Verbal’s Third Space programme with Extern is one of 11 PEACE IV projects in the country that has been continuing engagement with vulnerable young people during lockdown. 
 
New research showing how young people have benefitted from the projects’ essential supports has been released from YouthPact, the Quality and Impact body for the EU Peace IV Children & Young People’s Programme. 
 
Due to the health restrictions and safety measures in place from the Covid-19 pandemic, projects have been moving their services online, to continue communicating and engaging with young people. A total of 1470 participants engaged overall, with over 5000 check in calls and contacts made with individuals, groups and parents who were following the governments advice to 'stay at home and stay safe'.  
 
Third Space staff, alongside with facilitators and keyworkers from other projects, stepped up to the challenges posed by lockdown, by upskilling and moving their activities, qualifications and support on-line, resulting in over 3000 one-to-one mentoring engagements and more than 1500 developmental or accreditation focused activities and sessions. 
 
Thank you to SEUPB for their continuing support and guidance during this challenging transitional time, to help ensure the ongoing provision of services to our young people.