I set myself a new challenge as part of my ROW80 goals for this round, the challenge was:
Photography – Approach 1 stranger, photograph them and blog about it – another challenge, to get me out of the house and meeting people – should be interesting! hopefully one a week, but not sure yet – still a new idea!
Now that I have my theme ‘Community’ I am heading out each week to find someone new to photograph and write about, here is this weeks subject…
I know I missed posting my subject earlier this week (I normally post on Tuesday) but those of you who follow me regularly will know why that was, I have still been going out and collecting subjects, so without further ado I introduce you to subject 3…
I will be writing a separate post about the project shortly, but for now I will just share that is it a community project with a key focus on youth work. There are a variety of groups which use the centre including an art group, autism group and an ‘over 50’s’ group.
Kayleigh works full-time at the project and writes the blog for the centre which you can read here.
Before she started at Your Ideas as a youth worker Kayleigh tried a few different other roles but it wasn’t until she started at Your Ideas two years ago that she found her true calling.
Growing up in Redditch herself she finds she is able to identify with many of the young people’s thoughts and experiences of the town, she loves the diversity of the project and the people she meets.
There is a real sense of belonging and community within the organisation. Kayleigh thinks the work she and the team do is purposeful and she feels valued as part of the staff team and “part of something special”. Those feelings are echoed in the way Kayleigh describes that it ‘doesn’t feel like work’ instead likening her role to being part of a big family and with all the crazy fun that goes on in the centre she says:
“I love coming here, it makes me feel sane”
Given the diverse mix of young people that attend the centre Kayleigh feels proud that there is ‘no bullying and no peacocking’ amongst the young people and real show of generosity when they support each other and even help out with other groups. When the young people are too ‘old’ to attend their former group they don’t just vanish, but come back to help out and just ‘be’ part of the project still.
Kayleigh went to University on a Youth and Community course but found that it wasn’t what she wanted and that she has learnt far more by coming to Your Ideas than she ever would have done on the course. The whole ethos of the centre and the holistic approach they have really engages young people.
One of the biggest challenges Kayleigh and the staff of Your Ideas have to deal with is battles for funding and dealing with people who don’t see the value of the work the project does, be they potential funders or other members of the local community.
If you are interested in finding out more about the work of Your Ideas Redditch you can:
- check out their blog – http://yourideasredditch.wordpress.com/
- check out their website – http://www.yourideas.org.uk/YI_SIteground/About_Us.html
- find them on facebook – https://www.facebook.com/yourideas
- find them on Twitter – https://twitter.com/#!/Your_ideas
Or better still if you live in Redditch why not pop down and say hi, you will be made to feel very welcome! If you have a few hours to spare you could even volunteer to help out at one of the group sessions!
- Photography Challenge – A theme and first subject! (showard76.wordpress.com)
- Community education/ engagement project – help needed [Mike Morrison] (ecademy.com)
- Redditch Town Centre – The Hidden Gems (showard76.wordpress.com)
- Photography Challenge – Community, Subject 2 (showard76.wordpress.com)