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Active East Recognises Volunteers’ Achievements

 By Alistair Neil, Active East Youth Development Coordinator

 

It is so important that the amazing work that our young people do gets recognised, not only by the organisations they are working in, but nationally by governing bodies and the Scottish Government.

 

So far this year the Active Champions have given 8,739 hours, volunteering at their weekly sessions and at external events such as the European Championships. Without their positive attitude, effort, and commitment to providing young people with safe, fun spaces to play, relax, and make friends, many young people’s lives would not be the same.

 

The young people we have the pleasure of working with are inspirational role models for all people, young and old, and they prove this over and over again with the fantastic work they do. From designing sessions, deciding on the best way to deliver, planning and delivering residentials, to assisting in policy decisions, the young people we work with really take the lead on deciding their future, and the future of the organisations they work and volunteer in.

 

With this year being the Year of Young People it has shone a light on all the amazing things the young people of Scotland do, and has given them a voice that is being heard throughout all sectors. This is so important to ensure young people know their opinions do matter, and that they can make a difference to their own lives and the lives of those around them. The year has also brought new opportunities for the young people of Scotland including funding projects led by young people and awards signed by the First Minister that recognise their achievement.

 

At Active East and Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) we hold an annual awards night to recognise just how proud and inspired we are by the young people we work with. This gives all the young people from each of SSF’s programmes the chance to come together and share in a whole night dedicated to them. This recognition is so important to us as workers, and also to all the volunteers as it shows just how good a job the people we work with do and lets us celebrate this on a massive stage.

Active East participants at the Scottish Sports Futures Year of Young People Awards 2018

Thoughts on Girl’s Participation

 Demi Mitchell, Active East Youth Worker

Female participation in sport and physical activity for me is very important.

There are so many benefits I gain from being physically active such as keeping myself fit, feeling good about myself, and having time to clear my head. Sport has always been such a huge part of my life and over the years I have seen the number of females participating in sport increase, which is AMAZING!

I think its important females have role models to look up to in sport: whether that is their sporting hero, a family member, or a coach who has a positive influence in their physical activity levels. Girls encouraging other girls in sport is the most powerful attitude to have! 

Active East Explores Alternative Education Methods

 By Alistair Neil, Active East Youth Development Coordinator 

Education is so important for all of the young people that we work with across every Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) programme. Within the Active East programme we work with young people from the East End of Glasgow aged 12-25.

 

Across the 4 strands of Active East every young person is educated in different ways. Whether that be through gaining volunteer experience in their chosen placement, gaining coaching qualifications from national governing bodies, taking part in educational workshops, or completing modules from SSF’s Education Through Cashback (ETC) programme. In addition to this, the young people get the chance to meet people from different background, cultures, nationalities and beliefs, gain new experiences, visit new places, and learn how to work in their stretch zone; all of which increases these young people’s understanding of the world and is so important to their development and a major part of growing up.

A group of young people from the East End of Glasgow take part in our Chance:2:Be programme.

Our Chance:2:Be programme offers young people alternative ways to gain qualifications and work experience.

We aim to ensure that the qualifications chosen by the young people are all going to be used within their volunteering, and support them through college, university and work. For example we had 20 young people complete Ultimate Frisbee Dodgeball training which was then used to deliver taster sessions to our partner organisations around the East End of Glasgow, reaching 100 young people. This could also be used at volunteering sessions where they deliver different activities to young people.

The aim is not to tick boxes when young people complete qualifications, but to really work to ensure they are used to develop the young people’s skills and will be beneficial to them in the future.

One strand of the Active East programme is Chance:2:Be. This strand works with young people aged 16-25 for 12 weeks where they will complete 7 qualifications. These will including First Aid and ETC: Working With Young People in Sport. Each of these qualifications will assist the young person when they come to start their volunteer placements in a partner organisation of their choice. In addition to this, these qualifications will be beneficial when they are looking for college, university or apprenticeship placements, or for work as they have been practising what they have previously learned.

 

Using a youth work approach to education ensures that everyone we work with is gaining an education in the way that they learn best. We give the young people the choice of what qualifications they want to gain and how they want to use it. We aim to make sure that what is learnt is being retained and used to benefit each person we are working with.

Active East Volunteers Give Over 40,000 Hours

 By Alistair Neil, Active East Youth Development Coordinator

Volunteering is a massive part of Active East. 40,000 volunteer hours have been given by the Active Champions aged 12-24 in the East End of Glasgow to provide local young people with fun, safe, encouraging and happy places to take part in sport, physical activity and youth clubs.

Active East has 4 strands where young people are able to volunteer – Chance:2:Be, Active Champions, Ready Steady Leaders and Mini Mentors. Each of these strands has their own role when it comes to volunteering and are involved in different ways from assisting, leading to mentoring.

Active East volunteers enjoying team building activities

Active East volunteers enjoying team building activities

Volunteers on each of these strands are given the opportunity to design their own volunteer journey – this include picking training, volunteer placement, volunteer role, events they attend and the days they are able to volunteer.

For the young people we work with volunteering is crucial to them and can become a massive part of their life. Volunteering is a place where they develop their skills, meet new people, grow in confidence, receive training, and learn what they would like to do in the future as well as having a huge impact on the lives of so many other people. One Ready Steady Leader has said “I love any aspect of volunteering. Working with Older or Younger people it’s just so fun,” and that “I get to volunteer at large events but also get to help out my community.”

