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Young Volunteer Eddie achieves 200 hour MV award
Well Done to Playbusters Young Volunteer Eddie Johnstone! He has achieved a 200 hour Millennium Volunteer Award of Excellence signed by The Scottish Government.
Eddie has been volunteering at Playbusters since April 2010 in a variety of opportunities like the Youth Board, Clubs, Go Play, Connecting Generations and MORE! He has been involved in most aspects of Playbusters’ work and is a huge hit with sheltered housing residents who are always asking after him because he brightens up their lives.
New Adult Conversational Easy Spanish Classes!
Do you like Spain? Do you travel to the land of "siesta" and "tapas"? Would you like to be able to order your meal in Spanish and chat to the locals next time? Or do you just want to learn another language?
We have the course for you.
Whether you know some bits from your trips or your vocabulary does not go further than "Hola", in our Adult conversational class everyone is welcome.
Our adult conversational Spanish classes are starting 18th October every Tuesday evening 6.30-8.30pm at Wellpark Community Hall, 11 McIntosh Street, Dennistoun, G31 2AQ. This 20 week programme is free, the teaching style is fun, informal and for complete beginners.
Why not come along and start talking from day one in a relaxed atmosphere!
For more information you can contact Silvia our Spanish Tutor.
0141 551 0071
Playing for Real – The Universal Language
Playing for Real – The Universal Language
Polish, African, Asian and Scottish Children have found something that brings them all together – playing traditional games.
Following last week’s launch by Glasgow Life of their Playing for Real strategy, which aims to create more opportunities for children to enjoy free play, Playbusters added its wholehearted support, stating that play projects had made a significant difference in some of Glasgow’s poorest communities.
North East Charity, Playbusters, are one step ahead when it comes to Childs Play. Through support from Inspiring Scotland Go Play they have been delivering ‘Free Play’ sessions in parks, schools, streets and backcourts throughout the East End and North of the City. From den building, tree climbing, peever, skipping ropes and dodge ball, children and families from all backgrounds and cultures are playing together. If ever there was a way to break down language barriers then this is it. In Cranhill where there is a wide cultural mix from African, Polish, Asian and Scottish backgrounds children are learning to play games from ‘past times’.
Play Ranger, Robert Doyle said “ The Playbusters team came into work in Strone Road with other workers from PEEK. At first the children and parents were unsure but now they just can’t get enough. Children from all ethnic backgrounds are learning to play together and have become friends. One day we were building a den and they all got involved by sharing ideas and the next week they had wanted to make a flag for the den. Free Play encourages their creativity, problem solving, risk taking and improves activity levels. The one thing we notice is that they have so much fun and that happiness shows through”
Playbusters awarded Glasgow's Living Wage award
Playbusters has been awarded Glasgow's Living Wage Award by Glasgow City Council.
The Glasgow Living Wage provides a guaranteed MINIMUM standard of income for employees, set at £7.15 an hour.
The Scottish Living Wage Campaign calculated a minimum income standard at £7.15 an hour. They defined a Living Wage as the level of income needed to provide an acceptable standard of living.
For more information see www.glasgowlivingwage.co.uk
Playbusters receive Quality Management System Award
Playbusters are delighted to have received their Certification of Registration ISO 9001. This is significant in demonstrating the amount of progress that has been made in the development of the organisation and is the first voluntary organisation in the East End to receive this accreditation.
The accreditation is for the Design, Delivery and Development of Educational and Play Activities for children and their guardians/carers. Playbusters would like to say a Big Thank You to Jim Hossack and John McKechnie from Glasgow Regeneration Agency who supported us through the process.
Lottery Chief visits Playbusters
Newly appointed Chair to the Big Lottery Fund, Peter Ainsworth, visited the East End this week to see for himself some of the marvellous work that the Big Lottery is funding in the East End. He was joined by BLF Director for Scotland, Jackie Killeen.
Top of his list was the award winning Playbusters who received funding over a year ago for their ‘Connecting Generations’ programme that operates right across the East End.
He was given a warm East End welcome by Project Manager, Margaret Layden, and around 30 volunteers and staff at Wellpark Community Hall. Some of the volunteers performed an intergenerational drama production they had worked on with ADD-art and it went down a storm. Then Playbusters young volunteers gave the visitors and other people attending a viewing of an exhibition of work that included intergenerational work, environmental programmes, activities for young people, Go Play activities and volunteering programmes.
First Minister of Scotland congratulates Playbusters
We were all delighted to receive a letter from The First Minister of Scotland Rt Hon Alex Salmond MSP who wanted to congratulate us on receiving The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service which is the MBE for voluntary groups.
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Playbusters gets the Royal Seal of Approval.
Playbusters awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.
The Queen's Award is the voluntary sector equivalent of an MBE. It is awarded annually to voluntary groups to recognise and reward their outstanding achievement in helping others in the community.
This prestigious UK National Honour recognises outstanding voluntary contributions and sets the national benchmark for excellence in volunteering, with the work of those awarded being judged to be of the highest standard.
Playbusters and our team of volunteers are working towards creating an East End of Glasgow where people of all ages can realise their potential and make a difference to their community.
Margaret Layden, Project Manager says “We are delighted to receive this award in the European Year of Volunteering. I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has made this happen - volunteers, staff, funders, partner organisations, supporters and the wider community”
Playbusters celebrates Volunteers' Week
Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which celebrates the fantastic contribution that millions of volunteers make across the UK. The Week plays a huge part in raising the profile of the millions of volunteers who regularly contribute to society, while inspiring others to get involved too.
We celebrated Volunteers’ Week on Friday 3rd June 2011 and the night was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
The evening saw a whole family of five volunteering together and receiving certificates as well as another family where three generations are volunteering together. The event gave volunteers the opportunity to share their experiences over shared food and refreshments. It was also a fantastic opportunity for staff to enjoy a relaxed evening with the volunteers.
Playbusters' AGM - Thursday 21st April 2011
Thursday 21st April
Wellpark Community Hall
11 McIntosh Street
Refreshments will be available - it would be great to see you there!
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