Team is a 12-week personal development programme aimed at young people aged 16-25 who are out of work and looking to gain new skills, secure a qualification and meet new people.

At the end of week three of Team 33, based in Glasgow, social distancing and self-isolation rules meant they could no longer meet face-to-face.

Very quickly the Team Leader decided to take the programme online, badging it as ‘business as usual’ to the young people. Adapting so quickly to continue supporting the group, it helped to ease the young people’s anxieties and feelings of loneliness that staying at home can bring.

Ensuring everyone is online by 10am, the staff, with the help of volunteers, are using a combination of apps, games, activities, challenges and one-to-one support.

All of this has fed into the core aspects of Team - communication, teamwork and qualifications, with an online community project in the pipeline.

Nicola McTaggart, Team Leader said:

We’ve just had to change the way we work in order to ensure we keep on supporting our young people. With the help of volunteers, we have set up group and individual activities to keep the young people busy and promote good mental health.

Each day included a group discussion on topics including kindness and hopes for the future, and throughout the week the young people took part in a Joe Wicks' workout session, watched Little Mix’s Jesy Nelson’s BBC Three documentary and livestreamed the First Minister’s Coronavirus Q&A.

Becca said:

It has been amazing online! We have all gotten so close and it’s keeping us all on schedule, preventing us from being bored.

Kiera added:

It’s really helpful! It keeps us communicating with each other and helps us with motivation.