On #givingtuesday – Tuesday 1st December – Kirknewton Community Development Trust are asking you to dig deep and donate whatever you can to our youth projects. You can do this via mobile to 70070 with the message KCDT01 followed by £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10.
In 2010, as part of the Kirknewton Community Consultation and Development Plan you asked us to do more people for young people. We wanted to achieve more ourselves, rather than looking to the local authority or schools. It came from willing volunteers and funding from the lottery, to kick start a whole new series of opportunities to compliment great work already being done. To sustain that we are looking for your support on #givingtuesday and throughout the year.
Did you know a donation of only £10 from everyone on the Kirknewton Community facebook would provide the funding for a part time Youth & Volunteer Co-ordinator and some funds to do some great work.
We know that as the Big Lottery has funded a 3 year contract for a Youth & Volunteer Coordinator based in Kirknewton The Green Room. This role has enabled youth activities in the village to expand and develop and for us to support current and new initiatives. Young people have benefited by having trained youth workers, who have been through Child Protection as well as A.C.T (West Lothian Council) youth work training. All volunteer youth workers have also received free PVG Disclosure membership, as well as First Aid training.
Lottery funds have supported a weekly drop in youth club for young people in Primary 7 and above.
Through the youth club, young people have been able to attend:
- Scottish Youth Theatre Workshops
- Road Safety workshop
- Healthy Cooking Classes
- African percussion workshops
- World Arts and Crafts
- Jewellery making
- Youth Club Trips-Overnight stay at Hilly Cow Wig Wams-Bowling- BBQ at Almondell Country Park
- Pottery sessions with Potter Around
- Zumba Dance Sessions
- Hip Hop dance sessions
- Games based sessions at Kirknewton Park
- Movie Nights and ‘make your own movie’ sessions
- Circus Skills Workshop
- Bake Off
We have also ran youth activities suitable for families, often led by volunteers such as:
- Healthy Cookery- Sushi making and healthy lunch box options.
- Commonwealth Games sessions
- Art based sessions- henna T shirt design and bag decoration
- French lessons.
- Subsidised music lessons- Keyboard and guitar lessons.
- Family Book Club- Encouraging parents and children to read together and meet weekly to discuss books, as well as taking part in fun activities.
- Book bugs & Mini Me Music Group- Music and song for under 5’s
We’ve also been able to support kids on other initiatives
Duke of Edinburgh
Young people in the village looking to gain experience as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award have been able to gain volunteering experience through supporting sessions at The Green Room, as well as through volunteering at the youth club. In 2014 young Duke of Edinburgh volunteers were able to gain event management experience through the
planning and running of the 2014 ‘Kirknewton Volunteer Awards’. This event took months of planning, and preparation. The evening included a 3 course meal, and was a prestigious event for 100 guests at a beautiful venue in Kirknewton.
Lottery Funding has allowed young people in Kirknewton to have an opportunity to gain invaluable skills and experienced gained on a local farm. Children in Kirknewton have been visiting the farm since May 2015 and have been learning about planting vegetables, caringfor chickens and packaging eggs. Since October 2015 Kirknewton residents in Primary 5 and
above have had the opportunity to take part in the John Muir Horticulture Award, which is an environmental Award focusing on wild spaces. This is a 10 week course supported by the Cyrenians Farm, Kirknewton. Fortunately KCDT is able to offer the John Muir Award, as the local primary school is no longer able to do so.
Kirknewton has a number of community groups, and many residents of Kirknewton offer their free time to volunteering. Following in this tradition, Youth Club members are encouraged onto the Saltire Award Volunteer Programme, which is an Awards scheme for young people 12 years -25 years. Young people have the opportunity to volunteer in their
community, and receive recognition via the Award scheme. The Youth Club also runs an annual Halloween Fundraiser to raise funds for youth activities in the village.
Other Activities which have benefited Young people in Kirknewton:
- 10 weeks Free Basketball Skills Training
- World Dance sessions- Introducing the world of dance to Kirknewton though Bollywood,
- Salsa, African dance and percussion.
- Initial Stages of Raspberry Pi Project- A group of young people supported by a local volunteer working together to programme Raspberry Pi’s.
On top of all that we’ve been working behind the scenes supporting the Playgroup to membership of Community playgroups, supporting the upgrading of the Village Hall, promoting other group activities, providing funds for kids groups and putting on events including Santa’s Grotto, the Christmas Fair and the recent firework display.
Although we can attract other funds there will be time when we ask for your support, to evidence to funders our ability to keep these opportunities for our kids going. KCDT is a registered charity and you can donate on #givingtuesday when you can give back to any group doing something good after the excesses of Black Friday and – Tuesday 1st December – or support our activities at any time. You can do this via mobile to 70070 with the message KCDT01 followed by £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10.
Thanks – and to thank you we will be offering free tea, coffee, café latte, cappuccino and special hot chocolate in the Green Room on Tuesday 1st December from 9am til 5pm. Come along and say hi!