Youth Covid Challenge

We are a group of volunteers aged 11 to 18 who live, study and work in Balsall Heath, Moseley, Springfield, Sparkhill, Sparkbrook, Hall Green & Kings Heath.

Youth Rules Lockdown 2021

We ran this as a schools based arts competition, designed to engage local young people in expressing how they have coped with this uniquely difficult period. We asked participants to creatively respond to the brief: ‘How have you stayed safe and positive throughout lockdown?’ and for their relevant school, college or community group to submit the works on their behalf. All participants were between 10-18, live or study in the Hall Green locality, and had a broad range of learning abilities.

The name of the competition reflects our aim to explore the concept of ‘rules’ from a youth perspective. The notion that we have all been subjected to the same ‘rules’ has been a dominant one in all our lives and in public conversation for over a year now, but we know that it is not this straightforward. We wanted to explore what the rules meant to young people, how have they responded to the imposition of strict rules on them without any say, what do they believe should (have) happen(ed) instead?

Other Online Displays

Art Works Hall Green – a local forum to promote and connect artists, community groups and people who are passionate about the arts together, across the Hall Green Constituency of Birmingham. 

Neighbourhood News Online – a community news, directory and events forum for Balsall Heath and Sparkbrook.

Public Displays

We have set up a number of public exhibition spots across the Hall Green locality where you can enjoy the work in physical form in a Covid-safe space. Please see the up to date list below (the numbers refer to the locations on the map):

1) All Saints Youth Project – 2 Vicarage Road, Kings Heath B14 7RA (in the windows of the youth centre, facing out onto All Saints Square)

2) Bosnia House: Bosnia & Herzegovina Network UK – 36 Medley Road, Greet B11 2NE (being displayed internally to facilitate creative youth activities)

3) Calthorpe Academy – Darwin Street, Balsall Heath B12 0TP

4) Greet Primary School – Percy Road, Sparkhill B11 3ND (running along the outside of the school gates on Percy Road)

5) The Moseley Exchange – 149-153 Alcester Road, Moseley B13 8JP

6) The Oak – 17 Redstone Farm Rd  Hall Green B28 9NU

7) Queensbridge School – Queensbridge Road, Moseley B13 8QB

8) Smart Women CIC – 52 Chesterton Road, Sparkbrook B12 8HE

9) The Springfield Project – Springfield Road, Springfield B13 9NY (outside the main entrance on the gates and in the buggy park windows)

Our Mission

To channel different voices, ideas and experiences

To create important messages about Covid rules and guidance by and for young people

To represent the diverse population of Hall Green and Birmingham more widely

To empower young people by enabling them to feel confident in knowing the current rules and how they impact them, their families and their friends

What do we do?

We work together to simplify government Covid rules and guidance

We meet every Wednesday from 7pm – 8:30pm on Zoom to hear yoiung people’s ideas and experiences

Outside the Zoom meeting, our volunteers spend an hour creating the work they’ve agreed with the team

We use online and offline multimedia to retell Covid messages in our own words, using our own experiences

Emotions, feelings and positive mental health are central to our project

Our volunteers gain…

Exposure to a fun environment and friendship through teamwork

News skills and media training

Youth mentoring support

Pathways to the NHS Cadets and job schemes

Experience on their CV and job/study references

Love to Shop vouchers

We Use Tech + Media and Words + Wisdom to Create Covid Messages at Our Weekly Zoom Sessions

Youth Rules Lockdown 2021 competition gives young people the opportunity to showcase their experiences of lockdown using art, words or digital skills. More details below.

How to get involved

If you are age 11 to 18, live/study/work in Hall Green, Moseley, Kings Heath, Sparkbrook, Sparkhill, Springfield or Balsall Heath and are interested in joining the Youth Covid Challenge, please email simarjeet.kaur@accordgroup.org.uk

Accord’s Hall Green Families Team are leading on the NHS England ‘Health Information Champion’ project as Youth Covid Challenge. Working alongside NHS England, we are aiming to support young people in the Hall Green locality by establishing a youth volunteer group to co-design Covid-19 / Winter / mental health messages. These messages will be shared by young people to their peers using digital and offline platforms.

The messages will be signed off by the @HealthyBrum team, as part of Public Health England. We are inclusive, diverse and accessible thanks to our connections within the Hall Green locality.