05 Nov – Returning from the ‘Circuit Breaker’


05 November 2020

Returning from the 'Circuit Breaker'

Youth work alongside schools had to take a two week break as part of the ‘Covid circuit breaker’ and for many of us that’s brought a pause to our work and connection with young people. ​

Even with everything changing so constantly, it’s comforting to know that we are part of a community that cares for itself and being able to watch as the community continually gives to each other brings hope that we are making it out the other side together at some point.

This week we want to share with you Lynn’s interview with Mid and East Antrim Mayor Pete Johnston. Pete has been a supporter of StreetReach from before his first election to council and before Lynn was in post; we have enjoyed conversations about how we can all participate in creating positive change. There is even a rumour that Lynn and Pete made a verbal agreement to support each other’s campaigns should they both be chosen for their relative posts at that time but we can neither confirm or deny that rumour!

In this interview, Pete shares his insights into growing up in Carrick and some really down to earth messages for young people living in the area. 

One of the things we loved the most about what he shared was his tips for young people and particularly to ‘be interesting’ – taking an interest in more than one thing creates possibility and relationship with others. At StreetReach we believe that especially during the current situation with covid, having an interest or two is what will keep us connected with each other, support a healthy lifestyle and led to the generation of hope for the future.

If you would like to know more about StreetReach or to connect with us then we’d love to invite you to follow us on social media for weekly project and planning updates and don’t forget you can keep up to date with what Pete is working on by following his social media page Mayor of Mid & East Antrim Borough Council.

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StreetReach is a collaboration between YMCA Ireland, Summer Madness and the Education Authority for the Carrickfergus, Larne and surrounding coastal areas.