What is CYCJ doing?
As part of CYCJ's Wellbeing 'Week', CYCJ will aim to collectively (and virtually) walk the 874 miles between Land's End and John O'Groats. Any method of travel is permitted as long as it is under our own steam (walking, running, cycling, rollerskating etc). This challenge will last for 14 days and forms part of a range of CYCJ wellbeing week activities.
This will benefit CYCJ as it will encourage staff to step away from their desks and get some fresh air after a long year of working from home, as well as getting us to work together to raise money for a great cause that fits well with the CYCJ vision and values - The G20 Youth Festival. Any contribution you can give to this cause would be most appreciated.
The G20 Youth Festival
The G20 Youth Festival is a grassroots community youth project in North West Glasgow, working to enable the most marginalised and excluded young people to become confident and valued members of their community. They are working locally to tackle some of the most urgent 21st century issues such as food poverty, loneliness, achievement gap, climate change, access to nature and the decline of community.
In just two and a half years, the young people of "the G20” have transformed from being among the most despised in their community to gaining the respect of locals by, for example, preparing and delivering food to those who have had to shield and self-isolate during the pandemic, overcoming educational and organisational challenges to find valued employment; running street play sessions for local children; and helping the homeless by making up and delivering winter packs.
The G20 is a safe haven for young people caught up in a life storm not of their own making or choosing. The physical youth club, open all year round, gives them a sense of security, enabling the highly skilled and committed youth workers to explore issues of self-worth, respect and essential life boundaries. At the club, the youth team have created a sense of 'home' and 'family' which the young people are part of. This base, literally and metaphorically, enables the youth to see beyond themselves, and for some, their own survival, for the first time in years, and to begin to make real connections and engage with and support their local community. The G20’s central philosophy is that the local community must be involved in supporting severely disadvantaged young people to properly rebuild their lives.
The G20 Youth Festival draws on a legacy of community engagement and sits under the umbrella of the Children's Wood charity. The CW was initiated in 2012, and became a charity in 2015. The CW manages an area of local wild space, commonly known as the Children's Wood and North Kelvin Meadow. The land is a small peaceful, green space space within in a densely packed urban area. Lovingly looked after and cared for from a variety of volunteers and committed staff.