With our Fun and Memories Hub project ending in December 2018, I wanted to reflect on what we’ve achieved during the 9 months the project ran.
Activities at The Boswell Centre
Over the Summer Holidays, we held Auchinleck Summer Playscheme at The Boswell Centre. Weekly themed activities for children covered a diverse range of topics including space, reducing waste and circus skills. Each child had a Summer Playscheme Passport and received a stamp for each activity they participated in, giving them a sense of achievement. The children were put into 2 teams – one team called themselves ‘Team Talbot’ whilst the other called themselves ‘The Aliens’.
Throughout the year, we had three ‘seasonal’ discos: Easter, Hallowe’en and Christmas. We had an amazing turnout for the Hallowe’en Disco with 101 children coming along, all in wonderful costumes.
Volunteers lent a hand throughout the project; ensuring activities ran smoothly. Volunteers increased their skills and knowledge by taking part in First Aid and Promoting Positive Mental Health training courses.
Young volunteers also worked towards their Saltire Award, recording hours and showing their ongoing commitment to their role. I also had the pleasure of taking 2 of my young volunteers to the #ScotArt Ayrshire Workshop in Irvine where we selected a symbol to represent Ayrshire at the Hogmanay ceremony in Edinburgh. We then made wicker-and-wire saltire hearts.
I also asked our team of volunteers to think about how volunteering made a positive impact on their lives at our ‘Volunteering Lights Up My Life’ event.
Working with Local Schools
During the project, I had the privilege of working with some pupils from local schools.
Part of the project was to look back on the past of Auchinleck. I had the pleasure of working with the P6/7 class of Auchinleck Primary School to dramatise stories from the lives of the residents of Pennylands Camp in the 1940s. The children did a great job at converting the stories they heard on the Cumnock History Group website into scripts then rehearsing these plays. They then performed to their friends and family at The Boswell Centre.
Having worked with the primary school on that project, I moved on to working with two S1 art classes at Auchinleck Academy. There we created twelve pieces of artwork to represent the Twelve Days of Christmas. These were displayed around Auchinleck during the month of December. It was wonderful to see the pupil’s creativity and great imagination!
The funding for this project was provided by East Ayrshire Council. This is the perfect opportunity for me to thank everyone who voted for us at the Young People’s Participatory Budgeting events in Cumnock and Drongan in March, where I had a stall. Without your support, these events and activities would not have been possible.