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ETC is now SCQF accredited in partnership with Glasgow Kelvin College at levels 4 and 5 – http://scqf.org.uk/the-framework/search-database/.  Please see below the modules which are now accredited;

Working With Young People In Sport

Human Connection

Benefits Of Sport and Physical Activity

Communicationscqf

Goal Setting

Conflict Resolution

There will be more information coming out soon about the launch of this, however if you have any queries please do let us know by emailing info@etcashback.org.uk.

Refuweegee – How you can help!

Refuweegee is a community-led charity set up to ensure that all refugees arriving in Glasgow are welcomed to the city in true Glaswegian style.

Their aim is to provide every Refuweegee who arrives in the city with a community built welcome pack. Each pack will contain three categories of items; essentials, Glasgow welcome and ‘letters from the locals’ and as a result of the final category, each pack will be completely individual.

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‘Letters from the locals’ are the heart and soul of the packs. These can be in the form of postcards, letters or post it notes, as long as the words are welcoming and kind then it’s what they’re looking for. These letters could also be used to advertise the programmes and free activities your organisation can offer to them.

Help Refuweegee to make sure that upon arrival in Glasgow people are left in no doubt as to their acceptance, their safety and their future. Write your letter today and drop it into any Oxfam store in Glasgow where you will find a Refuweegee drop box or post it to; Refuweegee, PO Box 7639, GLASGOW, G42 2HD.

Visit https://refuweegee.co.uk for more information.

StreetGames Fit & Fed Campaign – Get involved!

StreetGames are asking organisations from across Scotland and the wider UK to join in their Fit and Fed campaign.

Fit & Fed aims to tackle 3 main things that impact on our children and families who are most in need during school holiday periods: holiday hunger, isolation, and inactivity.  Research shows that 60% of families with an annual income of £25,000 can’t always afford food during the holidays, and families on less than £15,000 report a ‘constant struggle’.

StreetGames Scotland manager Ian Crawford said ‘School holidays are supposed to be a fun time of the year, but for a generation of children from low income families growing up in Scotland it isn’t. Children are isolated because there is no free activity programmes on offer, and they are at risk of going hungry because there are no free school meals’.

StreetGames are in the process of creating a Glasgow Fit & Fed HUB which aims to tackle this issue by bringing together a range of organisations including local community organisations, academics, retailers, businesses, food charities and community food providers.

Organisations that join the campaign are offered a range of support including fundraising support, free training and networking opportunities.

Anyone interested in joining the campaign should contact Ian Crawford on ian.crawford@streetgames.org or call 07930816040.

ETC Resource – Judo Workbook Programme

The Girl’s Judo programme is keen to develop female coaches and volunteers, as well as increasing female participation in Judo. This approach has proven successful resulting in a 5% increase in female membership across 8 -15 year olds from the 4 initial club projects.  In 2016 a further 2 clubs were added to the initial batch resulting in six Girl’s sessions running over the 20 week period. With strong partnerships now formed by JudoScotland, Youth Scotland, Scottish Sport Futures & Ng Home the programme is heading towards continued growth. The success of the West of Scotland Programme has also led to the development of five more pilot female participation judo initiatives in the East of Scotland.

The sessions, developed from an award winning pilot, focus on physical movement similar to dance, introducing judo gradually to maximize engagement. Fully understanding that competing is not for everyone the judo classes ensure a learning environment incorporating workshops to encourage Health and Wellbeing, Cooking and Healthy Snacks, Internet Safety, Team building, Active Citizenship & Bullying.  These workshops are fantastic and ETC are now very lucky to offer ETC participants the workshop programme which they can then take activities from to use within sports sessions.  To view the workbook programme register online for an ETC course and once you have completed the course thyou can view this in post-course material!!!

Shell Twilight Basketball launches in Irvine


Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) is pleased to announce the launch of a new Shell Twilight Basketball programme at the brand new Portal facility in Irvine funded by and in partnership with North Ayrshire Alcohol & Drugs Partnership.  75 young people attended the official launch night and the investment will allow local young people to be involved in the unique experiences on offer through the Shell Twilight initiative. This comes after the success of the programme launched in Dalry in 2016. One of the unique aspects of the programme saw Glasgow Rocks professional players Bantu Burroughs & Boris Matrakov attend the launch night to share their life experiences, run some professional training drills & answer questions from the young people.

