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soup group learning new skills

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We had great fun last night at soup group! The session started with each kid being given a secret praise word which they had to integrate into the following games. This was a word of motivation or encouragement for other players and the aim of the game was to use the word as often as possible in context and then at the end the others had to guess what the word was. Rebekah impressively used her word 10x!

The first game was football, followed by an interesting game of the human knot. The first version was the normal game, but we then added some different elements such as one hoop racing the other with either prizes for those responsible for overtaking, or forfeits to the person with the hoop that gets overtaken! We then discussed how we rated the games on fun and why … with a strange result … the kids liked the threat of a forfeit more than the possibility of winning a prize, going against learning theory science.

We then split the kids into girls and boys and asked them to tell us what they think are the 3 most important things in a game. They came up with some great ideas like good sportsmanship, rules, understandable instructions and fun. Very impressive how tuned in these kids are!

We then made some cool arts from paper plates and then had some delicious soup on the campfire … thanks Alison Nobel, it went down a treat! And thanks also to Sara Harvey for the cake … and to Robert for serving it to everyone! The featured pic is when I asked the kids to show us their perfect smile!
See you all next week!

Weather Watching at Carbon Crib

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weatherOur kids are getting more and more interested in their natural environment the more we learn and have noticed some unusual weather for this time of year. Leaving school for summer holidays in pouring rain brought up some questions and we decided to be our own scientists and track our weather system.

Each kid made a weather monitoring chart for a month of the year at our session last night and we are keen to track the weather including temperature, wind speed, rainfall, snowfall and episodes of thunder and lightening but also the effect that has on the environment around us, for example what kind of plants grow in these conditions, what kind of animals like this weather and what kind of food can we grow…

Our little scientists will bring you results as we gather our data …

Film Fest at Beith Astro

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Well the weather certainly wasn’t on our side for an outdoor cinema yesterday but we had a great day all the same. Thankfully we had a plan B and had an indoor space to transform into a cinema to kick start the summer holidays. The kids all arrived full of excitement and picked from a selection of funny films to match the mood. They selected Meet the Robinsons, a film about a brilliant young inventor called Lewis who takes us on a futuristic exploration of a new world, full of imagination and surprises. This film didn’t disappoint and had the kids laughing (and us at times too).

But you can’t have a cinema without popcorn and snacks right? Thanks to Jennifer, we enjoyed some delicious home cooked ad healthy snacks which went down a treat … we even had homemade popcorn! Great afternoon, look out for our next event!

Another Awesome Soup Group for All!

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Another great Soup Group last night down at the Astro, we had a night of arts and crafts and awesome games inside the eco-hut. We had a very creative time making decorative bowls by blowing up balloons, covering half of them in glue, sticking tiny pieces all over them and waiting for them to dry. All of our young artists made beautiful creations as always and had a great and super messy time doing it! Once they were all finished we left them to dry and played some activities and games together like, Chinese whispers, charades and of course the old classic eye-spy! The weather may not have been great but we all had fun and of course we all got to have a nice cup if soup! There’s lots of fun things planned for next week and we look forward to seeing you all again.

Super Cereal’s final mission

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Today saw the end of an era with our last breakfast club session before the summer holidays … but we didn’t let this dampen the mood, we had as much fun as ever … we even wrote a rhyme about the weather:

“Breakfast club is fun,

we go outside and play every sunny day

But when its rainy, it’s a painy

So we have to be inside today”    Very funny!!

We brought out one of our rainy days games … a favourite … twister! This is always a lot of fun, with a real competitive streak emerging!

We finished by creating our very own breakfast club superhero! The kids always have some genius ideas and today these included the ability to breath under milk (rather than water), an egg shield, the ability to shoot cereal at people, cereal goggles, a spoon as a sword and an invisibility cape!

We asked the kids for feedback on what they liked about breakfast club .. they gave us a huge list of things, too many to mention but they included things like “It is fun”, “it makes the morning better” and “I look forward to coming here” and we also got a nice thank you card

Hopefully see you all again after summer!

on your marks … get set to school

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Breakfast club was great fun this morning! It all started with some favourite tunes and a sing along with cereal … and some funky dance moves from Andrew!! The kids are all in good spirits, excited about the idea of only a few more days left at school!

We made the most of the sunshine by playing hide and seek in the woods with the kids finding some new and impressive hiding places. Ryan’s champion hide and seek title was being threatened by the others today but these kids are becoming evermore competitive!

The walk to school was full of fun with the kids wearing their schoolbags backwards and entering into a relay race in teams on certain parts of the walk with Ryan and Esme winning by a millisecond!

Last day tomorrow before the school holidays so lots of fun planned … don’t miss out!

musical magic at Beith Astro

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Last night we were lucky to be joined by some wonderful musicians who showed off their talents entertaining us around the campfire. It was a great evening, the weather was on our side, everybody pitched in to help with chopping firewood and food preparation … a big thank you to everyone who brought something for the BBQ, it was al delicious! The entertainment included some favourites by Oasis, Greenday and some country classics that got everyone engrossed in the music and even joining in singing at times! The musicians and singers were brilliant, capturing everyone and creating a lovely atmosphere that brought so many people together. Well done to Rose who did her first ever solo and blew us all away with her beautiful singing voice! We also had some wonderful duets and it was great to see some improvisation and creativity happening between a group who are bonded by music. The good vibes weren’t constrained to the campfire area though, as we were looking around we could see people on the football pitch dancing and the kids playing up in the woods singing along too. … And let’s not forget the marshmallow madness … nothing beats toasting on an open fire! A big big thank you to everyone who joined us last night and especially to the guitarists, violinist, singers, drummer and Gillian Ritchie who organised the music for giving up their time and making the night so special. Check out our pics on facebook.

 

Virtual tour around the world of food

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Last night saw an end to our current block of cooking classes and we are very proud of what our little chefs have achieved!

This session involved us taking a virtual trip to the Philippines to see how rice is grown and cultivated, giving us a real sense of appreciation for the work farmers do and how valuable and precious our food is.

Running with the theme of grain we made some delicious oat biscuits, a simple recipe with delicious results! These little pros knew exactly how to follow the steps, sieving, mixing, rolling and baking to perfection. As the biscuits were baking away, filling the whole building with that home baking smell we took some time to learn about different types of grains, where they come from, what they look like and what we can make from them. Very interesting to learn about some of the foods we eat everyday!

