During the corona pandemic, the Herzeel Youth Service organized a large-scale survey in which the local government launched a number of initiatives. For example, a youth community worker was recruited and they systematically offer resilience training. And the third initiative, the installation of a street workout device, has also been a fact since last week.
‘Almost one in four young people between the ages of 12 and 25 took part in this survey, from which it could be generally stated that the youth in Herzeel are doing well. “The survey was based on a postcard on which we asked our young people if everything is okay and what is important to them”, says alderman of Youth Benjamin Rogiers (Open VLD). “Although the results were reassuring, the impact of the corona crisis to date should not be underestimated. Many young people felt the crisis well and that experience was not always a good one. Immediately after the survey, Herzele released a budget to make the necessary adjustments. It’s about three initiatives with which the local government wants to contribute to the growth of their young people into strong and independent adults.”
For example, she entered into a collaboration with non-profit organization LEJO for the recruitment of a youth community worker.
“He invests a great deal of his time in building, maintaining and strengthening trusting relationships with children and young people. Because many young people indicated that they were getting lost, I was instructed to approach and question the young people of Herzeel. The target? Creating an offer together with them and thus giving them a chance to build social contacts and lead a more active life.” says youth worker Lander.
“The resilience of the youth also suffered a major blow during the pandemic. The local government therefore decided annual resilience training Rock & Water to be offered to all first-years of primary schools. Rock and Water focuses on promoting a positive development of social and emotional competences, preventing and/or reducing problems in the intrapersonal domain (how do students see themselves) and the interpersonal domain (how do students interact with each other). We offer all these students two sessions of Sjanstrainingen, in which they work on the themes of self-confidence, control, respect, standing up for yourself, fun, collaboration, but also setting and feeling boundaries”. said ships Rogers.
And the third and final initiative has also been a fact since last week.
“During the pandemic, everyone went into nature to exercise individually outside. The walking and cycling infrastructure in Herzele is already very extensive. That is why the local council of Herzele chose to expand the fitness offer in the educational park at the Steenoven with a street workout device. We want to continue to encourage outdoor sports, especially among the youth,” said Rogiers. “We have a lot of outdoor sports equipment in the educational park. However, some young people rightly pointed out that until recently, a strength training device for the upper body was not among them. So as of last week, anyone can try monkey bars, rings or a series of pull-ups on the new device. A nice extension of the existing sports infrastructure and a welcome device for all crossfitters and bootcampers in Herzele.” says alderman of Sport, Ann van Ruyskensvelde (Open VLD).