 

Sgt Tony Harkin who chairs the Communities and Preventions sub group of the North Ayrshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership commented on the initiative; “Young people in North Ayrshire regularly receive inputs on alcohol and drugs in a more formal school setting. Shell Twilight Basketball has given us the opportunity to reinforce these messages in a more relaxed environment. By taking advantage of the “educational timeouts” built into the sessions, Police Scotland and our partners have been able to deliver safety talks to the young people in the group. We have used Locality officers to deliver these as well as “lived experience” talks by a person in recovery. The feedback from these has been overwhelmingly positive”


Over 250 young people attend FREE Shell Twilight programmes every Friday night which aim to keep young people off the streets, get them active and through the unique educational time out system, help them make positive lifestyle decisions away from drugs, alcohol and smoking.  As well as promoting teamwork activities, goal-setting and confidence-building, young people are also supported into training, volunteering and employment.  Shell Twilight Basketball is delivered by qualified local coaches, volunteers from Ayrshire College and youth workers from North Ayrshire Youth services who will provide weekly educational inputs. Every session contains high energy basketball coaching which is designed to ensure that first and foremost the participants enjoy their time and have a positive experience of physical activity and they don’t need any experience of the sport to come along. The focus is very much on fun and young people having something positive to do on a Friday night.

 

Mark Gallagher, Lead Officer, North Ayrshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP) commented on the partnership: “The ADP is delighted to be supporting the Twilight programme within North Ayrshire. By making a financial contribution this positive initiative will support engagement with our young people in order to raise awareness of risky behaviour whilst promoting opportunities to engage in physical activity. The ADP has been working effectively in partnership with Scottish Sports Futures for the past 5 years through delivery of the Jump2It programme within primary schools. The launch of Twilight is another excellent development in relaying these important messages that will have a positive impact on the lives of young people and their local communities. The ADP approach within North Ayrshire takes account of the whole population, not just those people who are dependent on alcohol or substance use. One of our four key priority areas within our strategy is prevention, which aims to increase awareness and attitudes of substance use that will reduce the overall level of addiction related problems.” Further information about the work of the ADP can be found at www.naadp.com

 

SSF Programme Manager Sean Brady said: “We are delighted to be able to bring another Shell Twilight Basketball session to North Ayrshire and the response from young people so far has been phenomenal. The commitment of North Ayrshire Youth Services has been integral to the success of the programme in Dalry and we are excited to deliver this programme in partnership with the team in Irvine.

 

SSF will work a range of partners to ensure the programme benefits as many young people as possible including North Ayrshire Youth Services, Active Schools, KA Leisure, Basketball Scotland, Ayrshire Tornadoes, Police Scotland and Glasgow Rocks.

 

Shell Twilight Basketball is also supported by title sponsors Shell and the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities, which takes funds recovered from the proceeds of crime and invests them into free activities and programmes for young people across Scotland.

 

Shell Twilight Basketball runs at The Portal every Friday between 6-9pm. It is FREE to attend and open to all young people aged 11-21.  Please see www.ssf.org.uk for more information or contact sean@ssf.org.uk.

 

Clyde Gateway – this is the place where health is improving

Clyde Gateway is Scotland’s biggest and most ambitious regeneration project, established in 2008 to improve the lives of people living in the east end of Glasgow and neighbouring South Lanarkshire.

As well as the extensive physical regeneration of the area, Clyde Gateway also supports projects that improve the lives and the health of local people. One example is Jump2it, delivered by Scottish Sports Futures, where 3,000 primary school pupils every year learn about healthy lifestyles and physical activity from professional athletes. They also benefit from basketball coaching and the opportunity to participate in fun inter-school tournaments.

The combination of classroom learning and active participation seems to be a winning formula in inspiring the children to make positive lifestyle choices.

One of the many Clyde Gateway schools where Jump2it takes place is St Columbkille’s Primary School in Rutherglen, where players from local basketball team, the Glasgow Rocks, make regular visits.

“Jump2it has been running here for several years now, and the kids just love it”, says Depute Head Teacher Frances Slater. “They don’t just get to play basketball, they also learn all about healthy living, a message which definitely seems to have more of an impact when it’s being delivered by professional athletes rather than their parents or teachers!

“The programme runs from October to December every year. Last year we had 28 kids taking part; Primary 6 and 7 are involved in the healthy lifestyle aspects of Jump2it, and the Primary 7 participants also get basketball training every week.

“Jump2it has been incredibly effective in re-enforcing the school’s own health and well-being curriculum, and in getting the children to increase their physical activity levels. The children were so excited to be getting coaching from the Glasgow Rocks, and particularly loved the opportunity to compete with other schools at the inter-school tournaments. The end of season basketball festival at the Emirates Arena was a particularly memorable day for everyone involved – we’re lucky to have such an amazing facility so close at hand.

“The report on last year’s programme showed that 40 per cent of the children made a positive change in their eating habits as a result of the lessons they learned, and six of them got the basketball bug and now play regularly. The majority have also been inspired to try out other sports like gymnastics, football or netball. Just about everyone involved was determined to drink more water.

