Community Voices, a programme created by one of our young people
My name is Ahmed Mumin, I have been involved with Achieve More Scotland (A&M) for the past 4 years. In this time, I have progressed from being one of the young people taking part in their football activities on Friday nights, to a paid sessional coach. Initially I started volunteering with Achieve More to gain confidence, meet new people and take part in training courses which would allow me to further develop my youth work skills. Through my volunteering role I was given many amazing opportunities, such as going to my first Scotland national football game. This was pretty special for me, as it was a new experience and I got to enjoy it with my new friends who were also volunteering with the charity. Additionally, I had the wonderful opportunity of going to my first European Exchange project with Achieve More in France. As we spent 2 weeks volunteering with in a small town just two hours away from Toulouse. One of our many roles within the project was to help integrate young migrants who recently moved into the community into their new surroundings. We did this by helping to renovate the community centre in order for it meet the needs of all the young people in the community.
Recently I have been involved in developing a new project with Achieve More which aims to build inclusion and facilitate integration within Glasgow communities. Community Voices is a project created by young people at Achieve More Scotland. This project aims to have a pool of young people aged 16+ who are active in their community through volunteering to become translators and interpreters. The project will offer the young people the skills, training, experience and employment needed to support migrant young people living within Glasgow. As a pilot, aiming to become a social enterprise, it will help young children studying in East End primary schools who do not speak English, which will help to decrease the attainment gap in Glasgow. Teachers have told us, children who don’t speak English as their first language contribute to this gap within schools and they would like a community specific solution. In order for this project to work we will be working with young people who speak more than one language and wish to give back to those younger than them who have experienced similar setbacks on arriving to this country not knowing the language or the culture.
In order to make this project happen, I applied for different funding strands. My first application was to The Hunter Foundation 100 Disrupters grant. As a successful applicant, I would use the money to promote the project in the community, with the aim of holding 4 local information nights for young people to find out about the project. Furthermore, just recently applied for funding to Youth Bank run by YoMo young grant makers. This pending application will ensure that the young people interested in the project will undergo a certified training course to help them become interpreters and translators.
To know more about this project, you can contact Ahmed at [email protected]