I just wanted to send my congratulations to the Group on the securing of this funding which I understand will be used to develop the Group as a social enterprise which recruits, trains and supports local socially excluded, unemployed or unskilled young people and assists in the provision of a range of outdoor activities in the north Edinburgh.
– Scottish Parliament, Margaret Smith MSP
“We use football as a way to help kids on the path to getting qualifications” he says. “Through us, boys and girls can go on to get their SFA qualified coaching badges,opening up more and more opportunities for them.”
– Dean Shanks in a report of AlanEvans “Taking football to the streets”
Along with football related qualifications, My Adventure also opens other doors ofopportunity. In addition to his coaching qualifications, Anthony Howden, 19, has also gone on to get his first aid and cycling safety certificates, he says; “I’ve been involved since I was in P7 and it’s just great to have the opportunity to get these qualifications, and use them.
Alan Evans “Taking football to the streets”
“Royston Wardieburn Community Education Centre (RWCEC) have worked closely with MYDG and My Adventure over the last year… In conclusion, MYDG are one of the most important partners and providers of adventure activity for the community centre.” –
Allan Hosey, Community Learning & Development Worker
“I had the pleasure of working with MYDG to help me pilot a new swimming leadership programme called Swim 4 Change for young people who are not in employment, education and training… Without Dean and Alex’s knowledge and experience of working with young people this programme would not have been possible.”
– Sharon MacDonald, Healthy Living Manager, Scottish Swimming
“2011 has been once more a milestone in the cooperation between MYDG and Aktionszentrum (Germany)… We really hope to keep on working together in the next years, exchanging volunteers and participating in more international projects. We are looking forward to making our partnership even stronger, using all the channels we have at our disposal.” Francesco Bagiolini, Int. Jugendarbeit und Freiwilligendienste,
“Speaking in a debate on justice, he singled out the work of the Muirhouse Youth Development Group as an example of a community-based initiative which was tackling the problem directly”
– MYDG mention in Scottish Parliament debate