyone needs a good listening from time to time. How do you become a good listener? Well, you need to make sure you don't interrupt them. You don't pass any judgement, and be sure to ask them a couple of questions because this allows the person to fully express their feelings and also it allows you to understand them much more. Make sure to not talk about yourself unless you’re asked to. And then at the end of the conversation be sure to summarise what the person has said to you because it shows them that you have listened to them throughout.

I really wanted to share with you guys a creative method I use with my friends, if I need support or if they need support for the use of emojis. So basically, all you got to do is use these six emojis. And what I mean by that is, if you're feeling great, you can send your friend a red love heart emoji. But, if you're doing pretty good, you can send them an orange heart. However, if you're starting to feel okay, then you can send them a yellow heart, but then if you feel like you're struggling, you can send them a green heart, whereas a blue heart indicates that you're having a really hard time. And lastly, a purple love heart basically means you need to reach out for some support,. Be sure to check out this method because it's such an easy way to talk to someone, and it's a really easy way to share your feelings through emojis.

However, if someone really needs your support, then what you can do is ask them to seek some professional support made sure to check up on them. Oh, you can tell them that you're going to go seek support for them by talking to a professional at your school.

As I mentioned before, I really want to make sure that every single one of you is going to be okay going forward. So that's why I wanted to share with you some apps and places you can contact, if you ever feel like you wanna talk with someone, 'Blue Ice' is an app which helps you manage your emotions. 'Mind Shift' is an app that helps you reduce any worries or stress, or even panic you might be experiencing. 'Catch It' teaches you how to manage negative thoughts so that you can look at things in a different way.

Hold on tight, and you're just about to receive some important information from our special guest.

Hi, my name is Matthew, and I'm from the Merton service within 'Off The Record', a charity service for young people aged 11 to 25 who live or study in Merton. Support with us can include individual emotional support and counselling, group support, and we also have a weekly Saturday support line that you don't need an appointment for. The Saturday support line is open between 10 am to 1 pm. And you can call us on. 02081756776. 

We also run a series of webinars such as managing anxiety or managing low mood and offer a weekly online peer support space called 'Keeping Connected'. If you want or need emotional support with us, you can self refer or find out more information through our website Take care!

As always, thank you for listening, and if you guys feel like you've got any further questions, our emails are going to be displayed above on the screen, so feel free to contact us whenever you want to. We are always happy to help you, remember if you have any further questions, you can also ask your MYP member.

Thank you for listening, and I hope you guys have a wonderful day and remember hands, face and space so that together we can beat that virus.

Hey guys, it's Anna; I hope you enjoyed the video and found it very useful!

What we have learnt leading on YACCC

  • Martin - ‘To be adaptable and flexible at facilitating workshops with young people and young adults’
  • Anna - ‘I’ve learnt how to engage with a range of young people which has helped me with my facilitating skills and adaptability’
  • Lurdes - ‘Being a Young Inspector we learned to adapt and be flexible whilst catering to a new audience’
  • Toby - ‘I have learnt about new methods we have used to engage an 18 – 30 age group in the YACCC project’

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