International Women’s Day at Y2K

Thursday 8th March was International Women’s Day, and with our Young Women’s Project nearing the end of its first year, we thought it was important to celebrate it.

InvolveU sessions throughout that week focusing on learning some ‘Herstory’ – looking at women have made history both recently and a long time ago. All the staff at Y2K shared about women who inspire them and why, and throughout the week our young people added to the display.

 

Thank you to everyone who took part throughout the week.

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More Saltire Awards earned by our Peer Pal volunteers!

A few of our Peer Pals had missed out on being presented with their first Saltire Awards due to the pesky snow, but before our residential weekend we were finally able to present more of our fabulous Peer Pal volunteers with their 10 hour approach award.

Congratulations Michael, Jack and Louis!

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Peer Pal volunteers presented with their first Saltire Award

We are grateful to our amazing Peer Pal volunteers who help at our Transitions Group. These volunteers come along side young people who are soon going to be making the transition from primary to secondary school, as well as running the tuck shop at their group where toasties and cheesy nachos are in high demand!

All of them have now earned their first Saltire ‘Approach’ award for 10 hours of volunteering, and several have now completed an additional 25 hours of volunteering.

Before the ‘Beast from the East’ snow hit last week, we were able to present two of our Peer Pals with their Saltire Award certificates.

To find out more about the Saltire Awards programme, head over to their website.

A huge congratulations to Jade and Chelsea, and thank you for your commitment to volunteering at Y2K.

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Girls Group start campaigning against period poverty

This term, a group of girls from Y2K have decided that something needs done about access to sanitary products particularly for girls and women who can’t afford them. They started by learning about who represents them in local and national government, and coming up with solutions to the problems they were aware of.

They used our Y2K twitter account to contact our local MP, Danielle Rowley to ask her to speak up about the “tampon tax” and have also been trying to get in touch with MSPs including Health Secretary, Shona Robison, about their idea to have a service similar to the NHS Lothian C:card service where people could go to certain ‘T-Card’ points to get free sanitary products.

Although they have yet to hear from any of the MSPs they contacted, the girls had a quick response from Danielle Rowley MP, who replied to their invitation to meet up to hear more about their campaign.

We are really proud of the girls for using their voice to speak up about an issue that they feel strongly about. And we would definitely encourage our local MSPs to get in contact with them with a response.

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Involve U Sessions Registration Week

We’re delighted to announce the opening of the InvolveU High School Groups sessions on Wednesday and Friday evenings.

This week we will be open on two evenings for current and new members to register for all the current groups and sessions running as part of our youth work programme.

For anyone who is in S2-S6 is welcome to come along to Y2K from 6.30-8.30 p.m. on Wednesday 24th January and S1+ from 6.30-8.30 p.m. on Friday 26th January to register and get a parent/carer consent form.

Youth work staff will be on hand on these dates to answer any of your questions.

This new programme will have exciting new opportunities running each session from 6.30-7.30 p.m. from February which young people can sign up to a week in advance. 

Then from 7.30-9.30 p.m. Y2K will be open to any of our members with tuck shop, games, karaoke and our newly refurbished chill out rooms which will have wifi.

Look forward to seeing you soon!

Y2K Youth Work Team

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