One Day: 7 Regions Together Showcasing Young People
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On Saturday 4th August, Young Scot, in partnership with Glasgow life, Glasgow Young Scot, Glasgow Youth Council and Scottish Youth Parliament were involved in the One Day Glasgow event. This event was part of a UK-wide series of simultaneous events run as part of The Co-operative Foundation’s Truth About Youth project. These events were run in order to see young people celebrated across the country and to see young people portrayed more positively in the media compared to some of the negative images we often read/see.
Events took place in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Manchester, Newcastle and London as well as Glasgow, and each took on an individual look and feel as they engaged local people in celebrating young people and their contributions to society. Each of these events was organised by young volunteers who sit on the Truth About Youth Advisory Panel.
One Day Glasgow
The One Day Glasgow event was held at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall from 12 noon – 3pm. This open day event was free to visit and contained a number of interactive elements, all aimed at showcasing young people’s talents, promoting the many ways they are positively involved in community life and bringing people of different ages together to build relationships and dispel myths that may exist.
Event Co-ordinator and TAY Advisory Panel member Kyle Thornton drums up interest in the event.
Volunteers from Truth About Youth, Swayed group, W-WEST/NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, COPE, Glasgow Youth Council and Dumbarton Road Corridor Addiction Forum joined with workers from the partner organisations to facilitate the day, led my event co-ordinator and Truth About Youth Advisory Panel member, Kyle Thornton. The event also saw a number of invited guests come on board to deliver elements of the day. Activities on the day included;
- Live theatrical performances from LoveDrama, an Edinburgh based group who’s Five Minute Theatre pieces tackled issues of stereotypes and identity.
- Live gymnastic routines, by Drumchapel Gymnastic Group, both inside the Concert Hall and outside, at the top of the entrance stairs which overlook the busy shopping street, Buchanan Street.
- Badminton Workshops, provided by sportsscotland which showcased young people’s contributions through sport on two pop up courts.
- Human Library, a creative initiative run by Glasgow Museums where people become books and are borrowed by visitors to share their story. Stories discussed looked at issues of identity, stereotyping and perceptions which exist about a wide range of people.
- Interactive information stalls by a wide variety of organisations and groups, each showcasing the great work that is being done by young people to challenge negative perceptions.
- A Video Diary Space, hosted by Young Scot which allowed visitors to share their perceptions of young people and their views of the day.
- Vox Pop interviews which were conducted by young volunteers at the event and on the streets to gauge perceptions of young people and general feelings about the contributions that young people are making in Scotland.
- Film screenings. A series of videos from the Truth About Youth project, Scottish Youth Parliament and Glasgow life projects were shown. Each of these videos portrayed a different way in which young people were actively contributing to society.
Each of the elements added something different to the day and allowed young people to challenge negative perceptions that exist about them through showcasing their talents and positive work.
Impact on Attendees
In total, 150 guests visited the event and were provided with an opportunity to give feedback on how the event had impacted them.
Of those consulted, 100% rated the activities involved as either good or very good. 73% felt that they had learned something new about young people from the day. 97% felt that the event has been well organised and 92% left the event feeling positive about young people.
More feedback from the day was captured on film which will be posted on The Patter soon.
All in all, the event seemed to be a success and have a positive impact upon those who attended.
You can view a full gallery of photos on our Truth About Youth Facebook Page.
To find out more about One Day, visit The Co-operative Foundation’s website. Check back soon to view video footage filmed on the day!