Virtual Youth Group
Over the past few months we have launched a virtual youth group where we connect with young people online through discord and Minecraft! Find out more about Minecraft and Discord below!
What is it?
Minecraft is a video game where players can build and create their own worlds using various types of blocks. The main purpose of the game is to build and explore! There are two main game modes, Survival and Creative. We are using the Survival mode which means players must find their own building supplies and food.
Our server is a place where you can create, build, have fun and hang out with friends. It can be accessed at every day between 9am and 10pm and we have weekly minecraft sessions on Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30 where our youth workers are online.
Who can join?
Young people between the ages of 10 and 18 in Kingston Upon Thames and surrounding areas.
Is it safe?
We are ensuring that our use of these platforms is in line with the latest advice and guidance on digital youth work around best practice and safeguarding. All of our staff and volunteers are DBS checked and have undergone aroppoved Safeguarding training. We have taken many precautions to ensure the realm is safe. We use a whitelist which means only players approved by Oxgygen staff can access the server. Players will be able to claim land as we have a plugin called Grief Prevention, so they can create and build structures without worrying about it being destroyed by other players.
Why have we set this up?
With the pandemic and lockdown, we responded to the need to connect with young people online. We recognise that video games such as minecraft are a way young people can express themselves, have fun and learn valuable skills. This is to improve the opportunities for young people to connect with Oxygen's Team so that they can receive valuable support and build social skills.
How do I join?
We are using the Java edition of Minecraft however we have installed the Geyser plugin which allows Bedrock players to join the server as well. This allows the server to be accessed from the Java edition as well as Windows 10, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox, Android and iOS devices.
Fill out the form below or click the link to open in a new window and make sure the 'Online platform' option is ticked on the second page and a member of the team will be in touch.
Discord is an online chat and communication platform which allows Oxygen to engage with young people in a virtual way. It provides a sort of virtual youth club where young people can play games, quizzes and tournaments as well as connect with a member of the Oxygen team to get help and support. It extends our reach, providing opportunities to engage with more young people, particularly those who might not be able to meet with us through a club or project, and in a way which relates to their interests. Follow this link for instructions on getting set up!
For safeguarding reasons, it is a closed group, but if you, or someone you know would like to connect with us through Discord, then sign up using the form below or click the link to open in a new window!