MAC-UK Response & Plans

MAC-UK Workforce

In response to the Government guidance on the need for physical distancing and limiting non-essential travel we have taken the decision to close the MAC-UK office. We are working to continue planned activity, through virtual meetings and remote working. 

Whilst the picture is unclear about how long this situation may last, we are also doing some longer term planning and risk mitigation for the organisation and our partnerships.

Here are some resources we have found useful during this time:

https://www.blurtitout.org/2020/03/18/remote-working-definitive-guide/ supporting healthy remote working

https://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2020/03/17/coronavirus-and-governance-what-charity-trustees-need-to-think-about/ aspects to think about in terms of organisational guidance and how to have online meetings.

Direct & Indirect Work with Young People

It is an uncertain time for everyone and we want to make sure we all support each other to work alongside excluded young people in the best way possible. The social and health inequalities that already exist, will be further exacerbated by the current crisis and we are working hard with our partners to do what we can to mitigate this.

We have been able to continue to work with our partners and have thought together about what would be most helpful at this time. These partnership projects are doing a fantastic job at co-producing the solutions to facing COVID19 with young people and we feel confident that whilst it is a challenging time for many there is still opportunity to learn and continue to innovate in relation to how we work with young people. Over the coming weeks we hope to share some examples of what young people have been getting up to in the projects and enable their experiences to shape how we, and other organisations, can best offer support.

Public Health & Prevention Response

Briefing Paper

We have also created a briefing paper and series of recommendations for ensuring that the new measures in place to reduce the spread of COVID19 do not disproportionately negatively impact on marginalised and excluded young people. Read it here 

Listening Exercise

We are collaborating with partners to listen to the experiences of young people and to co-produce with young people solutions to the challenges young people are facing in the short term, and hopefully in the longer term too.  

Longer term

We want to keep working in partnership with young people to think about the longer term issues and solutions that will come up as we come out of this pandemic. Many young people will face economic and social pressures that we know will be intensely difficult. We want to work towards changing ‘business as usual’ so that young people have more power in shaping a more positive future for themselves and their communities. Our hope is that this can be a pivoting moment in our history to create a healthier, more socially equitable and inclusive society. We welcome ideas from young people and practitioners on how we achieve this ambition.

Creating a Culture of Collaboration, not Competition

We are explicit in our wish to stand in solidarity with other youth sector organisations and contribute to creating a culture of cooperation, not competition. With this in mind, please get in touch if you think there are ways MAC-UK teams or resources can support or collaborate with your organisation or group at this time, or amplify the work you may be doing. Get in touch with us via [email protected] or @macukcharity on twitter.

Accessible Communications

Finally, please note a list of accessibility resources below for communicating about COVID19.