Alan Caldwell's Blog (8)

Information Bank - more sources

Colleagies and contacts have recommended some more toolkits etc on involving young people.  They are:


Added by Alan Caldwell on May 1, 2012 at 16:38 — No Comments

Amazing Harris Trip

Amazing Harris Trip and start of something really exciting!


Between the 11th and 14th of April the sun shone, the North Harris Trust were fantastic hosts and the young people did themselves proud. They worked hard, played hard (kayaking, surfing, mountain biking etc) and socialised even harder (and to late at night in the hotel).  This was the second times the young people (ages 14 -18) from North Harris, Twechar, Strathdearn, North Argyll, Kirriemuir…


Added by Alan Caldwell on May 1, 2012 at 15:33 — No Comments

Next Steps from Harris

Was so impressed with the young people I met on Harris and their enthusiasm to take control (set up a Steering Group) to organise the next trip.  Callum Galpin from Comrie offered to set up the facebook page and help keep things moving.  I've contacted Callum to get things moving re the Steering Group.

Equally, I've contacted all the adult support workers who were on Harris to get their views on the trip and the next steps.

Lets keep our eyes on the blog posts and see what…


Added by Alan Caldwell on May 1, 2012 at 15:30 — 2 Comments

Information Bank - Involving Young People - Can you help?

I am looking to start an 'Information Bank' on involving young people in projects.  

Everyone I have spoken to recommend this site and the resources on it - Participation Works - check it out.

Let me know if you have any documents to add.  My starters for 10 are are attached.…


Added by Alan Caldwell on March 6, 2012 at 22:30 — 11 Comments

Harris Trip Shaping Up Nicely

My colleague Chris tells me that the organisation for the young people's trip to Harris 11-14th April is shaping up nicely.  Full programme will be coming soon.  I hear we are fast approaching the 20 people target for the trip.

Lots of fantastic outdoor activities, beach barbeque, ceilidh....and helping to shape a major national youth conference being run in June under the 'Young, Gifted and Rural Programme' being run by SCVO's Rural Network.

Like most folk who are going I am…


Added by Alan Caldwell on March 6, 2012 at 22:00 — No Comments

Young, Gifted and Rural – Trip to North Harris, 11-14th April 2012

Interested in taking part?


If the offer below interests you we would be grateful if you would contact the organiser, Chris Grace at  Please let Chris know likely numbers and any questions you might have.  Places will be on a first come, first served basis and you must register an interest by Friday 27th March…


Added by Alan Caldwell on February 22, 2012 at 15:04 — No Comments

Exciting Programme of Action - Young, Gifted and Rural

Following the hugely successful Comrie event in October a  really interesting programme of action is developing for January to June this year....culminating in a national youth conference as part of Young Gifted and Rural Programme. Click here for more details.

If you want to know more...or contribute to this work just let me know.

Added by Alan Caldwell on January 22, 2012 at 21:00 — No Comments

Delighted to be a Carnegie Associate

I am a volunteer board member of Comrie Development Trust, which four years ago, purchased 96 acres of land at Cultybraggan Army Camp to promote the sustainable development of our community.  I also have 26 years experience in rural regeneration running my own practice (see 

I am delighted to be appointed as a Carnegie Associate and have seen the creative potential of involving younger people in…


Added by Alan Caldwell on September 20, 2011 at 17:36 — No Comments

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