SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT C-19 ROUTE-MAP
Today, the Scottish Government announced their COVID-19 Route-map.
The Route-map is a four-phase process; each stage will progress depending on outcome.
Based on today’s announcement, we are working through what this means for Youth Action’s activities, principally client engagement and identifying what and how we can deliver our services. There is much to consider regarding how exactly we can progress back into delivering our regular youth work service.
Our number one priority is making sure we can provide a safe environment for service users and employees. We are also liaising with West Lothian Council, our partnership colleagues and funders.
The Government will confirm the introduction of phase one on 28th May; which is subject to evidence being in place to support changes.
We'll are continuing to develop our Community Fridge Partnership, sourcing, preparing and delivering much needed food supplies to vulnerable families and individuals throughout West Lothian. We are also providing one2one support for young people who are finding this time particularly difficult.
In the meantime we would encourage you all to continue to follow government guidelines.
Stay well and best wishes
FUNDING SUCCESS TO HELP WITH OUR COMMUNITY FRIDGE
Great News! Youth Action was successful in a funding bid to the Scottish Government Well-Being Fund and received £41,640 towards the continued running of our Community Fridge Partnership; which is getting meals and supplies out to the most vulnerable in our community at the time. ”We are delighted that we can continue the much needed support local families and individuals have come to rely on. The feedback we have received from the general public has been fantastic, the heartfelt thanks from the families we are supporting for this basic need has been humbling, we welcome the opportunity to help out in any way we can and this extra cash injection will allow this for the coming weeks”. Project Directer Helen Davis
The Social Policy Early Intervention and LAC team have undertaken to deliver a ‘Safe Space’ service to children and Families deemed to be vulnerable at this time. These are all children and young people who are either on the child protection register, on compulsory supervision orders and have an allocated Social Worker. The service provided has included a weekly session for the children where they meet with staff in very small groups which maintain social distancing and hygiene requirements but provide a check in and support as well as some much needed social interaction. Alongside this, we are working hand in hand with YAP to source, fund and supply essential food parcels to each of these families. We are currently delivering 45 weekly parcels made up of vital food, toiletries and household products. There are currently approximately 75 children attending the Safe Space Provision across three separate sites in West Lothian. These deliveries are a lifeline for these families who have commented on how beneficial this is not only in giving them crucial supplies but also seeing a friendly face on the doorstep who can provide a bit of support to help manage the challenges and difficulties they are facing at this time.
YOUTHS HELPING THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITY
Riverside Community Wing. Launch of Community fridge and foodbank at Riverside, Livingston.
(Read the full article by clicking on the link above)
In 2019, INtegr8 Befriending Service achieved it's Quality in Befriending Award (QiB) from Befriending Networks - http://www.befriending.co.uk. This demonstrates that the service has met the required standard for safe & competent practice in Befriending. The Award is valid until October 2022.
CREATIVE AND ACTIVE LIVES PROJECT
West Lothian Council Arts Service, Inclusion and Aftercare Team and West Lothian Youth Action Project, working in partnership, have been successful with an application to the Lottery, Life Changes Trust, with a fund of £150,669 awarded for a 3 year project – Creative and Active Lives.
The project will expand on current work of the partner agencies, allowing us to reach and provide support to more Care Experienced and disengaged young people from across West Lothian. The project will benefit a mixed group of approximately 30 young people aged 14 – 25 yrs.
GRASS ROOTS PUBLIC ART PROJECT-
HOBART STREET MURAL WITH BESPOKE ATELIER
Several Community groups in Craigshill, Livingston came together to discuss how they could regenerate the area in which they live. Craigshill was the first area of Livingston to be developed in the sixties and subsequently some of the infrastructure has become rundown, it is also recognised as a disadvantaged area in the SIMD. Hobart Street to Sheil walk is the main thoroughfare in Craigshill; it connects, at one end, Riverside Primary, Craigsfarm and St Andrew Church, to the Mall, the Library and the Health Centre at the other. The groups have pinpointed this as an area that would benefit from an innovative public art project that would assist in community cohesion. Running along this thoroughfare is a tired rose bed with unexplained recesses, the original purpose of which has long been lost; on the other side is a small crumbling brick wall whilst at the other end of the walk there are negative spaces that could be given purpose. The groups wish to engage an artist to work with the neighbourhood in transforming this main passageway into artistic celebration of community that would become a proud focus to the area.
After community consultation it was decided they wanted a design that brightened up the area. This work is taking place during the Summer/Autumn 2018.
Funded by West Lothian Council and Public Art West Lothian.
A 'Young Roots' Heritage project exploring the legacy and migration of people into West Lothian by recording and investigating the stories, accents and dialects of the people that live there.
Young people from Armadale, Broxburn and Craigshill, brought together through the Youth Action Project, have worked together to create visual artworks and compile their own archive of Scots words and phrases.
Please click the link to find out more.