What an awesome 2 days we had at Winding Walks, Fochabers on Monday and Tuesday this week.
The ‘Outdoor Adventure, Photography and Filming Course’ was the last event of a 4 month programme of activities for young people in Moray to learn and develop their skills in photography and filming.
These opportunities were made possible by funding received from Eilidh Thomson’s family. Eilidh was a very talented local Photographer but sadly passed away on 5th July 2014 at the age of 29.
We would like to thank the many organisations, local Photographers and Film Makers and the amazing young people who participated!
There is a conversation going on at the moment about what we are doing, or more correctly what should we be doing. We are looking at our strategic direction for the next few years. What should our team be doing? What should we be fundraising for?
A safe space relatively free from the adults who controlled their day to day lives;
The youth development group was set up in 1999 to meet the needs of young people. There was a perception that young people were socialising outside the home; in the town centre, but had nowhere to call their own space. A safe space relatively free from the adults who controlled their day to day lives; teachers, parents, etc. The cafe was set up by teenagers, with some support from a team of youth workers.
Over the years the basic needs of people have not changed, but the social context has. Social media has revolutionised the way we live our lives, especially the lives of young people. We now live our lives on two levels – face to face – and online, both at the same time. There are constantly two levels of conversations going on and it has transformed the world as we used to know it. How does this affect what we are doing? Should it change things? What are the current issues? How will they be different in five years time?
We currently use social media as an advertising tool – to get messages out there. Should we be doing more? Should we be delivering online services? Such as…?
The cafe was set up to be a young people’s space, what will it be five years from now…?
Inkwell Community Kitchen open afternoon Thursday 21st July 2016 from 1300 to 1600
As you may be aware, Elgin Youth Development Group recently commenced work to extend its premises and develop a fully equipped training kitchen suitable of hosting up to 12 students. I am pleased to announce the Inkwell Community Kitchen will be opening its doors on Monday 1st August 2016 for a variety of cooking classes for the young and old alike. To that end, we would like to invite potential users to take a look around the new facility, have a chat to the staff to see what is on offer and discuss individual requirements.
The Inkwell Community Kitchen open afternoon will take place on Thursday 21st July 2016 from 1300 to 1600. Refreshments will be available.
We look forward to seeing you there
At the beginning of May we are gathering a collection of the Directors, young people, volunteers, and staff to explore where the project is going in the years to come.
What is working? What is not? What should we be concentrating our resources on? What should our social enterprise be like? Youth project, social enterprise, training kitchen, cross-generational project – how should they all relate to each other? What are the major issues facing the young people of Elgin area?
To have your say, speak with one of the team before the end of the month.
Elgin Youth Cafe are pleased to announce the launch of our new blog. Look out for all sorts of issues and topics that impact and inspire .
Would you like to get involved? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas.
In the meantime look out for posts from our youth workers.