Quarantine was something we had all heard about at one time or another, but we didn't think it would become part of our daily lives. We have to change our habits, both social and personal, for the common good and that is something that can take a bad toll. Not all personal circumstances are the same and that is why we at YEU decided that the company in these difficult times was essential to our mental health. That company, not being able to be physical, we wanted to supply it with the virtual company and that is why we thought of creating "Coffee with...YEU".
We have had five editions of Coffee with... YEU where we, together with participants from our MOs, have addressed different issues and tried to think of new ways to keep people active during these days of confinement. We talked about different issues regarding the situation: COVID-19 response work and sharing good practices or we reflected on the activities so far to understand better what kind of needs organisations and coordinators working directly with volunteers or young people have so that we try to respond to those.
Regarding there were too many online activities we decided to stop doing this Coffee with due to people felt overwhelmed sometimes with so many activities. We felt it was necessary to give us all a break from zooms and online activities, although every edition of Coffee with was a success and we deeply enjoyed them.
We hope they were useful and helpful for those needing more interaction with people when it was impossible. This situation of COVID-19 is currently improving and some countries are relaxing restrictions, so we could live our “new normal” life as we must still keep maintaining social distancing and preventing other ways. We hope you all continue being safe and sound.