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LINLITHGOW YOUNG PEOPLE’S PROJECT
LYPP delivers youth work in the town in a range of settings for young people in S1-S6 and we’re delighted to have this opportunity to share a little of what we do.
surrounding towns. We had a celebration in May and invited past and present volunteers and supporters to reminisce with us and celebrate the work we have delivered to the local community. LYPP has transformed from humble beginnings of employing a single youth worker who was supported by the Linlithgow churches to engage in street work, to a present day, fully functional youth centre (Lounge) and drop-in office at the 28 The Vennel supported by 3 employees (project manager, senior youth worker and part-time administrator), 3 council funded youth workers and up to 8 volunteers at any one time.
2 The Lounge Drop-in Youth centre is open 3 evenings and every
Friday afternoon for informal drop-in sessions. The facilities include a pool table, xbox consoles, a wii, music workshops, recreational activities, regular baking and art sessions as well as an advice/information service.
Throughout 2011 we ran a programme entitled “Game of Life” which covered 12 topics over 12 months. Topics included sex and relationships, stress and anger management, drugs and alcohol, careers and budgeting. The young people were also invited to participate in two certificated courses; REHIS Food Hygiene and First Aid delivered by the Red Cross with many of them doing so, thus adding to their C.V.s. We also ran two 6-week smoking cessation groups where young people worked towards cutting down or quitting smoking altogether.
Bridgend Youth Café: We now run a youth café on Thursday nights in Bridgend where we do a range of activities with the young people including crafts and trips. The young people also have regular outings to Lounge and we are delighted to see an increase in young people from outlying villages accessing our services.
Schools Work: Following our long standing partnership with Linlithgow Academy we continue to provide input on the personal and social education programme to all year groups on subjects such as anti-social behaviour and exam stress, are involved with primary school transition into secondary, lunch time events and group work as well as the Academy SU group. As a Project, we were also invited to develop a group work programme for young people whom teachers had identified as fitting the MCMC (more chances, more choices) criteria and needed extra support and development. The school requested that the group sessions would take place within curriculum time but at the LYPP youth centre. This year, we ran 5 MCMC groups, which consisted of 3 girls groups and two boy groups. The content of these groups focussed on healthy eating, exercise, self
011 was a special year for LYPP as we celebrated our 21st anniversary of delivering youth work to Linlithgow and the
respect, personal safety and careers and culminated in two residentials to St Andrews.
Holiday Programmes Every year we run themed holiday programmes within the school holidays which include a range of activities such as graffiti projects, cooking workshops, music workshops, trips to the beach, skate parks, the Time Capsule and Alton Towers as well as tailored group work.
Code Disco: We continue to work in partnership with WLC and Lothian and Borders Police to run the popular under 18’s Code Disco at the West Port Hotel as part of our ongoing alcohol diversionary work.
All of these activities and events cannot take place without the commitment of our sessional staff and regular volunteers and we recognise that much of our vision would not become a reality without their time and support. As ever, we would like to thank all our Funders and the many friends and supporters of our Project. If you would to know more about what we do or get involved, please give us a call on 01506 202 610, visit our website (www.lypp.org.uk
) or pop in to our new office at the Vennel.
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