The pandemic is having a huge impact on us – youth workers – and above all on the young people with whom we deal on a daily basis.
Locked up in our homes, isolated, filled with fear and uncertainty, we didn’t have enough tools to deal with a completely new situation in which we found ourselves basically without warning, overnight.
Our organizations had to switch to remote mode, which has often been associated with reduced impact and loss of deeper contact with most of the youth, we work with. The need to transfer all work online, the uncertainty whether our organizations and partners with whom we have carried out our missions so far will survive the crisis, the feeling of loneliness has also had a strong impact on our well-being, our motivation, and our faith in the possibility of making a change.
We are trying to rebuild our organizations and contacts, to start acting with new energy. However, in order to do this, we feel that we need some cleansing, reworking, and closing of the last 2 years.
CARE was born from the need to look at, take care of and finally develop tools for us, youth workers.
We want to look at what effect the pandemic has had on us at the level of the body, thoughts, relationships, and motivation. We want to close a certain stage and gain distance, learn and develop new practices and habits against burnout. After many months of working remotely, we also want to refresh contacts and build relationships based on meeting and working together.
Pandemic made us realize the importance of a holistic understanding of the well-being of youth workers holistically.
By the meeting, we want to take care of ourselves, strengthen and prepare to take on new activities, but also teach specific tools that can help in this still uncertain reality.