We would like to thank the wonderful Jennifer for sharing her skills and knowledge with us over the last 6 weeks and we can’t wait for the next block to start.

Keep up the good work little master chefs!!

Soup group changing the world

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We had great fun at soup group last night! The session began with a game of pop up dodgeball which always brings out a competitive streak in everyone! We then played a dangerous game of cat and mouse which resulted in all of the mice being eaten and then we played another game called splat which helped to keep the kids on their toes and improves observation and timing skills.

We then played a game called cups and saucers which involves 2 teams, some with normal standing cones and some with upside down cones, with the aim of the game to have the cones turned in your teams favour when the time is up. This is a great game which helps to improve team work.

Before our soup on the fire, we went into the eco hut, split into pairs and drew our perfect world! We illustrated what we would like in our world and what we would rather not have if we had the power.

These were the ideas they came up with:

We would like: Rainbows every day, more sunshine, the moon to be a disco ball, more chocolate, multi coloured stars, real life unicorns, more oxygen, wish trees, world peace, more bouncy balls, more kind people, more animals, more bikes and scooters and more people smiling. Sam also drew a happy land which looks like a lovely place to live.

We would not like: Unkind people, violence, poverty, carbon dioxide, bullies, litter, less rain and less sick people (unhealthy).

Sounds like a nice world to me, hope some of these kids stand at the next election !!

Thank also to Alex who made some delicious soup from vegetables we grew here in our very own polytunnel … it went down a treat and helped us as a community to reduce our carbon footprint !!

Breakfast club in a spin

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Since the sunshine was hiding this morning, we hid from the rain and let the kids demonstrate their artistic skills. The opportunity to improvise is always welcomed and is great for us to get an insight into how our kids express themselves. Today we had some lovely pictures from the girls ranging from drawings of nature and starts from favourite films .. and the boys took a slightly different approach designing and decorating model aeroplanes … although we think the turbulents may have been too much this morning!

Our walk to school was filled with balance exercises and one of the kids’ favourite to date … spinning all the way up the red brae hill … I hope they are not too dizzy to learn in class today!!

Only 1 week left of breakfast club before the summer holidays so why not bring your little one down to try it out and see how much fun we are having!!

Cats and mice take over breakfast club

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This morning we had a new breakfast club recruit and the kids had great fun showing Andrew the ropes!

After our usual Tuesday morning breakfast chat, sharing all of our exciting stories from the weekend (and the kids guessing Claire and Lisa’s ages just to ruin our day) we made our way out onto the pitch to play some energising games! The favourite game of the morning was cats and mice … a game where the cats have to chase the mice and catch their tails. This was exciting and competitive with Callum demonstrating his impressive speed, outsmarting all the cats!

Despite everyone being puffed out we still had the walk to school to tackle and as always this walk is no ordinary walk. Today’s challenge was to weave through the railings and still make it to school on time … and as you can see from our picture this challenge was happily accepted.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s fun …

Carbon crib’s trash musical show

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As always we had lots of fun, eco friendly activities for our kids coming along to carbon crib last night! We began with a word search about global warming which taught us a lot about what is happening to our planet through our activities and how we can reduce the harm to earth.

We then made our way to the lovely woods where we collected sticks to make special bug houses. This requires following a specific technique, the strategy used by tribal people in remote villages all over the world still today. Our secure structures will provide shelter and safety to a variety of species of wildlife, particularly insects and mice.

We finished our session by improvising musically. Our ids are all great at singing and performing but we needed some musical instruments to compliment their talents! We found a great selection of trash that we improvised with to create something very cool. We used plastic bottles with stones inside, traffic cones, lids, sticks and spades to create the sounds of drums, maracas, drums and symbols … allowing the kids to deliver some spectacular performances of some frozen favourites and some rock classics. Entertainment that is kind to the planet … great!

 

kids’ pizzeria

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Last night our little chefs created their very own pizzeria restaurant! We started by making the dough by adding the ingredients and then making a big ball to roll out to make a crispy, delicious base for our yummy toppings! We chopped up some juicy tomatoes and also some courgettes that we grew ourselves in our polytunnel … making it even more scrumptious!

While our pizzas were turning golden brown in the oven, we did some artwork. The kids had a slice of pizza to draw (one to resemble their favourite pizza ever … and one to resemble what they thought the healthiest pizza ever was ). We got some very impressive ideas and we were happy to see that the kids were using the knowledge they have gained from coming to our classes when adding ingredients.

Great fun and some great cooking skills too!

 

Nurture group train ride

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This morning we were graced with beautiful weather for our weekly nurture group session. I collected the kids from Beith primary at 9.30am who were super excited to come and play in our dens and explore the garden.

The walk down to the astro involved some counting challenges with Dean earning a prize for getting the answer right through his dedication to the challenge and stern concentration. When we reached the gates the kids were given 5 mins free play and then we made our way onto the pitches to play some exciting games. One of the games we played was worms which involves the ‘birds’ collecting worms to take back to their nest, dodging the crows who steal the worms!! Everyone was a good sport and did well but I was even more impressed with the next game which involved kids passing a ball to each other through cones on their head. They demonstrated great team work, brilliant cooperation and impressive concentration!

After all that hard work we made our way back to school … in a different fashion. We made a human train through hoops and I was so pleased with how the kids worked together and concentrated on the task the whole 15 min walk to the gates! Everyone then enjoyed a well earned sweetie to say well done for their efforts before heading off for playtime in the sun.

Taylor earns her playmaker award

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Congratulations to Taylor Mackie for earning her playmaker award last night. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this award, it involves kids taking part in sessions that develop good leadership skills, building up to the planning and delivery of a session independently as the session leader.

Taylor has ben planning her session carefully for a few weeks and was excited to get her chance to explain it to the others. Taylor did really well dividing the group into teams and providing them with their team bands and took time explaining the rules of the game. The rules are a bit similar to football with a few twists like the goalie being in their own teams goals to help the goal get into the box and turning the box up to prevent the other team getting it back out.

Taylor did well in remembering all of her leadership skills including effective communication, inclusion, fairness and confidence. She delegated responsibilities well too such as setting up equipment which was essential for the success of the game. This session was very creative and everyone enjoyed it.

Well done Taylor!

Derren earns his playmaker award

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Congratulations to Derren Robin who earned his playmaker award last night with his interesting game of ‘kickball’. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this award, it is connected to the Sports leader award and involves kids taking part in several sessions learning good leadership skills, progressing on to learning how to plan and deliver a session to a group independently as the session leader.