“As well as the physical benefits, so many of the pupils who have been involved in Jump2it tell us about the positive thinking they have taken from it, such as learning never to give up, working as part of a team, and not to say “I can’t do that” but to say “I can’t do it yet, but if I practice I will finally achieve my goal.” One child even reported that he now sees failure as an opportunity to fix mistakes and learn. That’s an achievement in itself.”

To find out more about how Clyde Gateway is the place where health is improving, visit www.clydegateway.com

Local mentors leading the way to change lives. 

Press Release for release Tuesday 14th February

2017 marks 4 years since the Active East legacy initiative launched.  This weekend 19 new recruits to the much coveted youth programme took part in a residential training weekend developed, planned and delivered by young mentors who have themselves come through the programme.  Health inequalities, poverty and high rates of unemployment are just some of the challenges the award winning legacy programme is working to overcome with community youth and sport organisations and incredible young role models and volunteers from within the North East of Glasgow.

In the last year alone, young “Active Champions” have given 11,188 volunteer hours delivering a huge variety of sports and physical activity for young people in their community.  This is the in-kind equivalent of £111,880 of investment to increase levels of physical activity in the city of Glasgow.  To date young volunteers who have accessed the partner led Active East programme have been supported on their journeys to employment, further education and training.

Rohanna Irvine, Youth Development Coordinator with Active East said:

I am super excited to be recruiting more young people into the Active Champion Programme and preparing them for their volunteer journeys with partner organisations in the East End of Glasgow. It is fantastic to see so many young people wanting to take the lead and help other young people within the East End.

Edward Fitzpatrick has been involved since 2013 and is now a mini mentor with the programme and planned and delivered much of the content from the weekend for new Active Champions.  When describing his experience of the programme he said:

“One of my highlights of being involved in the Active East programme was meeting Sir Chris Hoy at an event during the Commonwealth Games. I really wanted to say to him he was my main role model but before I could he said that I was a local role model and making a real difference. This was an absolute high for me! But after this high came a really tough time, I didn’t get the exam results I was hoping for. However, I managed to gain an advanced higher A in Graphic communication. I was accepted to study at Glasgow school of Art where I knew it was hard to gain a place. Of course the grades I achieved helped but I really believe I got there because of the skills I gained through years of volunteering. As part of my product design course in first year, I got to go and do a project with Kirsty in Active East which was crazy as I got to give back so quickly.”

He finished by saying to the young volunteers: “help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours”. 

In January the Active East programme was successful in

being awarded £50,000 from the Scottish Governments Active Scotland Legacy fund continuing the initial investment made by The Robertson Trust, Comic Relief and the Governments CashBack for Communities’ initiative. The legacy funding will support new recruits and those already involved to begin creating their own peer education on topics they know affect local young people, they will be creating new exciting activity programmes, delivered for free, in areas which need provision most and after consultation to identify what kids really want to do. They will also be shaping a new and exciting training programme which will be delivered across Scotland designed to maximise the impact of sport and physical activity on social and personal development.

Andy Sinclair, Head of Legacy at the Scottish Government said:

 “We are delighted to offer continued support, through our Legacy funding, for the fantastic work that Active East do. The Active Champions in particular, give so much to their communities and do great work in promoting increased levels of physical activity

All of the Active Champions hard work is accredited through Glasgow Kelvin College’s Community Achievement Awards, they also recognise their achievements and can reflect their learning in updated CV’s and are encouraged and supported into further education, training courses and jobs.

Here’s to the Active Champions of Glasgow. Truly inspirational individuals working to change their own lives and improve the lives of others. These young people really are the future.

For more information on the Active East programme see our website – http://scottishsportsfutures.org.uk/active-east/

ETC – A look back at 2016!

What a 2016 for ETC!!! ETC delivered 130 courses to participants across 18 local authorities in Scotland! In total 2294 participants completed ETC modules throughout the year. Please see a breakdown of this year’s delivery figures below.

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As noted above ETC courses were  delivered in 18 local authorities. This delivery varied from block bookings to young leaders and young ambassadors across North Lanarkshire, North Ayrshire and Dundee to single module delivery to specific groups which benefited for example from the Communication module or Conflict Resolution. Please see the diagram below showing ETC’s local authority delivery.

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ETC is currently going through the SCQF accreditation process, working closely with Glasgow Kelvin College. This has been an exciting process and will add so much value to the ETC programme when complete. This is likely to be completed by the end of  January 2017 and will then launch in March 2017.

ETC continues to receive positive feedback from participants, please see a small collection below;

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