Side-by-Side is one model of being with young people during a time of social distancing. It is a ‘walk and talk’ befriending scheme, in which a caring adult meets up regularly with a young person for a short walk – and talk!

Working safely within Covid-19 guidance and restrictions, Side-by-Side offers young people a caring and consistent adult ‘befriender’, someone to listen and encourage, at a time when they need connection more than ever.  

The target age group for young people is 7 to 17 years, but in some instances this model would also work with younger children or older teenagers. It is anticipated that Side-by-Side can be used with children and young people already in the corps, as well as those in the community who are usually in contact with the corps via the various youth and children’s programmes.

Being with young people during a time of social distancing

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Below you can download a comprehensive package of documents to help you set up and run Side-by-Side in your community. If you need additional guidance or support please get in touch with the Youth & Children's Ministries Unit who will be happy to advise.

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