Derren’s game started with a similar set up to rounders, with players at different bases throughout the playing field. Derren selected teams fairly and directed them to their allocated areas, one team were kicking and one team were fielders ready for the fun to start. The idea was to kick your shot far enough away that you and the other players could make it as far around the field as possible, or even better … get a home run. Derren explained his game well, gave clear instructions and was keen to take feedback at the end. Derren did very well settling disputes over foul play and kept scores in an organised way, he was fair, consistent and inclusive, skills which he recognises as good leadership qualities.

Well done Derren!

soup group catching worms

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Last night the kids arrived with an extra skip in their step, fuelled by ice lollies and sunshine! As the weather was so nice we abandoned the arts and crafts and spent our whole session playing games on the pitch, making the most of every second of it! We began with a new game called ‘worms’ that we learned from Mark our sports development manager that involves relaying, dodge balling and tigging all in one game as birds have to collect worms for their nests and avoid being caught by the crow! This game caused hilarity with different rounds seeing different winners demonstrating survival of the fittest in our eco system.

We then played some games which involved teamwork such as passing ball on a cone on our heads along a line, requiring great team skills, coordination skills and concentration!

We finished up by enjoying some lovely soup as a reward for our great sporting efforts before some of the kids made their way to the strawberry fair.

Great night, great fun!

Don’t ‘dodge’ the breakfast club

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This morning we had lots of fun in the sun playing dodgeball! This game is like no other game of dodgeball though … it is much faster, involves everyone having a ball and relies on your tagger getting tagged to get you back in … confused??

There was fierce competition (and not just from the children) which involved dodging some good shots and some head to head stand offs but in the end Callum was crowned the dodgeball champion taking Emily out with a bomber shot!

The walk to school was full of excitement as some of our kids were preparing for their school trip to the beach. We hope their breakfast gives them enough energy to build the biggest sandcastles and jump the biggest waves!

Can’t wait to hear all about it tomorrow!

Carbon crib getting in touch with nature

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You will all be familiar with our Eco project by now … and last night helped our kids add another layer of knowledge about green living.

The session started with recycling some old CDs into decorative art for our eco hut. We learned all about where the CDs would have gone otherwise and how landfill can contribute to global warming. I am always impressed with their creativity and also their solutions for reusing scrap materials, things I might never have come up with without their wild imaginations!

Next we made some art, getting close to nature by using pencils to create the pattern from tree trunks which we cut into pretty shapes. By helping kids feel a sense of connection to the natural environment we hope to help them make decisions based on their appreciation of, and desire to sustain the planet.

We finished by playing an interesting game I learned on a sustainable development course in Gloucester in which the kids are put in pairs with one person blindfolded. Their partner then leads them around a garden space letting them discover things through smell, sound, touch and taste. This game always provides interesting results because we usually interpret the world through sight mostly. If you get the chance to try this then please do, a great way to experience your surroundings!

Team BCDT triumphs at the SVCO Scottish Charity Awards

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Last night team BCDT got their gladrags and sparkly shoes on and travelled up to Edinburgh for the SCVO Scottish Charity Awards 2015 at the Assembly Rooms.

We still can’t quite believe we won the Celebrating Communities category and were all thrilled when they announced Beith Trust as the winners. Alex took to the stage for our acceptance speech and did a remarkably good job:

“Thank you very much to everybody who has nominated us and voted for us! None of the work at Beith Trust would have been possible without the hard work, commitment and enthusiasm of our volunteers, directors, staff and the fantastic support of the community. We are absolutely delighted to be here and hope everyone has a great night, thank you!”

Paul Cardwell from Third Force News says “The charity triumphed after impressing the judges with its efforts to improve the mental and physical fitness of its local community.” You can check out his article here.

We are so grateful to everyone involved in this charity – it would not have been possible without you all and this is just the first step in getting our wee town on the map. Three cheers for Beith!

Little chefs say cheese!

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Yesterday our amazing little chefs were surprised to find out how delicious apple and cheese muffins could be! This turned out to be a messy recipe with flour a-flying, eggs a-cracking and apples hardly making it into the mixture, ending up in tummy’s instead!

We were very impressed with how the skills have developed over the last few weeks with our little chefs  needing little assistance in creating their culinary masterpieces. When the mixture was ready and baking away nicely in the oven we had some time to learn a bit about where our food comes from. This week we were learning about different types of cheese and where they come from in Scotland including Arran, the Orkney Islands and Lockerbie, places we located on a map of Scotland. Then we watched a video all about how cheese is made,  who knew so much effort went into making it!

It was well worth it though, the muffins came out perfectly and the smell wafted through the whole community centre proving how brilliant these little masterchefs really are!

Yesterday our amazing little chefs were surprised to find out how delicious apple and cheese muffins could be! This turned out to be a messy recipe with flour a-flying, eggs a-cracking and apples hardly making it into the mixture, ending up in tummy’s instead!

We were very impressed with how the skills have developed over the last few weeks with our little chefs  needing little assistance in creating their culinary masterpieces. When the mixture was ready and baking away nicely in the oven we had some time to learn a bit about where our food comes from. This week we were learning about different types of cheese and where they come from in Scotland including Arran, the Orkney Islands and Lockerbie, places we located on a map of Scotland. Then we watched a video all about how cheese is made,  who knew so much effort went into making it!

It was well worth it though, the muffins came out perfectly and the smell wafted through the whole community centre proving how brilliant these little masterchefs really are!

Soup group sink or swim

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Soup group was packed full of fun last night! We started by adding some colour to the trees with decorated recycled bicycle wheels, demonstrating the children’s creativity.

We then played an educational game with Alex which involved searching for objects and testing whether they would sink or swim with some interesting discoveries made!

After all that fun we headed onto the pitch for some playmaker activities where some of the kids got a step closer to earning their award with games involving coordination, balance, teamwork and good communication. Amy then taught us a cool rhyme that she learned at her recent 9 day course on volunteering and youth work in Gloucester where she spent the time learning with 30 other people from all over Europe. The rhyme was called Gouley Gouley and had some actions that tested our memories and the next game (the colour challenge) tested our flexibility where the leader instructed the kids to stand in a circle and place different hands and feet on different colours on people’s clothing, creating what can only be described as a human tangle.

The session then ended with soup on the campfire with thanks to Alison Nobel and some yummy snacks from Erin’s mum  and we were joined by a little frog who wanted to take part in the campfire games.

