Saturday, 31 December 2011

Ringing out the old, bringing in the new

2011 is drawing to a close and we at BCYPP have much to be thankful for :0) I began the year studying BA Youth Work and Applied Theology, but through lack of funds and a fully established youth project I decided to refer for a year to establish the project and hopefully secure funding to enable me to complete my studies. We established our 'Open Mic" events in July and they have been a great success, which came to its climax with a Christmas event that the young people invited their parents. Once again the event was a huge success, with one of the parents intimating how much they had enjoyed the evening. to quote the gentleman "I was not looking forward to this, but it was amazing. I loved it" We enter into 2012 with the establishing of a School Transition pilot project. This will involve 12 local young people who will work for 10 weeks to establish an allotment. The will leave us with SVQ, SCQF and City & Guilds Qualifications and hopefully an idea what the transition from school to employment or further education will be like. We will work along with "Positive Qualities" to provide this project and the young people will come from Graeme High School.. We will continue with our Open Mic events and throughout 2012 look to grow our involvement within the local community. We do however need funds and if you can spare a few pounds a month to help support the project it would be much appreciated.

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a happy, blessed and prosperous New Year :0)

Bill Sharp
Director of Youth Work