Our annual Easter Programme was filled to the brim with exciting sessions and activities for young people aged 11-18 year old to enjoy during the break.

We kicked off the programme with an Easter Egg hunt and while we had the nice weather the group enjoyed some games in the park. Donna’s carefully crafted clues led our young people around Cooper Park and to a well-deserved reward – CHOCOLATE!

Another highlight of the programme was our Inverness Trip. The Youth Team, with the support of some of our amazing volunteers, accompanied a group of our young people on a day of trampolining and mini golf.

 

We also had the exciting opportunity to begin our Creative Project thanks to the support of the Scottish Government and Creative Scotland. The Creative Project will involve a series of workshops delivered by experts in the field of 4 creative mediums with the goal of having an end of project showcase! 

We were delighted to have local musician, Dave Martin, in to kickstart our music project. Our young people got the chance to learn 5 chords on the Ukelele, putting them to use with different chord progressions as they played along with Dave. 

The photography masterclass delivered by Nikki Morgan from Fledgling Photography was a fantastic opportunity for young people to learn the basics of photography. From learning camera settings to playing with lighting and angles, there was a lot to be learned! 

Thanks to the generous funding from MFR Cash for Kids we were able to provide 90 free meals throughout the two-week programme. These included breakfasts before days out, packed lunches, and a meal at our ‘Board Games and Brunch’ and ‘Eat, Chat. Chill’ sessions. 

This funding also contributed towards ingredient coasts for our Easter cooking classes. As a staple of our normal programme, our cooking classes give young people the opportunity to learn valuable life skills in a safe environment. Organised and led by Jamie with the help of a young volunteer, the two sessions followed an Easter and American Diner theme.

With the better weather around the corner (hopefully) we wanted to create an outdoor space that our young people could enjoy. This sizeable project wouldn’t have been possible without the generous support from the Just Transition: Future is Green Fund, RAF Lossiemouth, Rotary, The Criminal Justice Support Team and fundraising by our volunteers and staff. We were able to make a start on revamping our outdoor area during the Easter Break with a big tidy up and a fresh coat of paint with plans of adding more to the space soon!

Finally, as part of the Lawn Tennis Association’s ‘LTA Serves’ initiative we had the opportunity to put to use their generously donated tennis equiptment at Cooper Park Courts. Despite the downpour of rain, an enthusiastic group of young people enjoyed an afternoon of tennis. We can’t wait to run more sessions! 

We are now back to our usual weekly programme which you can keep up to date with on The Warehouse @ EYC social media.

Bring on Summer!

– Charlee & The Youth Team