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.


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We can't wait to see how you all celebrate the amazing impact of youth work this year! Find out how to support the campaign on social media here, and don’t forget to get signed up to the daily youth work webinars!

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Click here to read our latest Guidance for Local Authorities on Providing Youth Services!

The new updated guidance supports local authorities in their statutory duty to secure local services.


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