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What We Do
Here at Govan Youth Information Project, we provide a number of different youth and drop-in services every evening throughout the week from Monday through to Saturday.
Our youth provisions provide a safe, nurturing, and enjoyable space for children of all ages (5-25). We play games with the purpose of building teamwork, coordination, health and fitness skills, and talk about important and relevant issues that affect our lives. We escort the children on local excursions and have topical arts and crafts activities throughout the different celebrations of the year.
Our drop-in services for teenagers (age 12+) focus on working with some of the more difficult to reach youths within our local community. Our youth worker Donna has been seminal in getting this project up off the ground. Running four times per week, the drop-in service allows youths to come and go throughout the session. We provide a safe space for youths to come in, chat and make friends without fear of judgment or hostility. We lead issue-based discussions on topics such as employment, money, and substance misuse, and there is also time to relax and make use of the computer, listen to music or play games. Our aim is to nurture a mutual trust and respect between our young people and ourselves.
Our school holiday programme has gone from strength to strength, and we are already looking forward to doing it all again this year! Running for two hours in the morning, and two hours in the afternoon, our children and young people have access to a huge number of activities, including football, basketball, badminton, gymnastics, table tennis, bouncy castle, arts+crafts, yoga, console games, fitness, lego, and board games. We also run a large number of trips to places such as Ayr beach, Wonder World, bowling, Blair Drummond Safari Park, Laser Quest and more. We have special guests come in to deliver workshops on topics such as internet safety and fire safety. With so much going on, our children are spoiled for choice!
Here is a directory of the youth provisions and drop-ins we run throughout the week:
- Monday Teenagers drop-in, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Led by Donna, for age 12+ (The Community Hub, 901 Govan Road.)
- Tuesday Youth Provision, 5.30pm-8.30pm, Led by John, for age 5+ (Elderpark Community Centre, 82 Elderpark Street.)
- Wednesday Teenagers drop-in, 6pm-8pm, Led by Donna, for age 12+ (The Community Hub, 901 Govan Road.)
- Thursday Youth Provision, 3pm-5pm, Led by Heather, for age 5+ (Riverside Hall, 29-31 Clydebrae Street.)
- Friday Youth Provision, 5pm-7pm, Led by Donna, for age 5+ (Riverside Hall, 29-31 Clydebrae Street.)
- Friday Youth Provision, 7pm-9pm, Led by Natasha, for age 5+ (Elderpark Community Centre, 82 Elderpark Street.)
- Friday Teenagers drop-in, Led by Donna, for ages 12+ (The Community Hub, 901 Govan Road.)
- Saturday Teenagers drop-in, 7pm-9pm, Led by Donna, for ages 12+ (The Community Hub, 901 Govan Road.)
- Saturday Youth Provision, 7pm-9pm, Led by Natasha, for ages 5+ (Elderpark Community Centre, 82 Elderpark Street.)
- School Holiday Programme, 10am-12pm + 2pm-4pm, Monday-Friday. Easter Break, Summer Break, and October Break. (Govan Campus school, at 635 Govan Road)
In addition to these provisions, GYIP also leads three information surgeries and a discussion group programme in three local schools each week of term time during lunch hour. These are as follows:
- Monday, Bellahouston Academy – Discussion Group Work, Led by Donna and John
- Tuesday, Govan High School – Information Surgery, Led by Heather and John
- Wednesday, Lourdes Secondary School – Information Surgery, Lead by John and Heather
- Thursday, Bellahouston Academy, Led by John and Heather.
We extend our education to four more schools when delivering awareness raising workshops. These include Rosshall Academy, Hillpark Secondary, Craigton Primary, and St. Pauls Secondary.
We are committed to promoting positive health choices for children and young people, and provide factual information for them to make informed choices. Workshops are interactive and issue based. We currently offer awareness raising campaigns on smoking awareness, consequences of alcohol and substance misuse, and try to link in with national campaigns such as ‘No Smoking Day’ and ‘Alcohol Awareness Week.’ We also educate on issues such as healthy eating, Internet safety + cyber bullying, careers advice, hate crime + equality and diversity.