Age NI is proud to be a key delivery partner for Get Set for Community Action, a new UK-wide programme created by the British Olympic Foundation and British Paralympic Association, made possible thanks to the Big Lottery Fund. Get Set for Community Action will support young people to plan and run projects which help to make their communities healthier and more active places to live.
Thousands of 14-19 year olds from schools and youth groups across the UK will be working in teams to plan and deliver at least two projects each, in the run-up to the Rio 2016. Young people are encouraged to work with community partners including Age NI to run projects inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic movements.
Linda Robinson, CEO of Age NI said: 'Age NI is delighted to be collaborating with local schools and young people in Get Set for Community Action in Northern Ireland. This programme not only offers young people the opportunity to improve their skills and experience, it also enables them to become engaged citizens in their community, working with older people in creative and dynamic ways, reflecting the true values of the Olympic and Paralympic Movements.'
Jan Paterson, Chief Executive of the British Olympic Foundation said: 'It's great to see the Get Set programme continue to offer empowering and engaging opportunities for young people and their communities. Get Set for Community Action is a dynamic and creative way to improve life skills as well as staying active and the British Olympic Foundation is incredibly proud to be part of a programme which is so supportive of the Olympic Movement and its values.'
Tim Hollingsworth, Chief Executive of the British Paralympic Association said: 'This is another excellent example of the way in which the Get Set programme has a tremendously positive impact on communities. It is wonderful to see young people embracing the Paralympic values and creating a wide range of projects through which they can engage their local community. At the British Paralympic Association we are very proud to play our part in delivering this programme to young people across the country.'
Peter Ainsworth, Chair of the Big Lottery Fund said: 'We are proud to fund Get Set for Community Action which will see young people across the UK strengthen relationships with their communities by delivering activities inspired by the Rio 2016 Games. Young people will work together to plan projects to help communities stay active and healthy, gaining personal skills that will stand them in good stead for the future.'
Get Set for Community Action is part of the Get Set programme. Research conducted by EdComs showed a marked development both in the life skills of the young people involved in Get Set and the way they are perceived within their communities.
- The majority of young people reported that their involvement in Get Set had a positive impact and developed their life skills: leadership (84%); working as part of a team (81%) and meeting new people (82%) Young people who did not participate in the programme were also interviewed and far fewer agreed they had skills in these areas.
- 79% said that they had boosted their confidence and self-esteem through organising Get Set activities in their communities.
- Some 88% of the adults questioned reported that they held a more positive opinion of young people than in the past.
- 80% of young people agreed that Get Set has inspired them to get involved in other community activities.
To find out more about Get Set for Community Action visit www.getsetaction.org.uk
Photo: Year 9 students from the Girls' Model Belfast at the Age NI day centre in Skainos, Belfast.