; Activities and Programme

When you are in your building or your community, you should also consider the programme of activities you are running.

For example, think about:

  • Being prepared and planning ahead - life is incredibly busy and finding time to put together a programme that is well prepared, researched and risk assessed can be a burden for one person
  • Same old, same old - it can seem a lot easier to continue with a tried and tested programme than think about new activities but are you utilising all the skills of volunteers and maintaining the interest of young people?
  • How are young people involved in designing the programme?  - if young people invest in designing the programme you can be sure that you will have something that they actually want.

Many groups keep a binder of useful information, including insurance details, Health & Safety checklists and guidelines for different activities, contact information for activity providers and costings.  Before the start of each term you could hold a planning meeting where specific tasks or activities are shared between workers. This can reduce the strain on one person as well as making the programme a team effort that everyone has contributed to the success of.

It can also be a good opportunity to see if new volunteers bring some new skills, or if 'old' volunteers have learnt something new! Including the young people in the research and planning is a reliable way of getting them interested, particularly if they suggested the activity to start with.

Once the programme has been confirmed make sure everyone has a copy (good topic for a club newsletter!)  and that activities that need preparatory work or an outside worker (e.g. specialist sports, craft or an external organisation) are organised well in advance. 

Youth Scotland's CashBack for Communities small grants programme may help you fund new activities. Take a look at the details here

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