Learning to Zoom

Time flies when you’re zooming. Over the past months we have been excited by the new opportunities lock-down has presented for us to engage with young people in our community.

It has been quite a learning curve for the project as we have been developing an engaging and interactive online programme. Our focus has been to maintain and build relationships with our young people and running workshops and social activities through Zoom is proving increasingly popular. We have had to ‘up’ our social media game too, using these platforms to advertise our online programme. If you don’t already, you should follow us on Facebook or Instagram where we have a regular schedule of lock-down-boredom-busting ideas. If you know a young person who would be interested in our Zoom workshops please contact us for more info.

1:1 Support

As well as the group projects, we have been able to offer 1:1 support to a young person, based around a creative writing project. The following is a piece written in response to a weekly writing prompt:

“I’d like to thank you, my feet, for all the places you have taken me. You have carried me down to the bus stop time and time again to get me to school and from the bus stop to get me back home. You have carried me down to the corner shop on multiple occasions. Not only that but you have allowed me to take the dog for a walk whatever the weather. You carry me up and down the stairs everyday no matter how tired you are. I’ve walked round Bury market thanks to you. It is because of you that I can walk around, wherever I go. No matter how tired you are you never fail. You are extremely durable and have carried me to and from all sorts of places. You will always get me from a to b. Feet you suffer through all kinds of abuse; this includes walking for hours on end, jumping up and down as well as everything else you are required to do. You deserve a rest every now and again. So thank you feet, for everything you do and all the places you have taken me.”

Somethings Missing

Can you spot anything different about The Boilerhouse?


We just want to say a big thank you to our funders and supporters for your ongoing financial support during this period. Without your help we would not have been able to continue supporting our young people at a time when they perhaps need it the most.
For our volunteers wondering when we might reopen the Boilerhouse, we can’t answer that question right now, but we continue to monitor government advice. We hope you are keeping well, but if you find some spare time on your hands we’d love to get you involved with our online workshops – just get in touch.

Volunteer Spotlight

NAME: Thomas Wise

ROLE AT THE BOILERHOUSE: Friday Quiz Maker, Music Workshop Helper, Cafe Shift Man.

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 5 WORDS: Helpful, Understanding, Musical, Funny and Shy.

To find out more about Thomas read the full article on the here.

To download a copy of Challenge click here.


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