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.
LYPP has established itself as an integral link between The local schools and the wider community for some of the most disengaged young people in Linlithgow and surrounding areas.
At Linlithgow Academy we are involved in delivering personal and social education classes with most year groups, exploring issues such as anti-social behaviour and exam stress. Project staff are also involved in delivering ‘MyLife’ courses to 4th, 5th, 6th years as part of their personal development programme. ‘MyLife’ focuses on dealing with an individual’s character through a series of fun and interactive courses which when completed accredit the student with an ASDAN award.
At Bridgend Primary School we run a weekly lunch time games club for those in primary 6 & 7 where we have fun playing games and crafting. Getting to know the young people while at this important stage in their lives allows to lend support as they prepare and transition in to secondary school.
We are currently involved in creating a link with Scripture Union Scotland and Linlithgow Primary by assisting the current volunteers in staffing the SU group that meets there on a weekly basis.
Since April 2016 we have been running ‘Foody Fridays’, a very informal cooking project encouraging the young people to find the confidence to cook and create tasty and healthy soups alongside satisfying tray bakes. Not only has this project received external funding we are also partnering with ‘FareShare’ a food waste minimisation initiative supported through our local Tescos store.
Each Tuesday night we run a group designed specifically for those in S1 – S6, here in the Lounge youth centre. It runs from 7pm to 9pm and consists of various games, crafts and activities for those attending to get involved in. On top of this we hold discussion evenings on important topics such as friendship, relationships, social media, body image, confidence, team building and healthy eating.
All these events are free and are run in an informal and interactive way.
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.