Series of events to celebrate achievements of young people

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YOUNG people in Kirkcaldy are getting the chance to shout about their achievements this week as Fife Youth Work Week takes place across the Kingdom.

Now in its third year, this year’s festival is bigger than ever, with hundreds of young people expected to take part in 25 events planned until Monday.

Tomorrow night (Friday) will see the Kingdom’s best young bands taking to the stage at Kitty’s for the annual ‘Bring the Noise’ battle of the bands competition, while last night (Wednesday) Kirkcaldy’s local councillors were quizzed by young people on how they can improve youth provision over the next year.

Ross Martin, team leader in young people’s services, explained: “The aim is to promote the positive aspects of youth work on local communities. It’s about raising awareness of youth services and how they transform young people’s lives, and make communities stronger.

Important

“Wednesday night saw Kirkcaldy councillors, as well as other local members, meet with young people from their area, who gave a presentation on what they have achieved in the past 12 months, and spoke to their representatives about what they hope to do over the coming year.

“It’s a hugely important part of Youth Work Week, particularly at a time when budgets are becoming more restricted - we want their input on what we are providing.”

The Big Surgery was just one of several events planned throughout the week, along with training for youth workers, Young Leaders Awards for teens aged 13-15, and a sponsored walk.

Today (Thursday) will see ‘Marketplace’ take place at Kirkcaldy High School between noon and 12.30 p.m.

It will allow young people to speak to organisations like Clued Up and the police, as well as specialist youth workers, who will be giving out prizes and free t-shirts.

Bands final

Tomorrow (Friday) the final of the ‘‘ Bring The Noise’’ battle of the bands competition takes centre stage at Kitty’s nightclub

Now in it’s fifth year, it was the brainchild of a group of volunteers from Kirkcaldy YMCA, and this year the final includes Kirkcaldy band Backtrack.

As well as giving young people the chance to showcase their talents, organisers hope it will help to attract teenagers who don’t normally go to a youth club to take in the organised event.

“We want to try to attract young people to those venues where there’s something different going on,” Ross continued.

“They may be young people who might not come to mainstream youth clubs, but might be interested in live music, and so it gives us an opportunity to speak to them about youth activities then.”

Laura Dickson, a Fife Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament who is involved in the week’s activities, said: “I love the week as it encourages everyone to get involved in youth work, which helps young people grow their skills, confidence and self-esteem, and also offers young people different opportunities which they might not otherwise get.”

l For a full programme visit www.fifeyouthworkweek.co.uk