Participation Project - Phase 1
Phase 1 of our Participation Project was funded by YouthLink Scotland’s CashBack for Communities fund.
The project was all about young people having a say in the running of, and decision-making in their youth clubs and groups, and at Youth Highland. Here's a run down of what happened during phase 1!:
During the project the young people had the chance to take part in involvement training, gaining skills, knowledge and confidence to take a more active part in their youth group. There were also opportunities to take part in team building and adventurous outdoor activities, as well as the chance to meet other young people from across the Highlands.
The young people who came forward and got involved in the Participation Project were from member clubs across the Highlands including: Assynt, Dingwall, Golspie, Thurso, and Inverness.
The young people took part in three residential meetings during the winter of 2011, and the spring of 2012.
At the first residential in October 2011 the young people took part in lots of involevment training activities giving them skills to get more involved in decision making in their clubs and at Youth Highland. We also did lots of team games that the young people could use when they returned to their clubs. You can download a handout with some of the young people's favourite games from the first residential here.
The second residential was facilitated by Youth Scotland and attended by youth groups from across Scotland. The Youth Highland young people worked with young people from other groups, taking part in more involvement training activities. They also participated in adventurous outdoor activities including gorge walking and archery.
At the third residential the young people took part in action planning activities, they also spent time designing a leaflet and flyer to share what they had learnt with others. You can take a look at the flyer for young people here, and the leaflet for youth workers here.
There were more team games, film making activities, and adventurous activities including zip wire, king swing, assault course, climbing wall and swimming.
The young people also spent time planning how they would like the project to continue. They worked on an application for two year's funding, to the BIG Lottery's Young Start fund, which was successful! This means the project is expanding, and more young people will benefit. Visit the Participation Project main pages for more information on the new project.