The impact of Coronavirus has been felt far and wide.
Here at YES Outdoors, we have had to find ways to quickly adapt to the situation and explore new means of keeping young people engaged, now more than ever.
Due to social distancing, many of our scheduled programs have had to be postponed. Please stay tuned to this page for updates on how we’re staying active and offering support to young and vulnerable people, amidst the CoVID-19 pandemic.
We will be making short videos and vlogs to document the steps we are taking. Please make sure you are subscribed to our Twitter and YouTube accounts to make sure you don’t miss any of our updates.
NHS Bike Donations
Under normal circumstances, YES Outdoors would be operating a bicycle maintenance scheme for young people. Due to social distancing and the UK lockdown, we have been unable to deliver our sessions. Instead, we have been repairing the bicycles ourselves and donating them to NHS staff and frontline workers.
Our initiative made the BBC News at 10, and our short video documentary has been viewed over 23,000 times on Twitter, and was re-tweeted by Mayor Sadiq Khan and many others. Please watch the video below.
Islington Sobell Boxing Club
YES Outdoors would usually be supporting young people by providing them with boxing and fitness lessons at the Islington Sobell Boxing Club. The club has had to close its doors during the pandemic, leaving its students without their usual fitness routines and constructive social activity. In light of this, we have donated hundreds of boxing sports gear items, including boxing gloves and skipping ropes, to the students who are now at home during the lockdown. This will allow them to keep up with their fitness while stuck at home, and help to ensure their continued interest in the sport so that they can all return to the club once things are back to normal.
We have partnered with a number of local charities and community organisations, to launch an appeal to residents of the area to donate any old technology, such as laptops and tablets, so that they can be re-distributed to young and vulnerable people. We see the vital benefits to mental health in helping to ensure that everyone remains connected during the lockdown, and yet a lot of people don’t have access to the tech they so desperately need, in order to remain informed and active during these testing times. Please visit our JustGiving page and watch the video below, for more information, and how to donate.
We ran our tech appeal during the U.K. lockdown. Over 70 laptops were donated, and we were also able to raise £9,000, with which we purchased new laptops and have given them away to residents in the Islington and Camden boroughs who need them the most.
watch our update video here:
YES Outdoors are supporting young people with online mentoring and support sessions twice a week during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fitness and Health Videos
Stay healthy during lockdown with an online exercise routine presented by #Islington & #Camden key workers.