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Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2018!

As we reflect on the year past, and look towards the year ahead, we begin to prepare for the Season of Advent and look ahead to the Year of Young People.

2018 - The Year of Young People

2018 is the Year of Young People in Scotland - "inspiring our nation through its young people’s ideas, attitudes and ambitions".


To help prepare for the celebrations, and to help resource the Church, Mission and Discipleship Council launched number of pages of online resources on the Church's website.


Churches are signing a Pledge to get involved and will then receive a Year of Young People Church Toolkit with lots of ideas of things to do. If you have not yet seen the Pledge copies are available here


The Council has developed a number of resources, including a Guidelines for Employing a Children’s, Family’s or Youth Worker.  Together with the Go For It briefings on employing paid staff, produced by the Employee Advice Service of the Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector, these documents should help churches prepare and ready themselves for a paid worker in their church.




Another amazing award for Young PEEK Volunteer


A young volunteer, Brandon Donnelly, from the Go For It funded PEEK (Possibility for Each and Every Kid) project, has recently been awarded the Young Volunteer of the Year Award from sportscotland.  This is the second major award this year that 16 year old Brandon had been awarded, with the Diana Award earlier this year. 


Discovering PEEK at a younger age, Brandon has volunteered, running tennis and football sessions in streets, carparks and other local areas building confidence and connections with younger folk in his local community.


A full story and video interview with Brandon can be seen on the Sportfirst website here.



Learning and Training workshops in 2018

Go For It offers an annual programme of free learning and training workshops for all funded projects and potential projects.


The beginning of December will see our last training event for 2017, with the Go For It 5th birthday conference held in Ayr on December 5.


We are currently developing the full Learning and Training programme for 2018 and as soon it is finalised it will appear on the Go For It website.


We start the year with Applying to Go For It in Stirling, where attendees will learn about the grants available through the Go For It fund and how to write a strong application for Go For It and other funders.  Potential projects and existing projects, looking to apply for continuing grants, are encouraged to come and join us on this day.




Other opportunities for funding

The next deadline for Go For It main grants will be 23 February 2018 with small grants being assessed on a regular basis throughout the year.


Other funding opportunities that projects may wish to consider include:


Create18 - developed by EventScotland and Young Scot.  Create18 aims to give young people across Scotland the opportunity to create and host innovative events in their community during the Year of Young People 2018.

Groups of three or more young people aged 8 to 26 can apply for grants of between £250 and £1,000 to stage their own events to help challenge negative perceptions of young people and tackle themes of equality and discrimination.  Applications close 22 January.  For more information click here.


Bellahouston Bequest Fund - for projects in Glasgow, funding building, relieving poverty or disease, promoting education, promoting religion and promoting/safeguarding places of historical or artistic significance.  For more information click here.



Go For It is an initiative of the Ministries Council


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