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Sketchy Youths

How we are coping during lockdown

The Impact Arts youth ambassadors, the Sketchy Youths were due to meet for their monthly meetup at the beginning of April, but since the whole of the UK is in lockdown they held the meeting via video call and had a full house, even welcoming their newest member Alishia to the group! They took some time to check in with each other and share experiences with being at home so far, and had some chat about how they could move forward as a group during this time.

The group have been writing personal bios and formatting their page on the Impact Arts website which can be found here. They are also working on their own mini projects over the next few weeks, keep an eye out for more updates on that coming soon!

The Sketchy Youths, including our youth trustee Rosa, all wrote a few lines here about how the lockdown has been for them so far and wanted to share this with the Impact Arts team and beyond. Here’s what they had to say in their own words:

Rosa

Approaching this quarantine I knew that I didn’t want to be stuck in my flat alone, so instead I moved home and my family threw itself back into family close quarters, with six of us now under the same roof. We are incredibly lucky. We live in a quiet town with a garden for outdoor space, and I am so grateful for this. But I am still scared. Selfishly, I’m worried for the future of my job, but of course more widely for people I care about and the broader picture. The future is all looking a little unsure.

My family have been reinstating some childhood traditions to see us through. We’ve been playing games and putting on semi-joking performances (mostly singing rewrites of songs with covid-related lyrics). I have been trying to do a few things I complain that I never have time for, like painting and sewing, but it is difficult to get the motivation and inspiration needed. I have found that getting started is half the battle. Project Ability have been running challenges on their social media which are really fun and easy to get involved with. So far the challenges have been self-portraits and still life, and this week’s is Manga/Superhero. I'd really recommend giving them a go- why not!

Kyle

I've found that the days been are beginning to feel longer and repetitive. I've been trying to fill my time with playing on the Xbox but now that's getting boring so I've looked out my old white bored and I’m gonna try and write some motivational pieces of spoken word. I visit my family once a week so I don’t feel lonely but I do because it’s through a window, I see them for their protection and mine. These times are hard and trying, but I know we will prevail through it.

Alishia

I feel as if it's hard to deal with something like this especially if you are someone that was always out the house doing something, it's a big change to deal with and not many people talk about it. The days do feel like they are getting longer and more of a struggle. What I do is I sit in my room on my bed, put my headphones in and just sit and have time away from looking at screens and family, just having time to relax. I also write everything I feel in my notes and FaceTime my friends so I have contact with other people.

Sofia

My family are not the most tight knit but we’re trying to make it work at home- from giving each other space when we need it and giving a hand when someone else needs it. That may not sound revolutionary but for a lot of households, staying calm and collected is an achievement.

That’s my goal really- to stay calm and collected. It’s the strategy that got me through my exams and a trip down a cliff- here’s hoping it helps here too.

While I’m taking my no- college and no-volunteering lockdown one day at a time I know there are other people taking on a lot more. Local business’ and individuals reaching out just to help and stay connected is so important and valued, along with the work of our care and supply providers. Here’s hoping when this is all over we can continue to see the intrinsic value of each and every life different from ours, along with the work others put in to keep the world going every day.

Brendan

Things haven’t changed much for me as I'm still working with the horses, they still need to be fed so I have a bit of routine. Getting the train has been really different though as the conductors are not coming up and down trains anymore and people are keeping a 2 meter distance getting on and off the train and on the platform. There are also always police at Central Station.

I've had to ride with a different mentality - there are more people around when I'm out on my horse and they're wanting to pet the horse so it's hard to keep a distance. I feel really lucky as if I didn't have the horses I'd be at home 24-7 - I don’t want to think about that - I'd go insane.

I do have some college work to do but it's too easy for level 5 so I'm a bit concerned. I need to build a website with 4 pages but I'm finding it hard to get motivated since I'm not going into college and trying to do my college work online. It's a big challenge.

What truly open and honest words from everyone! Alishia even added; ‘BTW I know we haven't met properly but if anyone needs someone to talk to I am always here :) showing fantastic support to the rest of the group. We hope that by continuing to connect and support each other through this challenging time we will get through it together.

SAY HELLO TO THE 'SKETCHY YOUTHS'

The Impact Arts Youth Steering Group who now go by the name of the 'Sketchy Youths' met earlier this month for a development day. The group (who have all participated previously in one of Impact Arts’ programmes), have now been joined by the Youth Trustee and Board member Rosa Hackett, a recent graduate of Glasgow School of Art in Painting and Printmaking.

The Sketchy Youths are (left to right) young designer Lewis, trainee web developer Brendan and aspiring writer and filmmaker Sofia, with Youth Trustee Rosa.The group love creative expression, believe in the power of the arts and are committed to creating a platform for young people’s voices to be heard.

It was a productive session where the group wrote their manifesto, spent some time planning the launch of their blog and worked on the Sketchy Youths branding.

We can wait to hear and find out more about the 'Sketchy Youths' and their plans for the future. Watch this space for more exciting updates!

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