Several projects have applied for money in Forfar and Kirriemuir.
If you live in this area - you should vote for three projects from the area and for one Angus wide project using the Forfar and Kirriemuir constituency.
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The Forfar and Kirriemuir projects are:
Webster’s High School Mindfulness - £2,968
Over the last year pupils have enjoyed using our Kitbags which is a tool to support pupils to become calm, resilient and understanding of each other, which in turn builds positive relationships. We would like to do more of this with our pupils and introduce the Do-Be Mindfulness programme. The Do-Be Mindful Programme teaches pupils to pay attention to what is happening around them and in their own minds and bodies. The programme will help pupils with their mental health and emotional well-being. Pupils will be able to take part in mindfulness during classes with PCS teachers or join lunch time groups.
Webster’s High School Equality Group LGBT Schools Charter - £1,980
The Equality Group at Webster’s High school is made up of pupils from S1-S6 and supports pupils who identify as LGBT+ or allies of LGBT inclusion. We want to do more in our school and would like to use the funding to apply for our LGBT bronze charter status. The charter status means that our school staff will be provided with LGBT inclusion training, make sure our school policies are LGBT inclusive and that we hold events to raise awareness with all pupils in the school. The funding would allow LGBT Youth Scotland to support our group with this.
DD8 Music - £2,700
DD8 Music is a local charity which provides a safe and friendly space where young people can come to the studio to take part in music sessions which aims to help develop their musical talent but also their social, physical and mental wellbeing. The sessions are free for any young person to attend and can also include educational/fun trips, residentials, workshops and jamming sessions. Young people can also book a slot at the studio if they would want their own/band rehearsal time out with sessions.
The young people at DD8 Music would like to set up a DD8 Youth Forum where they can discuss local issues, share opportunities to become involved in community events, organise local events for young people and the community and most importantly, create a confidential and positive space where young people can feel comfortable to share their opinions and make their voices heard.
Dream Festival - £3,000
Dream Festival lets young people be heard. We break down barriers and support young people to be amazing.
- IMAGINE a free festival designed for and by young people and their families
- CELEBRATE local young musicians and performers
- SHOWCASE incredible artwork from Angus
- TRANSFORM Kirriemuir Hill with Giant Cubes, tree hammocks and people!
- SHARE healthy vegan food for all
- ENJOY cricket, climbing and a COLOUR RUN
- DESIGN amazing eco-friendly crafts
Dream Festival 2020 has:
- Double the number of young people involved
- 200 young runners in the colour run
- Practical child friendly activities for 300 people
- Artwork from school pupils across Angus
The Angus-wide projects are:
Through Care and Aftercare Team - £2,880
Through Care and Aftercare support care experienced young people in transition to independent living; these young people might have lived in foster care or residential homes away from their own family. The team offer support with all areas of young peoples' lives i.e. housing issues, educational opportunities, positive health and wellbeing/substance misuse, practical, financial and emotional support.
Care leavers often have limited family support and finances which can result in loneliness and isolation. Additional funding would allow the team to offer care leavers the opportunity to participate in everyday activities and experiences that most young people take for granted i.e. go out for a meal in a restaurant, enjoy day trips/group outings, go to the cinema.... Being able to enjoy the 'normal' things in life will reduce isolation, boost mental well-being and promote positive inclusion. Additional money would allow the team to support young people to have social experiences similar to their peers that they otherwise they might not have.
Angus Open Unit DofE - £2,500.00
Angus Open Unit - Duke of Edinburgh's Award. The Award is a game changer as it offers young people the chance to develop skills for life and work and also helps to form long lasting friendships. Through the programme of volunteering, physical and skills based challenges they choose to undertake helps to inspire guide and support young people to achieve. The Open Unit is not school based and is open to any young person living and working in Angus.
The cost of expedition kit can be a barrier for some to join the Award. We would like to help this by allowing participants to borrow the most expensive part of the expedition kit - walking boots and waterproofs for their expedition. Any kit bought would last a number of years allowing many young people to benefit from this kit.
Police Scotland: Looked After Children - £1,000
By working on a voluntary one to one basis to deliver a cross section of varied diversionary activities aimed specifically at young people who are in care or within the family home who regularly come to Police attention through unsafe behaviour or criminality.
The activities will be chosen by the young people concerned based on their respective choice with cognisance of ability, aptitude and or identified skills with any risk(s) being managed responsibly.
With the funding provided this will allow much more flexibility of choice of activities whilst permitting more vulnerable young people within our community to participate.
The Revels of Angus - £1,300
The Revels of Angus is an equalities group with an LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) focus. The group aims to provide young people with a safe space where they can come together and explore their identity and LGBT issues. The group is led by young people and meets weekly during term time with support from Angus Council Communities and Dundee and Angus College staff. Young people identify common interests and issues that affect them and consider how they might explore these. Last year the group spent time raising awareness of LGBT issues in their community and of the support available to young people.
We want to raise awareness of the group and other support available to young people in Angus. We will pilot the project in Montrose YMCA where a volunteer from the group will be present at employability drop in’s to talk to young people about support available and signpost them to the group they run and other organisations and websites that can help them. The volunteer will work closely with drop in staff to help encourage young people to talk with them. They will also create an information leaflet to make sure these messages reach as many young people as possible.
Strathmore Rugby Club - £3,000
Strathmore Rugby Club Community Trust is an organisation that uses rugby to improve the lives of our local community (Forfar, Kirriemuir and Brechin). We achieve this by running projects that focus on improving the Health and Wellbeing of our local community. Our projects tackle physical health as well as mental health. We also aim to target underactive groups such as people with a disability and young people living in poverty. All of our activities are free of charge.
Last year we started a short project to deliver rugby sessions aimed towards young people with autism. The project was a great success so wish to run this programme all year round. Our autism rugby project is open to all young people in Angus with a diagnosis of Autism.
The sessions have been specially designed to cater for the young people’s needs. Participants are told and shown pictures of the session prior to attending to ensure they are comfortable with the environment. Our coaches are also trained in Makaton and other specific autism training to be able to deliver the programme and use picture cards to help communicate with the young people without speaking. This is because young people with autism sometimes struggle to communicate verbally.
Our sessions run every week and we run 2 sessions per week. This means we can cater for 48 young people with autism every week.
Skilz Academy - £3,000
Skilz Academy (SC047883) is a local registered charity and our mission is to enhance the lives of individuals and local communities by providing a diverse range of opportunities that promote Health and Wellbeing for ALL. We do this by being a creative, understanding and pro-active charity, with the core values of honesty, integrity and compassion.
UV Sport and Physical Activity is glow in the dark using UV lights and equipment, to create a unique, fun environment for young people (aged 8-18) to enjoy sport and physical activity. We have successfully ran a programme within Arbroath two evenings per week, with sessions being free and extremely popular. We would like to extend this programme during evenings across Angus towns. These sessions would run during evenings, be free to attend and activities on offer would include dance, netball, dodge ball, basketball, football and many more. We would like young people to volunteer to help lead these sessions.
Head back to The Power Of Youth campaign page, and find out more about the funding.