OUR SPACE

Almost everyone involved in our consultation said there was nowhere for
young people to go and hang out with their friends – this was especially
true during the winter months when the evenings are dark, cold and often
wet! We wanted to do something about this, but we didn’t want a typical
youth club or any kind of structured provision.
So instead we set up Our Space at the Ben Cleuch Centre in Tillicoultry.
Our Space is an informal youth drop in for Secondary School age young
people in the Hillfoots. It runs on a Thursday night from 7 – 9pm and is
supported by our youth workers – some weeks we have set activities, other
weeks we just get together and chill.
Come along and try it out!
Everyone involved in our consultation said there was nowhere for young people to go and hang out with their friends
OYCI looked at different places we could use in the Hillfoots to set up Our Space
OYCI decided that we wanted to set up Our Space in the Ben Cleuch centre in Tillicoultry
We don’t have easy access to a swimming pool in the Hillfoots since the Alva community pool closed down
Our aspiration is for a new swimming pool in the Hillfoots area
Our aspiration is for a new swimming pool in the Hillfoots area

CORE TEAM

Since we began our initial consultation, we have worked with a core team
of young people from each of the Hillfoots villages. This group meets
each week at Alva Academy and helps develop all of the ideas and
recommendations from our consultation into action. Everything this group
does is to benefit our local community and to enhance provision for all the
young people who live there, as well as the wider community.
In addition to the weekly meets we come together for our team build days
where we develop plans collaboratively for the things we want to change
and improve about where we live. We also offer opportunities to take part
in wider decision making and forums for hearing young peoples voices
such as the local youth assembly, Youth Scotland’s BIG Ideas Weekend as
well as residentials and youth training opportunities.
We have exciting plans for the year ahead that the group are working on
right now so watch this space and follow us on FaceBook, Twitter and
Instagram to keep up to date.

DRAMA

Our consultation in 2017 identified that there was no drama provision in the Hillfoots for young people yet there was strong demand amongst young people for this expressive art. The benefits of drama for young people are well documented – drama provides opportunities to explore creativity, build confidence and communication skills and make new friends. So, we decided to do something about this and working in partnership with Alva Academy we set up a Friday Night Drama Club in the school.

We applied to Young Start at the National Lottery Community Fund and were super excited to be told we had been successful with our funding bid. “Friday Night Drama” launched on 23rd February 2018 – and offers pupils at Alva Academy a chance to participate in drama after school on a Friday. We provide food and snacks and transport home. Our club is supported by professional drama artists and theatre makers as well as youth workers. In 2019 we expanded our drama provision further with funding from Cashback for Creativity. We offered a series of pop up drama workshops in the Hillfoots as well as 4 ‘Play In a Week’ workshops. We set up up a Youth Theatre that meets in Tilly Baptist Church on Monday nights.

We also ran an innovative drama project in partnership with Network Rail and British Transport Police around rail safety.

During 2020 we are continuing to develop and deliver drama based activities for young people in schools and in the community, and we have joined Youth Theatre Arts Scotland.

If you are interested in drama and want to get involved email us on

drama@oyci.org.uk, direct message us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and if you attend Alva Academy, listen out for tannoys and information shared in the school.

OYCI came up with a proposal for running a Friday night drama club and putting on an annual community performance
Our consultation identified a gap in drama provision in the Hillfoots for young people
OYCI applied to Young Start at BIG Lottery Fund and was successful with our funding bid
OYCI worked with graphic design company The Write People to develop our new brand and website
All of the young people involved gave input into the OYCI brand and website
Enterprise groups in Primary Schools have focused on learning about entrepreneurship and business development, self starting enterprise projects to raise funds

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

We want to support the physical and mental health of young people. Emotional wellbeing and positive mental health is incredibly important for everyone. Stress and anxiety are major barriers to participation. We are developing proactive programmes to support young people to develop strong emotional wellbeing and positive mental health taking an early intervention, preventative approach to this. We already run an emotional wellbeing programme with P7 aged pupils in the Hillfoots that helps young people develop skills and understanding around this prior to a critical transition point in their lives with the move to Secondary school.

We also run a befriending project ‘knd’ where senior pupils act as  befrienders to new S1’s.  Supporting them with a friendly face, a smile and taking part in group activities. They share their experiences, and both benefit from the process.   This is funded by The Cochrane Foundation

We are currently developing a Self Care project funded by Comic Relief and The Corra Foundation which allows young people to use their lived experiences to shape a preventative, early intervention project around stress and anxiety.

Physical health is also important for wellbeing. Our initial action research recognised that we don’t have easy access to a swimming pool or high quality community sports facility in the Hillfoots since the Alva community pool closed down a few years ago. There are good facilities within a half-hours drive but public transport in the Hillfoots is limited and this restricts how easily we can get to swimming and other fitness facilities independently. Our aspiration is for a new swimming pool in our area, but we recognise this is a big ask. So, we started by seeing what we could do to increase access to swimming for young people living in the Hillfoots.

In partnership with Active Stirling we developed an access to swimming and fitness pilot for ages 16 and upwards. We offered free 6-week leisure memberships and transport to the Peak to encourage healthy lifestyles among teens.

COMMUNITY EVENTS AND IMPROVEMENTS

We develop things to do and places to be in the community for young
people and their families. This enhances the provision for everyone and
helps make Clackmannanshire and the Hillfoots thrive. We have
organised different pop up events in the Hillfoots villages including a
Christmas craft workshop, drama workshops, and a Family Fun Inflatables
Challenge event which also helped to raise money for Macmillan Cancer
Care. We are developing our ideas and our experience in events all the
time – all of our events are designed and developed by the young people in
our core team who learn skills and gain confidence from this.
We aim to do more and more of this type of activity as we grow and
develop, putting on fun activities in the Hillfoots so that young people and
their families can access the things they want to do where they live rather
than having to travel. So make sure you keep in touch on our social media
channels so that you don’t miss out on what is happening!
 
We live in a beautiful part of Scotland and we are passionate about
keeping our community clean!
We want to particularly address littering, dog poo and plastic. We had a
great idea about re-using plastic bottles to make dog poo bag holders that
can be placed on popular dog walking routes. We did this in Alva and
some of the neighbouring villages followed suit. Our Primary school
programme always involves some aspect of local community
improvement.
OYCI are passionate about keeping our community clean - addressing littering, dog poo and plastic in particular
OYCI are working to help improve parks and open spaces in the Hillfoots area
OYCI have undertaken our first youth led community clean up in partnership with the local authority and the community council

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