The current state of emergency has changed the habits of young and old and prohibits social interaction with friends, family members and colleagues. Although it is hard for everyone, it is mainly the youngest who suffer most from distance learning and lack of social interaction because they cannot spend time with peers.
At a time when the situation seemed to have improved and national measures were somewhat relaxed, Cospe organised a second series of film events at the SMS (Mutual Aid Society) of Rifredi in Florence in September. The event brought together children and young people aged between 11 and 14 from the same neighbourhood to watch a film in the original language and consume food, drinks and snacks accessible to all.
The purpose of the evening was to create a safe space of socialisation for the participants and to help them overcome the fear of social contact that the global pandemic brought with it. While the atmosphere was positive, it was very different from the first event in February, where participants danced and chatted with their friends, ate popcorn while watching the film, and were simply their young, happy, energetic selves.
The challenges of this time are many and varied, but as part of the BRIDGES project we are committed to helping the youngest and their families.