Really nice to see some new faces this week too! See you all next week

Breakfast club in silence

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This morning we enjoyed some of our favourite cereals while we sang along to some country and soul … the kids asked me to put on my good tunes before mark had the chance to put his on … he is known for some interesting music choices and some very very bad singing!

After breakfast we played what seems to be the favourite game … hide and seek in the woods where Ryan and Esme had us all puzzled with their genius hiding places! The garden space is a great place for hide and seek with plenty of trees and dens to hide in and behind.

In true breakfast club fashion we started the walk to school with a challenge … toady’s was to do the whole walk to school in complete silence with the first one to speak the loser as well as walking up the hill backwards! Everyone completed the challenge despite the hilarity of trying to communicate to each other through gestures and we were all relieved to get to the school gate and talk again … to wish each other a happy day!

Looking forward to next week!

Breakfast club with a twist!

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The wild weather didn’t keep our keen breakfast club down! … it did keep us inside though!! After fuelling up on cereal, fruit juice and exciting stories shared from the weekend we led the kids into the games room where they were surprised to find … twister!

The game created hilarity between the kids with them falling down one by one leaving Emily crowned as the Twister queen! Maybe her gymnastics skills aided her good balance!

The walk to school involved some challenges like counting the number of steps to school, looking at wildlife and road safety games.

Tune in again tomorrow to hear what fun we have!

Playmaker Scheme, Behind the Scenes!

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Recently I posted a blog about the Play Maker Scheme, an hour a week 6 week course to improve social skills and leadership qualities while working towards a Sports Leader Qualification. It’s a great opportunity for the kids that attend soup group and it couldn’t be made possible without our fantastic volunteer Alex Tattersall.

When Alex isn’t waiting tables or studying in University, she’s volunteering here for soup group and helping the children achieve their Play Maker Award. I had the opportunity to ask Alex a bit about her role in the Play Maker Scheme and she described it as such; “I prepare the activities beforehand and prepare a session plan which makes it easier for me to deliver the sessions. I help the kids to understand important qualities needed to become a good leader through different activities including sports and arts and crafts. This makes it more fun for the children instead of just standing there giving them information, they get to experience it for themselves.” Alex clearly puts in a lot of effort to provide the children the best experience and opportunity possible. The sessions usually last around 30-45 minutes, Alex says she loves to take suggestions from the kids and put them into practice, making it a more interactive experience for them. I asked Alex what she gets out of volunteering here and how she plans to implement these skills in her future. She told me that she has gained a lot of outdoor experience and also gives her experience with planning her own sessions which has improved her confidence. Alex is studying to be a teacher in University and she is going to use her experiences here to help her along that path. When Alex was completing her teacher training placement she came here to volunteer as well as lots of other groups, after completing that part of her course we still have the pleasure of having her here!  

Alex is arguably the best student we have ever had here and has been a fantastic volunteer, we thank her for all of her hard work with Soup Group and the children who attend. Why not bring your kids to Soup Group and you can see firsthand all the fantastic work our volunteers do, why not bring your kids along and see for yourself.

taosting marshmallows

taosting marshmallows

 

Cubs Earn Environmental Conservation Badge at Astro

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Last night we did our last session with the 21 cubs dedicated to helping to protect the planet from global warming. Following on from our previous sessions, we had some elements of the criteria still to cover to complete the cubs’ understanding of climate change and solutions that fit into our every day lives.

We started with splitting the group into 3 and having a ‘rap off’ about the pros and cons of different sourc

 

es of green energy sources where we had some interesting lyrics like:

“Wind turbines are really cool, use them as a different type of fuel”

and

“look at the energy coming from the sun, giving you light and power to your telly”.

Well done to Andrew Lamont for the impressive beat boxing too!

Next we learned about the detrimental effects of throwing plastic bottles away and the benefits of recycling or reusing instead. We collected one each from the recycling piles and made bird feeders from one half and planters from the other half where each cub got to close their eyes and pick a magical seed to plant to take care of at home.

Then we all got into character, playing the parts of different parts of the eco system in a practical demonstration of how damaging one part of the system destroys the whole system and how the tree is vital to our survival!

We ended our session by identifying different crops in the polytunnel and harvesting some veg and herbs to take home!

Well done to everyone and we hope you use your new knowledge and skills well!

Soup group rainy days

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Well done to the all weather troopers who came along to soup group last night and didn’t stop smiling despite the rain!

The session started with the biggest word search we have ever seen! The kids were split into 2 teams: Boys who were the lightening god apple team and the girls who were the purple thunder team were against each other and against the clock with each team member having 1 minute to try to find a word before swapping with the next person on their side, competing to find different countries. We found many countries from all over the world but the boys won with a decisive 8:4 win!

Next we made art from wax, and we were very impressed with the level of creativity (see pics to be wowed)!

Next, we made our very own bubble machine (well … we made it from sticks, string and good old fairy liquid!) Kaleb showed some great talent in making the biggest bubbles and Sam was very kind in showing kiera how to use it!

You are also probably wondering why we asked you to bring glass jars … Karen Ronald kindly gave us some delicious baguettes and we made our own butter from cream. You do this by shaking whipped cream in a jar (take care – your arm will get tired!) and then we added some wild garlic and enjoyed some delicious garlic bread and marshmallows (which the kids earned by telling us a fact about one of the countries found earlier on the wordsearch … very interesting exercise! ha ha See you all next week!

Astro Bike on tour

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This week we had the pleasure of delivering our delicious home grown produce to people in the community. We delivered lettuces, radishes and Parsley on our eco -friendly astro bike, made by Uula Jero at the People’s Utility Bike Company, helping us to reduce our carbon footprint throughout Beith.

As this was the first time our bike left the astro on a daytrip, we weren’t surprised to find people staring and wondering what we were doing but thanks to everyone who gave us support for our efforts and even gave us a donation in exchange for some delicious vegetables that our staff, volunteers and children have put so much effort into growing over the past few months.

We are looking to make up some veg boxes in the future and we would love for you to tell us where you live and what you would like and we will happily deliver straight to your door.

Remember to keep an eye on our facebook page to see posts about why growing your own food and buying from local producers is so much more beneficial financially and environmentally! Stay tuned for our next outing!

