working with young people remotely

Information updated: 25/03/20


Youth Work Support

The new resource hub set up by UK Youth, NYA and The Mix provides a range of useful resources for youth work. This includes a list of resources for ways to stay connected and work with young people remotely.

The Mix

The Mix have a range of online tools and activities to support young people with problems they may be experiencing.


Scouts have created the Great Indoors, a bank of engaging activities for young people to do with their families while they are staying at home.

Create to Connect

64 Million Artists, an organisation that promotes everyday creativity and community artsare trialling a programme called Create to Connect, which will invite people to participate in quick, accessible and fun creative challenges at home and share these with an online community.

Youth Sport Trust

Youth Sport Trust have some useful resources for young people to learn and stay active at home.

Guidance and safeguarding

We encourage all youth workers to assess the risk of working with young people remotely and in new ways. You may find these resources useful:

Apps and tools

Mind of My Own

Mind of My Own is an app that allows young people to express their views, wishes and feelings to their youth worker or other youth professional. It is also a space where they can prepare for meetings. It is free to use if you work for a local authority and they have signed up to this.

Video chat and virtual meeting spaces

There are a lot of good, free options for connecting with young people remotely. Try these apps:

Online Learning

  • Barclays LifeSkills is a series of free lessons plans to help young people aged 11-24 develop life skills and progress to a career path.
  • Movement to Work has two free online resources for young people looking to develop their employability skills.
  • See here for a great list of ways for young people to learn and explore the world from home

Activities you can run with young people remotely

There is a lot of interesting activities that youth workers can engage young people in remotely. Some ideas are:

  • Art competitions
  • Book groups
  • Film club
  • Homework hotlines
  • Watch TV or a film together and comment using online chat groups
  • Story telling completions
  • Online open mic poetry performance

You can find more useful tips on digital youth work here.