By Alistair Neil, Active East Youth Development Coordinator
At Active East we are incredibly lucky to have amazing funders and partners who support and believe in the work we are doing and help us give the best experiences for the young people we work with!
One recent example of this is through funding we recently received from the Hostelling Scotland Explorer Fund. This allowed us to take a group of young volunteers to Oban for the weekend. Active East work in partnership with lots of youth and sport organisations throughout the East End of Glasgow and support young people to volunteer, gain training, accreditation for their volunteering and help at local and large scale events.
Receiving funding from our various funders, partners and sponsors allows us to take young people away, gain new experiences and learning new skills. This Residential was a great opportunity to do just that!
We stayed in Oban Youth Hostel from Friday 22nd March – Sunday 24th March, giving many of our young people the chance to experience staying in a hostel for the first time, as well as visiting a new part of Scotland. The hostel provided our meals for the weekend and also a great space to do team building activities, planning for 2019, and for our young people to get to know each other better in a relaxed atmosphere surrounded by friends.
On the Saturday we were able to explore Oban and see the sights! We had a roller disco and went bouldering at Atlantis Sports centre, and saw the amazing view from the top of McCraigs Tower. The afternoon was topped off by watching a game of Shinty! We then returned to the hostel for dinner after a walk through Oban’s town centre.
We then spent another night doing more games and hearing the Active Champions’ ideas for 2019 before heading home on the Sunday.
This funding gave us a great opportunity to take away a group of young people away and give them time to relax, bond, experience a new place and plan what they want their volunteering to look like in 2019.
One Active Champion said “The weekend was amazing! I really enjoyed walking around Oban and being able to just chill as a team. My highlight was going to McCaigs Tower and playing games together, the walk was really funny”.
We couldn’t provide any of these amazing experiences without the help of our partners, funders, and sponsors. So if you want to work in partnership with SSF, or help us fundraise so we can continue our work, contact our development manager Emma Reid on 0141 218 4640 or firstname.lastname@example.org