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Positive Alternatives Flyer Who are we? Positive Alternatives is an East Dunbartonshire Council youth project. It is managed by Community Learning and Development as part of Integrated Support-Community Services. Where are we? The project operates from two ‘hubs’ that cover the whole of East Dunbartonshire. •

Hillhead Community Education Centre, 169 Meiklehill Road, Hillhead, Kirkintilloch G66 2JT.

Milngavie Community Education Centre, Allander Road, Milngavie, G62 8PN.

What do we do? We provide individual, person centred, educational programmes and activities designed to identify and address the barriers that prevent young people from obtaining employment, education or training. Although there is no such thing as a typical week the programme includes the following. •

Outdoor Education: Hill walking, mountain biking, kayaking, gorge walking, abseiling etc

Conservation: Erecting deer fences, clearing shrubbery, tree planting, creating hibernacula’s for small animals to nest in etc.

Health and Wellbeing: Keep fit, sports and indoor games.

Vocational Training: Working towards gaining certificates such as, first aid, ASDAN, John Muir award, PX2, manual handling, food hygiene, mental health first aid etc. At the last graduation ceremony over 200 certificates were awarded to the participants, 143 of which were accredited.

Personal and Social Development: Learning about self, relationships, family, parenthood, equal opportunities, domestic violence, child development etc

Life Skills: Learning about the world of work, further and higher education, budgeting, healthy eating, housing etc

Key Worker Time: Every young person is allocated a key worker who will spend time in regular one to one sessions with that young person discussing progress and resolving any issues or concerns.


Residential Outings and Final Challenge: Where possible the project strives to create opportunities for young people to engage in residential trips and activities designed to challenge, stimulate and motivate. Climbing Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK, is a regular feature of the programme. Recently Positive Alternatives has secured places for young people to take part in a sailing trip off the west coast of Scotland. This voyage gives young people the chance to work as part of a team to crew a tall sailing ship. This is a unique, once in a left time opportunity, and it’s free.

When do we do it? The programmes operate for a minimum of 14 to 21 hours per week over 2 to 3 days although there are opportunities to take part in special activities and challenges that may involve residential stays up to a week in duration. These are optional. The day to day programmes run during the spring or autumn terms and last for between 12 to 17 weeks. Why do we do it? East Dunbartonshire Council is committed to reducing the proportion of young people who leave school without a positive destination. Positive Alternatives is the Council’s flagship programme of support to those young people making the transition from school into the labour market or into training or post school education. How do we do it? The programmes are designed to meet the individual’s needs. The content and methods used are negotiated and aims agreed at the outset. The programmes are flexible and can be adapted to meet changing needs. Is it for you? If you live in East Dunbartonshire, are aged 15 to 19 and don’t have a job, training or a place at college or university then YES. You can refer yourself to the project or get someone else e.g. a teacher, social worker, youth worker etc to do it for you. Want to find out more? Simply call us direct on 0141-578-6018 or e-mail positive.alternatives@eastdunbarton.gov.uk We look forward to hearing from you


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