Each Wednesday night we take the trip to Bridgend, a small village around 3 miles to the east of Linlithgow, to run an informal football centered project. From 7 – 8pm we are outside on the Kick Pitch behind the community centre for football with those in P7 and younger. At 8pm we then move inside the hall for an hour for those in S1 and above, for informal chat and games focusing on our well being and having a healthy lifestyle.
Both sessions are free for young people to attend with our funding being generously provided for through West Lothian Council Community Regeneration Scheme.
Our theme for the summer was ‘Making Memories’ in which we tried to provide the young people with activities that they could look back on saying ‘remember when…’ For some of the young people our programme was their primary source of activity during the 7 weeks of summer holidays. Much of this was made possible through kind donations to our Bursary Fund.
In 2016 we celebrated 25 years of Bringing Hope to the young people of Linlithgow and its surrounding areas.
To mark this milestone, we held a Gala Dinner at Linlithgow Burgh Halls and raised over £3000 for our work. We want to thank everyone who helped make this such a special night and we look forward to watching our work develop over the next 25 years.
We have been in discussions with the Community Development Trust to continue to lobby the case for a skatepark in Linlithgow. These discussions have been going on for some time (years!) but this time it looks as though real progress has been made and plans are being put in place. More recently a group of young people met with the development consultants and architect to have their say and discuss how they could contribute to the success of the project.
As part of the October holidays we hosted an overnight event in St Johns church in conjunction with St Johns Church and St Michaels churches to raise funds and the young people’s interest and understanding of the plight of refugees.