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COVID-19: The Lockdown Life Project #lockdownlifeproject

Before our lives changed significantly and lockdown measures were enforced, we had spent 17 years bringing young people together, nurturing their creativity and empowering them to respond to societies biggest issues. In March 2020 the Covid-19 pandemic brought our whole world to a halt. Bringing people together physically just wasn't an option anymore. This sparked the birth of the ‘Lockdown Life’ project. Here's some more information about the project and what's in store for the future.

What is the 'Lockdown Life' project?

A creative and digital approach to capturing the views, feelings and hopes of young people living through this lockdown in a creative way.

Why the 'Lockdown Life' Project?

Our young people have had important milestones taken away such as completing exams, the last day of school and the end of year prom. Routines, hobbies, and physical connections with friends have all been impacted by the lockdown too.

These all play an integral part in young peoples personal development and can have a real impact on their health and wellbeing. The Lockdown Life project aims to give young people, aged 10-18, across the UK a creative outlet to express how lockdown has impacted their life.

What do young people need to do to get involved?

Entries can be in the form of a video, voice recording, image or photograph; it could be art, a poem, the spoken-word or a diary entry. Alternatively, it could be a script, soundscape, song, musical composition or performance, dance or even a comedy sketch. These are only suggestions. We want young people to tell their stories in a way that suit them.

Who can get involved?

All young people from 10 - 18 however, we believe everybody can help.

  • Teachers, please make your pupils aware of the project by forwarding on the ‘Lockdown Life’ brief by clicking Lockdown Teacher Brief
  • Parents and guardians, if your child is under 14, you'll need to sign a quick consent form to say we can use their responses.
  • Responses can be sent to lockdownlife@2engage.co.uk

What do young people need to do to get involved? 

Entries can be in the form of a video, voice recording, image or photograph; it could be art, a poem, the spoken-word or a diary entry. Alternatively, it could be a script, soundscape, song, musical composition or performance, dance or even a comedy sketch. These are only suggestions. We want young people to tell their stories in a way that suits them.

What do I need to do?

We want young people to respond in their own way but we're looking for short responses in any medium. Here are the things we want you to think about when making your responses:

  1. How has the Covid-19 lockdown made you feel?
  2. What’s the first thing you’re going to do when lockdown ends?
  3. There are many young people struggling with life in lockdown. What would your message be to those young people?

When we start to receive responses

Once we receive responses from young people, our team will compile the entries into creative short videos and potentially other digital forms. The video will then be shared with those who feature, enabling them to showcase their piece of work in their school, college, or university, as well as on social media.

All for a good cause.

For every response sent in, we will donate to causes that are part of helping young people through the lockdown. Childline reported a surge in calls about Covid-19 and we believe the aftermath of lockdown will be tough for many young people. It will vital to support these services at such times.

The Wider Picture.

Project outcomes will be sent to schools and higher education settings across the UK to inform those who safeguard these young people and help them understand what they have been through. It’s hoped this will assist them in managing youngsters’ fears, expectations and emotions once they return to whatever the world looks like after Covid-19.

Safety and Safeguarding.

We advocate appropriate safeguarding in all we do, the Lockdown Life project is no different. Although we will share responses appropriate for this project only, we guarantee we will not share family names or the school that young people attend. We will not allow any young person to be individually identifiable from any response made to the Lockdown Life submission page.