Tell us your story – we want to hear about your experiences of youth work during the COVID-19 crisis.

You can tell us in your own way – in writing, by video, as a picture – simply upload to this page.

You can tell us more than once, as your story may change with different things to say over the weeks ahead during emergency measures and lockdown, self isolation ‘at home’ and social distancing in public, to the changes that will come as we emerge from the crisis.

If you have specific topic or issue to raise it would be helpful if you could make this clear at the top of your page or opening comments.

Your Stories

  • NYA will be collecting the stories told on this site to share with other youth sector organisations and help build a picture of the difference youth work is making, the challenges young people and youth workers are facing, and how things have changed. For example, how youth work is being used online or outreach and supporting other services such as schools, health, housing or policing; and how you are coping with difficulties such as mental health, as a carer, addiction, relationships and loneliness - and any other issues you are faced with that may be harder to deal with or have been caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

    This will be used to inform government, local councils and youth services in their support of and work with young people. Please ensure permissions have been secured for use of images and where you need to change individual names to protect young people, and to follow safeguarding guidance to avoid harmful disclosures. If you are a youth worker with concerns on policy and practice, please check out the details on this site.

    Please tick the boxes for your permission to confirm NYA use of your story:
  • If you are happy for us to contact you for the purposes of finding out more about your experience, please leave an email address here.

If you are a young person not able to talk to a youth worker or trusted adult who knows what is needed you can find help online at The Mix or Childline.


We recently launched the new NYA Youth Work Curriculum to enable a greater understanding of youth work practice, provide an educational framework and act as a reference tool

Take a look👇👇


A great opportunity for young people (14+) to express their opinions and influence decision-making

The results from this survey will be shared with DCMS as they work on a possible new programme for the youth sector

Please share with your networks and youth groups!

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