Youth Practitioners Guide – Online Engagement

It is estimated that there are over 20,000 youth workers in the UK and over 500,000 volunteers; most of which have been unable to provide support to young people due to Covid-19.

This includes Groundwork Greater Manchester’s youth workers; who since March have been working within the government guidelines, halting face to face youth work to adhere to social distancing.

Undefeated they switched their support work online; providing their Achievement Coaching service via video calls and developing #GWKONLINE; a new digital platform packed full with engaging and interesting content for young people.

Groundwork Greater Manchester’s 2023 vision is to see 3,500 young people inspired and supported to learn, achieve and develop as more active citizens, which is why our experienced youth workers and digital team have created a simple guide for youth practitioners to help with their transition to digital engagement during Covid-19.


James O’Farrell, Youth Manager at Groundwork Greater Manchester commented:

The needs of young people don’t stop because of a virus, if anything they become more complex. We’ve been working flat out to transition our services online and increase the number of young people we can support. We’re keen to share what we’ve learnt with others so that more young people can be supported through this difficult time.