Case study: Skate park redevelopment in Rayleigh

by maxineg on Fri, 2011-03-25 12:04
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Young people raise money and work with the council to redevelop a skate park



What was the project?
Fund raising, volunteering for the redevelopment of a skate park at King George’s Playing fields Rayleigh Essex.

What did you do about it?

Young people were invited to the Youth Centre to discuss opportunities for applying for funding from the Youth Opportunities Fund.  They explored ways of completing the application and took responsibility for what was to be written in their request for funding.  They attended many Council meetings with the Rayleigh Town Council to discuss design, budgeting and planning.
As youth workers we supported them throughout, motivated and encouraged them to participate to achieve an end result.
They also had a stall at the Rayleigh Town Christmas Lights Switch On where they donated prizes for the raffle, made cakes and biscuits to sell, managed the stall, including the monies.

One young woman has also been supportive to the group and helped to make cakes and promote the project.  They spoke with the general public, handed out flyers to promote their cause and generally developed as a whole team.
Some have also set up a car washing activity at their school to raise more funds and are involved in a litter picking and tidying scheme for a piece of land.  The Town Council are sponsoring them for this. They were also involved in a bag packing activity at Rayleigh Co-op where they raised over £175.

Who or what helped you?
Rayleigh Town Council were particularly supportive throughout.
They were nominated for a V Inspired award for contributions to volunteering, they were involved in a “film in a Week” – film about skateboard where they travelled around the country and promoted the activity.  This was supported by the YMCA.  The whole group have now been nominated at Youth Project of the Year 2011 by Rayleigh Town Council and will receive an award on 6th April 2011.

What were the challenges?
Writing an application form with reasons for their request for funding. Literacy, numeracy, understanding legal issues and budgeting and the boundaries within Planning application to the District Council.  Understanding the restrictions imposed by law and learning to negotiate and compromise.

What’s changed or is better as a result?

The whole group have felt valued and part of a community.  They feel respected and their confidence and self esteem has been raised enormously.  They have learnt to make a presentation and speak in public.


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