Work Placement Blog – Euan Smith

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For my work experience I went to Beith Community Development Trust to help out at the office with the website and Facebook pages this was fun because I really like using computers and gadgets. On my first day I helped schedule Facebook posts for the clubs that are held at Beith Astro then I went on to use mail chimp and sent a group e-mail out letting people know what is going on down here at the Astro. On my second day I Facebook scheduled again and made new web pages which was fun and interesting on day 3 I interviewed Sean and William about their first day and wrote a blog on it which you can check out here. I also worked on more web pages which was fun. On the 4th day I went out and took photos for the Nurture Group and then edited and uploaded them once that was finished I when back on to scheduling the Facebook posts I also stayed late to film some videos of the Thursday fun 4’s group. On the day 5 I went on to edit the videos I filmed once that was finished it was time for me to go. I want to thank the staff of The Beith Development Trust for letting me learn new skills and have a load of fun while doing it.

Little Chefs

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Last night our 10 little chefs showed off their cooking skills by making some delicious cheese and chive puffs!

We started by mixing ingredients together in a big bowl … which always get messy … and is their favourite bit for exactly that reason! Then we grated the cheese in special winding graters and chopped up some chives after spending quite some time convincing the kids that it wasn’t grass ha ha.

When all the ingredients were added we made put little bite sized portions on baking trays and put them in the oven, excited to see what they would taste like! While the puffs were puffing we had some other activities for our little chefs … the first was onion tasting. We learned about some different types of onions … and tasted them too … creating some of the most interesting facial expressions ever! Then we played a game to illustrate how germs can be passed and to promote food hygiene which involved shaking hands along a line and seeing how much glitter passes from the first person to the last person in the line! I think it is safe to say our little chefs will be keen to wash their hands before meals from now on!

We ended on a quick quiz about food helping our kids to learn more about where their food comes from, different types of healthy food and how it can be grown before getting to taste our yummy food! It is great to see kids getting excited (despite not getting to make chocolate cake), what a difference when they are involved in the process of making something from scratch! Well done to them all!

Courtney Earns Playmaker Award

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As you all know some of our wonderful kids have been developing good leadership skills, including planning sessions, delivering sessions and using feedback in a constructive way to develop skills and earn their playmaker award! Last night it was Courtney’s turn to shine and she did a great job!

Courtney gathered all the equipment she would need for her game and then she split the group into 2 teams. She explained the rules of the games which were:

In teams of 5, start at one end of the pitch, throw the ball to a team member who must be ahead of you and continue with this until your team makes it to the other end of the pitch. If the ball is dropped then the team must go back to the start.

This game was great fun, well organised, promoted both teamwork and competitiveness and was fast paced, exciting and hilarious!

Courtney then did very well asking for and responding to feedback on the game which was all positive! Well done Courtney, you will make an excellent leader 🙂

Soup Group Fun

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Last night we were very pleased to see some new kids coming along to learn about the fun we have every week at soup group. The sessions started off with the group being split into two teams and playing a competitive card game of pairs. This game is a great way of improving memory skills, but it was also really nice to see the kids working together and helping their team mates win points.

We then moved onto a different game … with just as much hilarity. This game involved the kids standing in a circle, and passing a rugby ball around the circle anti-clockwise with the aim of the ball beating a runner around the circle. We saw some fast running and some fast passing … and lots of laughing!!

Next we made a campfire and while we were toasting marshmallows the kids were each given a scenario about a dangerous situation and were asked to give us ideas on how to stay safe in each situation. This included things like getting lost, meeting strangers, fire safety and road safety. This game was inspired through the initiative being driven by the Scottish Government about teaching kids to become responsible citizens … and everyone earned their marshmallows for showing exactly that!

Thanks also to Angela Morris for making some delicious sandwitches. Looking forward to next week everyone!

Work placement interview

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I had the privilege of interviewing with Sean and William about their first day here at Beith Community Development Trust, I prepared six question that they had to answer. When I asked them what they did on their first day they told me that they were doing painting and weeding and that they enjoyed it after that I asked them if they enjoyed working with their colleagues Sean answered that it was good and they were good people and when I asked William he jokingly said that It was good but it would be better without Ross. I also asked what they expected to do at work placement before they came and if they had done anything that they had expected – they both expected to be doing what they are doing painting and gardening after that I ask if they would work here again they both said yes and for my last question I asked them what they hoped to do on Thursday and Friday William said he would like to build something and Sean said he would like to do something other than painting. The structure they are building is a hut on posts and it looks like it coming along nicely. It has upper and lower levels and looks very professional so far, it should be a great addition to the many structures that are already built here and will look great when it’s done. Sean and William are great new arrivals to Beith Astro’s ultimate construction team.DSC04946

Breakfast Club Fun!

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IMG_3242IMG_3243We were blessed with some sunshine this morning which was perfect for our cereal fuelled outdoor fun! First we played a game of hide and seek (which is quite a challenge with all the trees, dens and hiding holes in our garden). Me and Claire were the seekers and thankfully found everyone on time to make it to school (joking)!

Next, we played some sports games! We did balance competitions (which Emily won hands down), some backwards races, crawling races and some skipping races … though I am sure I saw some cheating during this one!

Then after all that fun it was time to walk to school … but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. Each child was given a task to carry out on the walk to school like ‘count how many houses we pass’, ‘count how many feet you see’ and ‘count how many lamp posts we pass’ as well as our physical challenge of keeping hands above our heads walking up big hills! Lots to concentrate on!

Glad we set everyone up for a productive day of learning. See you all again on Tuesday!

 

Euan Smith-My first day at work experience

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I’ve started my work experience at Beith Astro on my first day I scheduled Facebook post for the Astro’s website the posts were posters for different activities at Beith Astro these include Astro balls, Girls Football, astro parties, astro tots and disability Football. After I had finished the Facebook activities I had to update the slider on the beith astro website. When I was finished the slider I then went on to go and use mail chimp to make a group e-mail about the activities I wrote about on the Facebook page. I really enjoyed my first day at beith astro because it was a calm day and wasn’t to hectic.

Zak McNee – My Work Experience Week!

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My Week at Work Experience

This week at Beith Trust has been great, I have learned a whole load of new skills e.g. how to update and schedule a website, how to use WordPress. I have had a chance to see what a local business workplace is like. I have enjoyed the whole time, the people that I have been working with have been so kind and funny.

The Beginning (Day 1)

On the first day I was introduced to the team; Alex the one that has the dogs, Jane the Boss, Amy the receptionist, Jonny the Computer Whiz, Lisa the Project worker and Claire the Graphics and slave master. Furthermore I wrote a blog and uploaded it to Beith Astro, I scheduled some advertising posters on the Beith Astro Facebook page.

