In June, Street League hosted our first ever virtual event - 'Life in lockdown' - which provided an opportunity to hear directly from young people about what lockdown has been like for them. We were joined by over 100 of our partners and supporters from across the UK, who heard from six young people in London, Birmingham and Glasgow.

Feedback from the event has been very positive. Here are some of the comments received from attendees: 

“Thank you for hosting such an engaging and inspiring event."

“Good use of technology and great getting to hear directly from young adult participants”

"Thank you all. Great to hear from everyone and looking forward to more events like this!”

"Thank you very much for that insight from young people"

"Thanks all - really good event and worked really well!"

"Thank you for the invite.  Really interesting event."

"Wow what a great session, well done all!"

You can view a summary of the event, or check out the whole recording.

During the event we invited guests to submit questions for the young people attending. We apologise that we were not able to answer all your questions during the event, but our participants have kindly answered these questions below:

What does your home life look like during lockdown?

Tamina: I’m with my family. I live with my siblings and my parents and it’s been okay because we’ve been able to share our interests and stuff. I’ve been teaching my brother things like playing the piano and he’s been teaching me about his interests like coding. Before lockdown we weren’t all close at all and didn’t really speak to each other.

Sofia: Home is where my family is. We’ve been spending a lot of time together during lockdown and it’s bought us closer together because normally we are busy at school or college or work but during lockdown we are getting to know each other a lot better.

Arran: In the house with my mum, my dad and my brother. It’s not been the easiest, but we’ve got through it. It’s not just me though is it, we’re all going through it. It has brought me a wee bit closer to my family as well though.

Taylor: I’m with my Mum and my Dad, I’m going three weeks at a time with each because my Dad’s back at work so he can’t look after me. That’s better because I didn’t really get to see him much before that.

What have you found most challenging about lockdown?

Tamina: The change of routine.

Sofia: It’s hard to find jobs because there’s less jobs available. I just want to be independent and earn money.

Arran: Not being able to see my pals and family and friends and stuff. I usually see them every single day.

Taylor: Things are definitely harder, and I can’t play football. My team folded, but then another team picked me up, so it probably wasn’t the worst thing, but I was quite worried about that.

Georgia: Not having a routine has made me feel really unsettled. I have to push myself to get things done compared to when I had work and I could rely on my working hours to help structure my day.

Mohsin: Keeping in touch with friends and really just talking to people that you don't live with.

What are you most looking forward to once lockdown is lifted?

Tamina: Meeting friends and also finding a job because I really want a job now. Being at home has made me realise how much I want a job.

Sofia: Finding a job because I’d like to be independent and earn money

Arran: Definitely playing football again.

What’s your dream job?

Tamina: Something to do with music because I enjoy creating music and playing instruments, including the piano, guitar and singing. I like sharing my interests with others, so it might be teaching music to others or just sharing it.

Sofia: My dream job is to be a Store Manager some day because I enjoy helping people, I’ve got good customer service skills and I’ve got experience as a sales assistant. I’ve got the ability to remain calm and patient in stressful situations which is why I think I’d be good at that job.

Arran: I want to be a firefighter. I’ve never really known what I want to do but during lockdown I’ve been thinking about it and I want to be a firefighter. I need to wait til I’m 18 though.

Taylor: Dream job is being a footballer, but I wouldn’t mind being a firefighter like Arran. I’m going to do an apprenticeship course in plumbing too. I want to stick that out and then do training for firefighting and then go into the RAF.

What employment support do you feel your local authority could be providing you with to help you find long-term employment?

Tamina: Workshops and talks from our local authority about employment and finding it would be good. It would be good to get a different point of view.

Sofia: I feel like I’m getting the support I need to find employment from Street League, but the local authority may know of opportunities that Street League don't.

Georgia: Have more money in the creative industry and run courses people can get paid to work on their creative passions. I have to sacrifice things I really enjoy doing and am good at to make money and this is holding back my career. 

Mohsin: Honestly, I have no idea because I've not really searched for long term employment before.

Thank you very much to everyone who joined us for this event. We were delighted to share our updates with you and provide an insight into life in lockdown for the young people we work with.

Together, we can turn the anxiety and fear many unemployed young people are feeling right now into hope and excitement for their future.

If you would like to share your story about life in lockdown as a young person, or your experience of working with Street League as a partner or funder, we would love to hear from you at [email protected].