Young Enterprise Scotland had a brilliant time over the last fortnight working with WeVolution in Inverclyde on a pilot programme to promote enterprise awareness.
The two-week programme was created in conjunction with EY Foundation and Social Enterprise Academy and the goal was to create a social enterprise concept with some of the areas disadvantaged young people.
There is something very special about working with other organisations that share the same passion and commitment for supporting young people. This course allowed each of the partners to contribute their own areas of expertise to enable the young people to benefit in a much more impactful way. It was also very inspiring listening to the final presentations from the groups and their deep concern about their own communities. Kindness was at the heart of all of their ideas. It was a privilege to be a part of the programme.
The group of 12 spent the two weeks working on their own social enterprise idea while taking inspiration from our site at Rouken Glen and other establishments such as Funworld, in Greenock.
We brought the WeVo kids to our HQ in our fab tartan minibus and gave them guided tour of our site, filling them in on all of our activity from our social enterprises - Locavore, Pedalwise and Big Green Feet - to our beehives.
We also took a trip to Funworld to learn about other types of businesses and to see all the different jobs that people do. While here they got some super tasty lunch, the chance to play on all of the play frames, a shot at the Lazer Quest and finished the day off with a nice cool ice cream. We were really grateful to Tom and Chris from Funworld for letting us come along and spending all day with us.
We were delighted to be given the opportunity to work in partnership with Wevolution and the young people from the wider Greenock area. Funworld believes in community engagement and opportunities for all. We have a fantastic space and hope that we can continue with our community and social responsibilities in the future.
The group were enthused by learning about the link between all aspects of the site and how they tie together to create a circular economy.
But of course in between site tours and getting kitted out in our snazzy bee suits - we headed across to the play area to blow off some steam.
Our young entrepreneurs worked super hard with James from Social Enterprise Academy to create a social enterprise model that would work effectively in Inverclyde and we split up into two teams to work on our ideas.
On the final day of the programme our WeVo kids delivered fabulous presentations to their parents to show what we had been working on and what they had learned. We had invited Malcolm Cochrane along to take some snaps as Cappie the Cat -Greenock Morton's mascot was coming to present our stars with their certificates.
Young Enterprise Scotland were keen to work on this pilot project with Wevolution, EY Foundation and the Social Enterprise Academy. There is a real need to make sure that young people can sustain a healthy approach to summer holidays both with diet and activities. This project saw young people engaged with many different enterprise activities and fun days out. We were left inspired by a fantastic bunch of youth.
Our Vision is for Scotland to be a place where all young people are given the opportunity to have a rewarding future in work and life - no matter where they start
Our Mission is to inspire & equip all young people to learn, develop and reach their full potential through enterprise.
In everything that we do, we will work with the following values: Integrity, Enthusiasm, Creativity & Collaboration.
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