I, Gill Harman have over 21 years' experience of supporting people in different communities and from different backgrounds. I have combined this experience with 7 years of roller derby skating and 4 years of ramp skating to create Skate of Mind. I also manage Chicks in Bowls Scotland which is a international movement supporting women and girls to use skate parks.
Through skating I have seen people gain confidence and feel positive about their bodies no matter what shape or size they are. I have developed and facilitated a project using skate park sessions with a group of young people as a way engage them, followed by issue-based groupwork sessions. This group was really successful and proved that to engage young people in the process of personal development you have to meet them were they are geographically. By taking part in the sessions it allowed me to get to know the group and to have a honest discussion about body image and how we all felt about pushing ourselves to take part in a new activity. I found that issue-based work after a session like this worked really well.
Skate of Mind's vision is to work with young people not engaging in physical activity or education, to support women and girls in accessing skate parks and to run roller skating groups throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians. Skate of Mind is passionate that we can support people from disadvantaged backgrounds to take part in skating activities but we need equipment for this to be successful.
Please help Skate of Mind in raising money to buy skates, helmets and other padding. This equipment is essential to making Skate of Mind sustainable as well as ensuring the safety of the young people we want to help. This funding will also help pay for a portable skate park that will be used for groups of children in wheelchairs to experiment on ramps and have fun.