"No internet access is leaving these young people feeling very isolated in an already very isolated time."

A youth worker explains the impacy of no internet access on vulnerable young hostel residents Digital Rights | Thu Dec 10 2020
This is leaving those young people feeling very isolated in an already very isolated time

Transcript:

Some of the young people that we are working with are struggling to have access to the internet.

This is due to their living situation. Some people are living in hostel accommodation, and due to the current lockdown restrictions, it just means that they aren’t able to access some of the computer suites there.

Other young people are living alone, and their finances just wouldn’t stretch far enough to allow them to have access to the internet or maybe a tablet or a phone.

This is leaving those young people feeling very isolated in an already very isolated time. They’re not able to keep in contact with family or friends, and it’s definitely having an impact on their mental health.

It also means that they’re not able to take part in the online youth work programme that we’re delivering each day, and the staff aren’t really able to contact them to offer 1-2-1 support.

For the young people who have already received access to the internet, or a tablet or a phone, it’s definitely really benefitted them. They’re able to stay in contact more with family or friends, and they’re feeling more connected. It’s also given them structure and routine because they’re able to take part in the programme every day. It’s given them something to get up for, and a bit of motivation.