Clydebank Challenge gets underway thanks to FlightPath Fund award
17 April 2013
Twelve teenagers who live under the Glasgow Airport flightpath in Clydebank have been set the task of transforming blocks of flats as part of a leading charity’s efforts to help young people gain life and work skills.
The young men, aged 16-18, have been challenged to paint, redecorate and tidy-up closes, communal flat entries and wash areas at Clydebank Housing Association flats over the next six weeks by Action for Children Scotland.
The ‘Clydebank challenge’ is supported by funding of more then £13,000 from the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund and the Miss Agnes H Hunter Trust, with each contributing half.
The work forms part of Action for Children Scotland’s Challenge programme, which helps unemployed young people to gain work experience whilst participating in activities that benefit their local neighborhoods.
The programme also encourages teens to engage with other groups within their communities, improving inter-generational relations and helping to promote a positive image of young people.
Dean Todd, 17, is taking part in the challenge. He said: "I left school over a year ago and have been on Job Seeker’s Allowance ever since. I was looking for a job but it is really tough when you don’t have much experience. It was really frustrating.
"I am looking forward to starting the challenge and would eventually like to get an apprenticeship or job doing painting and decorating. I’m going to work hard – I’ve got six weeks to learn as much as I can and impress the people I am working with. This is my chance to get some experience and leave a good lasting impression."
Councillor Kath Ryall of West Dunbartonshire Council, who sits on the FlightPath Fund Board, said: "Through the FlightPath Fund we are committed to supporting projects that improve the employment prospects of those living in the communities close to us.
"The Clydebank Challenge does exactly that and will provide these young people with valuable work experience and important skills, while also helping to improve and regenerate the area.”
James Cantley, operational director of children’s services at Action for Children Scotland, said: "There is no denying that the next six weeks will be hard work for the young people involved in the Clydebank Challenge; but this an important opportunity for the young people to develop new skills and support their local community and I hope they grab it with both hands.
"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank both the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund, the Miss Agnes H Hunter Trust and the Bell Group. This Clydebank Challenge will benefit not only the 12 young people taking part, but also local residents. The support of both trusts is hugely appreciated."
A total of 350 young people from across the country have been involved in Action for Children Scotland’s Challenge programme to date.
The challenges are designed to benefit both the young people who participate, who often go on to further training and development; and local communities - with the regeneration of communal areas often forming the core of the task.