Informal peer to peer group mentoring for primary/high school aged YP.
To guide young people in a variety of ways in the beautiful outdoors to become confident, safe and healthy individuals and good stewards of our environment.
I am sure you will agree that the Isle of Skye is probably one of the most beautiful places to live (and to visit) in the world. As a youth agency we do not take our incredible environment in which we live for granted.
The well-being of children and young people in our community is at the heart of what we do and in line with Scotland’s: Getting it right for every child; we work from this core foundation.
If you have not come across GIRFEC before, the approach uses eight areas of well-being in which children and young people need to progress in order to do well now and in the future.
These eight areas are set in the context of the ‘four capacities’, which are at the heart of the Curriculum for Excellence. The four capacities aim to enable every child and young person to be a successful learner, a confident individual, a responsible citizen and an effective contributor. We endeavour to be mindful of these approaches to youth work in Skye in our on-going youth practice. One of the greatest opportunities to engage and deliver these strategies with young people is in the outdoors.
The summers of 2013-2014 we participated, once again, and partnered as volunteer staff members with the High Life Highland Summer Program. This fantastic annual program saw over 100 young people (per season) engage with the beautiful outdoors and come away with fantastic new skills and experiences. Unfortunately due to local authority reduction in provision we now have very limited opportunity to partner in this capacity.
We therefore identified the need to offer small outdoor mountain expedition opportunities to young people at a low cost. Over 2015-2017 we have sent our staff on appropriate training and recruited new volunteers with the right skill-sets to deliver our new outdoor work. We successfully piloted it in the summer of 2016 and plan to offer this new seasonal opportunity (on-going) to young people across our communities.