Day 2

On the second day I interviewed a member of staff, Mark Gray about his job in Beith Astro, I made a blog and posted it on Beith Trust’s website. Also I scheduled more things for Beith Astro’s Facebook page.

Day 3

On the third day I added new information and a new page to the Beith Astro website. I also added some scheduling on the Facebook page

Out and ABOUT Day (day 4)

On the second last day I was set with the task of going round the local shops asking if they knew any facts about Beith. I got really good feed back form the locals and they where all willing to participate.

The Last Day (day 5)

On the last day I wrote this blog. I also uploaded it to the Beith Trust page.

Work Experience Week – Livia Amzu

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Work Experience Week

 

This week, “Work Experience Week”, I joined Beith Community Development Trust and Beith Astro. I’ve enjoyed it very much because, everyday I had different challenging tasks to do and I managed to do them very successfully and put my effort in everything that I’ve created and wrote for blogs, articles , interviews, website updating, schedule, community calendar, mail chimp and also a short movie presenting the Girls Football where are some pictures and shots from their warm up and in the end, their wonderful game which was a really good match.

In this week I also learnt a lot of new staff together with Claire, Jonny, Alex, Amy and Lisa who helped me every time and tough me to do interesting things on PC, which were new for me, and now I can manage to do all the stuff that I wasn’t able to do them when I came here.

For me the most challenging task that I had to do was to take an interview of Amy and try to get some information about her work. Firstly I had to make up some questions for Amy’s work and once I got the answers and the information that I needed,   I had to make a blog and write as much as I can about Amy’s work and her opinion about it. We had a nice and enjoyable conversation that also made me to understand what she is actually doing and preparing for her SVQ work.

I also enjoyed when I went outside with Zack – the other student that joined the work experience in the same week as me, and walked together along Beith and ask people questions about “ Which is the most interesting fact about Beith?”.

We received some interesting answers from people with a lot of historical knowledge and find out a lot of fascinating facts about Beith. I’m very glad that I met these people and gave us sufficient information that we needed.

I had a great time together with all the staff from Beith Trust and made to appreciate their hard work and their effort for people who want to do some exercise, sport, take some lessons of cooking, encourage people to do parties and enjoy their day together with neighbours and a lot of remarkable ideas and plans for people future.

I’m glad that I applied to Beith Trust ,because it was a nice experience for me and let me to see how is to work and prepare  me for  the future that it might be similar to this work.

I want to thanks to everybody for their warm welcome and their kind and nice manners that made me to feel that I’m part of their big family and made me to feel very comfortable and relaxed, and this week to be a part of my memory.

Thank you very much again guys for your kindness and I wish you a lot of success in your work and hope you will have a great and wonderful future! J

Little Chef’s Culinary Delights

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P1120595 P1120600 P1120601 P1120584 P1120585 P1120586 P1120587 P1120588 P1120590 P1120594Yesterday afternoon we saw some very excited and talented kids come together to practice their cooking skills and learn more about the food they eat. These wee stars put a lot of effort into weighing, mixing, chopping (and sneaking tastes of) a list of ingredients! Getting messy was well worth it though because we ended up with delicious raspberry cakes which went down a treat … we just hope the little chefs managed not to eat them all on the way home so people at home can taste how yummy they are.

While the cakes were baking we had a bit of time tasting and learning about different types of berries including blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries with some mixed reactions! Did you know that the strawberry is the only fruit that’s seeds grow on the outside of it?, or that different shades of blueberries have different tastes?

We also did a fun activity organising different fruits and vegetables into the seasons that they grow in, a task the kids loved and showed a growing knowledge on eating in a way which helps us protect our planet. Great job guys, see you all next week

Cubs Earning Environmental Conservation Badge

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cubs environment badgeBeith trust had lots of special wee helpers here last night from the cubs earning their environmental badge. The session began with a quiz which involved the cubs running to the area which represented different answers to a question about our planet.  The kids were asked things like ‘is the earth getting hotter or colder’ and what contributes more to global warming, walking to the shops or watching TV’. Impressively many of the kids got every answer right, though it was funny to watch some kids however between both sides because they didn’t want to commit to an answer.

Next, the cubs got into their high vis vests and were split into teams to do a litter pick … and I don’t think I have ever seen anyone as excited about litter before he he. Both teams did a great job … but that wasn’t the challenge over! … Next we had a challenge between 3 teams to see who could separate rubbish into piles ready to go into the correct bins, choosing from normal bin, recycling bin and brown bin … a challenge which caused lots of great discussion and great answers!

To meet another criterion for the badge the cubs helped us with our garden by taking on a big weeding challenge! This involved differentiating between plants and weeds and disposing of weeds in our compost area … and also involved a lot of getting mucky!

We ended by splitting the cubs into 3 separate teams and we held our eco election where the 3 groups created policies and took to the stage to present their ideas on how to make the planet a better place. The electorate (the cub leaders). Group 1 were voted for in an overwhelming majority due to their policies like reducing CO2 emissions through driving less, putting more solar panels in buildings and developing systems to prevent littering. I hope the newly elected ‘planet protectors’ can push these policies through and make the change we are all hoping for!

Soup Group Fun in the Sun

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Soup group was blessed with glorious sunshine again last night which put everyone in good spirits. We started by tackling a very relevant issue for kids of this age … bullying through a game called ‘lend a hand’ where each child is given a scenario and the others offer to lend a hand by providing a possible solution. We covered some of the main reasons for bullying including race, class and disability and I was very impressed by how open minded our kids are and how progressive their thinking is on this subject, giving answers like “tell someone you trust” and “include the person being bullied in you group of friends so they are not lonely”, lovely to hear.

