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RAF Leuchars is currently drawing down as an RAF unit in preparation to transit to an Army base in 2015. This will see a significant change and shift of population within the community over an extended period.
Due to the number of children, young people and staff moving, the project will be impacted in relation to its capacity to deliver the clubs and projects. Subsequently we have been thinking creatively about ways to remain resilient to these changes in our work with children and young people.
SYW considers ways to provide services to children and young people when the After8 Club and Climbing Club are winding down and in light of the likelihood of clubs being combined in future to maximise resources and ensure consistent provision.
The SYW suggested to the CDO the idea of contacting the school to offer input of SYW within school time as this would present opportunities for engagement with a large number of children and young people only require input of SYW, not the wider staffing team, project resources or the time input for setting up tasks (e.g organising pass access to station for staff).
CDO had been working closely with the local primary schools on drawdown/transition plans and was able to introduce the SYW.
SYW put together a document introducing Airplay and suggesting possibilities for work within the school (e.g. outreach work, group work, one-to-one support) and perimeters for work within the school.
The SYW met with the Head Teacher and Deputy Head Teacher of Leuchars Primary School to explore possibilities
The Deputy Head suggested some outreach work on the yard during lunch times to get to know the school and co-delivering some workshops on resilience would be most beneficial.
Deputy Head, Artistic Director of Byre Youth theatre and SYW met to develop a programme of workshops around resilience.
The programme has been delivered to every class in clusters utilising the Bounce Back resource and staff ideas. The next phase is about to roll out in the Christmas term.