Sport Aberdeen was awarded £149,952 to run the ‘Looked After Project’ from April 2018 to July 2020.
Young people with care experience have told us that they would love more opportunities to be active and have fun, developing their interests and trying out new things in areas such as music, art, sport and crafts. The Creative and Active Lives funding initiative was created with this in mind.
The funding will support young people with care experience to increase their social networks, skills and improve their health. These projects all have young people at their heart, as the Trust works with organisations that create opportunities for young people to design and lead programmes themselves. The Trust awarded a total of £1,746,170 to fourteen Creative and Active Lives projects across Scotland.
The ‘Looked After Project’ involves Sport Aberdeen and Aberdeen Foyer working in partnership to engage young people with care experience in sports and creative activities.
Through this project, young people with care experience have the opportunity to get involved in activities that matter to them, such as sport, music, drama, art and media. They are given the chance to choose activities based on their strengths, interests and aspirations. Physical activities include skateboarding, boxing, horse riding, swimming, ice skating, climbing, snowboarding, and athletics. Sport Aberdeen will also offer creative activities such as creative writing, painting, craft work, graffiti art, lino printing, hand casting, jewellery making and cooking.
As a result of this project a rich network is being built on relationships with partners and the wider local community, and young people are being encouraged to tell their story, the way they want to tell it, as well as having the opportunity to gain work experience as a volunteer. This develops their skill set for both life and work and aims to increase their long term quality of life.