Next we had a search across the whole outdoor area for some hidden clues that spelt out a 10 letter sentence … it was neck and neck with both teams demonstrating brilliant cooperative working to eventually spell out “we love soup” … but they hadn’t quite worked up an appetite for the campfire yet … so next on the agenda was football, races, the cooperative stand up in pairs and in a group, which I think actually resulted in more cooperative falling down he he! And since everyone was on the floor already we had each child arrange the others into a giant shape … though I think we made some shapes up which we will have to add to the mathematicians’ lists J

The session ended with delicious soup made by Papa Lees, thanks very much!!! … and some marshmallow toasting which is always a favourite J

 

 

Bread Wars! Home Grown vs Shop Bought

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In the last few days I have spoken to Kate our volunteer gardener about various things to do with food and health, one thing we have been discussing is the benefits of home grown food over commercially purchased food. Kate was telling me that recently her father made some homemade bread with her and she was surprised to see how few ingredients went into it and how great it tasted when it was finished. The three necessary ingredients in bread are yeast, flower and water, when you look at the ingredients on a loaf of bread bought from your local shop you will notice there are many, many more ingredients in it. Why is this? Well first of all when you bake your own bread you can eat it right away, this is not the case with shop bought bread which has to baked, packaged, transported and put on the shelves before you can buy it. In order for the bread to stay fresh and still taste good by the time you get it home most companies will add extra ingredients like preservatives, sugar and salt.

Sadly in our country homegrown food has definitely declined over the last hundred years which is not the case for many other countries like France and Italy who have a thriving food culture with homemade products sold nearly everywhere! Homemade food tastes good, is good for you, cheap and most importantly making our own food is a part of our culture and history! It can be a great hobby and something that you can get your kids involved with in the kitchen! Make your own bread, put something crazy in it if you like and please leave me a comment on how it turned out. Happy baking!

 

Mark’s Marvellous Mind – Mark Gray’s Blog

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Today I had the pleasure of speaking with the Beith Trust’s Sport Development Instructor, Mark Gray, he has been a dedicated member of Beith Trust for the last year. Mark said that he loves working in Beith Trust because of the people that work in the offices and the people that come into coach. He also loves working in Beith Trust because he gets to work with the local community and meet new people every day. Mark’s favourite things about Beith Trust is the staff because they are the ones that keep him entertained during the day when he is not coaching.

I was wondering what plans mark had for the future involving Beith Trust. He said that he was planning on starting some new and existing clubs; Multisport that will include various different sports, Netball and Family Fun Friday that will involve the whole family in a range of fun and active activities. Furthermore I asked mark about his sporting background and he replied by saying he used to play for a Linwood football team he also used to manage a team in Linwood and go running to keep fit.

Mark coaches or helps with the Majority of sports and activates held within Beith Trust. He helps with Astro Balls, Girls Football, Astro Parties Astro Tots, Disability Football, The play Scheme Club, Summer Sunday Sessions, Walking Football, Footie Five and Breakfast Club.

 

 

Beith Trust’s Polytunnel, Preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse!

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Today I spoke to our green thumbed volunteer, Kate who takes care of all of our growing and gardening needs down here at the Trust about what’s currently growing in our polytunnel. Before learning more about our agricultural asset I was convinced that it was a contingency plan for a zombie apocalypse but obviously this is not the case. Turns out we are currently growing 14 different species of vegetables and fruits; courgettes, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, parsnips, herbs, radishes etc. The time required to grow of all the species of fruits and vegetables varies from species to species, some take only weeks others like carrots for example take months! Some require to be nourished more frequently than others and some need more space, many combinations of variables have to be considered and leaves room to expand your gardening knowledge and it can be a very enjoyable hobby!

From the very little knowledge of farming I already had I was aware that large commercial farms used pesticides, other chemicals and preservatives. Kate doesn’t use any sort of pesticides, or chemicals that can induce an allergic reaction which conversely is not the usual practice in larger organizations that grow similar products albeit in much larger quantities. Kate explained that in the polytunnel there are obviously pests that can be detrimental to the vegetation but there are also other pests higher on the food chain than them, so nature takes its course and the plants are grown with water and soil exclusively.

The fruit and vegetables we grow are given back to our local community and we hope that having the polytunnel here will inspire people to perhaps grow their own food. It’s tastier, cheaper and healthier than consumer bought products and is so easy to do yourself. It’s a great way to spend time with your children, educate them on healthy eating, nature and is a great bonding experience especially during the sunny weather! It’s also a fantastic hobby for elderly people as it is not too laborious, it’s cheap, easy to start, has a lot of depth to it and just like any hobby can be very addicting once you become immersed in it. Why not try it yourself and let us know how you get on? Start with something simple like lettuce, peas or radishes, water them every day, remove all the weeds and when they’re finished growing make something nice for yourself, you won’t regret it!

If you would like any more information or would like advice on growing your own fruits and vegetables just drop by!

 

Amy SVQ’s work

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Amy SVQ’s work

 

Her SVQ work is about business admin, word documents, banking, answering the phone and taking bookings for example, if somebody phones, she will make sure that the person is booked in for what he/she wished for (e.g. football) and she can check the relevant information that the person requires.

When she is writing, it motivates her that she knows she will finish soon and as quick as she can. She started as a volunteer and then moved on to sessional work, which directed her to one day a week working and after doing an extremely good work moved on to a full time  position.

Most of the information that she achieved and presented in her SVQ came from her common sense, she kind of knew the question and most of it was stuff she already knew.

Lorraine gives her stuff to do for next week, prepares her for what she will have to do and makes sure Amy knows what she will be working on the following week.

All her work and writing, also improved her skills on data bases, how to do invoices and banking and how to use Microsoft.

Right now she in working on finishing Level 3, which takes 3 months to do it , if you work quickly, and 9 months for most of the people. After she finishes her SVQ, she hopes that she will pass to the next level, a higher level which  will give her more work to do, but also she will be more satisfied and proud of her work because she reached Level 4.

When she started to do the SVQ she felt confident and sure. She also felt the pressure and got stressed when she had a deadline  with a lot of work, sometimes work which needed to be finished for the next day.

She is pretty proud that she managed to do the work in 3 months, she was happy and confident when she started it and now she is very pleased that she will finally finish it and go to the next challenging , Level 4.

I’m very happy and pleased that I’ve found out what Amy is doing and how she is enjoying it. It was a pleasure to have a conversation with her and also I’ve found out some interesting things about her work and also her future stuff. I wish her good luck in her career and she should never give up at what she is doing, because she is really good and has the ambition that allows  her to be motivated and always to believe in herself and her dreams because, I’m sure  she will have a great future.10345579_10203814500058606_636801869962581218_n 11126737_10205697764499040_7777238012172820736_n(1)

My first day of Work Experience – Livia Amzu

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This week I started work experience at Beith Community Development Trust it has only been my first day and I have already enjoyed it so much! I have created a blog and wrote some information about our new activities that children can get involved in and use their imagination during the lessons. It is a pleasure to write and announce new activities in our area that will stir interest and make people curious about new events.

