Royston Youth Action (RYA) works with around 250 young people over six days a week, 50 weeks of the year, in the Royston area of Glasgow.
RYA runs after-school clubs, delivers the Duke of Edinburgh Award and Youth Achievement Awards, plus weekly workshop nights, weekend drop-in evenings and regular trips and residentials. The organisation has a vibrant and extremely active young volunteers youth forum, which takes part in many charitable acts in the community and throughout the city.
In addition, weekly sports clubs, a girl’s health group and an after-school club football team are all run to encourage children and young people to participate in physical activities. RYA has also now extended its work into older people services, delivering inter-generational activities.
Working in partnership with Erasmus Plus, RYA has hosted European Youth Exchanges and taken young people abroad on trips many times. It has twice won the Glasgow Evening Times award for the ‘Public Service’ category.
Towards the three-year running costs of Royston Youth Action and contribution towards the project co-ordinator’s salary.
Where are you with the wider RYA project to date?
The Royston Youth Action team is a committed and passionate group of workers – something that shines through in the projects and activities that we deliver. Following recent management changes, we have begun additional projects and activities, and continue to work in partnership with many other community partners. We have a popular and engaging social media presence and we wish to continue to build upon this and continue to progress and promote the positive work that we do. We continue to deliver a wide range of children’s and youth activities and deliver clubs and projects six days a week, 50 weeks of the year.
And what's still to come?
Lots! We would like to expand both our children’s work and our youth work, plus – having listened to feedback from project users – provide additional projects and clubs. We want to secure additional workers to enable us to provide activities which will have even more of a positive impact within the local community. Another aim is to pilot our new project, #12Months12ActsOfKindness, throughout other youth projects in Glasgow. Finally, we are also looking to secure funding to buy another mini-bus/van for our project to use during trips, residentials and outdoor activities such as biking and kayaking.
What tips would you give to other organisations seeking funding for this kind of work?
I feel that is highly important to include your children and young people in all decision-making processes with regards to what targets and outcomes you wish to achieve while applying for funding. When led from the bottom up, that passion shines through in your applications and the funders know that there is a real need for such projects.
What difference does this funding award make to the work you do?
This award makes a massive difference to our project as, quite simply, it enables us to keep our building open. Our grant from The Robertson Trust pays towards rent, rates, security, telephone and administration. Without this support we would not be able to maintain and keep the project open. The funding also contributes towards our mini-bus costs – a real life-line for transporting our children and young people on trips and outings. We do not have the funds to hire buses, and so having our own mini-bus is a massive asset.
In order to successfully apply for funding under our Giving Strategy 2016-19, applicants must demonstrate how their work will contribute to one or more of the themes within the Trust's three new funding strands.
This application was eligible as a result of its fit with the following theme:
Funding Strand: Realising Potential Theme 1: Enabling young people to realise their potential