A youth project for young people in Renfrew has received a Big Lottery Our Place award of £302,213 which will fund four years investment to developing an exciting new youth work initiative.
The Renfrew Youth Project will offer young people aged 8-25 years the opportunity to take part in planning and delivering youth activities which they want to see happening in their neighbourhoods.
Extensive consultation with local young people and their families during the past year pointed to the need to have an investment in positive youth activity. From this research we aim to have three strands to the project:
• sport and physical activity
• arts and culture
• youth work and citizenship.
Renfrewshire Council Youth & Sport Services is the lead agency of a local steering group which is made up of local representatives from the Renfrew Youth Forum, Kirklandneuk Community Centre Management Committee, YMCA Renfrew, Connect Music Complex, Right2Dance and Williamsburgh Housing Association.
The grant from the Big Lottery represents an exciting prospect for local neighbourhoods where young people can be recruited and trained as volunteers and workers to deliver the activity programmes. This can mean that in long term young people can have a real say and play an active part in making their community safe and responsive to what young people need.
If you would like more information or would like to get involved in supporting the project, please contact: Alyson Ross (Community Learning Officer) Renfrewshire Council Youth & Sport Services on 0141 886 8116. A video was produced about the impact of the Big Lottery Funded Our Place and can be viewed here.