Whitecrook re-CYCLE Programme to Encourage Young People to Get on Their Bikes

A West Dunbartonshire Councillor launched a youth work programme based in the area of Whitecrook that aims to encourage young people to be more active and gain useful skills and confidence.

Cllr Kath Ryall met with CLS’s youth workers before the first streetwork session that aimed to recruit young people for re-CYCLE – a bike maintenance and safety project that is funded by the Glasgow Airport’s Flightpath Fund.

Cllr Ryall, programme leader John Agnew and young Streetworkers Kaleigh and Caitlin at Centre 81

Programme leader John Agnew, Cllr Ryall and young streetworkers Kaleigh and Caitlin at Centre 81 at the launch of re-CYCLE

The aim of the re-CYCLE project is to provide young people with the skills and tools needed to enable them to confidently use the cycle paths around West Dunbartonshire. Participants are encouraged to increase their physical activity levels and participate in more outdoor activities through the project.

The sessions, run by Streetlinks youth workers, are aimed at developing both the practical skills needed for bike maintenance and skills to build confidence and self esteem in young people, which will enable them to fully partake in this activity. The project provides young people with the ability to not only be fully involved in delivering the sessions but also, in the long term, to maintain this activity using the skills which they had developed throughout the project.

Re-CYCLE has been running for several weeks at Centre 81 in Whitecrook and will continue until the end of April. To encourage more young women to become a part of this project, Streetlinks will also run a Young Women’s Development Programme that will provide diversionary activities aimed at girls by creating informal and fun training opportunities both in practical and team working skills and encourage health and wellbeing through promotion of confidence building, skills gaining and sports activity.

Streetlinks is CLS’s detached outreach youth work service which reaches out to young people in some of the most disadvantaged communities in West Central Scotland. Streetlinks was established in response to housing associations who identified significant problems with anti-social behaviour amongst young people who were not making use of existing youth and community services.

A re-CYCLE session at Centre 81Streetlinks provide mentoring and outreach programmes of which the re-CYCLE project is a part of.

Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund was established in 2010 to ensure local communities share in the success of the airport. It provides financial support to community groups and charities that are committed to improving the opportunities, facilities and services available to local people.

To date, it has awarded in excess of £400,000 to more than 150 community groups and charities.

The FlighPath Fund focuses its investment in a number of areas including education, the environment and employment and community groups and charities in Renfrewshire, Glasgow and East and West Dunbartonshire are all eligible to apply for funding.

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