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Coping with another national lockdown is difficult and hits everyone differently. In response to feedback and, it was clear that mental heath and wellbeing was a priority for anyone leading groups or engaging with young people. A collaboration with Norfolk YAB’s, Open Access, Loud Speaker and Young Activist Network (YAN) was created to deliver a little bit of joy with a bag full of goodies with support and comfort in mind.

It wasn’t easy! Putting the bags together was a major operation given the restrictions. A huge training room was dedicated to holding 1000’s of items of stock and each youth worker took turns in putting over 500 bags together which consisted of lots of goodies and some wonderful messages of support!

The bags went out to a myriad of young people and schools across Norfolk as well as The Iceni Centre, Social Workers, Young Carers Forum, The Dragons and lots of other groups within Norfolk County Council.

A Norfolk County Counsellor also delivered to families he is supporting.

We asked the groups and schools to prioritise as they see fit (some chose wellbeing, family bereavement, deprivation etc.,) The collaboration was a huge success with very positive feedback.