Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the CNS team were busy working with different groups of children, young people and stakeholders in Clydebank.
Together they developed a ‘wellbeing framework’, and this work allowed young people to prioritise the things they felt they needed to achieve their potential.
It’s a really useful tool for assessing how well policies and services support children and young people in achieving their desired goals:
As well as this, we’ve also been working alongside other local services, projects and groups in the wider community.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 brought a sudden change of direction to our activities in Radnor Park, though. Activities such as the ‘Creative Club’ and the ‘Family Group’ were put on hold – and plans for initiatives such as ‘Get Involved Radnor Park’ and a ‘Community Cafe’ have also paused for now.
Since March 2020, we’ve been focusing on discussion and planning, and exploring new options for children and young people in Clydebank instead. Our Local Coordinator has worked closely with the Outreach team at Y Sort It, helping to facilitate online arts projects, for example.
When easing of pandemic restrictions allowed, we also began running a weekly juice stall in Radnor Park. This was in collaboration with local cafe, Bankies Bites.
Doing so has been a great help in gauging the types of provision and activities people have been looking for during the COVID-19 lockdown.
The past year has posed some significant challenges, but we’re pleased to see our relationships with partners in Radnor Park now flourishing.
We’re excited to get back out in the neighbourhood when it’s possible to do so, and reconnect with all involved in driving activities forward – and helping tackle the issues most important to young people in the area.