East Central Update October 2021

SSF programmes are now well under way for our East Central Team in Fife! 

Through the summer holidays, the team continued to develop existing programmes in Lochgelly, whilst also receiving additional funding to launch a new Shell Twilight programme in partnership with Fife Active Schools, as well as launching our first ever SSF Chance:2:Be programme out with the Glasgow local authority!

Shell Twilight: Lochgelly

Working in close partnership with Fife Active Schools, our East Central team received additional funding through the Fife Council Be Active fund to launch a new summer taster Shell Twilight programme in Lochgelly.

The programme provided a platform to showcase the weekly CashBack For Communities funded programme which runs on Thursday evenings in the Lochgelly area. The summer taster programme was consistently well attended by local young people and was seen as a great opportunity to try new sports and get an insight into what the main programme is like.

Throughout this programme, lead Shell Twilight Coach, Rhona Wilson, carried out an impact assessment to understand what effects the programme has had on our regular attending young people, this report will be published shortly.

“It was important to fully understand and capture the impact which the programme was having on our local young people. Having attended every session, I can see the positive changes from the young people attending; small reinforcements from our staff team have resulted in some brilliant changes including increased confidence, trying new activities and improving their social networks within the area.”

Rhona Wilson, Lead Shell Twilight Coach

SSF Chance:2:Be: Lochgelly

As well as this, the team launched our first ever SSF Chance:2:Be programme outside of Glasgow. The session takes place at the Fife Cycle Park in Lochgelly with young people from Lochgelly High School and Pupil Support Services attending. We are looking forward to seeing how the young people develop over the next 12 weeks!

“Being able to reach more vulnerable young people has been the highlight in launching the SSF Chance:2:Be programme in Lochgelly. Making new connections and partnerships in the local area to enhance the programme and the experiences for the young people has been great to be a part of. I’m really proud and looking forward to seeing the difference the programme makes to the lives of the local young people over the next 12 weeks."

Callum Reston,Youth Development Coordinator (FIfe)

All of our programmes are currently free and have been made possible thanks to key partnerships and funders.The Shell Twilight programme is supported by Shell and CashBack for Communities and Fife Active School’s. The Active:2:Grow programme is delivered in partnership with SAMH, and is supported by Comic Relief. Additional supporters for both programmes include  Lochgelly High School, The Clued-Up ProjectCommunity Sports Hubs Fife.

For further information about any of the programmes in Fife please contact Callum@ssf.org.uk.

Team Update!

In August we welcomed Chanelle Gallagher, our new Youth Development Coordinator for Stirling to the team! Since then, the team have been working on creating new and exciting partnerships in the local area. Our key partners, Active Stirling and Stirling Council, have gone above and beyond to help SSF settle back into the area and prepare for the launch of multiple Sport for Change programmes. Our Shell Twilight, Active:2:Grow and SSF Chance:2:Be programmes will be available in the Bannockburn, Raploch and Cornton areas of Stirling before the end of the year.

For further information about any delivery within the Stirling area please contact Chanelle@ssf.org.uk.

“I am so excited to be settling into my new role within SSF, everyone has been so welcoming and helpful! Creating new partnerships within Stirling has been a key role for me and I have loved meeting new people and learning about the community. Now I can’t wait to welcome new young people and sessional staff into our amazing programmes."

Chanelle Gallagher, Youth Development Coordinator (Stirling)