The commitment the young volunteers we work with have for helping in their community and getting involved with every opportunity they can is amazing to see. With the European Championships being in Glasgow this month the Active Champions gave 500 hours the assisting and leading activity at Go Live at the Green, attending events and supporting the games.

 

Active Champions tackle Race for Life

On Sunday 20th May 2018, a group of young volunteers from Active East‘s Active Champion programme will be taking part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life in Glasgow.

The Active Champions will be walking and running the 5K course around Glasgow City Centre as part of #AngelasArmy, in support of SSF’s Finance Manager Angela, who was sadly diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. 

Joining our Active Champions will be Active East Programme Manager Rohanna Irvine, Active East Youth Worker Demi Mitchell, and SSF’s Head of Operations Kirsty McNab. 

Active East Manager Rohanna with some of the Active Champs taking part in Sunday's Race for Life.

Active East Manager Rohanna with some of the Active Champs taking part in Sunday’s Race for Life.

 

To get involved or to donate and support our Active Champs and staff, please click here

The Glasgow Race for Life takes place on Sunday 20th May, setting off from Glasgow Green towards Saltmarket at 9.30AM. Come along and cheer on everyone taking part! 
More course information is available on the Race for Life website 

Active Champions True Role Models In Their Communities

 

The Active Champions have continuously been role models to their local community for the past 5 years!

The Create18 Active East-ER event on the 7th April has shown this on a large scale and a local event.

10 Active Champions took the lead and designed their own event and continuously publicised and shared the event with everyone they knew. Active East-ER was designed around what the Active Champions thought young people in the East End would love to attend, and they did love it! 100 young people and their families making the bus trip from Easterhouse and Coatbridge or a walk round from Bridgeton and Dennistoun to enjoy a day of fun and sporting activities at Crownpoint Glasgow Club.

A true demonstration of young people taking the lead!

 

By Alistair Neil, Active East Youth Development Coordinator.

Active Easter event a huge success

Press Release

 

Young volunteers from Scottish Sports Futures’ (SSF) Active East programme ran their own Easter – themed family fun day on Saturday 7 April 2018 at Crownpoint Sports Centre in the East End of Glasgow.

 

Over 100 young people and their families attended the event which was funded by the Create18 project. The event was the brainchild of ten Active Champions – young volunteers aged between 14 and 25, who completed an individualised programme of awards and training in sport, physical activity and volunteering.  

Active Easter event at Crownpoint Sports Centre on Saturday 7th April

The Create18 Fund is powered by Young Scot, on behalf of EventScotland, and provides young people in Scotland aged 8 – 26 with the opportunity to celebrate and engage in the Year of Young People 2018 by staging a unique event that will showcase their talents and abilities in their local community. After making it through the two rounds of the funding process, the Active Champions were awarded funding to put on their Easter themed event.

 

Active Champion Holly Halferty said:

“We have worked really hard to get this event organised and have loved being able to completely design and manage the project. We were delighted with the support we received and to see so many young people come along as Active East-ER has been created by young people for young people!”

 

Alistair Neil, Youth Development Coordinator for Active East, said:

“It has been amazing to see the Active Champions really take the lead on this project. They really pushed for the funding and designed the day around what young people love to do. HAVE FUN! The Year of Young People really has given them the opportunity to take the lead and create a fun event for other young people in their local area..”

Young people attending the event

Active East is an exciting programme which aims to create a legacy from the 2014 Commonwealth Games for young people in the East of Glasgow by increasing levels of physical activity and building skills through volunteering.

 

For more information on and all Scottish Sports Futures activity please visit our website www.scottishsportsfutures.org.uk.

 

Ends

 

 

Notes for Editors:

 

 

  • Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) is a Glasgow based Charity delivering Education through Sport programmes to young people nationwide with a particular focus on those at risk and suffering disadvantage.
  • Scottish Sports Futures programmes use the power of sport to inspire young people to make positive lifestyle choices.
  • SSF’s portfolio of programmes support young people from early interventions right through to training and employment. Each programme is focused at a different stage of youngsters’ development and targeted at communities that are vulnerable or at-risk.
  • SSF programmes have 10,000+ young people engaged annually
  • SSF have over 200 volunteers supporting activity
  • Delivery Programmes:  Active East, Shell Twilight Basketball, Jump2it, Education Through Cashback, Healthy Powerful Communities – MEND.

Contact:

Kirsty McNab Head of Operations kirsty@ssf.org.uk call: 0141 218 4640/07758884691

Rohanna Irvine Active East Programme Manager rohanna@ssf.org.uk call: 0141 218 4640

 

For more information see website: www.scottishsportsfutures.org.uk

Active East-ER Create18 event supported by the Year of Young People!

 

10 Active Champions from our Active East programme had the idea to run an Easter Family Fun day at Crownpoint for all the young people in the East end and now their event is only 2 weeks away!!

Step 1: Ideas for event?! (tick)

Step 2: Apply for funding (tick)

Step 3: Successful Funding (tick)

Step 4: Event planning (tick)

Step 5: Run Event….. April 7th 2018

The Active Champions successfully organised, planned and will be running their very own event designed by young people for young people! Ideas for games, sports, DJs, fun activities, paint your tee shirt and where the event would be held all decided upon by the Active Champions! They have even planned to end the day with a HUGE Easter egg hunt!

Every part of the day will be young person led and the Active Champions are all super excited to have everyone there! Come along and join us!