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Adam Kendrick

Adam Kendrick (Senior AV Technician, Campus Services) lives with his wife Kylie and two sons, Arlo and Oryn. He says the challenge of working from home and looking after the children during the pandemic has been stressful at times.

Adam decided to embark on a couple of innovative home projects to improve his family's mental health. He's created two new YouTube channels to keep his children occupied, and to allow him to indulge his passion for trains and music.

Adam Kendrick

Adam Kendrick, Senior AV Technician, Campus Services

I just wish I'd thought of these lockdown projects sooner as they've been a game-changer in terms of the whole household's mental health.

My wife and I have really struggled with our mental health during various lockdowns over the last 12 months. We were both trying to work from home but with two children, aged two and five, it was difficult at times.

I decided I needed to come up with some ideas to entertain the kids and keep them occupied, and to help relieve some of the stress.

The solution came in the form of two home projects involving my digital skills, and which gave me the opportunity to do something I've wanted to do for nearly twenty years.

My eldest son loves everything to do with railways, especially Japanese bullet trains, so our first project was to launch a YouTube channel on the subject of track building.

It's called Arlo's Track Time and it's been great fun. We've scheduled specific play time around home schooling. We film ourselves upstairs and try to keep out of the way when mum's on important work video calls.

It's allowed us to bond over something that's educational and involves problem solving, without getting frustrated with each other because of the lockdown situation.

The channel's doing really well and both my sons love getting involved. It's given them something to focus on and look forward to, rather than misbehaving for attention. It also helps them forget they're stuck between the same four walls a lot of the time.

I was then inspired to create my second lockdown project, another YouTube channel called Kenski Sound - and this one's all about making music.

I used to DJ at a couple of the clubs and bars in Middlesbrough when I was a teenager. I always dreamt of making my own music, but back then online tutorials didn't really exist and the software wasn't very user-friendly.

So as a way of de-stressing and relaxing on an evening once the kids are in bed, I've gradually taught myself how to create digital music.

I've found it cathartic as it's relaxing and allows me to express myself. It's rewarding to create something from scratch that others can enjoy too, and I'm just about to complete my third album.

I just wish I'd thought of these lockdown projects sooner as they've been a game-changer in terms of the whole household's mental health.

I'd definitely recommend trying something new, and involving other members of the family, as it can be a great way to make the most of lockdown living.