The Beith Community Development Trust allows me to communicate and collaborate with interesting people that guide me to the right path. Also my vocabulary will improve a lot by writing about new events and will hep me understand that if you like your job, what you are writing and doing is coming from your passion and dedication, being a relaxing and not stressed work.

Beith Astro’s Ultimate Construction Team

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I had the great honor of speaking to the three musketeers of construction, Ross, Stuart and Sean who are working as facility assistants for Beith Community Development Trust. I wanted to learn a bit about the guys and see how they have enjoyed their experience here. Ross aged 17 has been working here for a year, Stuart aged 20 has recently gained employment after all the hard work he did here volunteering for the Prince’s Trust and 15 year old Sean who just started his first day of volunteering today.

Ross, Stuart and Sean have been tasked with building a sheltered hut on the incline at the back of grounds for children to hide from the bad weather during the rain and to be enjoyed by all visitors of the Trust. The hut is coming along fantastically, the main structure is already built, been painted, and they have already started decorating the inside of the hut. I asked Stuart and Ross what they were getting out of this activity and if they had learned any new skills. Ross and Stuart agreed that one of the best aspects of their role was the fact that they get to work outside in the fresh air. Stuart told me “I never knew any of these skills before I started here” referring to the building and carpentry skills he has acquired while here, he told me that they will be great for his future career and will “help get a foot in the door of employment”. Ross agreed that he has learned a lot of useful skills and he gets a great sense of achievement from his works and loves to build things.

Ross and Stuart have met lots of new people from the local community since they started here and said it has been a very positive experience, they said that they feel more like a part a of the community since they started working here. It’s Sean’s first day and he’s still learning the ropes but he’s optimistic for the future and has already learned everyone’s name!

These guys are great addition to the Beith Trust team and brighten everyone’s day with their cheery demeanor and affinity to tea making!

 

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Shortlisted for the Sports Leaders UK Young Leadership Trophy

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Beith Trust have been shortlisted for the Sports Leaders UK Young Leadership Trophy which will be presented at their annual ceremony, Give More. Become More at the House of Lords.

Sports Leaders UK are celebrating the success of organisations who promote Sports Leadership by awarding the Young Leadership Award. They will be recognising the work of young sports leaders nationwide and the successes of their Leadership Academy programme.

To apply for these awards we had to create a video showcasing the hard work and efforts of all of our young sports leaders – click here to view the video.

Here at Beith Trust we have provided volunteering opportunities for home grown community sports leader participants by running a football tournament, the Corey cup which brings together children from across the Garnock valley, running the anti-sectarian festival and putting on summer and Easter sports activity camps.

All the young leaders involved felt like they learned how to work together in a team but also be a leader in their own right, they learned how to keep the attention of a group of children with fun and engaging activities.

Sean, 17 says “Sports leader has helped me to get a job as it showed me leadership skills and has enabled me to coach other teams at Beith Development Trust”

We are delighted to be in the final for the Sports Leader Award it would not be possible without all the young leaders and our coaches from the Garnock Valley and the wider region.

Beith Trust Petition for Geilsland School

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Recently we have been trying to raise awareness and gather signatures in order to get enough community support for Beith Trust to buy Geilsland School and hold it in in trust as a community asset. We will need signatures from at least 10% of the registered voters that reside in Beith before we are able to make the plan we have for Geilsland School and its place in the community a reality. The loyal Beith Trust employees have taken to the streets in an effort to raise awareness of our petition and gather signatures from our local community.

So far we have been met with a very positive response by almost everyone we have spoken to, I personally have received great feedback from all the people I have spoken to and they were on board as soon as they found out that Beith Trust was interested in finding a positive community use for the school. Their used to be another beautiful school in Beith named “Spier’s School” which opened in 1888 and closed in 1972, it was a very beautiful and old building, it was undoubtedly a piece of Beith’s colorful history.

With this opportunity and the support of our community we can make sure that the future of Geilsland School supports something positive for the community. If you have any interest in this cause, have any suggestions or would like to help out with our position please give us a call or drop by!

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Mums Save the Planet

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Recently we were lucky enough to spend the afternoon with some mums and toddlers in our local community centre discussing different ways to reduce food waste. Why do we care so much about this? As these wonderful mums will tell you, it is beneficial to shop smart and store our food in smart ways because it saves time, money … and the planet. Win win!

So what can you do at home?

  1. You can buy seasonal food which reduces the air miles travelled from farm to plate
  2. You can select packaging that helps keep your food fresher for longer
  3. You can calculate your perfect portions to prevent making too much (this can be done at www.lovefoodhatewaste.com )
  4. Know your supermarket labels, remember food CAN be eaten past the best before date
  5. Store food appropriately and make use of the fridge and freezer to keep food fresher for longer

One of the best bits about the afternoon was hearing the mums come up with some delicious and creative meals from the list of ‘leftovers’ we gave them such as pizzas, stews, risottos, curry and more! We were really inspired by some of the ideas everyone came up with and it was so nice to see so many people actively engaged in this topic. Who wouldn’t want to save up to £700 per year whilst creating a greener world … and making more time to spend with each other rather than in the kitchen!

Soup Group Stars Serena and Kaleb Achieve Play Maker Award

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At Soup Group we have given the kids have been given a brilliant opportunity to put in an hour a week for a 6 week course called the Play Maker Award. This gives them the opportunity to develop their social skills and leadership qualities while working towards a Sports Leader Qualification which they can use in the future. Each week they take part in activities that will help them realize what skills they need to be an effective leader, learn to plan activities, reflect and analyze which activities are best for learning specific skills. At the end of the 6 week course each participant must create an activity or game, present it to a group of their peers and lead the group during the game/activity. Recently long time Soup Group goers Serena and Kaleb finished their 6 week course and achieved the Play Maker Award, both Kaleb and Serena came up with excellent activities which all the other kids at soup group loved!

Kaleb’s game focused more on communication, improving motor skills and developing commonality with the rest of the group. The game involved passing a football around the group contingent on telling the rest of the group their likes and dislikes, everyone had a great time and it was a great bonding experience for the group.

Serena created a game based around developing physical skills such as balance and co-ordination, following instructions and teamwork. It involved a relay race based game where two teams would have to run a relay race but each point where the baton was to passed on there was station where various activities had to be completed before continuing with the race.

Each child displayed great organizational, communication and leadership skills, we are very confident that the skills developed during the achievement of this award will be put to excellent use by these bright young people!

 

 

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