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Child and youth work in the corona lockdown: clubs sound the alarm - concern for protégés

2021-02-27T21:04:19.159Z

Hairdressers and flower shops are allowed to reopen on Monday, youth centers are not. Youth groups are also not allowed to meet. Fatal, find representatives of child and youth work in the district.



Hairdressers and flower shops are allowed to reopen on Monday, youth centers are not.

Youth groups are also not allowed to meet.

Fatal, find representatives of child and youth work in the district.

Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen - The schools have resumed alternating lessons, from Monday hairdressers, hardware stores and flower shops, among other things, will be allowed to open.

Representatives of child and youth work in the district do not see the needs of adolescents adequately recognized in this way out of the corona lockdown.

"The weighting should be different," said Franz Späth from the Tölzer youth support on Thursday at a press conference.

In addition to him, representatives of the open and association child and youth work in the district had asked for the digital conference - in the hope of being heard widely.

Is your area systemically relevant?

In response to this question, all participants held their thumbs up at the camera without hesitation.

Josef Birzele from the Association for the Advancement of Children and Young People in Königsdorf added: "Maybe not our work, but children and young people are."

Don't see young people just as students

In order to prevent damage and long-term impairment of their personal development, it is important to see adolescents not only as students.

“There are also other worlds that are important for children and young people.

People need relationships, encounters and movement, ”says Späth.

He and his colleagues worry that this is not the case at the moment.

Mental hygiene is falling behind, criticized Max Aichbichler from the Wolfratshausen Children's and Youth Association.

The sponsors of the youth centers in the district try their legal mandate to be there for young people, despite the restrictions.

But that has its pitfalls.

One-to-one offers are allowed.

“However, young people are reluctant to admit a problem and seek help,” explained Aichbichler.

And in mobile youth work you meet at least two adolescents, but then you are only allowed to talk to one of them, added Rudi Mühlhans from the sponsoring association for youth and social work in Geretsried.

Those responsible agree that online offers as an alternative are not a substitute.

“Normally we approach someone and when we are small talk we hear how they are doing.

That doesn't work digitally, ”says Aichbichler.

In Benediktbeuern, the online offers were not even accepted by the young people, according to Marcus Kolm from the Don Bosco Club.

The current situation in the youth centers also has an impact on the staff.

Some of the employees are on short-time work.

"Hope day X is very, very soon"

In the voluntary sector, an important pillar of child and youth work in the district, Sandra Kresta from the district youth council sees the motivation dwindling.

"We are very worried that we will lose the youth leaders," said the manager.

Dieter Hoff from the Protestant youth in the dean's office in Bad Tölz shares this concern.

Every year 30 to 35 volunteers would actually be trained there to become youth leaders.

"So far, we have only four registrations for the basic course during the Easter holidays," reported the dean's youth officer.

There is great hope that groups will soon be able to meet again and open youth centers.

"We are preparing for day X and I hope it is very, very soon," said Mühlhans.

Documentation and hygiene rules already applied in the facilities last year.

"I didn't have to make a single report to the health department," said Aichbichler.

There was also not a single corona case in the holiday offers of the district youth association with a total of 600 participants in small groups.

And fixed groups of children and young people could be compared with school classes, says Kresta.

With the offers, adolescents would again have an antipole to the pressure to perform, emphasized Späth.

Birzele: “A highlight of the week.” Especially since you don't have to believe that young people don't meet despite the contact restrictions, added Mühlhans.

They do it secretly.

"If child and youth work were made possible again, they would have places again where they should be."

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Source: merkur

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